LONDON — In any other year at Wimbledon, or any other Grand Slam, Tatjana Maria would have climbed about 50 spots in the rankings for her performance in the quarterfinals. Her surprise run at the All England Club would have been rewarded with at least 360 points, or even more if she won her next game on Tuesday.
Her upcoming opponent Jule Niemeier would have had a similar and welcome rise in the rankings thanks to her unexpected success.
But even if Maria or Niemeier advance to the first major semi-final of their careers, neither will benefit. Instead, they’ll be struggling around the 100 mark and heading into the hard-court portion of the summer as the WTA and ATP jointly decided not to award ranking points as the tournament suspended controversial players from Russia and Belarus.
Make no mistake, some of the top players are feeling it too – even if Novak Djokovic retains his title he’ll still drop 2,000 points and drop from 3rd to 7th – but the points would have been a potential game changer for others like Maria or Niemeier.
The extra points for such players would have meant direct participation in the US Open later this summer, but for now they may have to go through three grueling matches to qualify. Harmony Tan, who lost in her fourth-round match to Amanda Anisimova on Monday, said she didn’t care about the points at Wimbledon because it was still “a Grand Slam” but admitted it’s been a lot easier for her would be rewarded if they had tried in the rankings.
“I know the cut for the US Open is going to be very tough because I only have one tournament before the cut, so after Wimbledon I’ll be playing an ITF and 60K,” Tan said Saturday.
In a sport where rankings dictate tournament entry, seeding and other perks, losing points is extremely disastrous for a number of players. Here are some of those who could have benefitted the most at Wimbledon this year and a rough idea of where they would have jumped in the rankings:
Editor’s Note: The ranking estimates for the below are based on current live rankings and are independent of all other player scores.
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Tatjana Maria (Germany): Made it to the quarterfinals
Maria, 34, welcomed her second child in April 2021, returning ahead of the US Open last year. She has since been working to rebuild her rankings – having finished the 2021 season at 279. She is currently ranked 103 and would have improved to around 55 if she reached the quarterfinals.
Jule Niemeier (Germany): Made it to the quarterfinals
The 22-year-old, who was only in the second major draw of her career, entered Wimbledon 97th and would have climbed to 58th had she reached the last eight. Still, she will have more than doubled her career prize money ($343,672) with her appearance in the quarterfinals.
David Goffin (Belgium): Reached quarterfinals
Goffin, a 2019 quarter-finalist, was ruled out of Wimbledon in 2021 with an ankle injury and his season was later cut short by knee pain but returned to competition earlier this season. The 31-year-old missed part of the grass season with a leg injury but has bounced back at Wimbledon so far. Entering the tournament ranked 58th, Goffin would be ranked 36th after the quarterfinals, but is expected to drop to 70th.
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Nick Kyrgios (Australia): Made it to the quarterfinals
Kyrgios, who skipped the clay-court season and has been playing on tour in what he calls a part-time schedule, doesn’t seem personally motivated by his placement but could still have used the 360 points he would have earned by reaching the quarter-finals. He would have gone from 40th to around 30th – and had a chance to move up another 10 spots by winning his next match.
Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic): Reached quarterfinals
Competing in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career, the 23-year-old gained about 29 ranking places to move up from No. 66 to No. 37. Her all-time best finish is No. 46.
Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia): Made it to the quarterfinals
The 29-year-old reached her first major quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2021, after which she had little success on the big stages, losing in the third round at the US Open, first round at the Australian Open and second round at the French Open. Wimbledon and another quarter-final run would have been a huge opportunity for Tomljanovic not only to defend all of her points but potentially earn even more. Instead, it will fall from 44th place into the 70s.
Tim van Rijthoven (Netherlands): Lost in the fourth round
The 25-year-old made his big main draw debut at Wimbledon as a wild card after his first ATP title at the Rosmalen Championships last month. Van Rijthoven would have moved up to around 73 in the opening game at the All England Club with a career best finish of 104 with his fourth-round run.
Harmony Tan (France): Lost in the fourth round
Playing in her first main draw at the All England Club, Tan became the toast of the tournament after her dramatic three-set win over Serena Williams in the first round. The 24-year-old recorded her best career performance at a major by reaching the fourth round. Her Cinderella run would have taken her from #115 to roughly #84. Instead, she will remain outside the top 100 and likely have to qualify for the final Grand Slam of the year in New York.
Jason Kubler (Australia): Lost in the fourth round
The former junior No1, who has struggled with a hereditary knee condition for most of his career, had his best major performance at Wimbledon. Kubler, who entered the tournament as No. 99 and had to qualify for the main draw, would have improved to around No. 70 with his bid for the round of 16. Though he admitted it was “tough” not picking up the points, he had still found a silver living following his loss to Taylor Fritz on Monday.
“When I came to this tournament two weeks ago, I was more than happy to win the prize money,” said Kubler. “When I qualified I was more than happy that it was just the prize money. Even then I wasn’t worried about the points. Yes, fourth round would have been nice, but you know, at least there’s that.” prize money.”
Heather Watson (Great Britain): Lost in the fourth round
The British favorite advanced to her first major round of 16 at Wimbledon at the age of 30. Watson would have gone from 109th to around 88th – not as big a jump as some others, but a helpful climb back into the top 100.
The 20-year-old American had the best Grand Slam of his career before losing to Kyrgios in the fourth round. Nakashima, currently sitting at No. 56, would have jumped to a new high of around No. 35. But he said he was happy with what he was able to achieve without scoring.
“I think it will help my confidence out there to know that I was able to run well here even without ranking points,” Nakashima said on Monday.
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