Jordan Thompson has moved up the world rankings.
Jordan Thompson has moved up the world rankings. JOE CASTRO

Aussies rising up world tennis rankings

TENNIS: A day after completing a stunning Davis Cup debut, Jordan Thompson has risen to a new career-high ranking.

The Sydneysider moved to No.64 as he prepares for a string of tournaments in the US and Mexico ahead of Australia's April quarter-final clash against the US.

Thompson, Chris O'Connell (219), Alex De Minaur (248), Destanee Aiava (256) and Jaimee Fourlis (295) are all at new personal-best rankings.

Omar Jasika climbed 103 places to No 258 - two places shy of his best mark - after winning Burnie.

Australian Davis Cup captain said Hewitt said Thompson's work ethic leaves the baseliner open to continued growth.

"There are areas of his game to work on to become a better player,” Hewitt said.

"But I saw him hit against (Kei) Nishikori (in Brisbane) and it was a quality hit and I walked away thinking 'That's a top-30 player right there if he can play that standard.'

"The next goal is to crack into the top 50 in the world and cement yourself in that top 50.

"Once he does that, he's on the tour full-time then. He's in all the big tournaments but he's got a good solid base of a game and he's got a couple of areas to work on to become a better player.”


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