A young rising star in the Australian tennis ranks might have a route to playing in the French Open after winning a U.S. tournament that sent his world ranking soaring.
Jordan Thompson jumped from 119th in mid-April to 90th after winning the Kunming Open the weekend past. The French Open takes the top 104 in the world, but Thompson was outside that mark prior to the victory on a clay surface similar to that used in Paris’ Rolland Garros Stadium.
The Kunming Open is not a major stop on the ATP circuit and does not attract the big names, or even a large field, but for Thompson, it was his largest victory to date.
The French Open bases its cut-off for automatic inclusion on the rankings six weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Thompson could qualify for inclusion as a wildcard based on an agreement that exists between Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation.
Thompson is regarded as one of the most dedicated of all professional players and the Sydney native has traveled the world to play satellite tournaments and earn rankings points.
If he gains the French Open slot, he will join fellow Australians Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur in the tournament.