Australia’s Max Purcell could crack the top 100 on the ATP rankings this week if he can win his third straight ATP Challenger title.
The Wimbledon doubles champion has recently won the Challenger titles in Chennai and Bengaluru in India to take his ranking to no. 116.
Another title in Pune would take him to 575 points and that would currently place him at no. 95 on the rankings. The exact ranking will be determined later in the week.
But before that can happen the 24-year-old will have to get through another tough week of tennis.
Purcell is also competing in the doubles with Marc Polmans.
First up for the Australian is Indian wildcard Mukund Sasikumar the world no. 399. Purcell easily defeated the Indian 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round at Chennai
If both Purcell and Duckworth reach the semifinals it would see the two meet for the third straight week.
Purcell started the year at no. 220 and has dropped that to no. 155 after the Chennai title and he now sits at no. 116.
After a successful partnership in doubles with Matthew Ebden, it was Purcell that split from Ebden in late 2022 to concentrate on his singles play.