US Open

Klaasen breaks into Top 20

2014-09-08 16:00
Raven Klaasen (AFP)

New York - South Africa's Davis Cup stalwart Raven Klaasen has broken into the world's top 20 doubles rankings for the first time.

The latest rankings released by the ATP on Monday has Klaasen moving up from 23rd position to 20th after reaching the doubles quarterfinals with American partner Eric Butorac in the US Open.

In the process, the 31 year-old improved on his previous best ranking of 22nd, in spite of the defeat against the American pairing of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram last week.

Klaasen and Butorac have also now improved their chances of making it into the ATP's year-end World Tour Finals in London, being two spots away from qualifying for the R700-million event in which the world's top eight singles players and top eight doubles pairings participate.

"This is a memorable achievement for me reaching the top 20 mark and improving 25 places over the course of the year," Klaasen said.

"I am also gratified by the enormous messages of support I received from South Africa before the US Open quarter-finals."

Also improving his position in this week's ATP world rankings is top South African singles player Kevin Anderson, who moves up from 20th place to 19th after reaching the third round at Flushing Meadows before losing to singles finalist Marin Cilic from Croatia.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  us open  |  raven klaasen  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.