Another player from last December’s “Ones to Watch” players on the Challenger Tennis Blog was Evgeny Donskoy. Evgeny was ranked #259 at the time, he is currently ranked #145. To qualify for the list, a player could not be ranked within the top 150. These are players the author felt would improve their rankings during the 2011 season. Here is some of that article on Donskoy:
Late last year, as I was assembling my 2010 Players to Watch list, I came across the name Evgeny Donskoy on thestevegtennis.com Young Guns spreadsheet, alongside names like Grigor Dimitrov and Henri Kontinen, so I had to check him out. But the Donskey Boy hadn’t had the greatest of years, which is maybe why he could only manage a half-smile in all of his old photos.
Though he started off 2009 ranked #514 and even reached a career high 384th on the 9th of November, by the end of the year he had only been able to gain nine meager rankings spots over his position at the start of it, finishing #505 in the world.
But this year, I feel like Donskoy’s time might finally have come. The former Top 20 junior in the world turned in a high-quality 41/24 2010 campaign, including a run to the semifinals of the Ortobello Challenger in which he beat Robin Haase, Andreas Haider-Maurer and Federico Del Bonis along the way. As a result, his cut his ranking nearly in half, from #505 to #259 in the ATP list, up 246 spots. The power baseliner has a big serve that is often clutch and gets him out of trouble, but is also sometimes wayward and gets him into trouble. Oh, tennis.
In August he had hIs best win so far this year is against Nicholas Mahut (yes the same guy that played that long match with Isner at Wimbledon in 2010). He also beat #98 Ruden Hildago of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Click here for his ATP Player Page
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