Janowicz ranking soars after Wimbledon success

Jerzy Janowicz has advanced to 17th place in the ATP World Tour rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Wimbledon last week.

Jerzy Janowicz fot. PAP/EPA / Toby Melville

Jerzy Janowicz fot. PAP/EPA / Toby Melville

However, the 22-year-old, who was previously World No. 24, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that players should be wary about putting too much stock in how high an opponent is ranked.

“You have to go out onto the court without looking where your rival is ranked, so as not to underestimate players with lower classifications,” he stressed.

“You just have to train hard and go onto the court without any complexes,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lodz-born player said he’s not troubled by the media gossip that comes with stardom.

“It doesn’t really interest me what they write, and where,” he said.

“At the beginning of the year, when I lost two or three matches in early rounds, I learnt from the papers that actually I’m no longer the hope of Polish tennis, but an accidental man who got into the [Paris ATP World Tour Masters 1000] final in Bercy by accident.

“Well tough, I can’t worry about this kind of thing, I just have to keep doing my thing.”

Janowicz says he’s already looking forward to next month’s US Open, which he described as “undoubtedly my favourite Grand Slam event.”

Janowicz lost his Wimbledon semi-final to ultimate tournament-winner, Andy Murray.

In spite of the fact that Poland no longer boasts a single grass court, the country enjoyed its best Wimbledon ever, with Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot facing off in all-Polish semi-final, and Agnieszka Radwanska reaching the same level in the women’s.

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