Building depth points to Australian men’s tennis resurgence | Linda Pearce

Only France, Spain and the United States currently boast greater numbers inside the world’s top 100

It may be more than 17 years since Australian men last populated the ATP’s top 40 in such numbers, but there remains a significant contrast between the 2001 supergroup and the current chart-toppers headed by boyish Alex De Minaur, the fastest-rising new star.

Former No 1s Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter each ended with two major titles from four finals, and one-time No 8 Mark Philippoussis earned US Open and Wimbledon runners-up plates. Then there was Andrew Ilie, the shirt-ripping cult figure who managed to peak at No 38 between colourful runs to the Australian Open fourth round.

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