Last week the sport of tennis saw an impressive amount of its top players competing in Washington D.C. at the Citi Open, an ATP 500 event. Others, like Sam Querrey, wisely chose to seek points in Mexico at the Los Cabos Open, an ATP 250 event. Although the draw was weaker than D.C.’s, it offered more opportunities to win matches, gain points, and build confidence. No wins are guaranteed, however, as Querrey saw in 2016 when he entered and exited Los Cabos without a single win to take home. To his delight, the tournament turned over a new leaf for him this year.
Querrey took the title in Los Cabos and gained an impressive 250 points, all points that he was not defending. This win hoisted the 29-year-old American to an Emirates ATP ranking of No.20 for the first time since July of 2013. Earlier in 2017, Querrey won the Mexican Open in Acapulco where he beat four top 20 players: David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, and Rafael Nadal.
During this year’s Wimbledon, Querrey ousted world No.1 and home favorite Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. After falling to a tough Marin Cilic in the semifinals, he gave a post-match press conference in which he humbly presented confidence and higher expectations for his future. His recent title in Mexico corroborates the statements that he made in mid-July.
So what does Querrey have to look forward to for the rest of 2017? A beautiful opportunity to gather even more points and the potential to reach a new career high. For the remainder of 2017, he has a total of 50 points to defend. Even a first round loss at any event, plus winning just one round at the U.S. Open in August will push him just above that. Querrey, however, plans to do more damage than that and excel to new heights.
This week, Querrey is competing at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Montreal where he faces French qualifier Vincent Millot in the first round. After Montreal, Querrey has two weeks available to pick up points in Cincinnati (ATP World Tour Masters 1000) and Winston-Salem (ATP 250), which lead up to 2017’s final Grand Slam event, the U.S. Open.
After a first round loss at last year’s U.S. Open, Querrey experienced a string of first round losses for the remainder of the 2016 season. Now, the tournaments being held post-U.S. Open propose a glorious window of opportunity for Querrey, turning last year’s losses into a blessing in disguise. Without the pressure of defending points, Querrey can exclusively focus on building his ranking even higher without pressures.