By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Tennys Sandgren’s Wimbledon run may not seem like much should it end on Monday morning at the hands of fellow American Sam Querrey, but winning three matches at the sport’s most prestigious tournament can go a long way for the former Tennessee All-American.
Even with a loss, the ranking points Sandgren will get from the Championships will be good for the next 12 months, which can help skip qualifying rounds and receive bids directly into the main draws of events, especially with the North American hardcourt swing coming up this fall.
Sandgren will also jump close to No. 70 the rankings after slipping to No. 94 after a nine-match skid following his first career title in January. He’ll pocket more than $220,000 USD from this week alone.
For the top players in the game a loss in the round of 16 at a major is a setback, a severe underachievement, a disappointment.
For a player like Sandgren, who was ranked as high as No. 41 in the world earlier this year, a run like this into the second week of a Grand Slam gives some assurance for the rest of the season. It allows those players to have a chance to establish more consistency and build more ranking points, which opens opportunities for endorsements and sponsors. In short, it gives more life to a player’s career as long as he stays healthy.
Sandgren’s run to the 2018 Australian Open quarterfinals got him on the map. More runs like the one he’s having this week can help him stay there.
As for his fourth round opponent, Querrey is ranked No. 65 after a down season last year, but he made the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2017 and has been ranked as high as No. 11 in the world. The two have never met on the ATP Tour.
Both players won Saturday morning and had Sunday off. Sandgren upset two top-25 players in the past two rounds, most recently getting past Fabio Fognini in straight sets. Querrey stunned 5th-seeded Dominic Thiem in the opening rounds and has won nine sets in a row. The match is set to begin no earlier than 8 AM ET.