Lloyd Harris reaches career-high ATP ranking, banks over R6m for US Open heroics

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Lloyd Harris of South Africa (Getty)
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South African tennis star Lloyd Harris has surged to a career-high ranking of No 31.

This follows his run to the quarter-finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Harris was beaten in straight sets, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4, by Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the last eight, but the 24-year-old Capetonian will be chuffed with his best-ever run at a Grand Slam.

Harris moved up 15 spots to 31st in the latest ATP rankings.

Full ATP rankings

Harris will also be laughing all the way to the bank on Monday after collecting $425 000 (R6 030 750) for reaching the last eight at the US Open.

Harris also participated in the men's doubles where he reached the second round with his 44-year-old Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich.

That was worth an additional $17 000 (R241 000) for the South African.

Meanwhile Harris' compatriot, Kevin Anderson, also moved up nine spots to 68th in the ATP rankings after reaching the US Open second round.

Anderson took home $115 000 (R1.6 million) for his efforts.

Top 20 ATP rankings:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 12133 pts

2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 10780

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 8350

4. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7760

5. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6130 (+2)

6. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5815 (-1)

7. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 5173 (+1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4995 (-2)

9. Roger Federer (SUI) 3765

10. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3440 (+1)

11. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3368 (+4)

12. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 3310 (-2)

13. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3128

14. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2895 (+2)

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2800 (-1)

16. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2650 (-4)

17. Christian Garin (CHI) 2510 (+2)

18. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 2405 (+3)

19. Reilly Opelka (USA) 2341 (+5)

20. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2233


31. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 1758 (+15)

38. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 1499 (+17)

62. Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) 1015 (+55)

68. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 983 (+9)

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