Nikoloz Basilashvili climbs to career-high world no. 18 tennis ranking

Nikoloz Basilashvili photographed in Indian Wells, California, ahead of the launch of the BNP Paribas Open this week. Photo: Nikoloz Basilashvili on Instagram., 04 Mar 2019 - 14:40, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili has marked a new high in his playing career after reaching the world no. 18 spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals ranking last weekend.


The 27-year-old, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut at the Dubai Tennis Championships last Wednesday, ended the week by replacing the Spaniard on the 18th position in the ATP list.


Even with an eventual defeat in the United Arab Emirates-hosted competition, to Borna Coric of Croatia in the quarterfinals, Basilashvili earned enough points to reach a tally of 1865 and move up a position.


His new position is the highest ever for any player from independent Georgia, a statistic that saw repeated improvement by Basilashvili over the last year.


See an ATP Tour profile video for Basilashvili and his coach Jan De Witt following the Georgian’s World Tour title last season:



In July, after becoming the country’s first player to claim an ATP World Tour title, he occupied the world no. 35 spot — a new record after Irakli Labadze’s world no. 42 in 2004.


Finishing the year within the top 20 of players from around the world, Basilashvili started the current season where he left off in the last, being ranked 19th during the Dubai championship.


Along with the new achievement on the weekend, the Georgian is only 20 points behind Italy’s Fabio Fognini.


Basilashvili’s next competition will come in California, where the BNP Paribas Open, also known among tennis enthusiasts as Indian Wells, will host the player alongside the best athletes from across the world.


The competition will kick off on 7 March.