The Tennis Centre’s James Ward has topped off his good form in 2009 by becoming the British number two.
Ward, who has improved massively over the last 12 months, cracked the worlds top 250 for the first time in May following his tournament win in Sarasota, Florida and has not looked back.
He had an impressive summer notching his first ATP tour win against Victor Crivoi at Eastbourne as well as making his debut appearance at Wimbledon.
Now standing at #204, the 22-year-old Londoner is brimming with confidence and will be looking to carry on his meteoric rise up the rankings.
Ward said: “It’s a great feeling to be ranked number two behind Andy (Murray).
“The last year has flown by and it seems everything has clicked for me.
“The grass court season was really encouraging for me as I got my first ATP Tour win.
“Playing on court one at Wimbledon was unbelievable and hopefully I’ll be able to play there again soon.
“I still have a long way to go if I’m going to achieve my ultimate goal of getting in the top 100 but I’m feeling good right now so we will have to see what happens.”
This month Ward has been in Brazil where he played two Challenger events.
At Campos Do Jordao he advanced a round before coming against experienced Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela who he lost to 3-6 2-6.