The top two players were not in action last week so the pack has closed together a bit. Timothy Aerts of Belgium got in one more match at the Switzerland #1 satellite, losing his opening match at the final week, so he moves into sole possession of third place with a total of 28 matches so far this year. Mariano Albert of Spain reached the finals at the first leg of the Spain #2 satellite and a promising young player from Germany, Markus Bayer, continues to gain experience, reaching the qualifying round at New Zealand F2 and now has 27 matches along with Albert.
Andre Agassi finally lost a match, and it was in the first round of Scottsdale so he is now at 12-1. Marc Fornell of Spain saw his first action of the year and made it count by taking the title at Spain #2 week 1. So he starts off the year at a perfect 5-0. Meanwhile, at the top of the rankings, Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt are alternating titles again like last year. While Agassi lost his first match at Scottsdale, Hewitt won the title and is now 9-1. Hewitt will be in Indian Wells this week while Agassi withdrew because of a shoulder injury.