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Coppinger climbs to world Top 20 ranking
- Updated: February 6, 2013
By Mark Etheridge
Former World Games representative Stephen Coppinger is making big strides on the world circuit and the latest rankings see him our first played to make the world’s top 20 list since the late 1970s.
Originally from Cape Town but now also spending a lot of time in Orlando, Florida, 28-year-old Coppinger has reached the quarter-finals of both the Tournament of Champions and the Motor City Open, beating top 10 players in the process.
In the Tournament of Champions in New York he made the last eight of a PSA World Series competition for the first time.
In the latest rankings, five time national champion Coppinger jumps three spots to No20.
Coppinger was part of Team SA at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan but failed to reach the podium.
The last time South Africa had top 10 representation was when Roland Watson was in the top 10 for around 10 years between 1973 and 1983, his highest spot being sixth.
The year of 1977 was Watson’s best year as he reached the finals of the SA Open, Australian Open and New Zealand Open where he lost to Geoff Hunt on all three occasions.
Also in the 1980s, Stuart Hailstone got as high as No14 but was representing Scotland at that stage.