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I was involved in a discussion on the "worst" singles Grand Slam winner and we were trying to think of the player with the lowest career high ranking as a possible candidate. Mark Edmondson was dug up with a career high ranking of #15 (rather than his ranking when he won, which was #212 and the lowest ever).

Are there any, male or female, with lower in the era of rankings?

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    You aren't likely to find anyone with a career ranking of worse than #15 because of the points structure in place for grand slam competition. A slam winner earns 2,000 pts. The current #15 in the world is Youzhny with 2,145 points. So it's hard to be ranked outside of the top 15 just from the slam victory alone. – jamauss Jan 23 '14 at 19:32
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    These days, sure, but they've only been worth 2000 points since 2009. – dlanod Jan 23 '14 at 20:29
  • That's true - I did a quick scan of names on the page linked at the end of this comment here and didn't find any names that didn't at least reach either top 10 or top 5 (or better) in the world rankings. I think you found the highest with Mark Edmondson.: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – jamauss Jan 24 '14 at 0:58
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    If you want to expand this to the female singles champions - it looks like Australian Chris O'Neil never made it above a world ranking of #80 and she won the 1978 Australian Open: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_O%27Neil_(tennis) – jamauss Jan 24 '14 at 1:07
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    I was already keen on including female winners - see the last line in the question - so feel free to make that an answer. :) – dlanod Jan 24 '14 at 3:30
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It looks like Australian Chris O'Neil never made it above a world ranking of #80 and she won the 1978 Australian Open: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_O%27Neil_(tennis)

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