Cox puts injury behind him as he rises up ranks
Four tournament titles in two months has seen in-form Dan Cox flying up the world tennis rankings.
The Lincolnshire professional took his latest championship at Wrexham last week and the victory is expected to see him move up to 298 next Monday as he closes in on his career high.
Cox (22), was ranked 258 in the world when he earned a wild card for Wimbledon in 2011.
However, injuries and subsequent surgery on a problem wrist saw him tumble to 504 at the end of last year.
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Since then, the Lincoln-born player has shot up more than 200 places up the rankings.
Last week's victory saw Cox beat Marcus Willis 6-2, 6-3 in the final in a tournament which he says he could have played better.
"I wasn't playing unbelievable tennis last week, but I was proud of the way I really dug deep and found the mental strength to win my matches," Cox said.
"I really tried to win every single point and I have to be pleased with that.
"I have been brought up to fight for everything so it was nice to get another title."
Cox has wasted no time in returning to action. This week, the venue is Sheffield where he is competing in a $10,000 hard court tournament.
Having progressed through the first round on Tuesday, Cox was due to play his second round match against fellow Brit Josh Ward-Hibbert, a player who will be out for revenge having lost to Cox twice in the past month.
"He is a very good player," said Cox. " He held match point against me in our game at Chiswick, but I held him off and managed to win the game.
"I have been down in both matches against him so I will have to be at my best against him again."
Cox will also feature in the doubles competition at Sheffield after teaming up with Norwich-based Richard Bloomfield.
"Richard is a very good player who has been up in the 170s in the world so he knows what he's doing," Cox added.
"He still plays at a very high level and he is a nice guy so it has been nice to team up with him for the doubles."
Next week, Cox heads to Roehampton for another $10,000 Futures Tournament, but his medical advisers will be keeping an eye on his problem wrist.
"It has been causing me some concern in recent weeks, but I have been playing a lot of tennis," he said.
"I have to be smart in the way I manage it and make sure I look after it properly.
"It is most likely all about the number of matches I have been playing, but while you are winning it is very difficult to make that decision to stop playing and give it a break."