In the first official ATP list for 1999, Henman gained a further 122 ranking points to go to 2,742 and move to 137 behind Andre Agassi. Greg Rusedski, despite a disappointing first round defeat to another German, Bernd Karbacher, at Doha, remains at ninth place in the world rankings.
Henman is playing in an exhibition event in Melbourne this week in preparation for the Australian Open, which begins on Monday. However, his compatriot, Rusedski, will be seeking ranking points at the ATP event at Sydney, where Henman reached the final last year. Rusedski is seeded No 5 in a strong field which includes six of the world top 10 players and will meet Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, the former French Open champion, in the first round.
Petr Korda would be brave to defend his Australian Open title after the furore over his positive drugs test, according to the former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.
Korda tested positive for the steroid nandrolene last year only to escape a ban after claiming he was unaware of what he had taken. But after a an outcry sparked partly by Krajicek, the International Tennis Federation plans to challenge its appeals committee for waiving a 12-month ban for class one drug offences.
A compulsory ATP Tour meeting in Melbourne on Saturday, with fines for those players who do not attend, will consider Korda's case.
"He's gutsy to come here, I would not have the need to prove myself so much, even if I felt I was not guilty I would try to just stay in a quiet place," Krajicek said after advancing to the second round of the Sydney event.