Pospisil hits No. 99 spot

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has joined hockey phenom Wayne Gretzky in the sports numbers game.

Pospisil is ranked No. 99 in the latest rankings released Monday by the Association of Tennis Professionals. It is the first time the 21-year-old has cracked the top-100.

The former Beairsto Elementary student, who moved to Vancouver with his family as a 12-year-old for full-time training, moved up a dozen spots after winning the National Bank Challenger in Rimouski, Que. last week.

Pospisil opened the $50,000 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Tuesday in Florida against Australia’s Carsten Ball, losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Pospisil defeated Maxime Authom of Belgium to win the Rimouski event. Pospisil jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set, but Authom was able to regroup and force a tiebreak. Pospisil saved two set points before escaping with the first set.

He used that momentum to break his opponent’s serve early in the second set and held serve the rest of the way to post a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory.

Pospisil earned three Davis Cup wins in a tie against Israel late in the 2011 season.