ATP changes its method of calculating the world ranking of the men’s circuit

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ATP changes its method of calculating the world ranking of the men's circuit





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ATP changes its method of calculating the world ranking of the men’s circuit


The Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP), which manages the men’s circuit, announced Monday a modification in the establishment of its classification of tennis players when the tournaments will resume next August.

The ranking is normally established on the basis of the 18 best results obtained by a player in the last 52 weeks (12 months). It will in future be calculated over a period of 22 months (March 2019 – December 2020).

The results of the same tournament cannot be taken into account twice among the 18 results. The results retained in 2020 will be kept either for 52 weeks or until the same tournament takes place in 2021, whichever comes first.

The ranking has been blocked since March 16, 2020, a few days after the ATP Tour tournaments were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If the 2021 season were to be affected by the Covid-19, other adjustments to the rankings will be considered, specifies the ATP.

ATP has justified this change in its desire to achieve the following objectives:

– Offer flexibility and fairness to players of all levels in parallel with the limited number of points available following the revised provisional calendar of 2020.

– Provide stability to players who cannot or prefer not to participate in the competition in 2020 for health and safety reasons.

– Provide a system that can adapt to other changes in the schedule if necessary.

– Reward the players who obtain good results when the circuit resumes in 2020.

– Maintain the principle of defending tournament points week by week in 2021, while maintaining the mobility of players in the ranking.

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