The ATP announced this Monday the revision of the points system for the classification of players and the implementation of a 22-month ranking. This new system will cover from last March 2019 to December 2020.
07/06/2020 at 21:38 CEST
The traditional ranking being used up to the coronavirus pandemic used the best 18 player tournament results based on the last 52 weeks.
Now this period will be 22 months after qualifying has been frozen since March 16, just days after the circuit was suspended prior to the Indian Wells Masters 1,000 match.
Under these new rules, a player’s ranking will be made up of the 18 best tournament results played between March 2019 and December 2020. The player in question cannot count the same tournament twice in this system. That is to say, A tennis player who has played the Madrid Masters in 2019 will not score twice as many points for playing it also in 2020if not, only the best result of the two participations will be used
Points earned during 2020 for 2021 will remain in the player’s locker for 52 weeks or until the event in question is played again. In the event that the circuit is again altered by the pandemic in 2021, ATP will consider making adjustments to the classification again.
According to the ATP, this new measure is introduced to give flexibility and justice players with a view to the condensed calendar of the rest of the year.Also to give stability to the players who prefer not to compete this year due to health and safety reasons, it is provided with a system that allows it to adjust to future changes and rewards tennis players who do well once the circuit resumes.
The circuit will resume next August 14 with the dispute of the Washington ATP 500.