The AWomen’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced temporary adjustments and revisions to its classification to adapt to the new competitive situation after the coronavirus crisis.
Act on 07/10/2020 at 17:38 CEST
As the circuit prepares to resume its activity, The WTA has decided to follow the initiative of the ATP days ago and extend the classification computation period to 22 months: From March 2019 to December 2020, for both singles and doubles tournaments.
Traditionally, the WTA ranking is based on a 52-week system with the results of the sixteen best tournaments for singles and eleven for doubles. Grand Slam, WTA Finals, Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 tournament points score highest.
The emergence of the Covid 19 pandemic caused the ranking to be frozen since March 16, 2020, so the classification points will be extended beyond the usual 52 weeks so that the players are not harmed by the suspension.
“In order to balance equity and flexibility for all players, the WTA ranking will follow the scoring model that includes the best of 2019 and 2020, as decided by the ATP“the WTA said in a statement.
In reaching this decision, several aspects were taken into account, including the revised 2020 calendar, as well as others such as “travel restrictions, inconveniences and difficulties in moving to compete.”