The Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP), which governs the world circuit, has passed sentence on a world ranking that has been frozen since March 16, 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 ATP first and the Tour later.
With the idea of a return to competition in August 2020, although contemplating the complex conditions that the world coronavirus problem maintains, ATP has changed the rules of the ATP classification once official activity resumes.
It maintains the 18 best results as a scale for each tennis player, but not in the period of the last twelve months (52 weeks), since the harvest time is included in the sum between March 2019 and December 2020 (22 months).
Each tournament can only score once. It gives the ATP as an example that a tennis player who has contested the Mutua Madrid Open in 2019 and repeat in 2020 (September) you can only count the best of the two results.
The points accumulated in a tournament during 2020 will keep them for the following 52 weeks or when the 2021 edition has been disputed (whichever comes first).
1. Novak Djokovic (Srb) / 10,220 pts.
2. Rafa Nadal (Esp) / 9,850
3. Dominic Thiem (Aut) / 7,045
4. Roger Federer (Sui) / 6,630
5. Daniil Medvedev (Rus) / 5,890
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) / 4,745
7. Alexander Zverev (Ale) / 3,630
8. Matteo Berrettini (Ita) / 2,860
9. Gael Monfils (Fra) / 2,860
10. David Goffin (Bel) / 2,555
11. Fabio Fognini (Ita) / 2,400
12. Roberto Bautista (Esp) / 2,360
To obtain a position among the best eight that will compete in the ATP London Finals, the new scale will be taken into account, although discounting the points of those who participated in the 2019 event, which in the ranking counts as a nineteenth extra result.
1. Novak Djokovic (Srb) / 3,165 pts.
2. Dominic Thiem (Aut) / 1,355
3. Gael Monfils (Fra) / 1,145
4. Rafa Nadal (Esp) / 1,110
5. Andrey Rublev (Rus) / 860
6. Cristian Garín (Chi) / 840
7. Alexander Zverev (Ale) / 765
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) / 760
9. Roger Federer (Sui) / 720
10. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) / 635
The ATP notes in its statement that this new classification, drawn from the world context conditioned by Covid-19, was born in consultation with the four tournaments of Grand slam and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Among the reasons given by the ATP is the desire to provide “stability to players who cannot or prefer not to compete in 2020 due to health and safety.”
He points out that it is a system that “can adapt to more changes in the calendar if necessary.”
That “reward the players who perform well after the resumption of the Tour in 2020. And keep the principle of defending the tournament points week by week in 2021, maintaining the mobility of the players in the Ranking”.