ATP has decided to extend the ‘best of ranking‘ system for the men’s tour following the disrupted calendar. The 12- month ranking system was replaced by the 22-month ranking system with the ATP stating that the main objective was to preserve the principles of the sport and ensure that no player loses out on crucial points owing to the pandemic.
The ATP Rankings were frozen from March 16, 2020 till the season resumed again in August 2020. Due to covid concerns, the governing body decided to move to a ‘Best of 24-month’ ranking, which would extend till March 1, 2021. However, after putting out a revised calendar for the 2021 season, the ATP has accepted the proposal to extend the ranking system by two more weeks till the week of March 15, 2021.
Players not willing to travel given some relief after the extension
The move will provide relief to players who are not willing to travel and risk their health amidst the raging pandemic. As per the new rules, a player who competes at the same tournament within a span of 24 months, his best performance at the event will be counted for ranking purposes.
The points from the most recent outing at a event will be counted only if it is better than the previous edition. Any points accrued in ATP Challenger Tour or ITF World Tennis Tour once it resumes will be seen as a player’s ‘Best of Other Countable’ results. The new rule is expected to benefit players ranked outside the top 100 and provide them an opportunity to break into the top 100.