Since the coronavirus halted the whole world, the universe of sports was also at standstill. Now with the resumption of tennis via US Open, French Open, and few other tournaments, ATP has announced a newly revised ranking system. Earlier the rankings which were determined by player’s 18 best results over a 12 month period, will now [with men’s tennis set to resume by August 14] be based on an extended 22- month period.
The rules which are now set, states that the same tournament will not be counted twice in a player’s total. However, the better result will be counted towards his season-end ranking.
This means players can now take a sigh of relief as if they cannot compete in the 2020 season. They can skip this season without hesitation as points amassed at an event in 2019 won’t affect their 2020 rankings.
In case, if World No.2 Rafael Nadal, somehow cannot add to his points at the two remaining slams of the year, which he won both in 2019, and chooses not to compete, then the Spaniard would lose no ground in the ranking terms.
Coming on our World No.1, who has spent 282 weeks as World No.1 now, will surpass Pete Sampras after 5 more and then will just be left behind Federer (310).
Djokovic, who is just 3 Slams behind Federer and 2 off Nadal will therefore surely try to extend his lead over Rafa [World No.2].
As for Federer, this new ranking system is just a major relief as he is skipping the rest of the 2020 season in order to undergo double knee surgery. He will remain in the top 8 rankings.
And coming on those who qualified for last year’s ATP finals will surely be positively benefited by the rule changes. But for those who had started their 2020 season well, this news might not be good enough.
Nadal has option to play at ATP finals and skip other tournaments as he won both grand slam last year. While Federer is out with injury and this will new ranking system definitely keep him in top 8. Now coming to our World number 1, Novak Djokovic, he has good opportunity to add more points and stronghold his position, if he wins or perform better then last year at remaining two grand slams.