Pablo Carreno Busta will compete at the Madrid Open this week, where he enters as the tenth seed. The Spaniard last played at his home tournament in Barcelona, where he was defeated by his countryman and eventual champion, Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
There has been a mixed reaction in response to the frozen rankings system adopted by the ATP. The ‘Best Of’ system was extended till August 5, 2021. According to the system, 50% of a player’s points from March-August 2019 will be preserved, if the tournament was not held in 2019. So for example, if a player won the Madrid Masters in 2019, and does not compete in 2021, he will lose 500 points, and keep the other 500.
Pablo Carreno Busta unhappy with the points system
Several players have criticized the new ATP points system with Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev leading the way. Andrey Rublev, who won five titles last year, stated that he would be ranked as the world number four, if not for the frozen rankings.
Pablo Carreno Busta finds it surprising that players are still keeping 50% of their points from March-August 2019. He stated that he would try to break into the top 10, but the system was not good enough.
“The points we gained in 2019 are still there, which is crazy. I will try to get closer to the top 10 but this system is not good,” said the Spaniard.
The Spaniard will open his campaign at the Madrid Open, against Federico Delbonis in the first round clash on Monday. He has claimed one title this season at the Andalucia Open, where he defeated Jaume Munar in the finals.