Originally Posted by holagirl56
Entry Race:ranking or scoring is based on the tournaments played (Round points) and the opponents which are played (Quality points).
The scoring system runs for a whole year but only the 17 highest ranked tournaments are important. It also determines whether players are seeded for a particular tournament.
Players, who only play 12 or 13 tournaments a year, are only judged for the tournaments played.
The number of points is also stipulated by the category of that specific tournament. There are Grand slams, Tier I , II, III, Tier IV and Tier V tournaments.
Each Monday the ranking scores are readjusted by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). When a player starts a tournament, the points she scored at the same tournament the previous year, are subtracted from the current total. This way the player can only score extra points by at least getting through to the same round or do even better than the year before.
When you beat a higher-ranked player you gain quality points.
The points by category (round) and the quality points are shown below.
On this site you’ll notice that we change the ranking only after a tournament is played. Thus pointing out the exact number of points scored at that particular tournament.
Champions Race - Everything from the beginning of this year, in which the players recieve points for the quality of all the ATP tournament events played
No, I think these are the rules for the WTA not the ATP. They are different tours and have different rules.
The ATP does not have quality points, or tiers as such, and works on a best 18 (13 mandatory + 5 optional) system.
Entry System (the *real* rankings): points obtained over the past 52 weeks. Players at ATP level count points from the four Grand Slams, nine Masters Series, the Tennis Masters' Cup if played, and the best five results from other tournaments. If a player is eligible for the mandatory (GS + TMS) tournaments but doesn't play them, they score 0 for that tournament. Entry points are Race points multiplied by five. Entry points are also earned for tournaments below ATP level (challengers, futures, etc).
Race: points obtained from the start of the year to date. Rules same as above. Race points are 20% of Entry system points. Race points are not earned for tournaments below ATP level (challengers, futures, etc).
At the end of the year, for players who have played all year in ATP level (i.e. not challengers), Entry = Race * 5.