It's not a ridiculous thing to say when some people on this forum are never to be seen when a player is losing or injured, but as soon as they have a good tournament the bandwagon arrives to obsess about rankings. For me, it is more important to support a player who is injured or having a down time than worry about where he will be ranked after a win or a loss.
What exactly am I supposed to post when a player is not playing or is losing first round? I see the losses and I feel sad that they lose and want to support them but I can't comment on the matches because I don't go and watch, when I do go to matches I actually do give commentary on the players who lose.
As has been stated before, the player wins, the ranking goes up, he loses, the ranking goes down.
Not true, with the way the ATP rankings are structured a player can win a tournament and lose spots in the rankings due to a player below them doing better overall over a 12 month period and vice versa a player can lose first round and gain places in the rankings.
If Johnny does not make the final in Alice Springs this week he will lose ranking spots and all the hard will be lost after one really good week in Darwin. Just winning is not enough, in other sports sure you can win and you will almost definitely move up but tennis is different. Defending points is one of the most important things as a professional tennis player because no one wants to fall down the rankings.
Even though these posters on here claim that the pros don't look too much into the rankings that is just not true. I watched an interview at the start of this year with Peter Luczak where he stated he needed to gain around 100 points between then and Roland Garros to assure entry into Wimbledon so he is obviously looking into the rankings and is able to set goals because of that. I think it is healthy to do a rankings analysis but I bitten the bullet and made a seperate thread because I didn't want to be childish and complain about it.