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ATP Announces Adjustments To FedEx ATP Rankings Due To COVID-19


The ATP has today announced how the revised FedEx ATP Rankings will be calculated once the Tour resumes. The Rankings, which reflect a player’s standing among the world’s best players and are used for tournament entry and seedings, are the lifeblood of professional tennis.
In anticipation of a return to competition in August, the Rankings, which traditionally operate on a "Best 18" results basis over 52 weeks, will now cover a period of 22 months (March 2019 – December 2020). The Rankings have been frozen since 16 March 2020, just days after the ATP Tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic..
The revised Rankings system aims to deliver the following key objectives:

• Provide flexibility & fairness to players across all levels in parallel with the condensed number of points available as part of the revised provisional 2020 calendar.
• Provide stability for players who cannot or prefer not to compete in 2020 due to health & safety.
• Provide a system that can adapt to further changes in the calendar if necessary.
• Reward players who perform well following the resumption of the Tour in 2020.
• Retain the principle of defending tournament points week by week in 2021, maintaining player mobility in the rankings.

BEST OF 2019 & 2020 RESULTS:
Among the key elements of the revised 22-month Ranking system are the following
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• A player’s ranking will be comprised of his "Best 18" results between March 2019 and December 2020.
• A player cannot count the same Tour-level tournament twice in his "Best 18" breakdown. For example, a player who played the Mutua Madrid Open in 2019 and plays Madrid again in 2020, will count the better of those two results.
• Tour-level tournament points added in 2020 that count in a player’s Ranking Breakdown will remain on a player’s ranking for 52 weeks, or until the event in question is played again in 2021, whichever comes first.

The temporary changes to the Rankings system have been made in consultation with the four Grand Slam tournaments and the ITF. Should the 2021 season be impacted by Covid-19, further adjustments to Rankings will be considered.

NITTO ATP FINALS QUALIFICATIONS:
The revised FedEx ATP Rankings will determine the singles qualifiers to the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals. As per normal, points earned at the season finale (as an additional 19th event) in 2019 will not count towards a player’s qualification for the 2020 event, ensuring a level playing field for 2020 qualification.

In doubles, the 2020 FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings will continue to be used to determine the eight teams that make it to London.


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All very expected....except the ATP Finals news. Wow. That seems a tiny bit catered to Federer lol.
 

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All very expected....except the ATP Finals news. Wow. That seems a tiny bit catered to Federer lol.
Dull is the real beneficiary here. No way for him to lose the FULL points of RG, USO, Canada and Rome no matter what his results are gonna be.

Basically we can see him as World #1 just after Cincy. One week after the tour is resumed. How lucky can this guy be???
 

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Now, after making this kind of Announcement it's almost 90 % certain that Nadal will not play the US Open in New York City because he won't lose those 2.000 Points. The only Tournament where he could GAIN Points is in Cincy and that's just not worth flying over to the USA for one Tournament.
 

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Dull is the real beneficiary here. No way for him to lose the FULL points of RG, USO, Canada and Rome no matter what his results are gonna be.

Basically we can see him as World #1 just after Cincy. One week after the tour is resumed. How lucky can this guy be???
Nadal is unlikely to play US Open now since he won't lose the Points.

Novak Djokovic on the other hand lost in the Semis of Cincy 2019 and the R16 at the Open so if he gets further in both Tournaments he stays at No 1.
 

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All very expected....except the ATP Finals news. Wow. That seems a tiny bit catered to Federer lol.
But he's not gonna be playing anyways. It helps players like Medvedev and Berrettini who didn't have great starts to the season but still have a shot of qualifying since it's the ranking that will be used and there's no way they'll lose the points they piled up at the backend of last season.
 

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Now, after making this kind of Announcement it's almost 90 % certain that Nadal will not play the US Open in New York City because he won't lose those 2.000 Points. The only Tournament where he could GAIN Points is in Cincy and that's just not worth flying over to the USA for one Tournament.
I don't think Dull play tennis tournaments for the points, no? It's about the titles not the points.
 

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Now, after making this kind of Announcement it's almost 90 % certain that Nadal will not play the US Open in New York City because he won't lose those 2.000 Points. The only Tournament where he could GAIN Points is in Cincy and that's just not worth flying over to the USA for one Tournament.
As if Rafa cares about ranking points hahahahahahahahaha
He's playing for 20 and 21 slams this year, the biggest achievement in tennis history!
Oh, and he's also looking to tie Connors-Sampras-Federer with FIVE US Opens!
This is actually the first time ever that the US Open is more important to Rafa than the French Open.
 

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Nadal is unlikely to play US Open now since he won't lose the Points.

Novak Djokovic on the other hand lost in the Semis of Cincy 2019 and the R16 at the Open so if he gets further in both Tournaments he stays at No 1.
Points are meaningless at this stage mug
 
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As if Rafa cares about ranking points hahahahahahahahaha
He's playing for 20 and 21 slams this year, the biggest achievement in tennis history!
Oh, and he's also looking to tie Connors-Sampras-Federer with FIVE US Opens!
This is actually the first time ever that the US Open is more important to Rafa than the French Open.
He's not playing New York, trust me on this. He can easily tie Federer with a Win at the French Open. He will prioritize Clay like he always does especially with this packed Schedule. He ain't going to beat himself up on a HC and then he has to play on Clay thereafter.
 

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If I understood correctly, in 2020 will not be possible to lose any points, only to gain them. That's good for Djokovic too.
Yes, if Novak wins either Cincy or US Open or both he is most likely safe until the end of the year. He won't lose his Madrid Points and can only gain during the Clay Season.
 

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This could actually hurt the us open. Players that were on the fence but now know they have nothing to lose could be p6shed to how just opt out
True but its not only about points. Money and history of round reached is plenty motivation too
 
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This almost ensures Novak will finish number 1. If Nadal skips Cincinnati (very likely), all Novak would have to do is do 450 points better than last year at Cincinnati, USO and RG. If he makes the USO semis, for example, he'll be number 1 no matter what Nadal does. :)
 

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I'm leaving this tweet here because I agree a 100 percent with it. Especially the "Currently, end of 2019 points are so much more useful than start of 2020 points." part.


(I'm honest enough to admit that this mostly bothers me because it screws up my fav who suuuuuuucked in 2019 but then did well in Jan/FB 2020, but nevertheless the tweet is spot-on. Impossible to find a solution that is 100 percent fair for everyone under these circumstances, though.)
 

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That being said I don't disagree with the decision. I do question the validity logic of even holding a yec for 2020 though
Yes, I agree. It most likely means Players like Medvedev, Berrettini, Dimitrov and Nadal might now be even more tempted to skip the US Open because they wouldn't lose their Points.
On the flip side it could also mean that Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem are more likely to play in the USA cuz they can gain Points. All 3 lost early in New York and Cincinnati last year.
 

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Also, assuming Nadal skips Cincinnati...if Nadal doesn't improve on his results at Madrid by a lot (like a final), Novak doesn't even need to play anything to remain 1 lol. At least before whatever tournaments are played after RG.
 
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