“The System Is Unfair”: ATP Star Makes Some Furious Statements on Frozen Ranking Structure

Published 10/18/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
A detailed view of an ATP TOUR logo on a tennis net during the semifinal round of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Holger Rune came into the spotlight after he succeeded at the French Open Juniors 2019 at the age of 16. Recently, the Danish youngster aired his disappointment over the ATP rankings system. Currently ranked 123rd in the World, Rune feels it’s very challenging for the upcoming players because of the frozen rankings system.

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The 18-years old has been showcasing some significant performances on the ATP Tour. In his professional career so far, the Danish has achieved one ITF title and three Challengers titles. He’s already had a taste of the biggest level as he faced World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round of the US Open, and even managed to snatch a set from the Serb.

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ATP Star annoyed with the frozen ranking system

Holger Rune took to his Instagram to convey his frustration about the ranking system.

He started by saying, “This year I have fought very hard to achieve my goals becoming top 100. Atp has continuously made it very difficult for me and many other young upcoming players because they have had a frozen ranking from 2019 meaning players on the ATP ranking still have their points from results made in 2019. No matter their results in 2020 and 2021.”

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The Danis furiously continued, “Looking 2 years back on the normal ranking I would today be ranked 62 in the world and not 124. Does it matter ? Yes when you are ambitious and hard working it matters to get your reward. With that ranking I would be able to enter better tournaments and I would feel that my hard work payed off.”

Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune of Denmark hits to Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Holger understandably expressed his frustration over the fact that were it not for the frozen rankings, his ATP ranking would be significantly better. The frozen ranking system was initially introduced to counter the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect has since been extended. It will be interesting to see whether ATP reacts to Rune’s comments or not.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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