Impact of Coronavirus on ATP Singles Rankings

Published 03/09/2020, 6:11 AM EDT

The first ATP Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory event of the tennis calendar, the Indian Wells 2020 has been cancelled due to a case of coronavirus locally. Subsequently, what will be the impact on the singles rankings following the cancellation of the tournament?


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All the players will certainly drop their points gained at the last year’s Indian Wells Masters. The ATP world rankings work on a 52 weeks basis. Hence, the players drop their points after 52 weeks regardless of whether the tournament happens or not.


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ATP ranking scenarios for the ‘Big Three’ after Indian Wells 2020

Novak Djokovic

The World No.1 Novak Djokovic earned only 45 points last year as he was defeated in the round of 32 against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Dropping only 45 points, Djokovic is confirmed to maintain the top spot for at least three more weeks. Hence, the Serb will extend his record of staying as World No.1 for 284 weeks.

However, this might be bad news for the 17-time Grand Slam champion as he was looking invincible this season. He could have added 955 points to his points tally and hence extend his gap with Nadal.

Rafael Nadal

World No.2 Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters 2019. The Spaniard will hence drop 360 points in the ATP rankings. This will further widen his gap with the No.1 Djokovic. However, there will not be any change in rankings for Nadal and he will stay on the second spot.

Nadal had an opportunity to reclaim the world No.1 spot at the Indian Wells Masters 2020. The Mallorcan could replace his rival Djokovic at the top if he won the title and Djokovic didn’t reach the semi-final.


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Roger Federer

The Swiss maestro will be the least affected of all players as he was already going to miss the event. The 20-time Grand Slam winner is currently recovering from knee surgery and had pulled out of the tournament earlier. The defending finalist will lose 600 points after the Indian Wells week. However, Roger Federer will still hold his No.4 spot in the ATP rankings.

Impact on other top 10 players in ATP rankings

The defending champion Dominic Thiem is the most affected player of all as the Austrian will drop 1,000 points and will not be able to defend any points this year. Though Thiem will remain on the third position, his gap with Federer has narrowed down to just 15 from a difference of 415 points.


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However, to one’s surprise, there won’t be any movements in the top 10 of the ATP rankings. All the top 10 players will hold their rank as it is until 6th April.

Top 5 ATP rankings after Indian Wells 2020 week –

1. Djokovic – 10,175
2. Nadal – 9,490
3. Thiem – 6,045
4. Federer – 6,030
5. Medvedev – 5845


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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.