John Isner Ignites ATP Rankings Debate on Twitter

Published 03/17/2020, 12:36 PM EDT


The ATP has halted all of its tournaments for at least six weeks due to the global coronavirus crisis. Subsequently, the cancellation of the tournaments led to many questions posed about the ATP rankings. American No.1 John Isner also sparked a debate on the fate of the world rankings during the suspension of the tour.

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The six-weeks suspension means no ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events will take place until April 27. The Miami Open, the ATP 250 event in Houston, Marrakech and Budapest, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open are the tournaments which have been called off. The adjournment of the tour will certainly have its impact on the ATP rankings.

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John Isner ignites discussion  about freezing the ATP rankings

The ATP rankings are based on a 52-week basis. A player drops his points after 52 weeks regardless of whether the tournament happens or not. This rule stays until any further announcements are made from the association about freezing the rankings until at least 27th April.

The tour has not announced any ranking adjustment so far. Consequently, the ATP Ranking system has led to some confusion among fans given this rarity of the events getting cancelled.

However, Isner expressed his legitimate doubts about what to do with the rankings. “Should the ranking be frozen or not?” He asked on Twitter.

Isner might be in favour of freezing the points as he earned 600 ranking points as a runner-up last year at the Miami Open. With this year’s tournament suspension, he stands to lose 600 points without getting a chance to defend them. This could certainly have a negative impact on his current ranking. Losing 600 points will certainly drop Isner from 21st on the ATP rankings table.

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Many fans also put down their opinion about the topic. However, the prevailing sentiment was to freeze the ranking points. Furthermore, many tennis players also replied to Isner. Let’s look at some of the replies.

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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.

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