Tennis Coach Criticises Roger Federer for Influencing New Rankings System

Published 12/02/2020, 11:06 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Despite being out of action since February, Roger Federer has only dropped two places in the ATP rankings. Currently ranked No.5 in the world, Federer has benefitted the most from the revised ranking system introduced by the ATP.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland trains during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Due to the unprecedented disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP announced a new rankings system to provide flexibility and fairness to players who didn’t wish to compete amid growing safety concerns. As per the new dispensation, players can retain the points earned during a tournament in 2019, even if they didn’t take part or fared poorly in the same competition in 2020.

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Accusations leveled against Roger Federer

Recently, the Vice President of the German Tennis Federation, Dirk Hordorff, accused Federer of asserting his influence in establishing the new rankings system. Hordorff believes the 20-time Grand Slam champion took advantage of his position on the ATP Players Council to benefit himself.

During a podcast broadcast by the German site, Hordorff contended that Federer would have dropped below the top-50 rankings without the promulgation of the revised rankings system.

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Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“It is irresponsible and quite simply incorrect. In my opinion, he takes advantage of his position on the players’ council. No one knows, but two years ago, it was Roger Federer who made the point that Masters matches should count in the ATP rankings. It must nevertheless be said that without the frost, Roger Federer would not today be beyond a 50th place in the world,” said Hordorff.

The Swiss Maestro pulled off from the entire season because had to undergo arthroscopic surgery in his right knee. Having reached the 2019 Wimbledon finals and the Roland Garros semifinals, Federer retained a majority of the points from the 2019 season.

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Presently rehabilitating, Federer will compete at the 2021 Australian Open, which is scheduled to start on February 8.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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