ATP Rankings Scenario – If ATP Freezes Ranking Points Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 03/15/2020, 7:40 AM EDT


The sudden cancellation of Indian Wells 2020 blew the tennis audience and players. But later a six-week adjournment of the ATP Tour did not surprise the tennis world, as the coronavirus global pandemic has literally refrained the world from doing their regular activities.

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The suspension of a string of tournaments will affect the players’ rankings. The ATP rankings are based on a 52-week system. The players drop points of a particular tournament after 52 weeks irrespective of its occurrence. 

But, if ATP chooses to adopt freezing the rankings points of each player i.e., not dropping any points and resuming the tour on April 27 with the points earned until March 8, 2020. Under this circumstance, let’s see how does it affect the rankings of the top players.

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Novak Djokovic

To begin with the World Number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, after winning his title in Dubai the Serb earned 10,220 ATP points. Last year, Novak earned 315 points from Indian Wells, Miami Open and Monte-Carlo Masters.

And upon the resumption of the ATP tour, the Serbian ace will retain all the points from 2019 and continue to stay on the summit.

But as of now, the ATP hasn’t provided any official statement regarding the adjustment in the rankings. If they choose to drop the points of every single player, in that case, Djokovic will have 9,905 points and yet again his World Number one spot will be unaffected.

Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard ace Rafael Nadal withdrew from the semifinals of Indian Wells 2019. And later opted to stay away from the courts of Miami, pertaining to his knee injury.

During the clay season, Nadal reached the semifinals of Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. So by clubbing all the points, Rafa will retain 900 points and restart his season as the World Number two tennis player with 9,850 in hand.

If ATP plans to drop points, Nadal will still be second in the world with 8,950 points.

Dominic Thiem’s ATP ranking

The new World Number three Dominic Thiem couldn’t really play any match as the third-best player in the world. Last year, the Austrian claimed the biggest title of his career in Indian Wells, after defeating Roger Federer in the finals.

Then he made an early exit from Miami and Montecarlo and later clinched the title in Barcelona. By summing up all those points, Thiem will retain 1600 points and he will recommence the season with 7,045 points as World Number three.

Dominic Thiem

If ATP drops the rankings, the Austrian will still be number three in the world with 5,445 points.

Roger Federer

Moving on to the Swiss legend, Roger Federer who called off his tennis season in February for a few weeks amidst a knee surgery. He was destined to drop 3,180 points from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, and Paris.

But with the global coronavirus pandemic halting the tennis tour, ‘the fortunate Federer’ might drop less number of points if ATP opts to freeze the rankings.

By freezing the rankings until April 27, Roger Federer will retain 1,600 points from the coronavirus havoc and hold on to his World Number four spot.

Roger Federer

The present situations in Spain and Italy might not allow the Masters tournaments to get underway in May. If the events happen to be canceled in Madrid and Rome, Federer will retain 360 points form the clay Masters upon freezing the points.

Daniil Medvedev

The Russian machine Daniil Medvedev will retain 795 points from his last year’s performance in Sunshine Double, Monte-Carlo, and Barcelona. He will be ranked World Number five with 5,890 points once the tour resumes.

Daniil Medvedev

At present, he is just 65 points behind World number four Federer. Upon the reopening of the season, Medvedev will surpass Federer in rankings after winning a handful of matches, provided the ATP board freezes their points.

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Current ATP rankings

S.noPlayerPoints
1Novak Djokovic10,220
2Rafael Nadal9,850
3Dominic Thiem7,045
4Roger Federer6,630
5Daniil Medvedev5,890
6Stefanos Tsitsipas4,745
7Alexander Zverev3,630
8Matteo Berrettini2,860
9Gael Monfils2,860
10David Goffin2,555

ATP rankings on April 27, 2020, if rankings are frozen

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S.noPlayerPoints
1Novak Djokovic10,220
2Rafael Nadal9,850
3Dominic Thiem7,045
4Roger Federer6,630
5Daniil Medvedev5,890
6Stefanos Tsitsipas4,745
7Alexander Zverev3,630
8Matteo Berrettini2,860
9Gael Monfils2,860
10David Goffin2,555

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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