“Who Cares About the Rest”: German Chief Takes Aim at Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray Over Revised Rankings

Published 03/19/2021, 8:37 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Andy Murray of Great Britain, Novak Djokovic of Siberia, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain attend a ceremony for Carlos Moya’s retirement during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


There has been a lot of chatter around the ATP rankings. Initially, ATP froze the rankings in light of the coronavirus pandemic. But the rule was extended into 2021 as well, and this didn’t go well with some players. Incidentally, Roger Federer has been the biggest beneficiary of the ranking freeze.

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Thus, the German Tennis Federation vice president, Dirk Hordorff, took aim at not only Federer but also on Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray.

Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Dirk Hordorff ranted about the ATP ranking system on his Facebook page. He made a sarcastic comment and took aim at Federer for the ATP rankings, drawing a connection between the ranking rule and Federer being in the ATP Player Council.

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“Some of you have problems to understand the ranking system of the ATP, but it’s so easy. Roger Federer can choose his ranking place, even without playing. By the way, Roger is player council member. This makes him happy.”

Furthermore, he criticized Nadal, who is also in the ATP Player Council. And he claimed that Novak Djokovic didn’t care about the ranking system since he is the World No.1

“Rafa Nadal is happy to get a ranking system with 3 years keeping the points. By the way, Rafa is player council member. Novak Djokovic is ranked one and the best player, so he doesn’t care who is behind him and what the player council decides. He is happy.”

Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand react after watching a video. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev are still behind Roger Federer in the rankings

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Moreover, Hordorff pointed out Murray‘s decline as well. He also alleged that no one is appreciating Daniil Medvedev‘s rise to World No.2. And in the end, he sided with Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev, criticizing the system.

“Murray doesn’t win. He gets wild cards. And as long as he is not winning and getting wild cards, he doesn’t need to climb. And who cares about the rest. Daniil Medvedev is 2 in the ranking, but nobody really knows this. Alex Zverev and Andrey Rublev are pissed that they are winning but don’t climb in the rank.”

Zverev and Rublev were frustrated with the ATP ranking system. Rublev, over the past year, has won five titles, and that still puts him below Federer, who had a 13 month absence from the sport.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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