WTA Comes Up With Brilliant Plans For Lower-Ranked Tennis Players to Gain Ranking Points

Published 04/10/2021, 9:35 AM EDT
A net with the WTA logo during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15th, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The coronavirus pandemic has not only impacted the organizers of different tournaments but has adversely affected the players as well. Due to the pandemic, tennis players, especially the lower-ranked ones, are not getting enough opportunities to play on tour. In a situation like this, the WTA has come forward with a good plan.

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To overcome this problem of fewer playing opportunities for the tennis players, WTA has agreed to a new ranking system in consultation with the ITF. Under this, it’ll promote the progression in rankings of the lower-ranked players.

The WTA has decided that it’ll increase the ranking points awarded to the players at the ITF World Tennis Tour (WTT) women’s events. Interestingly, the plan will work for the remainder of the 2021 tennis season.

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The plan will be applicable to all the tournaments starting after April 5, 2021. It will raise the points at all the women’s events in the categories of W25 and W80 for the remaining part of the year. However, ranking points in the higher categories (W80+H and above) and W15 tournaments will remain the same.

The ITF Circuit director thanks WTA for being sympathetic towards lower-ranked tennis players

Jackie Nesbitt, Director of ITF circuits mentioned that the ITF plays an important role in helping a player to reach the highest level in the sport. He also expressed gratitude to the WTA for taking their demands into consideration and thinking about the lower-ranked players.

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The WTA logo outside the Grandstand court on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“The WTA and their Players’ Council have listened to and are sympathetic to the issues facing lower-ranked players at this time while Covid-19 continues to cause disruption to the WTT calendar.  The solution offered enables players to earn additional ranking points and promotes progression in the rankings. We are grateful for the WTA’s consideration and collaboration in offering additional ranking points at this level,” said the director.

It is surely a great and necessary step taken by the WTA for the tennis players. The players will definitely be happy after listening to the great news and will look forward to playing some amazing tennis in the future.

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