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The ATP ranking system can be quite confusing to follow for the uninitiated. Fans are often left wondering why their favourite player tumbled down or jumped up the rankings. Players sometimes fall down the rankings despite not losing any tournaments in recent weeks.

This leaves the fans thinking the ranking system is too complex for them. While the system is not completely straightforward, it is also not that complicated either.

Here we will lay out how the system works and what all factors contribute towards it.

Let us take a look at the basics. Playing in an official ATP tournaments give the players points; and the further they go more points they accumulate. The ATP has various different categories of tournaments that offer varying degrees of points.

Naturally the Grand Slams are at the top of the pecking order and offer the most points to the players.

Let’s take a look at the break-down of points awarded in a Grand Slam tournament. The winner of one of the four majors, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon or US Open is awarded 2000 points. The runner-up is awarded 1200 points, semifinalists get 720 points each, and quarter-finalists get 360 points each.

Round 4 grants players 180 points, round three gets 90 points, round two gets 45 points and round one gets 10 points. There are points for the qualifying rounds as well.

Players can get points from various different tournaments apart from like ATP 1000 Masters, ATP 500 series, ATP 250 series, Challenger series and Futures series. So a winner of a Masters tournament, like the Cincinnati Masters or the Indian Wells Masters earns himself 1000 points, while an ATP 500 and an ATP 250 winner gets oneself 500 and 250 points respectively.

One thing to note is here is that the ATP rankings follow the concept of the “rolling point system”.

It means that the points a player wins through a tournament is kept on the count until the next time the same tournament is played. So basically what this means is that the points earned by a player remain in the system for a year, until the same tournament is played again the following year.

To better understand this, let’s look at an example.

What Djokovic Novak Djokovic won the 2018 Wimbledon Championship, winning 2000 points. This year he retained the title which means he defended the 2000 points he got last year. So the 2000 points will once again be counted in his tally. Now consider the US Open; he won the US Open last year, however, he will lose most of those points this time, since he retired in the fourth round.

Finally let’s look at the number of tournaments that are considered while counting the points of a player. The four grand slams, eight of the ATP 1000 tournaments and the World Tour Finals are the mandatory tournaments that are counted towards the year-end rankings.

Here’s an FAQ that should resolve all your ATP Rankings-related questions. If not, email us and we will get back to you.

What are ATP Rankings?

The ATP Rankings is a ranking methodology used in men’s tennis at the competitive level, which helps in determining the best players and the entry to tournaments at different levels. Singles rankings on the men’s circuit were first released in 1973, while the doubles rankings were first released in 1976.

How often do ATP Rankings change?

The ATP rankings change every Monday.

How are ATP tennis rankings calculated?

Points won from the tournament played in the previous week are added to the player’s point tally and those from the tournament played 52 weeks earlier get slashed from the player ranking.

How are ATP rankings determined?

For example, if Roger Federer won the Shanghai Masters last season, and was a losing finalist this year, the 1000 points he won for winning the tournament will be removed from his tally and 600 points for being the runner-up this year added to it, essentially losing him 400 points this year.

Do ATP rankings reset?

No, ATP rankings do not reset, i.e. players don’t re-start from zero at the start of the new season.

When will the ATP rankings be updated next?

The ATP rankings will be next updated after the first week of January at the end of the season’s first week tournaments. And after that, every following Monday.

What is the difference between ATP Rankings and Race to London Rankings?

The ATP Rankings give out the current ranking of a men’s tennis player based on his performance over the past 52 weeks. The Race to London or the Race to ATP Finals counts a players points from the start of the season and gives out a different ranking that is used to decide which eight players (plus two Alternates) will qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.

What are the ATP Rankings for Race to Milan?

Much like the Race to London, the Race to Milan is the total points earned by players under the age of 21 in that year. The top seven players based on this ranking other than those qualifying for the ATP Finals, plus a wildcard qualify for the Next-Gen Finals.

Here’re the top ATP Rankings as on November 11, 2019

  1. Rafael Nadal
  2. Novak Djokovic
  3. Roger Federer
  4. Dominic Thiem
  5. Daniil Medvedev
  6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  7. Alexander Zverev
  8. Matteo Berrettini
  9. Roberto Bautista Agut
  10. Gael Monfils
  11. David Goffin
  12. Fabio Fognini
  13. Kei Nishikori
  14. Diego Schwartzman
  15. Denis Shapovalov
  16. Stan Wawrinka
  17. Karen Khachanov
  18. Alex de Minaur
  19. John Isner
  20. Grigor Dimitrov
  21. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  22. Lucas Pouille
  23. Andrey Rublev
  24. Benoit Paire
  25. Guido Pella
  26. Nikoloz Basilashvili
  27. Pablo Carreno Busta
  28. Borna Coric
  29. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  30. Nick Kyrgios