ATP revises rankings system due to shortened season

7/6/2020 2:37:54 PM EST

The way ATP rankings are calculated will change when the men's tennis season resumes next month.

The ATP said Monday that the rankings, traditionally based on the best 18 results over the current 52-week period, now will be figured on the same number of best finishes over a 22-month period from March 2019 to December 2020.

The tour halted play on March 16 amid the coronavirus pandemic and froze the rankings then. At that time, Serbian Novak Djokovic was No. 1, followed by Rafael Nadal of Spain, Austrian Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer of Switzerland.

The rankings are used for tournament entry and seedings. The revised rankings will determine the singles qualifiers for the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals.

The ATP said the revised rankings system will provide more opportunities for points, stabilize the rankings for those who choose not to play in 2020 amid the pandemic and reward players who do well when the tour resumes.

The players cannot use the same Tour-level tournament twice in their Best 18 scores.

ATP play is scheduled to resume Aug. 14-21 at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

--Field Level Media

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