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How are tennis players ranked on the ATP and WTA tours? Tennis
10 months ago | gizem

How are tennis players ranked on the ATP and WTA tours?

Tennis players are ranked on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and WTA (Women's Tennis Association) tours based on their performance in official tournaments over a designated period. The rankings are updated weekly and are essential for determining players' positions and seedings in tournaments. Here's how players are ranked on both tours:

ATP Rankings (Men's Tour):

  • Ranking Points: Players earn ranking points based on their performance in ATP Tour tournaments and Grand Slam events. The number of points awarded depends on the level of the tournament and the player's round reached. Winning matches and advancing to later rounds accumulate more points.
  • Best 18 Results: A player's ranking is determined by their best 18 results from the previous 52 weeks. These results include points earned from ATP Tour tournaments and Grand Slam events during that period.
  • Mandatory Events: Players are required to participate in certain "Mandatory" tournaments, known as ATP Masters 1000 events and the ATP Finals. Failure to compete in these tournaments can result in penalties affecting the player's ranking.

WTA Rankings (Women's Tour):

  • Ranking Points: Similar to the ATP rankings, players earn ranking points based on their performance in WTA Tour tournaments and Grand Slam events. The number of points earned depends on the tournament level and the player's round reached.
  • Best 16 Results: The WTA rankings are determined by a player's best 16 results from the previous 52 weeks. These results include points earned from WTA Tour tournaments and Grand Slam events during that period.
  • Mandatory Events: WTA players are required to participate in certain "Mandatory" tournaments, such as Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 events. Skipping these events without an accepted reason can result in penalties affecting the player's ranking.