Tennis ranking: operation and use

Whether it is the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) or the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), the circuits each have their ranking for professional players made over the current year and the results of the previous year. . Allowing to designate the world number 1 and the seeds during tournaments, this tennis ranking is necessary to give visibility and a hierarchy. Here is all the information about the tennis ranking, how it works and how to use it.

ATP and WTA Tennis Ranking: how it works

With 8160 and 8631 points respectively, Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek are the world No. 1 ATP and WTA. If for the Pole, winner at Roland Garros and undefeated since January, this seems completely normal, how can the Russian be passed in front of Novak Djokovic after Roland Garros when the native of Moscow could not do better than a 1/8th final while the Serb lost in the 1/4 final? This is the subtlety of the world tennis rankings proposed by the authorities. Explanation.

The tennis ranking awards points according to the results of the players during the tournaments played (Grand Slam, Masters 1000, ATP and WTA 500, 250 and 125). For example, the Grand Slam winner wins 2000 points when the finalist wins 1200, and so on, while the Master and WTA 1000 only offer 1000 points to the winner. The ATP and WTA authorities then take into account 18 tournaments over a period of 52 weeks in order to achieve a world tennis ranking.

Then, the points are kept for 52 weeks (1 year) to update the ranking. That is to say that the results of the player or the player on a tournament are kept for one year, until the same tournament of the following season. To make it simpler, the Year N result is compared with the Year N-1 result. Then, depending on the results obtained, the player earns points (if the results are better in year N than in year N-1) or loses points (if the player shows a worse result in year N than the year N-1). We are therefore talking about points to defend for the players.


Rafael Nadal was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2021 (Year N-1) and scored 750 points. Winner in 2022 (Year N), the Spaniard won 2000 points. But in the ranking, it is the difference between the 2 years that will be taken into account, that is to say 2000 – 750 = 1250. Rafael Nadal will therefore score 1250 points to his total points in the ATP ranking.

Novak Djokovic, winner in 2021 (Year N-1), had won 2000 points. Beaten in the 1/4 finals in 2022 (Year N), the Serbian gleaned only 360 points. For the classification, it is therefore necessary to make the following calculation: 2000 – 360 = 1640. The Serb therefore lost 1640 in the ATP classification. This explains his loss of the world number 1 spot after the Roland Garros tournament.

The Race, a one-year ranking system

Much simpler than the ATP and WTA ranking, the tennis Race ranking only takes into account the results acquired during the season. As with the ATP and WTA rankings, however, it only takes into account the 18 best results obtained in tournaments.

The Race ranking is taken into account to designate the 8 best players of the season who will participate in the Masters Finals at the end of the season.

Use of the Tennis World Ranking

So what’s the point of ranking players when the goal is to win tournaments? Several explanations:

  • The nomination of the seeds in the tournaments to organize the table
  • The designation of and the world number 1
  • Regularity: the world tennis rankings allow you to analyze the regularity of a player from one year to the next. It therefore rewards consistency in results.

Top 10 ATP men’s tennis ranking as of June 20, 2022

  • Daniil Medvedev 8160 points
  • Alexander Zverev 7030 points
  • Novak Djokovic 6770 points
  • Rafael Nadal 6525 points
  • Casper Ruud 5050 points
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas 4945 points
  • Carlos Alcaraz 4893 points
  • Andrei Rublev 3870 points
  • Auger-Aliassime 3760 points
  • Hubert Hurkacz 3738 points

Top 10 WTA Women’s Tennis Ranking as of June 20, 2022

  • Iga Swiatek 8631 points
  • Anet Kontaveit 4511 points
  • Ons Jabeur 4340 points
  • Paula Badosa 4245 points
  • Maria Sakkari 4205 points
  • Aryna Sabalenka 4145 points
  • Karolina Pliskova 3777 points
  • Danielle Collins 3255 points
  • Jessica Pegula 3185 points
  • Garbine Muguruza 2961 points

Leave a Comment