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Tennis Needs New Ranking System

Posted By Bennett Snyder On Aug 9 2010 @ 10:19 pm In Tennis | No Comments

There is recent news that #1 ranked Rafa Nadal and #2 Novak Djokovic are teaming up to play doubles. This is first time the top 2 rated players on the men’s tour are playing together, since it happened in the 70′s. It is also the first time ever, well since the computer rankings started back in 1973, that no American player is ranked in the top 10.

Let’s take a look at the first part. Clearly Rafa deserves to be #1, he won Wimbledon and the French. However, Djokovic being #2 is a joke, pun intended. We are talking about a guy who made it to two semi-finals the past 2 years, no final appearances and clearly no titles, this being in grand-slams. Meanwhile, Federer the past 2 years has been to five grand-slam finals with three wins. That right there, just proves how flawed the ATP ranking system is. Anyone who knows the game of tennis, also knows that a man who has won more titles, 3, than the other man has semi-final appearances ,2, should be ranked higher. The current system favors players who play in a ton of tournaments, and that is understandable. The ATP just isn’t about the grand-slams, they want fans and players coming to their smaller tournaments too. Rewarding players by giving them points for going to the smaller tournaments is understandable but should be tweaked. The money and competition should be good enough for tennis players to enter small tournaments. The grand-slams are really what everyone plays for, thus should be overwhelming in terms of rating points.

The second part, is a failure of the American tennis system more than the point rating system. Yes, Andy Roddick is clearly still a top 10 player, but besides A-Rod the Americans haven’t had a top tier tennis player since the Sampras-Agassi era. While the broken rating system isn’t a huge deal in the tennis world, it is one that should be, and is easily fixed. Roddick deserves to be in the top 10 and Federer deserves to be #2 trying to battle with Rafa for the #1.

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