Concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, ATP took a hit with its point processing system. Basically, it extended the balance period from one year to 22 months: between March 2019 and December 2020. In addition, the ranking remains frozen from March 16, 2020, a few days after the circuit was suspended.
The tennis players will not have to defend points because the circuit will only consider the best performance in each tournament. That is, if a tennis player made semifinals in Madrid, for example, and in the next edition falls in the second round, the result of 2019 will be taken into account.
With that said, the big boys’ schedule turned 180 degrees. It is that, from having to return “forced” under the umbrella of the organization of tournaments of the USTA, a country that is in a delicate moment for the pandemic, now the elections may vary for players like Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.
Basically Rafa, who was champion in the 2019 edition, will not lose 2000 points even if he does not participate and will be able to focus on Roland Garros. To increase the veracity of this theory, there is an unavoidable fact: that of Manacor said yes to his friend Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open.
What is important about this? Dates overlap. The US Open runs from August 31 to September 13 and the Masters runs from September 12 to 20. Zero time to make the switch from cement to powder, in addition to the time difference.
This potential decision would open a unique vein to Novak Djokovic who had fallen in the last 16 of the Grand Slam played in New York. Is that Djokovic, in case of playing and winning, could be a Major of the record of Federer: 20. Not to mention one more plus in his score as number one and, of course, more consecutive weeks in that position. Federer reached 310 as the undisputed tennis player on the planet and Nole is 282.
What is striking is that the Serb trained again on brick dust with his friend Viktor Troicki and not on cement. “I can assure you that I will not play the Washington tournament, while Cincinnati would be planned if I finally played the US Open, but I still do not know if I will be there. I plan to play Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September,” he said.
While waiting for the definitions, who seems to have lost more ground is the USTA and, who mark the tempo of the Circuit, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.