Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of numerous events of the men's and women's Tour in 2020, the ATP has decided to introduce a new system for calculating the world ranking: now, until next August, players will lose.
at most half of the points won two years ago. This is a method that has benefited and not a little one like Roger Federer, who from the Australian Open 2020 to today has played a single appointment on the circuit (and is currently in 8th position in the ATP ranking), unleashing the ire of the German Alexander Zverev.
Think also of the 23-year-old Andrey Rublev, one of the most in-form players of the moment, today at 7th step of the ranking but for a long time out of the top 10 (he is even 2nd in the 'Race to Turin').
Rinderknech: "It's an embarrassing situation"
The twenty-six-years-old Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, current number 124 in the world, also spoke about it in a recent interview with the team.
He said: "I don't see it badly. This is the rule, which was established by the ATP, so I can not help but accept it. Now, however, it is obvious that it is a bit embarrassing when you see athletes, I do not necessarily speak of Benoit Paire, who do not play, who do not have a great motivation or who are at the end of their career and take advantage of it to participate in big tournaments and pocket money.
the cash prize. We tell ourselves that they are lost places." The case of Paire is exemplary: despite having won only two of the fourteen games played in 2021, the transalpine is still in the world top 40 (while he is 121st in the Race).
Paire, born in 1989, lost the first match of the main draw in Rome against Italian Stefano Travaglia, who won in two sets. The only two games won by the Frenchman in the current season came in Cordoba and last week in Madrid.
Meanwhile, ATP players are busy at the Italian Open, the clay-courts tournament that is played every year in Rome. There will be no Roger Federer on the court, but there will be Rafael Nadal and the world no.1 Novak Djokovic.