The introduction of ITF Transition Tour was announced last year, but now more details about it have emerged. The ITF's goal is to have around 750 ATP singles and doubles players with the new ranking system starting from 2019.
The crucial difference is at the ITF level: in 2018, 35 ATP points will be awarded to the winner of ITF Futures $25,000+H events. In 2019, in these kinds of tournaments, which will be called the ITF Transition Tour 25,000+H, only five ATP points will be given to the winner, three points to the finalist, one point to the semi-finalists.
In $25,000 events that don't offer hospitality, there will be just three points at stake for the winner and one for the finalist. No ATP points will be offered at the $15,000 events. In 2020, no points will be awarded at any ITF events.
It's planned that in 2019 there will be just 405 ranked players. The change will be enforced by 31st December 2018, when the players will see all their ITF points dropped except the above-mentioned rounds. The ITF tournaments will, however, offer ITF Transition Tour points which will go towards the players' ITF Transition Tour ranking.
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