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ATP Rankings Men

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) uses the Pepperstone ATP rankings as a merit-based mechanism to determine a player’s eligibility for entrance as well as their seeding in all singles and doubles competitions. [2] The inaugural singles rankings were released on August 23, 1973, while the first doubles rankings were released on March 1, 1976. The four Grand Slam competitions provide the most ranking points, which are determined by the level of the tournament reached and the status of the competition. Every Monday, the rankings are updated, and points are deducted 52 weeks after being given (exception of the ATP Finals, from which points are dropped on the Monday following the last ATP Tour event of the following year).

Jack Kramer, Cliff Drysdale, and Donald Dell worked together to form the ATP in 1972 as the men’s trade union. The organization gained notoriety when 81 of its members abstained from the 1973 Wimbledon Championships. Just two months later, in August, the ATP unveiled its ranking system designed to make tournament admission requirements more objective. At that moment, these criteria were in the hands of national federations and event directors.

Men’s tennis swiftly accepted the new ATP ranking structure. Ilie Năstase, the system’s inaugural No. 1, grumbled that “everyone had a number hanging over them,” encouraging a more competitive and less collegial attitude among the players, despite the fact that almost all ATP members were in favor of objectifying event participation.

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