After 175 weeks, the ATP tour is ready to restart. The rankings were frozen on March 16.
Novak Djokovic will start the 283rd week as the World No.1
Dan Evans leads the three Brits in the Top-100
LONDON, UK – The ATP World Tour is ready to restart in New York after 175 days. The ATP rankings were frozen on March 16- Let’s recap the scenario.
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After 175 days, the ATP Tour returns this week with the Western & Southern Open, followed by the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York City. So, let’s recap the ATP rankings, frozen since 16 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the exceptional circumstances of the season, ATP decided no players will drop points in 2020 unless they are replaced by a better result. However, they can increase their total achieving strong results, but in their “Best 18” they won’t be allowed to count the same tournament twice.
As the season is finally ready to restart, Novak Djokovic will start his 283th week as orld No. 1, trailing only Roger Federer’s 310 weeks and Sampras’ 286 weeks. He led the ATP rankings for 155 weeks out of 272 since January 2015.
Rafael Nadalstays at No.2, pursued byDominic Thiem. The Austrian rose to a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings before the lockdown. He was the first to break the Top 3 dominance of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger since 6 May 2019.
The hyper-competitive Daniil Medvedev, ranked No.5 behind Federer, looks ready to defend his title at the Western & Southern Open. Last year in Cincinnati he won his first Masters 1000 crown in a stunning summer. When he put Nadal on the ropes during the US Open final in 2019, he suddenly became the man to beat, one of the top players being chased by the rivals. When you feel other players want to beat you, you need to be ready to accept it and learn something new.
Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will come back to the United States as the British No.4 in the ATP Rankings. The World No.129 is the only British player to win the Western & Southern Open title since 1968. Crowned in 2008 and 2011 after beating Djokovic both times, he confessed to have defeated the British No.1 Dan Evans on the golf course. The only Brit in the top-30 had to to grow a moustache after losing the bet.
On July, the World No.28 looked incredibly competitive during the exhibition event as he quarrelled with Kyle Edmund when they clashed at the net following a night match. Evans misinterpreted a post-match touch of rackets as an aggressive swipe, but they went dinner together to bury the hatchet.
The South-African born hard-hitter looked eager to come back on the road again to play real tournaments. His improvements during the different versions of the Battle of the Brits could give him enough hopes to do well on the North American hard-courts.
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