Last summer, before the tour resumed in New York, the ATP announced that the rankings would be expanded to 22 months (from March 16, 2019 to the end of 2020) instead of 12 months so as not to penalize players who would have been heavily impacted by the cancellations of many tournaments. In October, the authorities even extended this period until March 1, 2021. These decisions stem from one thing: players are not obliged to participate in all tournaments, especially the Grand Slams and Masters 1000, which are usually mandatory in the point count. This will apply to the Australian tour and all tournaments scheduled until March 1, 2021. In this period of pandemic, the ATP was forced to adapt and offer a way out for players who did not wish to take risks with the contagion. As since the resumption in early August, the rankings will continue, at least until March 1, 2021, to take into account the best point total obtained in a tournament if a player has participated twice in the same tournament over the last 24 months. However, a major change will be made regarding the Nitto ATP Finals and NextGen Finals. Contrary to the 2020 editions that have just taken place, the Race ranking will only take into account tournaments played in 2021. So there will be a difference with the ATP ranking which will take into account tournaments played in 2019 or 2020 if a player had better results in previous editions. Moreover, contrary to the usual rules, the ranking will take into account the points earned in 19 tournaments instead of 18: 4 Grand Slams, 8 Masters 1000 and 7 other tournaments where players have taken the maximum number of points (ATP Cup, ATP 500, ATP 250, Challenger, ITF). The Nitto ATP Finals 2021 held in Turin will count as a bonus tournament for participants.

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