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FedEx ATP Rankings Logic Updated

  • Posted: Oct 05, 2021

The ATP has announced an adjustment to the FedEx ATP Rankings logic following prior calendar changes due to COVID-19.

Effective immediately and retroactively, ATP Tour-level tournaments with a ranking drop off date after 9 August 2021, including tournaments played during the revised ranking period (17 August 2020 – 9 August 2021), will be included in a player’s ranking breakdown for 52 weeks, regardless of when the next edition of the tournament commences. The change addresses situations in which a player does not keep his ranking points for 52 weeks due to the earlier scheduling of the same event in the following year.

Due to the adjustment’s impact on players who competed at the 2020 ATP 250 tournament in Nur-Sultan, the first tournament affected by the outlined scenario, and the implications for subsequent entry lists, the ATP, in consultation with the ATP Player Council, has decided to re-run the entry lists that closed in the week of 27 September. This has been done to ensure all acceptances for upcoming tournaments operate under the same entry principles aligned with the latest FedEx ATP Rankings logic.

This adjustment aligns with the traditional FedEx ATP Rankings approach taken prior to the introduction of COVID-19 modifications. Since the Tour’s return from suspension in August 2020, the ATP has remained flexible in its approach towards the FedEx ATP Rankings and will continue making adjustments where necessary to maintain a fair merit-based system for players.

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Scouting Report: Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev Head Indian Wells Field

  • Posted: Oct 05, 2021

The ATP Tour returns to Indian Wells for the penultimate ATP Masters 1000 event of the season at the BNP Paribas Open, where in the absence of the past five champions the favourites arrive with little previous success in the desert. Following its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was rescheduled this year to be held in October.

The top two seeds are Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas and both are bidding for a maiden Indian Wells trophy. The FedEx ATP Race To Turin heats up in the Californian desert with a string of contenders desperate to strengthen their claim to a Nitto ATP Finals berth. looks at 10 things to watch this week in Indian Wells.

1) Newest Major Champion Medvedev Leads Pack: Hot on the heels of the biggest title of his career at the US Open and subsequent team success at the Laver Cup, the Russian looks to maintain his momentum on US soil and claim his second Masters 1000 trophy of the season.

The World No. 2, who defeated Reilly Opelka for the Toronto Masters 1000 trophy, has also claimed titles in Marseille and Mallorca. He will attempt to add another at Indian Wells as the top seed, where he will attempt to build on a modest 3-3 record.

2) Tsitsipas Circling: In only his third appearance in the BNP Paribas Open, the Greek star arrives as the second seed. The 23-year-old has shown great consistency at Masters 1000 events this season, advancing to at least the quarter-finals in five of the first six events at this level.

Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo, where he did not lose a set, and will try to claim his second in Indian Wells, where success has eluded him in the past (1-2 record). The second seed fell in the third round of the US Open before helping Team Europe clinch the Laver Cup in Boston.

3) FedEx ATP Race To Turin Heats Up: Several players are trying to stake their claim to one of the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November. Following his maiden hard-court title and his fifth trophy of the season in San Diego, Norway’s Casper Ruud moves into eighth in the Race.

As a result of seventh-placed Rafael Nadal’s absence in Turin due to injury, the cut is effectively ninth in the Race, with recent Metz champion Hubert Hurkacz, US Open semi-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and Sunday’s Sofia champion Jannik Sinner keen for a strong showing in Indian Wells to stay in contention.

4) #NextGenATP Debuts: Since the BNP Paribas Open has not been held since 2019, there are several #NextGenATP stars who will make their debut at the Masters 1000 event. Umag champion Carlos Alcaraz and Parma titlist Sebastian Korda lead the bunch.

Alcaraz reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in New York last month, following a five-set upset of World No. 3 Tsitsipas, while Korda advanced to the fourth round at a major for the second time at Wimbledon in July. Newport finalist Jenson Brooksby, his compatriot Zachary Svajda, Danish teenager Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune and Italian Lorenzo Musetti are the other #NextGenATP names set to make their main draw debuts at Indian Wells.

5) New Champion Incoming: A first-time BNP Paribas Open singles champion is guaranteed in 2021. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is not playing and 2019 finalists, reigning champion Dominic Thiem and five-time champion Roger Federer, are injured. Thiem announced in August he would miss the remainder of the season due to a right wrist injury. Will Cincinnati titlist Alexander Zverev, Russian star Andrey Rublev or Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini seize the opportunity to make their mark in the desert?

6) Zverev Poised For Deep Run: Another player integral to Team Europe’s Laver Cup triumph, Zverev has been on a red-hot run since his fourth-round Wimbledon departure. The German went on a 16-match winning streak – capturing a Tokyo Olympics singles gold medal (d. Khachanov) and his fifth Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati (d. Rublev) – before Novak Djokovic stopped him in the US Open semi-finals. While yet to pass the Round of 16 in the desert (5-4 record) Zverev has won 17 of his past 18 matches.


7) Rublev Chases First Masters 1000: The star of Team Europe’s dominant Laver Cup triumph in Boston, World No. 5 Rublev made a quick transition outdoors with a run to his eighth semi-final of the season in San Diego at the weekend (l. to Norrie). The Russian seeks his first title since winning Rotterdam in February, but has reached his first two Masters 1000 finals since (Monte Carlo and Cincinnati). He arrives with a 1-2 record at Indian Wells, having won through qualifying to reach the Round of 32 in 2019.

8) Fans Relish Return To The Desert: After the cancellation of Indian Wells in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic also forced the postponement of the 2021 edition from March to October. It makes for a welcome return for fans, given the event has been voted by players as the Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year for the past six years it was held.


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9) Doubles Field Stacked: Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic have already won nine titles together this season including Masters 1000 trophies in Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, as well as Wimbledon and a Tokyo Olympics gold medal. The top seeds in Indian Wells head a loaded doubles draw ahead of second seeds, US Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

This year’s Halle Open runners-up Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz reunite, while Doha-winning Russians Rublev and Aslan Karatsev and Italians Jannik Sinner and Berrettini team up. World No. 13 Denis Shapovalov joins forces again with former World No. 3 in doubles Rohan Bopanna, while Reilly Opelka and Alex de Minaur are a first-time pairing.

10) Murray Leads Wild Cards Into Battle: In his first outing at Indian Wells since 2017, the 2009 runner-up Andy Murray is one of the five main draw wild cards. Murray has compiled a 25-12 record in the desert since his debut in 2006 and reached his first tour-level quarter-final in nearly two years two weeks ago week in Metz.

The other wild cards are #NextGenATP Americans Brooksby and Zachary Svajda, 2017 semi-finalist Jack Sock and #NextGenATP Dane Rune. Former World No. 8 and four-time ATP Tour titlist Sock reached his first tour-level quarter-final since 2018 in Newport last month.

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Thiem Announces No Need For Wrist Surgery

  • Posted: Oct 05, 2021

Dominic Thiem will not require surgery to overcome a right wrist injury, the former World No. 3 has revealed on social media on Monday.

The Austrian has not played since he sustained the injury during his first-round match against Adrian Mannarino at the Mallorca Championships in June. He missed the chance to defend his maiden Grand Slam trophy in New York last month and his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy from 2019 in Indian Wells this fortnight as a result, but held hopes he could begin training as soon as the wrist was strengthened.

“I had a very important thing today. I was in Belgium to decide if I need surgery on my wrist or not and luckily I have very, very good news. I won’t need the surgery,” Thiem said on social media. “It’s really stable and it’s looking good, my wrist.

“The next week I have to make it more flexible and strengthen my wrist, do everything to prepare to slowly start playing tennis again. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a pretty long time without a racquet and I honestly miss it.”

The 28-year-old announced in August he would miss the remainder of the season due to a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of his right wrist. Thiem owns a 9-9 record on the season, with his best result coming at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he reached the semi-finals.

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