Girls’s tennis devises path again to its ordinary rankings setup

The WTA is organising a means that finally will return its girls’s tennis rankings to their ordinary 52-week system after a “freeze” of kinds was put in place to account for a tour hiatus and scheduling modifications throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a difficult means of calculating issues, however on the whole, rankings factors will stay a part of a participant’s whole for no less than a yr and less than two years.

The modifications will go into have an effect on beginning April 5, after the Miami Open ends.

The principles govern such oddities as tournaments that had been performed in 2019, skipped in 2020 and return this yr, together with Miami and Madrid — these factors will disappear 104 weeks after they initially had been earned.

For occasions held in 2019, skipped in 2020 and 2021 and anticipated to return in 2022 — Indian Wells matches that situation — factors will drop from a participant’s rating each time these tournaments are subsequent contested.

Earlier than these updates take impact, the WTA has been permitting gamers to depend the factors from their high 16 match outcomes since March 2019. That allowed somebody comparable to No. 1 Ash Barty to keep away from being penalized for sitting out most of 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak took maintain.

Barty, for instance, didn’t defend her 2019 title on the French Open in October 2020, however nonetheless will get credit score for the earlier yr’s championship.

The ATP introduced earlier this month that it’s tweaking its rankings guidelines with an eye fixed to restoring the common 52-week system absolutely by August 2022.

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