The Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) today announced several measures to support players, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, including the increase in tournaments in the 250 and 500 categories and readjustments in the score.
According to the new measures, all ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments that take place between the Australian Open, which took place in February, and the Wimbledon event, scheduled for July, will have prize increases of 80% and 60%, respectively.
With regard to scoring, ATP decided that tournaments played between March 4 and August 5, 2019, which were not held in 2020 due to the pandemic, will retain 50% of the points earned, while those played last year will be discounted in the world ranking.
Taking the Madrid Masters as an example, ATP explains that a player will have 100% of the points added in this year’s edition, which will take place between April 30 and May 9, or 50% of the points added in 2019, depending on which is more favorable.
In relation to the events that took place in 2020, cases of the Roland Garros and US Open tournaments, the points of the 2019 editions, which until now were ‘frozen’, will be discounted.