‘Current ATP rankings are untrue and too stagnant,’ says Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova says she agrees with Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev that the ATP rankings are not a ‘true’ reflection of players’ current contributions. 

Rublev is currently ranked at world number eight, although he would be in the top three under the traditional system.

Both he and Zverev have been active since the ATP Tour resumed following the initial outbreak of the COVID pandemic, yet both are still ranked below Roger Federer, who has only played two matches in 400 days.

And that, according to Navratilova, should prompt a rethink of how the current ATP rankings are calculated.

“I agree with Sascha,” she told the Tennis Channel. “It’s too stagnant, perhaps not a true ranking.

“In my head I’m thinking, ‘This player is ranked so-and-so’. I look at the rankings, and they’re not. It’s almost a two-year rolling thing.”

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“Maybe they need to take another look at it and compare the two rankings.

“If you take the tournaments that people have played since August, see what that would come out to, compared to what it is now, try to find a happy medium somewhere there or cut it out and just make it whatever everybody has played.”

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