ATP (26/02/24): Gael Monfils - Australian Open 2022 and Andy Murray - Queen's 2023

ATP Rankings (26/02/24): Monfils moves up, Murray moves down

With three main tour events taking place last week, the ATP rankings have been severely shook up with Andy Murray suffering for his recent poor form.

Tournaments were held in Rio de Janeiro, Los Cabos and Doha with Sebastian Baez, Jordan Thompson and Karen Khachanov coming out as victors, respectively.

As a result of winning the biggest title of his career in Brazil, Baez has moved up nine places to a new career-high ranking of No.21.

The aforementioned Thompson had never won an ATP main tour title before, and that looked to be continuing when he was 6-0 4-1 down to Alex Michelsen in the Los Cabos quarter-final.

However, after saving match points to beat Michelsen, Thompson picked up impressive victories over Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud to win the first title of his career and reach a career-high ranking of No.32.

Big Movers

The biggest riser this week is Argentinian Mariano Navone, who has climbed a colossal 53 spots to world No.60 after reaching his maiden ATP final in Rio de Janeiro.

It was only the third main tour event of Navone’s career, having also competed in Cordoba and Buenos Aires this year, and the 22-year-old picked up some great wins over the likes of teenage sensation Joao Fonseca and defending champion Cameron Norrie.

There was also a breakthrough week in Doha, with 18-year-old Jakub Mensik continuing to impress by reaching the final in the Qatari capital after beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Andy Murray, Andrey Rublev and Gael Monfils.

The Czech youngster could not go all the way after being beaten in a tight final by the aforementioned Khachanov, but still manages to climb 29 places inside the top 100 to a new career-high of No.87.

Other significant risers this week include Alexei Popyrin (+8 to No.38), Facundo Diaz Acosta (+7 to No.52), Gael Monfils (+14 to No.57), Thiago Seyboth Wild (+9 to No.73), Aleksandar Kovacevic (+7 to No.93) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (+9 to No.94).

Andy Murray was able to break his six-match losing streak this week in Doha, but that has not been enough to stop a significant drop in the rankings.

The Brit was defending runner-up points from the Qatar Open last year, so has dropped 17 places to a ranking of No.67.

He is not the only person to drop big points this week, with fellow Brit Cameron Norrie being unable to defend the Rio Open title this week and as a consequence has fallen six places to world No.29, his lowest ranking since 2021.

There were other notable fallers this week in Arthur Fils (-8 to No.44), Nuno Borges (-9 to No.56), Max Purcell (-11 to No.62), Stan Wawrinka (-7 to No.74), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (-8 to No.104), Borna Gojo (-14 to No.105), James Duckworth (-10 to No.108), Dominic Stricker (-18 to No.112), Bernabe Zapata Miralles (-50 to No.143) and Benjamin Bonzi (-44 to No.172).

ATP Rankings Top 20 (26/02/24)

Here is the most recent update of the current top 20 ranked ATP players, with the gap between Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner closing:

Ranking Player Tournaments Played Points
1 Novak Djokovic 19 9,855
2 Carlos Alcaraz 18 8,805
3 Jannik Sinner 20 8,270
4 Daniil Medvedev  19 8,015
5 Andrey Rublev 24 5,110
6 Alexander Zverev 26 5,085
7 Holger Rune 23 3,700
8 Hubert Hurkacz 24 3,395
9 Alex de Minaur 25 3,210
10 Taylor Fritz 25 3,150
11 Casper Ruud 24 3,120
12 Stefanos Tsitsipas 24 3,080
13 Grigor Dimitrov 23 2,925
14 Tommy Paul 27 2,375
15 Karen Khachanov 23 2,260
16 Frances Tiafoe 23 2,155
17 Ben Shelton 27 2,055
18 Ugo Humbert 29 1,990
19 Adrian Mannarino  29 1,950
20 Francisco Cerundolo 27 1,840

For a full list of the rankings, visit the official ATP website

Race to the ATP Finals in Turin (26/02/24)

The ATP Finals are a highly anticipated event that take place at the end of each year, featuring the top eight singles players and doubles teams from the tennis season.

After winning the ATP 500 event in Brazil, Sebastian Baez has moved inside of those top eight places in the race to Turin:

1. Jannik Sinner – 2500 points

2. Daniil Medvedev – 1300 points

3. Alexander Zverev – 1235 points

4. Novak Djokovic – 860 points

5. Andrey Rublev – 800 points

6. Alex de Minaur – 795 points

7. Sebastian Baez – 750 points

8. Grigor Dimitrov – 715 points

9. Hubert Hurkacz – 700 points

10. Taylor Fritz – 695 points

Next week

There are three more events on the ATP Tour this week, with two of those being at 500 level in Dubai and Acapulco.

Dubai sees Daniil Medvedev return to action as the top seed and defending champion, with the aforementioned Murray looking to gain all important ranking points after his recent drop.

There is also a strong field in Acapulco with Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune, 2023 winner Alex de Minaur and Taylor Fritz as the top four seeds.

The final event of the week is held on the clay courts of Santiago, as the final stop on the ATP’s tour of South America.

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ATP Rankings rules

ATP rankings track and rank all the players on tour over a 52-week period. Points are awarded for performance, with the biggest tournaments giving out the most points over the course of the year.

Those rankings are then used to determine a number of things, such as seedings at tournaments and deciding who qualifies for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin.

ATP rankings points awarded/tournament

The following points are awarded for the different tiers of tournaments on the ATP Tour, with some slight alterations made for the 2024 season:

Tournament category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Q
ATP Tour 
Grand Slam 2000 1300 800 400 200 100 50 10 30
ATP Finals +900
(1500 max)
(1000 max)
200 for each round robin match win
(600 max)
ATP Masters 1000 1000 650 400 200 100 50 10 (30) (10) 30 (20)
ATP 500 500 330 200 100 50 (25) 25 (16)
ATP 250 250 165 100 50 25 (13) 13 (8)

Admissible tournaments

To prevent players from manipulating the rankings by playing a large amount of smaller tournaments, only 19 tournaments are admissible over the course of the year to make up a ranking.

That number does not include the ATP Finals, with that treated as an extra earned opportunity to win rankings points. However, the bigger and most prestigious tournaments are considered ‘mandatory’ entries. For example, if a player lost in round one of a Grand Slam, they would not be permitted to omit it from their ranking in favour of an ATP 250 which earned them more points.

Therefore, players who compete at all the mandatory events in a season will have the following breakdown of admissible rankings points:

  • 4 Grand Slams
  • 8 Masters 1000
  • 7 ‘Best Other’ performances

The rankings always cover the previous 52-week period, so any points won further back than that are deducted from a player’s total. That player will, though, have the chance to ‘defend’ their points by repeating or improving upon their previous performance.

An example would be a player who was a defeated finalist at the US Open in 2023 will have 1200 points deducted from their ranking following the 2024 final. Those points would then be replaced by those won at the 2024 tournament.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.