During a news conference yesterday in Abu Dhabi, Rafael Nadal once again reiterated his wish for a 2-year ranking system. When asked if there were too many tournaments on the calendar, Nadal said it wasn’t the number of tournaments but the ranking system that’s the problem.
“We need more tournaments, but the problem is the rankings are based on an annual basis and not on two years like in other sports, which can be a problem if you’re injured,” he told the Gulf News.
Players who do miss extended periods of time can apply for a protected ranking, like Juan Martin del Potro.
A 2-year ranking system would make it that much tougher for younger players to emerge, and reward those at the top.
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i think the protected ranking is enough to cover off injury, and the yearly ranking system makes sense. 2 years, as noted here, would make it even tougher for younger players to move up and break through. i like the idea of a yearly race, personally. it gives a certain “oomf” to the season’s tour.
January 1st, 2015 at 3:44 pm