Hurcox mounts as Thiem falls

ATP Rankings (16/10/23): Hurcox rises as Thiem falls

The year-end Masters 1000 event in Shanghai saw a dramatic update in the ATP rankings, but who benefited and who suffered?

With the Shanghai Masters coming to an end yesterday, the ATP Rankings were once again updated on the traditional Monday.

Hubert Hurcox beat Andrei Rublev in the final in Shanghai, the Pole on the verge of returning to the top 10.

Other beneficiaries of the Shanghai Masters include Grigor Dimitrov, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton.

Big movers

The biggest riser in the ATP top 100 over the past two weeks was Hungary’s Fabian Marosan, who climbed 26 places to No.65 after reaching his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has shown signs of promise this year, with Marozan one of seven men to beat Carlos Algarz.

Coming off Shanghai, Tomasz Machak continued his impressive run of form on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning a 12-match streak en route to a second consecutive title in France.

As a result, the young Czech has a new career-high ranking of 81st.

Nicholas Jarry (No.21), the aforementioned Gorda (No.23) and Mackenzie MacDonald (No.37) have new career-highs.

It wasn’t a very productive week for Dominic Thiem, who lost to eventual champion Gabriel Diallo in the second round of the Bratislava Challenger.

The 2020 US Open champion was unable to secure many points from his run to the semi-finals of last year’s ATP 250 event in Gijón and has fallen 14 places to world No. 86.

Thiem will have more points to defend this week in Antwerp, where he also reached the semi-finals in 2022.

Roberto Bautista-Agut (-10), Miomir Kecmanovic (-9), Bernab Zapata Miralles (-10), Arthur Rinderkneck (-14), Quentin Hollis (-11) and Michael Mmoh have fallen in the rankings (-15). .

ATP Rankings Top 20 (16/10/23)

player Matches played points
1 Novak Djokovic 18 11,045
2 Carlos Algaraz 18 8,805
3 Daniel Medvedev 22 7,355
4 Jannik Pavi 22 5,000
5 Andrei Rublev 25 4,765
6 Holkar Rune 22 4,605
7 Stephanos Tsitsipas 24 4,360
8 Casper Root 24 3,685
9 Alexander Zverev 23 3,460
10 Taylor Fritz 27 3,410
11 Hubert Hurcox 23 2,900
12 Tommy Paul 26 2,705
13 Alex de Minar 25 2,650
14 Francis Thiafoe 23 2,355
15 Karen Kachanov 21 2,340
16 Grigor Dimitrov 24 2,195
17 Happy Auger—that too 22 2,100
18 Cameron Norrie 25 1,985
19 Ben Sheldon 27 1,865
20 Lorenzo Musetti 27 1,845

For a full list of rankings, visit Official ATP website

Match for the ATP Finals in Turin (05/10/23).

The ATP Finals is a much-anticipated event held at the end of every year featuring the top eight players of the tennis season.

Turin is the host again in 2023 with the event starting on November 12, meaning the battle for ranking points is hotter than ever.

Now that four singles players have been officially confirmed to have qualified for the year-end event, Rublev is just one step away from securing his status for the fourth year in a row.

Here’s how the competition for the ATP Finals currently stands:

1. Novak Djokovic – 8945 points (qualification)

2. Carlos Algaraz – 8445 points (Qualified)

3. Daniil Medvedev – 6935 points (qualifying)

4. Jannik Sinner – 4945 points (Qualified)

5. Andrey Rublev – 4275 points

6. Stefanos Tsitsipas – 3615 points

7. Alexander Zverev – 3415 points

8. Holkar Rune – 3110 points


9. Taylor Fritz – 2965 points

10. Casper Rudd – 2795 points

Next week

It’s set to be a busy week on the ATP Tour with three events in Tokyo (ATP 500), Antwerp (ATP 250) and Stockholm (ATP 250).

A majority of those hoping to strengthen or break into the top eight in the ATP race take part in these tournaments as they seek a place in Turin.

With Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev already eliminated, the Japan Open is a hotly contested tournament featuring 11 of the top 20 ATP players.

Also Read – Japan Open 2023 preview: When is it, who’s playing, what’s the prize money?

The ATP Rankings track and rank all players on tour over a 52-week period. Points are awarded for performance, with larger tournaments awarding more points throughout the year.

Those rankings are used to determine many things, such as tournament seeding and who qualifies for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin.

ATP ranking points awarded/tournament

The following points are awarded for tournaments in different tiers of the ATP Tour.

Competition type W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 K
ATP Tour
Grand Slam 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25
ATP Finals +900
(Max 1500)
(Max 1000)
200 for each round robin match win
(Max 600)
ATP Masters 1000 1000 600 360 180 90 45 10 (25) (10) 25 (16)
ATP 500 500 300 180 90 45 (20) 20 (10)
ATP 250 250 150 90 45 20 (5) 12 (5)

Permitted Matches

Only 19 tournaments are allowed throughout the year to make up the rankings to prevent players from manipulating the rankings by playing a large number of smaller tournaments.

That number does not include ATP Finals, which are considered an additional earned opportunity to win ranking points. However, larger and more prestigious tournaments are considered 'compulsory’ entries. For example, if a player loses in a Grand Slam round, they are not allowed to drop it from the rankings in favor of the ATP 250 that earned them the most points.

Therefore, players competing in all mandatory events in a season will have the following breakdown of acceptable ranking points:

  • 4 Grand Slams
  • 8 Masters 1000
  • 7 'Best Other’ shows

Rankings always cover the previous 52-week period, so any points are deducted from a player’s total. However, that player will have the opportunity to 'protect’ their points by repeating or improving on their previous performance.

A player who was a defeated finalist at the US Open in 2023 will have 1200 points deducted from their ranking after the end of 2024. Those points will then be replaced by those won in the 2024 tournament.

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