WTA Tour weighing chance of fixing ‘frozen’ COVID-19 rankings like males’s tennis

WTA Tour weighing chance of fixing ‘frozen’ COVID-19 rankings like males’s tennis

WTA CEO Steve Simon stated in a press release that the tour is ‘presently reviewing if any additional changes to the rankings course of shall be made.’

WTA Tour weighing possibility of changing 'frozen' COVID-19 rankings like men's tennis

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Florida: The ladies’s skilled tennis tour is contemplating whether or not to make adjustments to its “frozen” rating system adopted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WTA CEO Steve Simon stated in a press release emailed to The Related Press the tour is “presently reviewing if any additional changes to the rankings course of shall be made.”

As issues stand, the WTA is permitting gamers to rely the factors from their high 16 event outcomes since March 2019. That enables somebody similar to No. 1 Ash Barty to keep away from being penalized for sitting out most of 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak took maintain.

Barty, for instance, didn’t defend her 2019 title on the French Open in October, however nonetheless will get credit score for the earlier 12 months’s championship.

The ATP introduced Wednesday that it’s tweaking its rankings guidelines with a watch to restoring the common 52-week system totally by August 2022. The boys’s tour additionally stated it is going to add about $5 million to prize cash being supplied between now and June at some smaller tournaments by rising payouts that had been lower to 50% due to the pandemic.

As for WTA prize cash, Simon stated in his assertion: “Along with the over $3 million in reduction we supplied to gamers in 2020, the WTA has assisted each gamers and tournaments by subsidizing 100% of the onsite prize cash in 2021 by means of the utilization of broadcast revenues, bonus pool re-allocations and central organizational funding as we really feel very strongly in supporting each of our members throughout these difficult occasions.”

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