According to reports plans are reportedly being contemplated to safeguard the rankings of players unable to play at Wimbledon and other UK tournaments
The ATP is contemplating a temporary freeze of tennis rankings in a bid to protect the standings of Russian and Belarusian players who are set to be banned from Wimbledon and other UK-based tournaments this summer.
Among the proposals being discussed is the implementation of a compensatory ranking point system similar in theory to the one which was brought in throughout the Covid-enforced disruption of the sport in the past two years – with the idea being to protect to the status of top-ranked players like Daniil Medvedev and to not have them lose ground in the ratings due to the decisions of the All-England Club, the group which oversees Wimbledon.
It has been speculated that the ATP could take the aggressive move to strip UK tennis events from ranking eligibility – but the more likely outcome would be to implement a ranking compensation system in which players' prior results would be taken into account.
The UK's Daily Mail quoted one anonymous source as saying: "How could we allow someone to miss out on the year-end finals or other tournament entries based on ranking just because they haven't been allowed to compete somewhere?"