On this page I want to look in detail at current tennis rankings on the ATP and WTA Tour. I will provide my analysis of individual players and their current ranking positions as well as an overall look at the ranking system.
ATP Tennis Rankings
Before looking at and analyzing the current rankings, let’s have a quick look at the point system that is used by the Association of Tennis Professionals for the men’s tour.
The ATP Ranking System
In the ATP ranking system the tournament results over the past 52 weeks are accumulated to determine a players ATP ranking. The system counts the best 18 tournaments for every player.
For the top players certain tournaments like the Grand Slams and Masters level events are mandatory and they will be punished within the ranking system if they do not play in those tournaments!
It is important to realize that the relative performance in a tournament compared to last year’s performance will determine whether a player will rise or fall in the rankings after any given tournament!
If a player won a tournament in the previous year and only reaches the final this year, then he will most likely drop in the rankings after the tournament. This is because the points for winning last year will drop out of the Best 18 from the past 52 weeks and will be replaced by the points for reaching the finals this year.
ATP Rankings: Top20
(As Of Jan. 3rd 2012)
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 13,630
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 9,595
3 Federer, Roger (SUI) 8,170
4 Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,380
5 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,925
6 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 4,335
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 3,700
8 Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,965
9 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 2,595
10 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 2,380
11 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 2,315
12 Simon, Gilles (FRA) 2,165
13 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 2,120
14 Roddick, Andy (USA) 1,940
15 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR) 1,925
16 Monfils, Gael (FRA) 1,910
17 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI) 1,820
18 Isner, John (USA) 1,800
19 Gasquet, Richard (FRA) 1,765
20 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP) 1,755
(As of Jan. 3rd 2012)
After dominating 2011, Novak Djokovic has secured the number 1 spot in the world and Rafael Nadal is over 4,000 points behind him. Federer is another 1,500 points behind Nadal but pronounced that he is still aiming to regain the number 1 spot in the world.
Unless Djokovic drops off significantly in form though, I believe he will stay at the number 1 spot throughout this year! Federer and Nadal will probably have a close fight for the second spot, depending a lot on Rafael Nadal’s health.
Andy Murray is not too far behind Federer and Nadal and could possibly move up another spot if either Nadal or Federer have a weak stretch. Nevertheless, I don’t see Murray as a true threat to these guys when they are at their best. There are a few other really dangerous players inside the Top10 as well that can always go deep in the Grand Slams.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga can beat anybody on any given day if he is in great form. It appears that he is getting better mentally and he might be ready to upset anybody out of the Top4 possibly even in a Grand Slam this year. Tomas Berdych has a huge game as well but is still not mentally strong enough in my opinion.
Mardy Fish is another player that could make another good run at some of the major tournaments this year. His game is big and he can play the net effectively. At this stage of his career his experience and maturity should help him to improve a little bit every year!
From outside the Top10, Juan-Martin Del Potro is a note-worthy player that I believe can also get inside the Top5 this year if he stays healthy! I don’t like Andy Roddick’s chances on the other hand to once again become a Top10 player because there are too many problems in his game and the competition is getting tougher every year!
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WTA Tennis Rankings
Before analyzing the women’s tennis rankings, let’s have a quick look again at how the ranking system works on the WTA Tour!
The WTA Ranking System
The WTA also uses a rolling 52-week system. The difference is that the best 16 tournaments are counted and not the best 18 like on the ATP Tour.
WTA Rankings: Top20
(As Of Jan. 3rd 2012)
1 Wozniacki, Caroline 7485
2 Kvitova, Petra 7370
3 Azarenka, Victoria 6520
4 Sharapova, Maria 6510
5 Li, Na 5720
6 Stosur, Samantha 5585
7 Zvonareva, Vera 5435
8 Radwanska, Agnieszka 5250
9 Bartoli, Marion 4710
10 Petkovic, Andrea 4580
11 Schiavone, Francesca 3900
12 Williams, Serena 3180
13 Clijsters, Kim 3161
14 Jankovic, Jelena 3115
15 Lisicki, Sabine 2879
16 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia 2865
17 Peng, Shuai 2800
18 Cibulkova, Dominika 2755
19 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 2606
20 Pennetta, Flavia 2490
(As of Jan. 3rd 2012)
Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova are very close to each other in the race for the number 1 spot in the world. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are also only about 1,000 points behind the two. The race for the number 1 spot should therefore be very interesting at the start of 2012.
Overall the women’s ranking system is wide open at the moment and it is really tough to say who will come out on top this year!
I believe Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur will probably have a really strong year in 2012!
Both of these players have a huge game and needed to get more stable from a mental standpoint. Kvitova won Wimbledon and Stosur the US Open, which should give these two enough confidence in order to compete for the Grand Slam titles this coming year!
If Sharapova wants to win a Grand Slam title this year, then she definitely needs to get more consistent with her serve. Azarenka is usually really solid but I think it will take more than solid Tennis this year to win a Grand Slam event!
Caroline Wozniacki is also playing solid Tennis as usual, Kim Clijsters is coming back from injury and she is always a contender to win Grand Slam titles when she is healthy.
It is unsure how strong Serena Williams is playing at the moment and how well she prepared for 2012. If she is in great shape then she is always tough to beat. The competition is tougher these days though I believe and she needs to be in great physical shape to win more Grand Slam titles!
Another interesting player on the rise is Andrea Petkovic, currently ranked number 10 in the world. She works extremely hard and has gained a lot of confidence last year. I expect her to slowly but surely continue her climb up the rankings this year!
Two more dangerous players that I believe could make a good run this year are Sabine Lisicki and Anastasis Pavlyuchenkova! It should definitely be a very exciting year and I think there will be plenty of surprises this time around!
So that was it for the current tennis rankings.