There were minimal changes in the rankings this past week as the WTA season is over and the ATP season is just about over. Those lower ranked players just on the cusp of breaking into the top hundred and hanging in at the bottom of the top hundred are still plugging away at the Challenger and ITF level to gain ranking points. Their goal is to get inside the top hundred to get direct entry into the first major of the 2020 season, the Australian Open. The reason is that they do not want to have to grind it out in the qualifying rounds to get to the main draw, those three rounds take too much out of them and by the time they get to the first round in the main draw, they having nothing left to give.
Nadal’s Obstacles To Number One
The number one ranking on the ATP Tour is still up for grabs. Rafael Nadal would like to end the year as the number one ranked male player of the 2019 season; however, there are three obstacles that can potentially prevent him from doing so. If Novak Djokovic gets to the final or wins the title; the impact of Nadal’s abdominal injury on his form; and finally, Nadal’s record on indoor hard courts (the Spaniard has never won the ATP Finals title).
FACT: of the eighty-four titles that Nadal owns, only one was won on an indoor hard court surface and that was in 2005.
Top 100 Ranking Changes
|NAME||SPOTS MOVED||NEW RANKING|
|Jaume Munar (ESP)||UP 11||87|
|Alexander Bublik (KAZ)||DOWN 10||58|
|Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)||DOWN 13||100|
|Lin Zhu (CHN)||UP 12||71 CAREER HIGH|
|Shuai Peng (CHN)||UP 10||65|
Top 10 ATP & WTA Ranking Changes
ATP: there were no changes in the rankings, the top ten members remained the same and maintained their rankings from the previous week. The number one spot still belongs to Rafael Nadal; however, Novak Djokovic is hoping to change that this week at the Nitto ATP Finals.
WTA: there were no changes amongst the top ten members. Ashleigh Barty ended the 2019 season as the number one ranked female player.
SPECIAL MENTION: France defeated Australia, 3-2, to claim the Federation Cup for the third time.
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