What to do:
1 How many points will a player receive if she:
a wins a Tier 3 tournament
b loses in the quarter final of a Grand Slam tournament
c loses in the round of 16 of a Tier 4 tournament?
A player’s ranking is not calculated based on their last tournament only. To calculate a player’s total ranking
points, we consider all the point scores for tournaments played in the last 12 months. The player’s 17 highest
point scores are added to give a player’s total score. Players are then ranked based on this score.
For example, suppose Elena has competed in 20 tournaments in the last 12 months, and has scored the following
points from those tournaments:
215, 75, 1, 125, 700, 30, 165, 225, 90, 70, 350, 125, 1, 60, 300, 70, 225, 45, 500, 140
To find the 17 highest scores, we remove the three lowest scores, which are the two one point scores and the 30
point score. The 17 highest scores are added to give a total of:
215 + 75 + 125 + 700 + 165 + 225 + 90 + 70 + 350 + 125 + 60 + 300 + 70 + 225 + 45 + 500 +
140 = 3480 points.
What to do:
2 How many tournaments has Elena won in the last 12 months?
3 Over the last 12 months, Anna, Belinda and Carolina
competed in the same 20 tournaments, and achieved the
a Convert each of the results into a point score.
b Calculate the total ranking score for each of the players.
c Which of these three players will be ranked the highest?
Which player will be ranked the lowest?
In addition to the points described above, players used to be
awarded ‘quality points’, based on the quality of their opponents.
In other words, you received more points for defeating the world
number 1 player than you received for defeating the world
number 100 player. Do you think it is a good idea to include
‘quality points’ in the ranking system?
How does the men’s tennis ranking system work?