"Tired and angry" - Holger Rune criticizes "Frozen Ranking"
Holger Rune is "tired and angry" in view of the ATP regulations introduced due to the corona pandemic.
by Nikolaus Fink
last edit: Oct 18, 2021, 06:37 am
It's October 18, 2021. For the first time since 2017, Roger Federer is no longer one of the ten best tennis players in the world. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in the spring of last year, the 20-time Grand Slam winner has only taken part in five tournaments, the ATP regulations still made it possible to remain in the top ten - despite the 40-year-old has only played 19 matches in the past two seasons and won no title.
This is just one of many examples that make it almost impossible for the layman to keep track of things. At the beginning of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, the ATP announced a "return to normal", but until the world rankings actually only represent the results of the past 52 weeks, it will take until August 15, 2022. A circumstance that is met with incomprehension by Holger Rune , who is only 18 years old.
Rune finds clear words
"You know I'm a hard-working man and I usually never complain. I've fought very hard this year to reach my goals and get into the top 100. The ATP has won it over to me and many other young, up-and-coming players always made very difficult because they have a frozen ranking from 2019. This means that the players in the ATP ranking still have their points from the results from 2019. Regardless of their results in 2020 and 2021 " , the Dane turned to his fans on Instagram.
Normally he would already be in 62nd place, so Runde, but in fact he is in 123rd position in the world rankings. Thus, for example, the youngster will have to go through the qualification at the Australian Open. "With this placement I could take part in better tournaments and I would have the feeling that my hard work has paid off," continued Rune.
"Now I'm tired and angry because I think the system is unfair. I love tennis, but we have to compete on an equal footing," the Dane concluded his statement. Rune is not the first player to criticize the current rules of the ATP. Among other things, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev had previously found clear words .