I was looking at the ATP rankings and years the players turned pro and I couldn’t understand what is the criteria for players to be able to turn pro? I always thought that as soon player start to play ITF pro circuit and earn some prize money he is automatically is considered to be a pro, but I noticed with every single player on the tour that they had already 1-2 years of playing on ITF tour and having a certain ranking before they turned pro. Normally it was happening when they were achieving at least top 1000 ranking. Can someone please explain to me as I’m confused.


In this context, turning pro means, that player has played his first ATP Tour match, not ITF (so at least ATP 250 tournament).

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