Can somebody explain in detail how a player's rank is affected when they lose against lower or upper-rank players in the different ATP tournaments? Is there a set metric for it?

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ATP Rankings points are awarded based on the prestige of each tournament and which round the player reached in that tournament; the ranking of the opponent the player lost to has no impact (and neither do the rankings of the opponents the player beat). Points normally expire a year after they are gained, but this has been modified due to COVID.

For example, winning a Grand Slam tournament gains a player 2000 rankings points, while winning a "250 series" event gains the player 250 points. You now see where the names of the series comes from! Similarly, reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam gains the player 360 points, while the quarter finals of a 250 series event gains the player 45 points. The full table can be found in the ATP Rankings FAQ in the "What is the points breakdown for all tournament categories?" section.

  • Thanks for the answer Philip but can you also tell about the rule where if a player who previously reached the higher stage at the tournament but in present is not able to play the event or reach the same stage how will be the rank affected then?
    – well...
    Nov 30, 2021 at 9:35
  • @well... Welcome to Stack Exchange - our model is slightly different from other sites, and comments are for clarifying the post, not as a discussion. You would be very welcome to ask a new question though.
    – Philip Kendall
    Nov 30, 2021 at 12:21

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