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New balls are requested by the chair umpire after the first 7 games of the match, and then every 9 games thereafter. It is done this way since the players warming up with the first set of new balls is considered to amount to the normal wear and tear of 2 games. When the chair umpire calls for new balls, the ball kids (if present) will collect the balls and ...


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Longest time span between the First and Last time at #1 (ATP) Roger Federer was first ranked at the top of the ATP Rankings on February 2nd, 2004. The last time he was promoted to the top of the ATP Rankings was June 18th, 2018. The length of time spent between his first and last appearance at number one in the ATP Rankings, is 14 years, 1 month, and ...


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For questions of this type, it seems reasonable to create a CW answer where various users can contribute the instances they are aware of, add references, etc. (We will probably not create a complete list, but at least we will have some of them.) List of tournaments cancelled due to rain Doubles competition at 1987 Dow Chemical Classic (Birmingham) was ...


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Like you said - coming out of retirement can be a vastly different proposition for well known, once highly-ranked players vs. unknown, lower-ranked players. As you mentioned - the well known players will likely get the assistance of wild cards from tournament directors to quickly ascend back up the rankings while the unknown player likely would not. This ...


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During the non-major tournaments (so all tournaments except the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) - both the ATP and WTA plays best of 3 sets. During the majors, the men play best of 5 sets and the women still play best of 3 sets. In the 4 majors, the 5th set (for men, 3rd set for women) must be won by a margin of 2 games, rather than a ...


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The USTA rule for Changeovers have the following: 90 sec changeover break between odd games 120 sec changeover break between sets (regardless if the set ended even) A bathroom break can be taken at anytime but it is preferred it during a changeover and the duration is reasonable For ATP the Rule book has the following for a toilet break (90/120sec rules ...


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The most detailed publicly available professional tennis match dataset I'm aware of can be found on a website called tennisabstract run by Jeff Sackmann. For the information you are interested in I recommend checking out the detailed match reports, which are compiled as part of the match charting project. The "point-by-point" description of a match tells you ...


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The answer is - it depends. ATP players started receiving points under certain conditions in 2009. See the rules for Davis Cup results and ATP rankings here (Internet Archive): Davis Cup points are awarded for World Group and World Group playoff ties only. The points accumulated in the four ties within the previous 52 weeks can be used as one of the ...


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ATP Tour Simply by checking List of ATP number 1 ranked singles players at Wikipedia I found two players who were Year-end No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam tournament that year: Jimmy Connors in 1975 and 1977 John McEnroe in 1982 (Connors won his first GS title in 1974 and McEnroe in 1979. But they did not won any GS in the years listed above. Note that ...


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You are not alone in asking this. Many fans and players have also started requesting a longer grass court season and having a grass court Masters 1000 event. Right now it has a lot to do with the tightness of the schedule as well as having the market and sponsors available for a Masters 1000 event on grass to make enough financial sense. The financial ...


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As of 2015, lucky loser in the WTA tournaments is still determined as the highest ranked player. See 2015 WTA Official Rulebook (internet archive): C. DRAWS / 1. Singles Main Draw / a. Composition v. Lucky Losers The criterion for determining Lucky Loser status is determined first by the highest ranked players (in descending order) who have ...


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When the final match is delayed for some reason, or not played until the next day (Monday) - the new rankings will be delayed also and not published until the winners of the tournament final(s) are determined. Since the Men's US Open final has been played on Monday the past 4 years now - let's use that tournament as an example. This year (2014), the ...


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From the ATP World Tour website (emphasis mine): Rafael Nadal captured an incredible 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday in beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in the 76-minute final. Nadal’s 29th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, one shy of record-holder Novak Djokovic (30), marks the first time in the Open Era (since April ...


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Men's side Since the Open Era began in 1968, and until 2013, this only happened in 1969. That year, Rod Laver (born 1938) won the Grand Slam, which means he won all of them: Wimbledon, Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open. I got to this result by parsing the results in Age of Grand Slam Winners - Open Era and completing those with List of List of ...


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I took data from the Tennis ATP and Tennis WTA repositories in GitHub. They do not have all the rankings, so it is not comprehensive and Logan's answer will be more accurate. From there we see that: (this is to be changed) Rafa Nadal was 1st on 18 August 2008 for the first time and hist last week on that position was on 21 August 2017. This makes it 9 ...


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It's pretty simple really - Radwanska reached the semifinals because she, along with 2 other women in her group, all finished with a win-loss record of 1-2 after the round robin part of the tournament. So when players end up tied like that with the same win-loss record they use other stats to determine who advances to the semifinals. First they use sets won ...


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Those players have won an ATP tournament as a lucky loser: Heinz Gunthardt (Springfield 1978) Bill Scanlon (Maui 1978) Francisco Clavet (Hilversum 1990) Christian Miniussi (Sao Paulo 1991) Sergiy Stakhovsky (Zagreb 2008) Rajeev Ram (Newport 2009) Andrey Rublev (Umag 2017) Leonardo Mayer (Hamburg 2017) Marco Cecchinato (Budapest 2018)


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I don't know whether this was the last time, but it was the last time I was able to find. On 24 May 2010 there were three Russian players in Top 10 (Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina.) This can be checked on WTA website. (But I do not know how to link to rankings from some given date.) The Wikipedia article on 2010 French Open shows ...


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The 2015 ATP rulebook says in section 7.18 Byes - Assignment and Placement that: Any player who received a “bye” and loses in the second round shall receive second round loser’s prize money but only first round loser’s points for the Emirates ATP Rankings, if applicable. For example, Tsonga received bye in Barcelona this year. He lost in the second ...


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As of 2016, no. The Davis Cup used to for world group matches, but not any more. From the ATP world tour website → Rankings FAQ: What are the rankings rules for players who compete in Davis Cup? Beginning in 2016 no points have been awarded for Davis Cup ties.


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When it comes to hard courts there are lots of different names for the surface when you get specific. Some indoor hard court surfaces are known as "Premier Court" for example, and as far as outdoor hard courts go, in addition to the general name of "Outdoor Hard Court" there are more specific names such as "Plexicushion", "Cushion Plus", "DecoTurf" (US Open ...


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You are correct - if Nadal didn't win a single match in 2014 his points total would fall back down to zero eventually. Depending on the reason why a player isn't able to play for a long time (illness, injury, etc.) sometimes qualifies them to receive a protected ranking - read more about that here.


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The week before is considered. For both the WTA and ATP Tours, every tournament - down to the very final week/tournament of the season - and all rankings points earned, are taken into consideration to determine who the selected players are, and thus who will be selected to play in the WTA Finals/World Tour Finals.


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In the case of challenger tournaments, this might be related to the restrictions for players with Top 50 ranking, see here: Do high ranked players need wild card to play a Challenger tournament? Otherwise it is most likely related to late entries, as confirmed also by jamauss' comment. Here is the relevant rule from 2017 ATP Rulebook (Internet Archive): ...


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ATP: Ivan Lendl was the only player in the list who has won singles grand slams prior to Wozniacki winning her only slam in 2018. He's known as one of the greatest players ever, holding the world #1 for 270 weeks (the 3rd most all time by a male player). He reached #1 seed first time in 1983. In 1984 he won his first grand slam at the French Open after four ...


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As of August 2020 this is the list of last tennis players who won grand slam championships on home soil: Men's: Australian Open: Mark Edmondson - 1976 French Open: Yannick Noah - 1983 Wimbledon: Andy Murray - 2016 US Open: Andy Roddick - 2003 Women's: Australian Open: Chris O'Neil - 1978 French Open: Mary Pierce - 2000 Wimbledon: Virginia Wade - 1977 US ...


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There are quite a few reasons for this. The ATP season is already very long, starting from January and ending in November. So, players only get a month to recover which is very taxing on their body. A new tournament will only add more days to the playing schedule. Players like Nadal have expressed their dissatisfaction of a long season. When will it be held?...


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Hopefully this answers your question about the WTA Finals - it's right on their website: http://www.wtafinals.com/article/champs-history/3668392 As for the men's changes over the years, it seems like you've pretty much answered your own question with the link you posted.


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There is an answer summarizing the situation at the time when the question was posted. Here is a CW answer which can be updated when there are more players with No. 1 position without Grand Slam title. Men Year-end No. 1 without Grand Slam title in the same year See also the list on Wikipedia (revision from 2019). Jimmy Connors in 1975 and 1977 John McEnroe ...


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