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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday April 14, 2020


The ATP has confirmed that it will freeze the “weeks at No.1” category of its rankings in place as long as the Coronavirus pandemic keeps the tour inactive.

"The ATP has confirmed that the freeze to the FedEx ATP Rankings, effective March 16, 2020, also applies to any time-sensitive records over the suspension period of the Tour," the ATP told Tennis Now via email.

This is a typically important statistic at the moment, as Novak Djokovic has been for some time closing in on the all-time lead in this category. The Serb is currently at 282 weeks at No.1, just four weeks behind Pete Sampras (286) and 28 weeks behind Roger Federer (310) for the all-time lead.


Djokovic, who began his fifth stint at No.1 after winning his eighth Australian Open title this year, had a chance to pass Sampras later this month and could have passed Federer in the fall, but those timetables will be pushed back with the ATP Tour not slated to resume play until the 13th of July at the earliest.

There are differing views being expressed about the freeze. Some believe it is best to just keep the weeks rolling, as tennis does throughout its off-season; others believe it is best to stop the clock on rankings until play resumes.


 

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