I created ATP clay court rankings based on ATP points earned solely on a clay court. Similar to ATP rankings, the rankings are based on a player’s performance on the surface over the previous 52 weeks, and thus are updated weekly.
Players are ranked not by the total number of ATP points they have obtained but by the total number of ATP points earned per match (points per match or PPM). This is to emphasise that performance in clay court grand slams and Masters 1000 events should count for more than performance in ATP 250 events, and this system does not favour those who play a large number of clay court events.
The previous clay court rankings were published on 8 April 2014. Here therefore are the updated rankings following tournaments in Houston, Casablanca, and Monte Carlo. Observations below.
Clay court rankings 2013-14 (last 12 months as at 21 April 2014); minimum 5 matches played
- Wawrinka’s win in Monte Carlo propels him up the clay court rankings from 7 to 2. Nadal, despite his loss to Ferrer, remains well clear of the pack.
- Garcia Lopez, who won the title in Casablanca, followed up with a quarter final performance in Monte Carlo. In all, he won 8 matches in a row, defeating opponents including Berdych, Dolgopolov and Granollers, and climbed from 53 to 13 in the clay court rankings.
- Promising performances in Monte Carlo helped the rise of Raonic (who defeated Robredo) and Carreno Busta.
- Verdasco, winner in Houston, rose 15 places to 15, while Isner, failing to defend his Houston title, fell 25 places to 46.
- Perhaps most interestingly, the Fognini assault on clay-court Everest ran out of oxygen and stalled somewhere up the South Col. His mental implosion against Tsonga in Monte Carlo is neither an isolated case, nor should it detract from what has been a significant improvement in Fabio’s play in the last 12 months. Said implosion may however put on hold his Roland Garros “dark horse” run this year. See this article from our friends over at ESPN.
- Both Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber have a significant number of points to defend next week (they were both finalists in Munich last year). Early exits will see them slip down the clay court rankings.
- I will provide an update to these rankings before the Madrid Masters 1000 event starts on 4 May 2014.
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