Sorry if I Sound Stupid, but.........

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Djokovicfan4life, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Djokovicfan4life

    Djokovicfan4life Legend

    Jan 24, 2008
    Stillwater, OK
    What is up with this "points to defend" thing? So if you do well an event one year you're expected to do well the next year too or suffer a drop in the rankings? Seems unfair to me. :confused:
  2. Ocean Drive

    Ocean Drive Hall of Fame

    Jul 24, 2007
    Why is it unfair?

    Explain to me, an easier, more adequate way the rankings could work, then, please?
  3. tacou

    tacou Legend

    Jun 30, 2007
    ahhh why is there so much confusion over how the rankings work? I think it's perfect.

    basically look at it like one year is = to one season. when a new "season" starts your seeding in tournaments is reflected by how you did last season, but if you don't perform as well you will gradually receive less favorable seedings.

    makes sense, no?
  4. austro

    austro Professional

    Sep 3, 2005
    I sympathise with the view that it doesn't make sense. It essentially defines you against your performance 12 months ago rather than against your current performance relative to other players.

    It makes more sense to just gain points when yo win rather than losing some when you don't win as much as a year ago. The latter should be pretty irrelevant especially when you consider what a No 1 ranking is supposed to express.

    If I win Wimbledon, I should get x points, regardless of whether I won it the year before or not. I don't think it is like that in any sport, is it?
  5. Mr. Blond

    Mr. Blond Professional

    Feb 24, 2006
    Did you ever play king of the hill as a child? The rankings work basically the same have to work to stay on top. It is worth mentioning though that once on top you do get seeding and match time selection at most tourneys. In the old days some tournaments only made the previous year's winner play the final, how is that for a perk?

    I think the point system works great.....if they did not have to defend points, they would make it to number one and lay off and ride out the spot while everyone else on the tour scrapped for their spot.

    You wanna be the big dog, you have to defend your porch!!
  6. raiden031

    raiden031 Legend

    Aug 31, 2006
    I agree the term "defend points" is very misleading. But think of it this way. Every time you win points, they expire after 12 months because your ranking is based on your last 12 months of play.

    So lets say a big tournament like Wimbledon is approaching and you have the #1 and #2 guys with almost the same point count. Whichever player did better at Wimbledon last year is in a worse position than the other guy because his expired points will lower his point count more than the other guy and so he needs to do alot better in the tournament than the other guy to retain his ranking. The reason the second guy is in a better position is because he won more of his points in more recent events whereas the first guy won alot of his points from Wimbledon 12 months ago.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  7. luckyboy1300

    luckyboy1300 Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2008
    seems pretty fair for me. getting on top doesn't give you the license to slack off and still not fear losing the top spot. you know what took you to reach the top. work as hard then you remain there.
  8. Ocean Drive

    Ocean Drive Hall of Fame

    Jul 24, 2007
    The thing is, you do get the desired amount of points, it just replaces the previous year, what's the problem?
  9. Ocean Drive

    Ocean Drive Hall of Fame

    Jul 24, 2007
    Great signature. :)
  10. k_liu

    k_liu Rookie

    Jan 7, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    There is not a perfect system out there. The current one is the best. You have to earn your keep as a top player.
  11. Blue Drop

    Blue Drop Rookie

    Mar 11, 2004
    He's just sore b/c he's a Djoko fan "4 life," and his guy is stuck in third despite winning more titles in calendar year 2008. But this is exactly the wisdom of the system -- it averages your performance over a full-year season rather than rewarding someone who has a hot streak.

    (Unnecessary dig: When Djoko's hot streak runs out, he'll revert back to his old tactics of ball bouncing and questionable injury timeouts.)

    PROTENNIS63 Hall of Fame

    Jul 11, 2007
    It is very fair. I think it works great the system. Players who perform well are expected to continue to perform just about as well.
  13. Fee

    Fee Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    In front of my computer, obviously
    That's exactly how it works. When you win Wimbledon, you get x points, and the points from Wimbledon the year before are no longer counted on your ranking.

    'Defending points' is just a phrase used to say that a player has a lot to lose this week. The rankings points that a player earns in a given week are good for 52 weeks from the date they are earned. You don't have to 'defend' anything, your points come off your ranking every Sunday night no matter what, just as you add new points every Sunday night (if you are doing it right). This isnt really that hard to understand. A player's ranking each week reflects his performance over the last 12 months, and all players are measured the same way.

    If this system is so bad, how would you do it?
  14. Leublu tennis

    Leublu tennis Legend

    Sep 30, 2007
    A pretty good system, I think. It rates the relative standing of player based on their performance over a reasonable period of time, one year. It could as easily be set up to rate players over a longer period, say two years. But then you would not be catching the players who have been doing particularly well during the previous year. I like it.
  15. flyer

    flyer Hall of Fame

    Nov 25, 2007
    What do you want your results over your whole career to be counted into your have to cut them off somewhere and say this result has nothing to do with how good they are now, the ATP choose 1 year
  16. Dave M

    Dave M Hall of Fame

    Mar 23, 2007
    Spot on, otherwise a young player could never be top because those who had been on tour longest would have most points.
    There is a calender year ranking too though, isn't it called the "champions race"?
  17. jmverdugo

    jmverdugo Hall of Fame

    Nov 22, 2006
    Houston, TX
    It is just like people say about democracy, it is not perfect but is the best we have.
  18. edmondsm

    edmondsm Legend

    Nov 26, 2005
    In an in between place.
    Yes. What is an alternative? Would it be more fair to start from scratch in January like the "race" does?
  19. pow

    pow Hall of Fame

    Jan 11, 2007
    Makes perfect sense to defend because if they don't account for the various tournaments throughout the season, then who would be the number one player? The player to last win a tournament? or the player who has won the most matches from being on tour the longest?
  20. akv89

    akv89 Hall of Fame

    Jun 23, 2007
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the "defending points" system, mainly because the players aren't defending any points in the first place. The points that a player has from one year before are going to come off regardless of what the player does since those points are too far in the past to really count towards a player's ability. However, the player has the opportunity to gain points once those points are removed.
    I can understand the misunderstanding that some people have when they say that a player shouldn't have to outdo the things he did from last year to gain points, such as Nadal having to have a nearly perfect clay season to stay where he is. However, you have to understand that the reason why he is in 2nd place or why Federer is no.1 is because of the results they achieved last year. If they can't reciprocate them, it makes perfect sense that the number of points they have is dropped.
  21. chiru

    chiru Professional

    Jun 9, 2004
    monarchy. i mean, of course thats assuming im the king.

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