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What is ATP in tennis?

 All the tennis fans are generally interested in the latest updates of the ATP Rankings. But have you ever cared about what exactly the ATP is? Well here we are at Sportycious trying to elaborate what exactly ATP in tennis all about.


The full name of ATP is The Association of Tennis Professionals. It was founded by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer and Cliff Drysdale in September, 1972. Cliff Drysdale became the first President of the ATP. ATP arranges worldwide Tennis tours for professional tennis players in men category. The first name was ATP Tour which was later changed to ATP in 2001 and then to ATP World Tour in the year 2009.

ATP World Tour

The ATP World Tour includes different tours. They are..

  • ATP World Tour Masters 1000
  • ATP World Tour 500 Series
  • ATP World Tour 250 series
  • ATP Challenger Tour
  • ATP Champions Tour for Seniors
  • Grandslams
  • Olympic Tennis Tournament

How does the ATP Rankings Work?

Event Number of Matches Winner’s ranking points
Grand Slam


2, 000

ATP World Tour Finals



ATP World Tour Masters 1000



ATP World Tour 500 Series



ATP World Tour 250 Series



ATP Challenger Tour


80 to 125

ITF Men’s Circuit


18 to 35

The Emirates ATP World Rankings are published every Monday.

ATP Masters 1000 Tournaments

ü      Indian Wells

ü      Miami

ü      Monte Carlo

ü      Rome

ü      Madrid

ü      Toronto/Montreal

ü      Cincinnati

ü      Shanghai

ü      Paris

ü      World Tour Finals

ATP Tour 500 Series

  • Rotterdam
  • Dubai
  • Acapulco
  • Memphis
  • Barcelona
  • Hamburg
  • Washington
  • Beijing
  • Tokyo
  • Basel
  • Valencia

Davis Cup

In the year 2009 the ATP and ITF (International Tennis Federation) decided that the World Group Playoffs will also be awarded up to 500 points. These points are to be accumulate over the four rounds plus the playoffs and they will be counted as one of a player’s best outcomes from the level of ATP 500 Series. In Addition to this 125 points are also awarded to a player who wins all 8 live rubbers and finally winning the Davis Cup.


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