The FIR World Tour rankings will be unfrozen temporarily in December to add the results of the GRAWE sidebyside 14. Austrian Open.
The rankings will then be frozen once again until April 2021 when the FIR World Tour hopefully begins once again.
Due to most of the 2020 FIR World Tour being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a number of changes to the rankings moving forward.
What are the changes to the FIR World Tour rankings?
The World Rankings have been frozen since March and will be unfrozen in December. This is to make sure that all the points from the GRAWE sidebyside 14. Austrian Open are included for players.
Usually, the World Rankings are based on a player’s activity over the last 24 months. However, due to the pandemic, the new December rankings will be based on activity from the last 33 months. That means that all tournaments from the 1st March 2018 to 30th November 2020 will be included.
The December world rankings will then be used for January to March 2021 as they are frozen once again. This is due to no tournaments taking place in this time period.
Then, from April 2021, the World Rankings will be on a rolling 36 month period. This means that they are taken over a 3 year period rather than a 2 year period, as was previously common.
From January 2022 at the earliest, the World Rankings will then revert back to a 24-month period or a 2 year period. This will allow the rankings to slowly be brought back to normal over time.
What tournaments are eligible for rankings points?
Moving forward, the player’s tournaments during the ranking period eligible for ranking points are the 2 best Challenger tournaments and 8 best tournaments from the World Championships, Super World Tour and International World Tour.
However, within those 8 best tournaments, only 1 World Championships and 3 Super World Tour tournaments can be included.
More information about the FIR World Tour ranking regulations is available here.
You can also check out the live rankings here.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer