Ranking Freeze and Interim Transition Points

Ranking Freeze and Interim Transition Points

Ranking Freeze and Interim Transition Points 2021

If you have any questions or spot any errors please contact competitions@tennisireland.ie.

The onset of COVID-19 and the resulting restriction applied throughout 2020 has had a significant impact on our sport, particularly in relation to the disruption of our competition programme and related rankings.

Despite the restrictions that were in place during 2020, over 25,000 matches were completed in club championships and open tournaments held nationwide. Without context this number is impressive and is something we and our clubs can be proud of given the circumstance, but it is still less than a quarter of what we would expect to be played in a ‘normal’ year.

The lack of competitive play caused by the cancellation of a significant number of Tennis Ireland Tour events has had a major impact on our ranking systems. When the initial 2020 lockdown and resulting suspension of competitions was implemented last March, we sought to protect the integrity of the system and took steps to freeze or suspend our ranking system. As we emerged from the restrictions, and competitions were permitted, we rebuilt our Tournament Calendar with the cooperation and help of member clubs, and also trialled a series of new weekend events.

As we begin 2021, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are in an extended lockdown which has led to the cessation of competition and this means that further measures must now be taken to protect the integrity of the national ranking systems.

The actions being implemented will affect our three Tours – The Tennis Ireland Junior Tour, The Tennis Ireland Tour and The Tennis Ireland Seniors Tour

Firstly, a decision has been made to reintroduce a Ranking Freeze for all Tours.

Secondly, to deal with the issue of players moving between age groups it has been decided to award Interim Transition Points for the Tennis Ireland Junior Tour.  This will have the effect of minimising anomalies within the ranking system and maintaining, in so far as possible, the structure of the Junior Rankings.

 

Ranking Freeze

The Tennis Ireland Junior Tour

The Ranking Freeze will act in a similar manner as in 2020. Ranking points from all tournaments played in 2020 including the National Indoors will be frozen until further notice

You will see tournaments titled “Ranking Freeze 2021 Week XX” appear on your profile.

The Tennis Ireland Tour

The Ranking Freeze will act in a similar manner as in 2020. Ranking points from all tournaments played in 2020 including the National Indoors will be frozen until further notice

You will see tournaments titled “Ranking Freeze 2021 Week XX” appear on your profile.

The Tennis Ireland Seniors Tour

The Ranking Freeze for the Seniors Tour will include all tournaments from 2019 and the limited number of tournaments that took place in 2020 (where the 2020 edition of a tournament was completed only this will be included in the freeze). The Freeze will be in place until further notice.

You will see tournaments titled “Ranking Freeze 2021 Week XX” appear on your profile.

 

Interim Transition Points

On account of the movement of players to different age groups, Interim Transition Points will only be in place for the Junior Tour Rankings. These are an additional exceptional measure needed in 2021 rather than the normal functioning of the ranking system.

At the end of every year some players move between Age Groups whilst others move from their first to second year within an Age Group.  In normal circumstances, players, would be encouraged to begin ‘Playing Up’ in their next Age Group in the latter half of their second year. However, due to the limited opportunities to compete throughout 2020 and, in particular, at the end of the year this was not possible for the majority of players due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

As a response to this, we are implementing a system of providing Interim Transition Points as follows.

  1. Players moving between Age Groups will add 30% of their Ranking Points as at year end 2020 to their 2021 Totals.

 

E.g.        Player A, born in 2008, had 1,000 ranking points in BS12 at the end of 2020.

               They will be moving into BS14 at the start of 2021.

               They will add 30% of 1000pts = 300pts to their BS14 total.

               Player A will start 2021 300 ranking points in BS14.

 

  1. Players moving from Year 1 to Year 2, their last year within an Age Group will add 20% of their Ranking points as at year end 2020 to their 2021 Totals.

 

E.g.        Player B, born 2005, had 500 ranking points in GS16 at the end of 2020.

               They will be moving from Year 1 to Year 2 within GS16.

               They will add 20% of 500pts = 100pts to their GS16 total.

               Player B will start 2021 with 600 ranking points in GS16.

 

These Interim Transition Points will appear in player profiles as a one “Tournament” listed as either

  1. Interim Transition Points – Age Group Change 2021 for those moving between Age Groups

                                                                     or

  1. Interim Transition Points – Year Change 2021 for those moving from Year 1 to Year 2 within an Age Group.

This “Tournament” will be considered and included as one of six events that make up a players Ranking – i.e. this “Tournament” is not an additional event to these six events.  

 

Dropping of Interim Transition Points during 2021

The 2021 Transition Points are Interim in nature. They have been designed to drop from the ranking system during 2021. This will happen only after providing players a chance to build on-court rankings in their new Age Group whilst also supporting those moving into Year 2 within an Age Group.

 

Criteria for dropping Interim Transition Points

Interim Transition Points will drop on the completion of a significant portion of the 2021 Tournament Calendar as set out below.

First Review Date

Interim Transition Points will drop from all Player Profiles in the Rankings Published Week 2021-28 if both:

  • Any 4 Junior Tour 1000 events as listed on the 2021 Tournament Calendar

and

  • Any 4 Junior Tour 500 events as listed on the 2021 Tournament Calendar

have been completed.

Secondary Review Dates

If 4 Tour 1000 and 4 Tour 500 events have not been completed by the time Rankings are published Week 2021-28 then the Interim Transition Points will drop once they have been completed at these subsequent weeks:

  • Rankings published Week 2021-30
  • Rankings published Week 2021-32

 

Further Review Dates

If these conditions have not been met by Rankings published Week 2021-32 then the Transition Points will remail active on a rolling three-week basis until the end of 2021.

The Interim Transition Points are designed to assist the competition structure and the integrity of the Junior Ranking System, while also reducing anomalies and supporting players.

 

All these rules are subject to amendment to take account the changing nature of the sporting situation in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions that are being implemented.

 

If you have any questions or spot any errors please contact competitions@tennisireland.ie.