ATP or The Association of Tennis Professionals is the chief governing body for men’s tennis. It was established in September 1972 through the mixed collaboration of Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale. The role of this body is to nurture protect the interests of male professional tennis players. Since 1990, the association started organizing the ATP Tour, which is the worldwide tennis tour for men. In 1990, the organization was known by the name ATP Tour, which was renamed to ATP in 2001 and the trip was separately called ATP Tour. In 2009, once again the name of the tour was changed to ATP World Tour, which in turn changed back to the ATP Tour by 2019. The ATP’s International headquarters are in London, United Kingdom.
As mentioned earlier, it was in 1972, that the organization formed. Jack Kramer was designated as Executive Director while Cliff Drysdale became the President. Jim McManus, a founding member, was the mind behind the professional players’ rankings system, which began the following year and is still used. The ATP Tennis appealed that the MIPTC (Men’s International Professional Tennis Council) should introduce a drug testing rule, which made tennis the first professional sport to conduct a drug-testing program.
The atp tennis came up with a new tour structure called ATP World Tour in 2009. It consisted of ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500, and ATP World Tour 250 tier tournaments. The Tennis Masters Series tournaments became the new Masters 1000 level, while the ATP International Series Gold became ATP 500 level respectively. The ATP International Series events became ATP 250 level events.
ATP Tour Tournaments
The ATP Tennis Tour is composed of ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 series, and ATP World Tour 250 series. The ATP also manages the ATP Challenger Tour. This tour is below the ATP World Tour and even the ATP Champions Tour that is for seniors.
However, Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup, the Hopman Cup, and the introductory level Futures tournaments do not fall under the judgment of the ATP. They are overseen by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) instead. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) takes over this task in the Olympics. In these events, players get ATP ranking points, except for the Olympics and Hopman Cup.
Players and doubles teams that collect the most ranking points play in the ATP Finals conducted in the season-ending.
ATP publishes rankings of professional players every week: Emirates ATP Rankings, a 52-week running ranking, and the Emirates ATP Rankings Race to London. All ATP players also possess a Universal Tennis Rating.
The ATP Tennis Rankings are a determining factor for qualification for entry and seeding in all tournaments for both singles and doubles. Within the ATP Rankings period including that of the past year, points accumulated are excluding those of the ATP Finals. The player who possesses the most points by the season’s end becomes world No. 1 of the year.