The Tennis Europe member nations present at its Annual General Meeting in Malta were unanimous in the view that the current pathway between the ITF World Tennis Tour and the ATP Tour ranking system is failing the players and federations that we exist to support.
We urge the ATP to consider the immediate reinstatement of ranking points for lower level tournaments.
Europe has more events – and more players – than any other region, and we strongly believe that players competing in entry-level tournaments should be fairly rewarded for their efforts. The current situation leaves a significant number of players disenfranchised and demotivated, to the detriment of our sport.
We therefore strongly encourage the ATP Tour to reach an agreement with the ITF that ensures national federations can continue to focus on the tasks of developing the sport, and on providing a coherent pathway for players wishing to transition to the professional circuit.