Then there are the ATP 500 and ATP 250 tournaments, followed by a slew of Challenger events. Regardless of the outcome, points from all Grand Slams and Masters tournaments are counted. The remaining points are determined by the following six best finishes from other ATP events. These points are divided among the players according to their position in the rankings at the end of the year.
As mentioned, the player who wins the most titles will win the majority of points available. However, if two or more players are tied on total championships, they are given equal prize money for being in the same half of the draw. They would then divide the remaining prize money between them, with each winning half. If the prize money is not enough to split the players evenly, then the ones with higher rankings get more points. For example, if John is ranked 10th and Peter is 15th, then John would receive 10 points for his tie with Peter and so on.
Finally, the last set of points are based on the final ranking of the season. It can be seen as a bonus for those who qualify for the Finals by reaching the semifinals of some large-field event (i.e., an ATP World Tour tournament). Those players who do not make it to the top four will have the opportunity to secure a place by competing in the qualifying draws of certain events. In this case, the player who places highest will earn the remaining spot.
With these criteria, a player who plays and wins the obligatory four Grand Slams and eight ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, as well as five ATP 500 events and the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, may accrue a total of 19,500 points before the ATP Finals and a maximum of 21,000 points at the conclusion of the calendar year. A player who fails to meet either of these requirements will not be awarded any points for that season.
As we know, Roger Federer has won more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone else in history. He's also the only man ever to have won all four Grand Slam events at least twice each. Let's take a look at how many points he could have earned through winning those matches:
Grand Slam Event Points per Match
So, assuming he wins every match he plays in a Grand Slam event (which is never going to happen), then Roger Federer would have earned approximately 1,750,000 points over the course of his career. This puts him in ninth place on the all-time rankings list with most Grand Slam event victories. Of the current top 10 players, only Rafael Nadal has more Grand Slam event wins than Federer.
Now, it's important to note that points are awarded based on results from previous seasons so, unless you're Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, it's unlikely you'll earn enough points to make the ATP Rankings this season.
Six of the nine "1000" category tournaments in 2011 were joint ATP and WTA events. Including the renamed ATP Tour Masters 1000, Novak Djokovic now owns the record with 36 victories. Roger Federer is second with 35 wins.
The other three are Andy Roddick (30), Richard Gasquet (27), and Mardy Fish (24). None of them have ever won a title on both the ATP and WTA tours. If Fish wins his next match, he will be the first player to do so.
Fish has 24 Masters trophies because he was undefeated in straight sets during the semifinals stage of all but one of these events. The only exception was the 2009 Australian Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal.
Overall, men's tennis is more popular in Europe than in America. However, American players own the top two positions of the current rankings list. Novak Djokovic is the number one ranked player in the world while Roger Federer is number two.
Djokovic has won four of the last five Grand Slam events (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) and is trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in one year.
1 point = 1500 This compares to 2,000 points for winning a Grand Slam event ("major"), up to 1,500 points for WTA Finals, 470 points for WTA 500 tournaments, and 280 points for WTA 250 tournaments. The amount earned in prize money varies depending on the type of tournament but typically ranges from $100,000 to $1 million or more.
There are two types of events on the WTA Tour: singles events and doubles events. In singles events, players compete against each other in individual matches. In doubles events, two players play together in pairs matches. These pairings are determined by random draw. Winners take home prizes that vary based on how far a player has progressed in the tournament. For example, winners of early-round matches usually receive $50,000 to $150,000 in prize money while champions receive $750,000 or more.
Finales are different because they have only one winner and one loser. Thus, they do not award prizes to those who place second or third. Instead, the title is given to the player who has the most points at the end of the season.
The final score of a WTA tennis match is used to determine who will win prizes. If you're watching the match and there's a tiebreaker going into its fifth deuce game, you can assume that the match is tied.