Andy Murray is the world's number one for 2016, and no one is arguing … not even Novak Djokovic who said after losing the Tour Finals in London, "Andy is definitely number one in the world." Well no one except for the venerable magazine Newsweek with the article "HOW TENNIS'S FLAWED RANKING SYSTEM MADE ANDY MURRAY WORLD NO.1" (yes the title was in "all caps" which must make it true).
Newsweek's case is … Djokovic having two Slams to Murray's one, four Masters to Murray's three, and a superior head to head. He might also be leading in the popular vote, but ranking doesn’t reflect who is better, they simply indicate who has satisfied ranking criteria better.
We may be living in a time in which there is a need to tear down every institution, but the ATP Ranking system? It’s not perfect, but come on Newsweek … give me a break!
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.