The ATP Tour (2009–2018: ATP World Tour ) is the name given to the men's tennis tournament series organized by the ATP players' association . The season begins around the turn of the year and ends in mid-November. For wins at the events, the players are credited with points in the tennis world rankings .
The tournaments differ in the number of world ranking points awarded there. They can be divided into three categories according to their value:
- the nine tournaments of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000
- the 13 tournaments of the ATP Tour 500
- the remaining tournaments of the ATP Tour 250
The ATP Finals , which take place annually in November, play a special role as the final tournament for the best eight players. The ATP World Team Cup was last held in 2012. The ATP Cup has been held annually in Brisbane , Sydney and Perth since 2020 .
The tournament calendar of the ATP Tour is significantly influenced by the four Grand Slam tournaments . These are the most important tournaments of the season. Like the Davis Cup and the tennis tournament at the Olympic Games, they are organized by the ITF and are therefore not part of the ATP Tour.
Before the Grand Slam tournaments, a series of preparatory tournaments usually take place on the same flooring and in regional proximity. This simplifies a season into a short hard court season in Asia and Oceania before the Australian Open , a European clay court season in preparation for the French Open , a European grass court season as part of the Wimbledon Championships , a North American hard court season before the US Open and an indoor hard court season before the ATP Finals .
The so-called Golden Swing, a series of clay court tournaments in Latin America, also takes place between the Australian Open and the French Open. Otherwise, up to the two largest tournaments of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, the game will be played on hard courts, mostly indoors. Also between Wimbledon and the US Open there are initially a few clay court tournaments in Europe, before the game is played exclusively on hard courts until the end of the season.
Since 2012, the season break at the end of the year has been seven weeks instead of the previous five. This was mainly achieved by streamlining the tournament calendar.
Tournaments at a glance
|year||Number of tournaments||Categories||Floor coverings||Free space / hall||Prize money|
|total||countries||Continents||Final 1||ATP Masters 1000||ATP 500||ATP 250||WTC 2||Hard court||sand||race||outdoors||Hall||Prize money paid out||Total financial obligation|
|2010||62||32||6th||1||9||11||40||1||36||21st||5||46||16||$ 81,236,440||$ 95,551,000|
|2011||63||32||6th||1||9||11||41||1||36||22nd||5||46||17th||$ 78,646,044||$ 92,676,106|
|2012||62||31||6th||1||9||11||40||1||35||22nd||5||44||18th||$ 83,312,914||$ 97,672,318|
|2017||64||31||6th||2||9||13||40||-||36||21st||7th||48||15th||$ 284,490,379||$ 299,926,262|
- 1 ATP Finals (season final tournament), from 2017 also Next Generation ATP Finals
- 2 ATP World Team Cup (team world championship until 2012), ATP Cup (since 2020)
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- Live ticker and all results of the ATP World Tour
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