Tennis great Andy Roddick waves to the gallery during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am …
Want to know when your rankings system needs to be revamped? When a guy that hasn't played a competitive match in six months moves up in the rankings despite not playing the game he's improving his number in.
A tweet from Tennis Stats pointed out that Andy Roddick, the man that stepped away after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the 2012 US Open, remarkably moved from 42nd to 40th in the world despite spending most of his time this month at Pebble Beach playing golf, not tennis.
How in the world did this happen? Well, it's complicated in the sense that the ATP rankings are insane and make no sense. Basically the rankings are a review of the past 52 weeks of play, so Roddick, who won twice before Wimbledon last season, is riding that success in the rankings despite not playing anymore, and two guys ahead of him (Viktor Troicki and Nikolay Davydenko) dropped down due to poor play.
It's so ridiculous that even Roddick retweeted the line from Tennis Stats, and no doubt got a good chuckle out of it as he continued to not play competitive tennis, and with the drought that is men's American tennis, maybe Roddick is still their best hope to break into the top 10 if people continue to fall early in tournaments.
Update: Well, this won't last long. The USA Today is reporting that Roddick has filed his retirement papers, meaning he won't be around in the rankings starting next week.
Shane Bacon, Yahoo! Sports
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