LONDON: Players competing in the Davis Cup’s World Group will get ATP ranking points for the first time starting next season. The International Tennis Federation and the ATP said on Wednesday that they had made the decision to begin awarding points in order to encourage more top players to participate in the team event.

“The addition of ranking points for all live singles and doubles rubbers is an added incentive for players to represent their nations in Davis Cup,” the ITF said in a statement.

Although eight of the top 10-ranked players on the men’s tour will be playing in the World Group quarterfinals starting Friday, top-ranked Roger Federer has often skipped playing for Switzerland in the Davis Cup.

Points will only be awarded for live matches, however, meaning once the best-of-five series has been decided, the remaining matches will not count toward the rankings. — AP

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