Sunday, May 15, 2016

Country Power Rankings

As I frequently do on this blog, I'm putting together my list of the top countries in tennis. The list follows a simple formula. I take the sum 52-week ranking points of every player from a country ranked within the top 140 in the world and then rank each country by total ranking points.

Spain has dominated this list for as long as I have been compiling it, which started in 2012. However, I have been predicting the Spanish demise for over a year now. Spain remains atop the list this week, but their lead continues to shrink with both France and Serbia pushing for the No. 1 ranking.

The top 7 is all actually exactly the same as it was at the end of 2015 and curiously, the United States has exactly the same number of total points (10,766). Meanwhile, France has significantly shrunk the gap between behind Serbia and Spain. The countries making the biggest gains though were Argentina, Croatia, and Germany. Here is the complete list:

1. Spain
2. Serbia
3. France
4. Switzerland
5. United States
6. Great Britain
7. Japan
8. Argentina
9. Australia
10. Croatia
11. Germany
12. Czech Republic
13. Italy
14. Russia
15. Canada
16. Austria
17. Ukraine
18. Belgium
19. Slovak Republic
20. Brazil
21. Portugal
22. South Africa
23. Netherlands
24. Uruguay
25. Bosnia & Herzegovina
26. Bulgaria
27. Cyprus
28. Luxembourg
29. Lithuania
30. Israel
31. Uzbekistan
32. Tunisia
33. Latvia
34. Kazakhstan
35. Dominican Republic
36. Chinese Taipei
37. Colombia
38. Georgia
39. Poland
40. Korea
41. Sweden
42. Moldova

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