The biggest factor that came into the original decision was likely a lot of the talk about travel restrictions - especially around Trump and whether there would be a ban on people arriving from China. If a government has banned someone from coming in to the country, then the player should not be penalised for that fact. They could not reasonably have a separate rule for anybody impacted by travel restrictions, versus players who have other concerns (their own health or health of those around them, or the well-being of their fellow countrymen). Therefore, the ONLY reasonable approach was to hold on to the points.Where did I say that? Everyone's points should be falling off. I named Barty because she is the biggest benefactor of this system. Barty (and Kyrgios, and any other players skipping because of COVID concerns) should be able to file for a COVID protected ranking since they're making a personal choice not to compete.
And Andreescu would clearly have a protected ranking because of her injury troubles anyway, so that's a moot point.
I don't know where Konta comes into this conversation.
I do not LIKE all of the outcomes of that decision (I think it is frankly ridiculous that Andreescu gets to stay in the Top 10 when she has not played at all. The bigger issue (in my mind) is that she gets to keep IW2019, when she had already withdrawn from the tournament before it was cancelled) - but it is the only solution that is equally fair to all parties, and does not make any player feel forced into playing if they have health conditions which would give them cause for concern.