What is your tennis rating… are you a 4.0? 4.5? The same for singles and doubles? Well, there is a new rating system to help tournament/league seeders (and you) distinguish differences between players.
The Universal Tennis Rating System
The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a number between 1–16.5 that you’re allocated based on your level of play. Three factors go into the rating: Competition, Score and Recent History.
I have helped out some on senior tournament seedings; and it is a challenging exercise … putting aside personal knowledge/bias, you have to go into each player’s tournament history to see not only how far they have been able to get; but WHO they were able to beat and/or what SCORES they were able to accomplish against better players.
This new (FREE) program appears to do all that. I have been in their system for several months now and, with decent tournament results, have seen my rating move up a couple of digits. I am now a 4.71 in singles and a 4.51 in doubles (for comparison, Fred Drilling is a 5.60 in singles and a 4.85 in doubles).
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According to their website, “We’ve opened up our platform so that players at all levels can get their two-decimal UTR, create and manage their profiles, and search the UTR database to see how they compare to tennis players around the world.”
The Tennis Channel will be using this rating system too at the start of matches to highlight player profiles. To check out UTR, click HERE
With apologies to my good friend Spike Gonzales, who helped create the current NTRP rating system, it doesn’t … take into account age differences, distinguish between singles and doubles abilities, fine tune the ratings beyond 4.0, 4.5, etc. (altho it was supposed to).
What are your thoughts/needs on this or other tennis ratings?
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