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ADULT, SENIOR & FAMILY NATIONAL RANKINGS

(Excerpt from the 2014 Friend at Court, p. 211)
 
1.  Adult, Senior and Family ranking period. The Adult, Senior and Family ranking period for all players and teams shall be January 1 through December 31.
 
2.  National Ranking Tournaments. The following tournaments shall be known as National Ranking Tournaments in the Adult, Senior and Family ranking divisions and only results from these tournaments shall be considered for ranking:
  • Category I USTA National Championships;
  • ITF tournaments held in the United States;
  • Super Category II USTA National Championships;
  • Category II USTA National Championships;
  • USTA National Intersectional Team Events;
  • Category III USTA Tournaments (as defined in USTA Regulation X.E.3.);
  • Sectional Championships (as defined in USTA Regulation X.E.4.);
  • Local Tournaments (as defined in USTA Regulation X.E.5.); and
  • Adult/Senior Team Events
3.  Category III USTA Tournaments. These are tournaments sanctioned by the Sectional Associations or District Associations in the Adult, Senior and Family Divisions that are designated as Catgeory III USTA Tournamens by the Adult and Senior Competition Committee and the USTA Comeptitive Play Department.
 
4.   Sectional Championships. These are tournaments sanctioned by the Sectional Associations as Sectional Championships in the Adult, Senior and Family Divisions that are neither Super Category II USTA National Tournaments, Category II USTA National Tournaments, nor Category III USTA Tournaments.
 
5.   Local Tournaments: Local Tournaments are tournaments sanctioned by Sectional Associations or District Associations in the Adult, Senior, and Family Divisions that are neither Super Category II USTA National Tournaments, Category II USTA National Tournaments, Category III USTA Tournaments, nor Sectional Championships.
 
6.  Matches considered for national ranking. Only matches in National Ranking Tournaments that use the scoring system specifically described in Rules 5, 6, and 7 and No-Ad scoring described in Appendix IV of the ITF Rules of Tennis and that are the best of three sets or the best of five sets shall be considered for ranking except that:
  • Matches that use other formats in Category I USTA National Championships shall be considered for ranking if their use is authorizes in advance by the Chairperson of the Adult and Senior Competition Committee or the Chairperson’s designee; and
  • Matches that use other formats in all National Ranking Tournaments shall be considered for ranking unless their use for ranking is prohibited by the Adult and Senior Competition Committee.
7.  Points Per Round ranking system.
 
a.  Ranking points. Players shall earn ranking points in National Ranking Tournaments based on a Points Per Round ranking system. Annually the Adult and Senior Competition Committee shall determine the ranking points that shall be assigned to each round in each tournament and for participating in each tournament.  This information shall be published on the USTA website.
b. Relative weights of National Ranking Tournaments.

i.   ITF tournaments held in the United States. Annual the Adult and Senior Competition Committee shall determin the points for winning matches in the ITF tournaments held in the United States and shall publish this information on the USTA website.
ii.  USTA National Intersectional Team Events. Annually the Adult and Senior Competition Committee shall determine the points for winning matches in the USTA National Intersectional Team Events and shall publish this information on the USTA website.
iii.  Adult/Senior Team Events. Annually the Adult and Senior Competition Committee shall determine the points for winning matches in the Adult/Senior Team Events and shall publish this information on the USTA website.
iv.  Relative weights of National Ranking Tournaments. The relative ranking weights of tournaments other that the tournaments listed in USTA Regulation X.E.7.b.i, ii. and iii., shall be determined by the Adult and Senior Competition Committee and shall be published in Table 35.
 
Table 35
Relative Ranking Weights of Other National Ranking Tournaments
Tournament Type                                                Relative Ranking Weight
Category I USTA National Championship                                   10
Super Category II USTA National Championship                         5
Category II USTA National Championship                                    4
Category III USTA Tournaments                                                  3
Sectional Championships                                                            2
Local Tournaments                                                                     1
 
c.  Treatment of byes, withdrawals, walkovers, disqualifications, defaults, and retirements.
 
i.   Byes. A player who advances because of a buy does not receive ranking points for advancing.
ii.   Withdrawals. A player who advances because of a withdrawal shall receive ranking points for advancing.
iii.   Walkovers. A player who advances because of a walkover shall receive ranking points for advancing.
iv.   Disqualification. A player who advances because of a disqualification shall receive ranking points for advancing.
v.   Defaults. A player who advances because of a default shall receive ranking points for advancing.
iv.   Retirements. A player who advances because of the opponent’s retirement shall receive ranking points for advancing.
 
d. Breaking ranking ties. If players or teams receive the same number of ranking points, ties shall be broken using the following steps in the order listed. As many ties as possible shall be broken before using the next step.
  • Most points earned in Category I USTA National Championships
  • Most points earned in Super Category II USTA National Tournaments and Category II USTA National Tournaments; and
  • Most points earned in any other National Ranking Tournament
8.  Calculating rankings in Adult and Senior Divisions. Subject to the following limitations, singles rankings, team doubles rankings and individual doubles rankings in the Adult and Senior Divisions shall be based on the total ranking points received during a calendar year for up to four tournaments in which the player or team received the most ranking points:
  • Players and teams must meet the minimum tournament participation requirements listed in Table 36 to be ranked.
  • Ranking points earned at no more than two Sectional Championships shall be counted for a national ranking.
  • Ranking points earned in at least one Category I USTA Championship shall be included among the National Ranking Tournaments that count for national ranking.
  • Only those players or teams who receive at least 50 ranking points shall be ranked.
FAC Comment X.E-1: There are no rankings in the Adult or senior Mixed Doubles Divisions.
 
Table 36
Adult, Senior and Family Minimum Tournament
Participation Requirements for National Ranking
 
Division
Minimum Tournament Participation Requirements

Adult & Senior

Men’s 30-90 Singles, Team Doubles and Individual Doubles

Women’s 30-90 Singles, Team Doubles and Individual Doubles

One Category I USTA National Championship, including the qualifier.

Family

All Family Divisions: Father-Son, Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Mother-Daughter, Husband Wife, Grandfather Grandson

One Category I National Championship, including the qualifier. 

 
9.  Calculating rankings in Family Divisions. Each player or team must play in one Category I USTA National Championship in order to receive a national ranking (see Table 36). Family rankings shall be based on the total ranking points received during a calendar year from the four National Ranking Tournaments in which the player or team received the most ranking points, except that:
  • Ranking points earned at no more than two Sectional Championships shall be counted for a national ranking.
  • Ranking points earned in at least one Category I USTA National Championship shall be included among the four National Ranking Tournaments that count for national ranking.
 
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