The ranking list will be calculated using the points table listed above. The ranking will be composed on the player’s results for the past 12 months. The list will be sent to the ITF four times per year in 2016 the list will be posted on or around March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.
The USTA's Top 500 National Ranking will include American players who are eligible to represent the United States in Davis Cup or Fed Cup competition. Players listed from another country on their IPIN will be removed from the USTA's Top 500 List. Players with a greencard who wish to be included should send a email to the contacts listed below. Please send a copy of your passport(s) and greencard. Players who have switched their country of representation with ITF, ATP or WTA to a country other than the USA will not be allowed to switch back to represent the USA. Players may petition in certain circumstances.
CONTACT & QUESTIONS
The USTA Player Services department oversees the administration on the ranking list. If you have questions please contact John Lansville at Lansville@usta.com or Jeanne Peterson at Jeanne.Peterson@usta.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the purpose of this list?
This list serves various functions. As a National Governing Body, the International Tennis Federation requires a list of players ranked in a way that logically reflects their ability level in comparison to their compatriots. Being listed allows a player a chance to be accepted into the qualifying of ITF Professional Events worldwide. Another purpose of this list is to be used in the system of merit by the USTA Circuit Supervisors to accept American players into the qualifying draws of USTA Pro Circuit events from the on site Alternates list.
How does the Supervisor know what my ranking is?
The ITF inputs the latest Top 500 Rankings list for each nation into their Tournament Database. Once the valid IPIN is inputted your ranking will automatically appear in the system. Although players Top 500 Rankings may change frequently, the USTA is only allowed to submit updates 4 times per year. The USTA will provide an updated list three times a year on or around March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.
Is it possible to be ranked without winning a round in any event?
It is unlikely. Starting in 2015 the USTA will be restrucuring the points tables and so players losing in the first round of main draw and qualifying of pro circuits events will no longer receive points for just being in those events in 2016. The only events where players will receive points just for participating included in the Main Draw of Grade A events such as the Jr US Open and the three collegiate championships.
Do Byes count as wins?
Byes do not count as wins. So players must win a match before they will earn points for the round reached.
How many points do I need to be included on the US Top 500 ranking list?
The number of points that a player needs depends on how many points everyone else has on the Top 500 ranking list. The ITF allows the USTA to send in only 500 names of American players. Usually to be included on the ranking list you will need about 10 points but sometimes it can go either higher or lower. Therefore the more points you accumulate the better chance you have to be included on the list.
Will I still get points on the Top 500 List if the tournament draw only has six players?
The draw must have a minimum of 7 players in order for points to be awarded.
Do I need a USTA membership?
All players will need to have a current USTA membership to be included on the Top 500 Ranking List. Players will need to make sure their USTA membership is current or they will not be included on the list.