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The ITF World Tennis Number

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Number is a new, single global tennis rating for all players, regardless of age, ability or gender. It will be one of the most advanced and easy to use rating systems in tennis, and comes with many benefits for those that deliver tournaments and events, as well as players. The USTA, along with over 100 other international governing bodies to-date, will be adopting the ITF World Tennis Number.

 

THE ITF WORLD TENNIS NUMBER AND USTA EVENTS

 

The ITF World Tennis Number is currently being tested for quality assurance which will determine when the number officially launches. When the number first launches, it will be piloted as a tool for select ranked USTA Junior Tournaments and for player groupings in the USTA Junior Circuit events on a national level. Sections will use it at their discretion for Section events. In the future, the ITF World Tennis Number will be incorporated into more events to help with seeding, level groupings, level-based play, and to design fair matches for casual play. 

 

The ITF World Tennis Number will not replace NTRP ratings or USTA ranking. The ITF World Tennis Number rating is an ongoing representation of a player’s performance relative to their opponents, and reflects match play that includes both wins and losses.  USTA rankings reflect player wins and performance only in ranked USTA Tournaments.

 

Please visit this page for ongoing updates as the ITF World Tennis Number is implemented.  

 

ITF WORLD TENNIS NUMBER PLAYER BENEFITS

 

Players with USTA accounts who play in select USTA Tournaments will see their number in their profiles when it is ready to launch. The ITF World Tennis Number will provide many benefits for tennis players:

 

  • Ability to help identify opponents or partners of a similar skill level
  • Find evenly-matched opponents wherever you are in the world
  • Largest searchable online tennis community 
  • Additional entry acceptance criterion for ITF tournaments

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about the ITF World Tennis Number, how it's calculated and other basic FAQs, visit https://www.worldtennisnumber.com/eng/faq

 

FAQS FOR THE ITF WORLD TENNIS NUMBER IN THE U.S.

The USTA is working closely with the ITF on preparations for implementing the ITF World Tennis Number in the United States.  We are in the process of testing and ensuring quality assurance which will determine when the ITF World Tennis Number launches in the U.S. There will be ongoing rollouts for all categories, including juniors, adults, and wheelchair players. We will continually update this FAQ page.

The USTA will start by piloting the ITF World Tennis Number for select ranked USTA Junior Tournaments as well as for player groupings in the USTA Junior Circuit.  We will continue to introduce the ITF World Tennis Number into more programs over time, with the goal of having the ITF World Tennis Number available to support level based play events for juniors and adults that use the USTA’s Serve Tennis platform.

Participation in USTA and ITF events will result in an ITF World Tennis Number.  Players will need a certain number of match results in order to generate an initial ITF World Tennis Number, and after that threshold, their ratings will be updated weekly reflecting play activity.

The USTA has no plans to replace NTRP.  The NTRP rating system will continue to serve as the foundation of the USTA League program.

The ITF World Tennis Number rating is an ongoing representation of a player’s performance relative to their opponents, and reflects match play that includes both wins and losses.  The algorithm is based on a number of factors. Ratings can be used in a variety of ways, including seeding, level groupings, level-based play, and for finding fair matches for non-structured play.  USTA rankings reflect player wins and performance only in ranked USTA Tournaments.  Rankings are used for selection and enable earned advancement for players who consistently participate and have wins in ranked USTA Tournaments.

There are a few differences between UTR and the ITF World Tennis Number.  Some of the technical differences include the algorithm itself and how it handles various results, the data that is used to calculate each rating, as well as the rating scales and frequency of publication.  The ITF World Tennis Number is also produced by the International Tennis Federation with support from the USTA, along with over 100 member nations. Additionally, the ITF World Tennis Number will be used for acceptance criteria in certain ITF events.

Due to the nature of college recruiting, coaches leverage as much valuable input on a player as possible. The ITF World Tennis Number can be another tool for evaluation, and as such, college coaches will have access to utilize the ITF World Tennis Number as they see fit.




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