Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) – Official Rating System of Intercollegiate Tennis Association, USA
July 27th, 2017
Introducing Universal Tennis – UTR Player Ratings & Events
We are working on bringing UTR events to Singapore. The below is a brief description of the UTR System.
Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) is a global system that aims to generate objective, consistent, and accurate ratings of skill in the game of tennis. UTR rates all players on a single 16-point scale, without regard to age, gender, nationality, or locale of a given match. It enables all players to measure their abilities. Discover precise and reliable players’ ratings based on actual match results.
This chart displays the 16-level scale of Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR), the most accurate and reliable system for rating tennis skill, worldwide. The 16 numbered circles on the graph represent the 16 levels of tennis competence that UTR distinguishes. UTR’s algorithm rates actual players to two decimal places (e.g., 10.49), but the chart displays only the whole numbers that anchor the scale.
The chart curves upward to represent increasing degrees of skill in tennis. It begins at the far left with three “beginner” categories (Red, Orange, and Green ball), learning levels not included in the formal rating system. The Red, Orange, and Green designations correspond to the colors of dots on special beginner balls.
The actual UTRs start at 1.00 with beginning players and progress through the integers to 16, the ratings for top male athletes on the ATP Tour. We have divided the scale into four developmental stages, each stage embracing four UTR levels.
Stage 1 (levels 1-4, green) correspond to the earlier stages of the road to mastery in tennis. They represent a progression of competence through the basics of the game.
Stage 2 (levels 5-8, blue) represent progressively higher levels of junior and adult “intermediate” play. It includes ITF and USTA junior tournaments, as well as adult competition in various formats around the world.
Stage 3 (levels 9-12, purple) represent the ratings of athletes experienced in advanced competitive play. At levels 9 and 10 we find male and female players who could compete successfully in many college programs, at the NCAA Division III level and above, along with top LTA 18 girls.
At Level 11, look for highly ranked NCAA Division I college women and world-class girls having success on the ITF Circuit, along with top Tennis Europe 14 boys and Tennis Europe 16 girls.
Level 12 includes athletes who are valuable in most ITA college programs, as well as women pros achieving success in the WTA. Highly ranked USTA Sectional boys also appear here, as well as top Tennis Europe 16 boys and LTA 18 boys.
Stage 4 (levels 13-16, magenta) corresponds to the highest competitive levels. Level 13 players include top-ranked WTA women who make their living playing tennis and often win professional events. High-level national and sectional USTA boys also show up at Level 13.
Level 14 includes junior boys with world-class success in ITF events, and the upper levels of ITA college men playing NCAA Division I tennis.
At Level 15, we find men competing on the ATP Challenger Circuit, and at Level 16, the top ATP players, who earn their livings playing professional ball.
UTR is the official rating system of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.