The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system provides tennis players worldwide a common scale to determine their level of play. The 16-level scale (from beginners to elite world-class professionals), precisely and reliably determines individual players’ ratings based on actual match results without regard for age, gender, or where the matches are played.
All tennis players, regardless of age, gender or nationality, are rated on a scale of 1-16.5.
Three factors go into the rating:
- Competition: opponent’s UTR
- Score: Games won
- Recent history: last 30 matches in the past 12 months.
UTR’s algorithm calculates ratings from the last 30 eligible matches played within the preceding 12 months. USTA matches and tournaments, ITF, and Federation events all count towards UTR. The main data points are the percentage of games won (not simply the won/loss result), and the opponent’s rating. Each match played generates a rating; a player’s UTR is a weighted average of all eligible matches.