Player Ratings

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by easyco, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. easyco

    easyco New User

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    Hi all,

    am just wondering, I see alot of people talking about their NTRP ratings of being 3.5, 4, 5.5 etc...

    I'm not asking what the ratings mean. I've read the descriptions for each rating level.

    Instead, I was just curious about how you guys get a particular rating? Do you have to take some kind of test administered by the USTA, after which you are certified to have a particular rating? Or is it really just an informal guide for players to decide what standard they're at.

    (In case you're wondering, I live in Singapore, South-East Asia, and I'm not aware of what the rating system over here is, or if we even have one for that matter.)

    thanks all.
     
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  2. TwistServe

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    my guess

    I'm pretty sure it's informal... If you put yourself down as 4.0 and you're really 3.0, you'll probably get your ass kicked when you play those challenge matches heheh..
     
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  3. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

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    It can be formal, you could have a pro check our your ability.

    In tourneys leagues etc. most are on honor system but have rules on abusing them. I don't remember the penalty for cheating but I think there is one.

    There is slop in the system. Sandbaggers, people that are 4.0 but sign in as 3.0 so they can crush people. I had some leagues were they made you move up if you win the league.

    I have played enough people to know who is 4.5 and who is 3.5.
    Its accurate enough for me. 4.0 leagues can be tough if there are no higher leagues at the club. Why? Well the 5.0s and 4.5s will join the 4.0 league just to get some play time in.
     
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  4. kevhen

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    You can self rate. Usually newbies will self-rate at 3.5 if they want to play competitive but some players rate at 3.0 and they really are 3.0 level. The USTA is using the computer now to bump people up or down but sometimes they fudge if a player is over by a couple hundreds like 4.02 and not moved to the next level if they complain and ask to stay at 4.0 (and below). So you can self-rate and then go play in leagues and tournaments and find out if you are at the right level. I find that one level of difference means the scores will be like 6-2, 6-1. Two levels and it will almost always be 6-0, 6-0.
     
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  5. ncchetty

    ncchetty New User

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    How does the rating change while playing doubles matches in leagues?
     
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  6. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones Rookie

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    In doubles they seem to add together each players skills. So a 3.5 + a 4.0 partner would be a 7.5 level doubles team.

    I think they take your singles ratings for doubles.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Kevhen,

    Is correct, the USTA has gone to a self-rating system. Just look at the descriptions and rate yourself. Once you figure out about where you are, then when you play a tournament your scores will help refine your rating further.
     
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  8. kevhen

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    If you don't know what you are then rate yourself a 3.5. You can always play at higher levels but it might take awhile before you officially get bumped down to a lower level if you rate yourself too high. Most people rate themselves too high in my opinion. Reality is a tough world to live in!
     
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  9. ITF Global Rating Scheme

    I just thought that I should post a message about the ITF's International Tennis Number. This is a global Ratings Scheme that was launched by the ITF in January 2003.

    The goal of this scheme is to enable all players worldwide to know where they rate to players globally.

    A website has been developed that details how players from different countries can do an objective On Court Assessment that determines their Official ITN Rating.

    Please go to www.oncourtassessment.com and have a look as more and more countries are starting to adopt this system as their national rating system.
     
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