Originally Posted by ohplease
I agree that they're skill ratings. Unfortunately, there's no way to measure that, so all we're left with is wins and losses.
Which is, I think how it should be. We all WANT to play pretty, power tennis. But the fact of the matter is there's more than one way to win, and you need to learn how to adapt your preferred style to counter all of them.
Actually there is a more finite way of measuring skill then wins and loses. You go by games. And that's what they are doing....
You cant necessarily do that in other sports but it works in tennis because it takes something to win a game. It takes some thing more to win a match but just because you cant win a match doesnt mean that you are at a whole diffrent skill level.