# Tennis Record - Accurate or Not?

#### Joanna F

##### New User
What are some opinions out there on the accuracy of tennis record? Many ladies in my area are so focused on it - yet it doesn't seem accurate to me at all. I'm currently a 3.5C player - have been for 4 years. Most all of my losses to comparable 3.5 players were in a tie break where we lost by 1 point? Yet I'm rated in TR as a 2.91? Does this system take a 3 year average like USTA is supposed to?

#### time_fly

##### Hall of Fame
It's not very accurate in most peoples' opinion. The site is more useful for statistics than rating estimation. Use the search function and you will find a lot more about it.

##### G.O.A.T.
Most all of my losses to comparable 3.5 players were in a tie break where we lost by 1 point?
What are they rated according to tennis record?

#### gmatheis

##### Hall of Fame
What are some opinions out there on the accuracy of tennis record? Many ladies in my area are so focused on it - yet it doesn't seem accurate to me at all. I'm currently a 3.5C player - have been for 4 years. Most all of my losses to comparable 3.5 players were in a tie break where we lost by 1 point? Yet I'm rated in TR as a 2.91? Does this system take a 3 year average like USTA is supposed to?
Can't lose a tiebreak by 1 point.

#### Moveforwardalways

##### Hall of Fame
Since when does USTA take a 3 year average?

#### OnTheLine

##### Hall of Fame
It's all math @Joanna F ... special TR math.

if you and your partner are a combined 6.0 and your opponents are a combined 6.25 you should lose (according to the computer) by say 12-5. (6-2; 6-3)

If you "cover the spread" and lost but only 12-7, your ratings go up. If you don't cover the spread and lose 12-3 your ratings go down.

So if you always play with a partner that has a high rating and end up against opponents with lower ratings, the math can be stacked against you and leaking any games can lower your rating.

Is TR accurate? No. If you want to know if it matches USTA's dark magic math at the end of the season. It is however accurate onto itself.

Within players that all have 10+ matches ... it will have them ranked by strength pretty accurately.

#### travlerajm

##### Legend
TR isnt perfect, but it does several useful things:
2. It provides separate mixed and same-gender ratings.
3. It provides a history of individual match ratings, so you can see whether a certain opponent is currently playing at, above, or below the most current rating by reviewing the trend over the last several matches.

TR is only as accurate as the data that goes into it, so it’s possible to be misleading if it’s based on a small sample size of only 2 or 3 matches. But for players with many recent matches, I’d say it’s a very accurate rating of a player’s level.

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#### Joanna F

##### New User
Sudden death 1 point - for tied tiebreak score during timed matches. Most opponents rated much higher than us in TR.

##### G.O.A.T.
Sudden death 1 point - for tied tiebreak score during timed matches. Most opponents rated much higher than us in TR.
What does your rating show over time as you played these matches? Were there big ups and downs or fairly steady?

#### Joanna F

##### New User
Are "section league coordinators" the same as local league coordinators for USTA?

#### Joanna F

##### New User
Rating was up and down but fairly steady - the 2.9-3.03 range.- I have 2 matches that I played self rated players - one I won in a breaker and 1 I lost pretty badly. So I know those haven't been factored in yet.

#### OnTheLine

##### Hall of Fame
Sudden death 1 point - for tied tiebreak score during timed matches. Most opponents rated much higher than us in TR.
Ah, timed matches ... but still goes in 0-1 as a lost game.

But if your opponents are combined much higher than you and you always play with the same partner ... and you always lose by only 3rd set breaker, what is the total game spread of the match?

Because so far, the math does not add up. And with TR, 90% of the time the math adds up.

All doubles? or do you have other matches with other partners and/or singles ... because all of those factor in as well.

#### Joanna F

##### New User
Ah, timed matches ... but still goes in 0-1 as a lost game.

But if your opponents are combined much higher than you and you always play with the same partner ... and you always lose by only 3rd set breaker, what is the total game spread of the match?

Because so far, the math does not add up. And with TR, 90% of the time the math adds up.

All doubles? or do you have other matches with other partners and/or singles ... because all of those factor in as well.
Thanks. Yes, I have played with other partners - So most of the game spreads were,3-6,, 6-4, 0-1. Of my 8-10 record on the year, 7 of my losses were breakers where the game numbers varied by 1 (other team's favor). I had 3 bad losses. I have 1 singles loss (one of the bad losses - not a singles players but took one for the team. Had some great wins 1, 1, 2, 3 BUT some were against 3.0 players so that did me no favors. On appeals, do local league coordinators approve?

#### OnTheLine

##### Hall of Fame
There are two types of appeals. An Auto-appeal where if you are within a certain point spread of the cut off it will automatically approve and those that go to your LLC

But seriously, I don't put a lot of stock into the TR actual number. I think it gets trends right and I think it ranks people in general right but in terms of the actual rating number itself ... don't think it is close.

I also sent you a quick PM with more specific information ....

#### Joanna F

##### New User
Thank you very much

#### Joanna F

##### G.O.A.T.
Pardon me -but what is a “PM”?

Just kidding: "private message". it will show up on your TW inbox.

#### Justagamefool

##### New User
Are "section league coordinators" the same as local league coordinators for USTA?
No. Sections league coordinators are just that. They are over their entire section whether it be one state such as Texas or Florida since they are their own sections or multiple states as with Intermountain, Missouri Valley, etc...

Local league coordinators are merely over an area within a district or region.

Subsets of a Section may break down to:
Section - State - District - Local Area
Big wig to increasingly small wig.

##### Bionic Poster
What are some opinions out there on the accuracy of tennis record? Many ladies in my area are so focused on it - yet it doesn't seem accurate to me at all. I'm currently a 3.5C player - have been for 4 years. Most all of my losses to comparable 3.5 players were in a tie break where we lost by 1 point? Yet I'm rated in TR as a 2.91? Does this system take a 3 year average like USTA is supposed to?
It is fairly accurate if you play a lot of matches, but if you only play few here and there, it is inaccurate useless site

#### ShaunS

##### Semi-Pro
What are some opinions out there on the accuracy of tennis record? Many ladies in my area are so focused on it - yet it doesn't seem accurate to me at all.

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#### Deleted member 23235

##### Guest
What are some opinions out there on the accuracy of tennis record? Many ladies in my area are so focused on it - yet it doesn't seem accurate to me at all. I'm currently a 3.5C player - have been for 4 years. Most all of my losses to comparable 3.5 players were in a tie break where we lost by 1 point? Yet I'm rated in TR as a 2.91? Does this system take a 3 year average like USTA is supposed to?
lol, IMO it's not accurate,... to folks who think they are better than they are
granted tr, tls, utr, can be wrong (lol, even ntrp on usta can be wrong!),... but the only way to "prove" that it's wrong is to play more matches, and win

#### ShaunS

##### Semi-Pro
Just for fun, here's how TennisRecord did for my Summer 4.0 team:

We had several guys near the top of 4.0 so there were a lot of opportunities.

In order of TR ratings:
Player 1 - TR predicted bump up, he wasn't.
Player 2 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was, but within auto-appeal range.
Player 3 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was. (I don't know if he's close enough to appeal)
Player 4 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was, but within auto-appeal range.
Player 5 - TR didn't predict bump up, he wasn't. *Best player on the team for what it's worth.
Player 6 - TR didn't predict bump up, he wasn't.

So in truth not a great run for the folks at TR, but obviously the range here was very close.

#### schmke

##### Hall of Fame
Just for fun, here's how TennisRecord did for my Summer 4.0 team:

We had several guys near the top of 4.0 so there were a lot of opportunities.

In order of TR ratings:
Player 1 - TR predicted bump up, he wasn't.
Player 2 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was, but within auto-appeal range.
Player 3 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was. (I don't know if he's close enough to appeal)
Player 4 - TR didn't predict bump up, he was, but within auto-appeal range.
Player 5 - TR didn't predict bump up, he wasn't. *Best player on the team for what it's worth.
Player 6 - TR didn't predict bump up, he wasn't.

So in truth not a great run for the folks at TR, but obviously the range here was very close.
2 for 6, not so good ...

FWIW, I was 11 for 13 for your team, one miss by just 0.01. I even had the 3.5 correct (which TR missed on too).

#### BeyondTheTape

##### Rookie
3.82 meant you got bumped for us. So that's...not cool I guess.

#### CosmosMpower

##### Hall of Fame
TR got 3 out of 4 right for the guys bumped up for my team.

#### BeyondTheTape

##### Rookie
TR got 3 out of 4 right for the guys bumped up for my team.
TR missed on all 8 of us.

@schmke just bagel'ed TR. He was right. TR on the other hand... 0 for 8 I tell ya!

Ratings Bagel

#### CosmosMpower

##### Hall of Fame
TR missed on all 8 of us.

@schmke just bagel'ed TR. He was right. TR on the other hand... 0 for 8 I tell ya!

Ratings Bagel
Well you get what you pay for And unless you're trying to manipulate your rating by tanking there's not much to do about your rating once you know it.

#### OnTheLine

##### Hall of Fame
On my teams:

TR was 2-2 on predicted bump ups;
1-3 on bump downs (predicted 3 only 1 happened although honestly, I think USTA was wrong too).
Missed a bump down that I was certain needed to happen, @schmke was uncertain of only because of number of matches played as an S rate ... but TR had her well in level and USTA bumped her down. Trust me, USTA was right.

I did see some bump ups that no one saw coming. Friend was 3.31 on TR and got bumped to 4.0 as just one example.

#### EWang610

##### New User
TR was off for me as well. TR had me at 3.86 with year end of 3.81 and I got bumped to 4.5...

#### Vox Rationis

##### Rookie
TR missed on all 8 of us.

@schmke just bagel'ed TR. He was right. TR on the other hand... 0 for 8 I tell ya!

Ratings Bagel
You already know this but just to continue piling it on TR, they missed on 8 guys on the team from our club too with the lowest miss being a 3.76 on TR. Ironically, the guy they had closest to a bump stayed as a 4.0C. I guess that technically makes them 1-9 on that squad.

#### WhiteOut

##### Semi-Pro
For me it isn't so much whether TR is 'accurate' or not -- the question is, is it consistent across a ratings group. Since TR and NTRP run their own respective algorithms, there will be discrepancies between the two at the edges of each ratings segment. I find TR to be a great tool to have a look at someone's overall history, and to be able to review common opponents, and look at trends etc. TL is an incredibly horrible design with respect to reviewing one's record, common opponents, courts played etc.

For the 3.5 team I cap, TR projected three guys getting bumped up, and a fourth was close. Two of them did, and the third did not, but a different third guy did get bumped up, but TR did not project that result. Ironically, the one who did not get bumped was the same guy who I was most-certain would...he was self-rated and I had to be careful not to get him DQ'd this summer....

#### J_R_B

##### Hall of Fame
TR projected zero bump ups and two bumps downs from my team, which would have been fairly shocking considering we destroyed our league and districts and lost sectionals by one court on a court count tiebreaker. We actually had 3 bumps up and no one down. The three ups had TR ratings of 3.98, 3.95, and 3.93 and were listed as 3 of the top 4 DNTRPs on our team on TR. One guy who was projected to be bumped down only had 2 matches, so he actually remained 4.0S, not 4.0C. I have no idea if he actually could have been bumped down or not. The other was 3.47 on TR but not bumped down. Both these guys had down years for different reasons, but certainly aren't 3.5s. In all, it looks like TR has our team systematically underprojected by a little.

#### CosmosMpower

##### Hall of Fame
TR projected zero bump ups and two bumps downs from my team, which would have been fairly shocking considering we destroyed our league and districts and lost sectionals by one court on a court count tiebreaker. We actually had 3 bumps up and no one down. The three ups had TR ratings of 3.98, 3.95, and 3.93 and were listed as 3 of the top 4 DNTRPs on our team on TR. One guy who was projected to be bumped down only had 2 matches, so he actually remained 4.0S, not 4.0C. I have no idea if he actually could have been bumped down or not. The other was 3.47 on TR but not bumped down. Both these guys had down years for different reasons, but certainly aren't 3.5s. In all, it looks like TR has our team systematically underprojected by a little.
Dang 3.98, 3.95, lucky they weren't bumped straight to 4.5

#### J_R_B

##### Hall of Fame
I got a team report on a sectionals opponent from schmke. They had 7 bumps. Schmke's report predicted 5, but that was before they played sectionals (which they won) and nationals (where they were 4th). The 7 bumps included all 5 Schmke indicated pre-sectionals plus the next two players on his report, who were 3.99 and 3.97 on his report at the time. That's pretty damn good if you ask me.

Edit: there were actually 8 bumps on this team. There was one guy Schmke missed, but he was an S-rate whose rating was managed through the regular season and then he kicked ass at sectionals and nationals, so he legitimately could have shot up in that time.

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#### J_R_B

##### Hall of Fame
Dang 3.98, 3.95, lucky they weren't bumped straight to 4.5
It's a 4.0 team, so the bumps are to 4.5.

#### time_fly

##### Hall of Fame
It looks like TR has updated players' ratings and started pulling in the 2019 matches for those of us in early-start leagues. Yay, another year of obsessing over small decimal changes!

#### Zman

##### New User
And unless you're trying to manipulate your rating by tanking there's not much to do about your rating once you know it.
I don't agree with that. You can put yourself in (or avoid) situations that would yield an especially high or especially low rating. For instance, you can play with a high-rated doubles partner whose style of play doesn't fit with yours. You can play singles against some teams and not others, based on how well your game matches up with the singles guys on the other team. You can play with a partner who you know is either much stronger or much weaker than his rating. And so on. As long as you try your hardest to win each match, none of these would be tanking, and all of them would affect your rating.

#### MRfStop

##### Professional
There are four 4.0s in my area that were predicted to get bumped down to 3.5 by TR and the past two years they have are still 4.0

#### WhiteOut

##### Semi-Pro
I don't agree with that. You can put yourself in (or avoid) situations that would yield an especially high or especially low rating. For instance, you can play with a high-rated doubles partner whose style of play doesn't fit with yours. You can play singles against some teams and not others, based on how well your game matches up with the singles guys on the other team. You can play with a partner who you know is either much stronger or much weaker than his rating. And so on. As long as you try your hardest to win each match, none of these would be tanking, and all of them would affect your rating.
This is exactly true. By April and into June I was playing my best tennis ever, injury free, down about 7 lbs, and generally playing/feeling great. In spite of that, as mentioned above, since I cap a few teams, there are time when I have to insert myself into a lineup at the last minute in order to not default a court, quite often with one of the weakest players on my team. I know in these instances I will (likely) hold all of my own service games, and we might even get a break or two, but that also I'm just not a consistent enough player to overcome my partner's weaknesses...and depending on the opponent, the court will likely be a loss.

I don't do this to sandbag or keep my rating down. I'm a high 3.5 and competitive at 4.0, but rarely win there except for when I am paired with a strong 4.0 partner -- I can hold my own and eke out a win...the point is, if I were not capping, and purely playing league tennis for myself, I would be much more selective about with whom I'm partnered, against which opponents, etc...it's a 'soft' manipulation or, put another way, a more 'protective' way of playing in the leagues...nothing illegitimate about this approach. I liken it to a player who avoids certain tourneys in order to maximize the probability of success over the short and long term. Nothing wrong with managing one's 'career'.

#### CosmosMpower

##### Hall of Fame
I don't agree with that. You can put yourself in (or avoid) situations that would yield an especially high or especially low rating. For instance, you can play with a high-rated doubles partner whose style of play doesn't fit with yours. You can play singles against some teams and not others, based on how well your game matches up with the singles guys on the other team. You can play with a partner who you know is either much stronger or much weaker than his rating. And so on. As long as you try your hardest to win each match, none of these would be tanking, and all of them would affect your rating.
Sounds like too much work, I just prefer to tank the good ole fashioned way

#### travlerajm

##### Legend
Sounds like too much work, I just prefer to tank the good ole fashioned way
The old pull-up-lame-the-tweaked-knee trick?

#### CosmosMpower

##### Hall of Fame
Sounds like too much work, I just prefer to tank the good ole fashioned way
Underhand serves followed by sky high moonballs are more my style

#### travlerajm

##### Legend
Underhand serves followed by sky high moonballs are more my style
This hits too close to home.

#### time_fly

##### Hall of Fame
I wish TR would start calculating ratings based on new results. I've won my first four matches in our early start leagues, and I want to see my rating climb before my inevitable mid-season nagging injuries tank me again.

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#### Matthew ATX

##### Rookie
I wish TR would start calculating ratings based on new results. I've won my first four matches in our early start leagues, and I want to see my rating climb before my inevitable mid-season nagging injuries tank me again.
Looks like it's coming. My last matches of the season that came after the cutoff are now listed on TR finally. They're still listed as NC, but all new input seems to sit at that state for a few days before the rating for the match is calculated. So I'm guessing that by the end of the week, those matches will be factored into my rating.

#### brettatk

##### Semi-Pro
I think TR gives some guys a false sense of security. There are several guys in my area that have a history of managing their rating that were listed around the 3.8 range on TR. Many of them were bumped up to 4.5 this past time. I wonder when TR is going to do their "adjustment" to try and make it look like they are close in calculating ratings. If I had any question on whether I am close, I know who I'd contact to find out.