Junior and adult players rated 10.2, 10.1, 9.2 or 9.1 can improve their ratings by recording qualifying wins* as follows:
- 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 10.2 to 10.1
- A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 10.1 to 9.2
- A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 9.2 to 9.1
- A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 9.1 to 8.2
These wins can be achieved at any time and may include wins from mixed singles matches as well as from yellow ball 'timed tennis' format competitions. Your rating will automatically change once you have the correct number of wins and results have been recorded on your player profile.
This overnight, rolling rating system takes into account players' ratings as they stand at the time the calculation is made.
Wins from 'mixed' events and 'timed tennis' do not count as qualifying wins once 8.2 level is reached and are therefore not included in the quarterly, seasonal ratings runs.
* a qualifying win is a win against an opponent rated the same or better than you.
How to improve your rating 8.2 – 1.1
If you are a junior with a rating of 8.2 or higher you are involved in the full, yellow ball, seasonal ratings run systemand, in order to improve your rating, you need to achieve:
- 6 qualifying wins with a 60% win/loss percentage in all qualifying matches, within relevant ratings run period.*
If you are an adult player (ie no longer eligible to compete in 18U competitions) with a rating of 8.2 or higher you need to achieve:
- 3 qualifying wins with a 60% win/loss percentage in all qualifying matches, within relevant ratings run period*
The ratings win/loss calculator will help you find out whether your rating is going to change.
*There are 4 ratings run periods each year which fall into 2 competition seasons - summer and winter. The summer season runs from April 1 to August 31 and the winter season from September 1 to March 31. There are ratings runs at the end of each season and also mid-season runs, which take place half way through each summer and winter season. The bi-annual seasonal runs look at all results recorded during both halves of the competition season. The quarterly runs look at results recorded from the beginning of the competition season up to a (published) mid-season cut off date. Players are more likely increase their ratings at the end of a competition season than during the shorter mid-season periods.
What is a qualifying win/loss?
For yellow ball, a qualifying win is a win against an opponent rated the same or higher than you. Example: if your rating is 6.2 and you beat a player rated 6.2 or 6.1 or 5.2 and so on up, this will be recorded as a qualifying win for you.
A qualifying loss is a loss against a player rated lower than you. Example: if your rating is 7.1 and you lose to a player rated 7.2, 8.1 or 8.2 this is a qualifying loss.
Which matches count?
For yellow ball, the quarterly ratings run system event end dates dictate the season in which matches will count for your rating. For example, if you play a match in August, but the competition event ends in September, that match will not count until the mid-season winter ratings run. The only exceptions to this rule are events in summer county closed tournaments (results from these events will count for summer end of season ratings runs) and league matches in which match dates have been set.
- Walkovers: a walkover in a match does not count as a ratings win or loss. At least one point has to be played for a match to count for ratings purposes. Example: you are scheduled to play a match but your opponent, rated the same as you, fails to appear. You are given a walkover into the next round but do not benefit from ratings win from the no show.
- Retirements: a retirement during a match may count for ratings purposes. Example: you suffer an injury after one game in a match and have to retire. Your rating is 5.1 and your opponent's rating is 5.2. This counts as a qualifying loss for you.
- Grade 7 'internal' matchplay competitions: in club or squad 'closed' competitions only one win against the same opponent can count for a player in any single ratings move. This is to encourage competition against a variety of opponents and support the accuracy of the ratings measure.
- Ad hoc or challenge matches do not count for ratings purposes; in order to be valid for ratings matches must be part of an officially approved competition.
- Matches count for ratings in competitions grade 1 - 7. Grade U (purely recreational competition) is excluded.
When can your rating change?
If you are a player with a rating of 8.2 or higher you have the opportunity to increase your rating by one level 4 times a year in the automated ratings runs. Your new rating will depend on results achieved during the previous half season period or entire season. Match results must be processed and showing on your player profile in order to count.
Results used to increase your rating in the mid-season calculation will also be used for the end of season review as this takes into account competitive activity over the entire winter or summer competition season. Ratings runs always look at players' ratings as they stand at the time of the run.
What is a mid-season ratings run?
Mid-season ratings runs take place half way through each of the two main summer and winter competition seasons. Mid-season runs provide players who are recording sufficient good results to progress more quickly up the ratings levels without having to wait until the end of the competition season. Results from mid-season runs are included again in the end of season run, taking into account players' mid season adjustments. The calculations looks at players' ratings as they stand when the run actually takes place.
Example: your rating is 7.1 and you have beaten a player rated 7.2 in the first half of a competition season. In the mid season run this win does not count as a qualifying win. However your 7.2 rated opponent moves up to a 7.1 in the mid season run and your rating stays at 7.1. Your results against the player who has moved to 7.1 will now count as a qualifying win for you in the end of season run.
Conversely: your rating is 7.1 and, early in the season, you lose to another player rated 7.1. In the mid season run this does not count as a qualifying loss for you. However, if your rating increase to 6.2 in the mid season run and your opponent stays at 7.1, this match will count as a qualifing loss in the end of season run.