Hills District Tennis Association
UNIVERSAL TENNIS RATING (UTR)
About Universal Tennis Rating
UTR is an international tennis rating system that uses ratings to help players find suitable matches locally. UTR uses a 16 point scale to reflect a player’s skill level based off their head to head matches with other players with UTR’s. At HDTA we use a Tennis NSW software called League Manager to upload scores so they can then be sent to Universal Tennis and our players can have a UTR.
If you need to set up the accounts for a HDTA UTR competition please watch the video tutorial or use the posters for help.
- Video Tutorial
Why do we use UTR?
UTR is a great way to grade our competitions in an accurate way. It also allows our adults and juniors participate in tournaments and events that are suitable for their level. Another special advantage for junior competitors is it can help them be considered for US college scholarships. UTR enables players to compare their standing to players all over the world, including pro’s.
Even if you are not interested in tournaments & events, UTR assists players find matches with players of a similar standard. Whether you are just hitting or looking for local play, you can compare your standard to others using the ranking system for a great match!
How is UTR calculated?
The rating is calculated by an algorithm using a player’s last 30 eligible match scores from the last 12 months. For each eligible match, the algorithm calculates a match rating and a match weight; a player’s UTR Rating is the weighted average of all the match ratings.
Match Rating (Actual Performance vs Expectation)
In every match, there is an expected outcome, based on the UTR Rating difference between opponents. Let’s say you play an opponent with the following:
•Same UTR Rating: The algorithm would project that you win the same number of games as your opponent. If you win more games, then your rating will go up.
•Lower UTR Rating: If the system expects you to win 6-2, 6-2 but you end up winning 6-1, 6-1, then your rating would go up.
•Higher UTR Rating: If you are expected to lose 6-3, 6-3 but you lose 6-4, 6-4, your rating will go up.
Your UTR Rating will go up or down based on how you perform vs. expectation.
After one match result, you receive a projected UTR Rating (P). After approximately five matches, the rating becomes reliable. Your UTR Rating continues to update as more matches are added.