LTA Official Ratings System Explained
A rating is a measuring tool indicating a standard of play and allowing players to record their progress. An accurate rating should give a player access to appropriate level competition.
To get a rating you need to be a British Tennis Member (BTM). If you haven't already then
join British Tennis Membership .
If you have previously signed up for BTM, but did not apply for a rating at the time, you can request one by emailing Info@LTA.org.uk with your name and BTM number.
The rating system is open to players of all ages but different criteria apply according to whether you are a mini tennis player, a junior or in the open (adult) age group. Please go to the Mini Tennis area to find out about how the Mini Tennis system operates.
Once you have a rating you will appear on the LTA Player Search.
Matches count for ratings in competitions Grade 1 - 7. Grade U is excluded.
1. Rating bands
For both junior and adult players there are 20 rating bands, starting with 10.2, which is the lowest, progressing to 10.1, 9.2, 9.1, 8.2 etc. until you reach 1.1, which is the highest.
2. How to improve your rating
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, ie. not restricted to a ratings run period. Your rating will automatically change once you have the correct number of wins and your results have been recorded. The (overnight) calculation takes into account players' ratings as they stand at the time the calculation is made.
Wins from 'mixed' events do not count as qualifying wins once 8.2 level is reached and are therefore not included in the quarterly, seasonal ratings runs.
If you are a junior with a rating of 8.2 or higher, 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 1st April to 31st August and the winter season from 1st September to 31st March. 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 the entire 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 they are during the shorter mid season periods.
3. Which Matches Count in a routine quarterly run?
A qualifying win = a win against a player 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 = 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 or 8.1 or 8.2 and so on down, this is a qualifying loss.*
* These definitions apply to routine ratings moves at the end of each competition period and not to the criteria relevant to manual ratings adjustments (LTA Competition Regulation 1.14 (b) Appendix Five). In this context a qualifying loss is a loss to an opponent rated at the level the player wishes to move to as well as losses to lower rated opponents.
The competition event end date dictates the season in which matches will count for your rating, ie. 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 the summer end of season ratings run.
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 sheduled to play a match but your opponent fails to appear. You are given a walkover into the next round but do not get a ratings win from the no show.
Retirements: a retirement during a match may (according to players' ratings) 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 ratings loss for you.
Grade 7 'Internal' Matchplay competitions: in club or squad 'closed' competitions only one win can count for a player in any single ratings move. This is to encourage competition against a variety of opponents and improve the accuracy of the ratings measure.
Ad hoc or Challenge matches: these do not count for ratings purposes. A match must be part of an officially approved competition - see LTA Competition Regulation 1.19 Appendix 5.
4. Not a beginner?
If you are an experienced player, with a competitive record, and think you should be assigned a higher rating than the entry level of 10.2 then you should email Info@LTA.org.uk with as much information as possible about your playing experience, foreign rating/ranking and results. It may be possible to assign you a higher rating or equivalency. Alternatively an adult player may request a rating by completing a self assessment form - see below.
5. Adult Rating Self Assessment
An adult player may request a rating up to 7.2 based on self-assessment of playing standard. The Adult Rating Self Assessment form is available in relevant players' British Tennis Membership area. There are four descriptions of playing level and, by matching one to the player's own appraisal of playing ability, a rating request can be submitted. This rating may not be automatically assigned since each application will be considered in relation to match results on record for that player.
The Adult Rating Self Assessment process is designed to facilitate adult players' entry into the rating system and promote enjoyable competition by encouraging players to measure their progress against similarly rated opponents.
6. 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 4 times a year. Your new rating will depend on results achieved during the previous half season period or the entire season.
Results used to increase your rating in the mid-season review will also be used during the end of season review. This is because results from the whole ratings run season will be taken into account based on players' ratings as they stand at the time of the run.
In exceptional circumstances a player can apply to have his/her rating adjusted outside the quarterly ratings run periods. The minimum requirement is 6 wins for juniors (3 for adults) achieved against higher rated players, recorded in competitions graded 1 - 5, with at least a 60% win/loss percentage, at that higher level,. (In this context a retirement does not count as a win and losses in any grade of competition count). The cut off for applications is one week before the next ratings run is due to go live. Example: Your rating (as a junior player) is 5.2; in order to be considered for a manual rating increase outside the quarterly ratings run periods you need 6 x 5.1 wins, recorded in competitions grade 1-5 in the correct ratings run period, and no more than 4 losses at 5.1 level and lower recorded in any grade of competition.
7. What is a Mid-season Ratings Run?
A mid-season ratings run provides players who progress quickly, in a short space of time, with the opportunity to increase in rating without having to wait until the end of the competition season. Results from the mid-season run 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 early in the 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. This result will 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, this match will count as a qualifing loss in the end of season run.
8. How is Mid-season Different to a Normal Ratings Run?
The mid-season run takes into account the first half of the competition season. A player’s rating will increase if he/she has met the criteria. The mid-season summer run spans less than 3 months because it takes account the peak summer season competition period.
9. Can My Rating Decrease?
Only adult players' ratings can decrease but not to a level lower than 6.2.
10. What happens to my mini tennis rating when I move from green to yellow ball competition?
When a player moves to yellow ball competition they will be given a 'full rating' according to the following rules:
- Green 2, 3 & 4 rated players will move automatically to a 10.2 rating.
- Green 1 rated players will move automatically to a 9.2 rating
- Green 1* rated players will move automatically to a 9.1 rating