You might be an active tennis player or have a friend who excels on the tennis court and you’ve often heard of your friend as being “a ranked tennis player”, but what does that actually mean?
A tennis player who is ranked has had his tournament results analyzed and rated by an official tennis organization. Amateurs and professionals can be ranked and many can be ranked by more than one organization. Rankings can impact the ability a player has to get into tournaments and then the seeding for the tournaments one is participating in. If you’re a junior, rankings could help you obtain scholarships to academies and colleges.
The USTA (United States Tennis Association) uses a “Points Per Round Combined Ranking System”. Ranking Points are earned by winning singles and doubles matches at various types of USTA tournaments and ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournaments. It’s possible to earn extra Ranking Points by winning single matches over highly-ranked players.
Participate in USTA tournaments or local tournaments sanctioned by the USA, you’ll receive a state, section and national ranking. You can sign up for USTA sanctioned tournaments on their website.
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