Climb the Ranks

Rankings and Ratings play an integral role in our adult programs. Rankings track your competitive growth and help determine where you stand among your peers. Ratings are required for most competitive formats, designed to create a level playing field in each division and to produce high quality tennis each and every round. Many players also view rankings and ratings as a badge of honor, celebrating personal achievement in the game.


Rankings always refer to tournament play. Updated rankings are published annually at the start of the calendar year, and reflect how players compare in a given division after a full year of competition.

USTA Southern California uses the STAR method to calculate annual player rankings. STAR conducts a total record comparison of all of the players within a particular division, plus an overall analysis of the strength of a player’s wins and losses. It does not consider the number of wins or which rounds were reached.

To access your current ranking, log in to TennisLink by using the button below.

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Seeding List

Tournament directors use seeding lists as a valuable tool to build their events so top-level players do not meet in early rounds of a tournament. These rolling seeding lists (generated from results over the previous 12 months), along with UTR and head-to-head results, give tournament directors a general snapshot of a player’s success on the court. 

USTA Southern California updates the seeding lists twice a month. 

Grand Prix List

USTA Southern California also maintains a points-per-round ranking system. This is the annual Grand Prix Points Race, allowing players to earn points during the calendar year, and culminates when the top point earners meet in a year-end Masters Championship.

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The National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is a classification system that helps promote fair and competitive play by determining overall skill level. From the true beginner (1.0) to the pro ranks (7.0), ratings are based solely on skills, regardless of the player’s age. 

Ratings are generated through NTRP play in both tournaments and leagues. Overall performance is tracked and fluctuates throughout the year as you play. These ratings, determined to a half-point (3.0, 3.5, 4.0…), are published at the end of the calendar year.


If you are new to the USTA or if you have been out of the game for a while, you will have to self-rate to join any USTA League. The self-rate process takes you through a number of questions about your tennis background and assigns a “provisional” rating to get you started. If you play enough tennis in qualified matchplay before the year’s end, you will generate a computer rating (see below). As a self-rated player, you are also subject to disqualification and grievance – so make sure you answer the self-rate questions honestly, and notify the Section office if you think you are playing out of level.

Note that NTRP tournaments do not require a rating before entering. Still, it is good practice to self-rate before you play your first NTRP event to determine which events best suit your level of play

The USTA tracks dynamic ratings for self-rated players to ensure players are playing at the correct level. Generally, these ratings are generated after each match you play, and are calculated to a hundredth of a point. Dynamic ratings, which are not published for public viewing, change based on the strength of your wins and losses in eligible matches throughout the year.

Also known as a “computer rating,” these ratings are published each December and are generated based on a player’s results in qualified League play and NTRP tournament play. There are different types of “computer” ratings based on the type of data you provide the system throughout the year.

There are three major types of rating appeals:

  1. Self-Rate Appeals
    Consider a self-rate appeal if you feel that your rating is not accurate following the self-rate process. You may appeal the rating up or down. If you appeal to a higher play level, the computer will grant it immediately. If you wish to appeal to a lower level, you will have to fill out a self-rate appeal form, which will be reviewed by a committee at the Section office.
  2. Automatic Appeals
    Automatic appeals are appeals of year-end computer ratings that are granted because the player’s rating is within the “appealable range.” Players can log into TennisLink and appeal their computer rating at any time.
  3. Medical Appeals
    The medical appeal process is reserved for players with permanently disabling injuries or medical conditions, and are reviewed at the National level.

For a complete and detailed overview of the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP visit’s NTRP Frequently Asked Questions by clicking the button below.

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