It is considered the gold standard for tennis ratings and now Universal Tennis aims to take the sport to the next level in 2022.
The UTR Rating ranks all players – professional, collegiate, junior and recreational – on the same 16.5-point scale, regardless of age, gender or location, for free.
The algorithm calculates a player’s UTR rating based on the most recent 30 results from the past 12 months, taking into account the number of games they have won in those matches and the strength of their opponent.
The UTR rating is calculated based on who you play to, as opposed to the number of tournaments you’ve attended and won points. “Transforming Tennis Globally” is the company slogan because it works to provide playing opportunities for all skill levels all over the globe.
In 2021, Universal Tennis launched the UTR Pro Tennis Tour, the Junior National Pathway, the Collegiate Ambassador program and expanded the Flex Leagues nationwide. Starting 2022, Tennis Australia has announced that its competitive matches will now use the UTR classification for all events, replacing the existing ranking and classification system. And that’s just the beginning of the plans Universal Tennis plans to roll out in the coming months.
Tennis365 spoke with Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO, Mark Leschly, who gave us an insight into the ethos behind the brand and what plans are in store for the coming year and beyond.
“UTR Rating allows players from all over the world, in all life stages, to find better matches and unlock more fun, more flexible and level-based tennis,” he told us.
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— Universal Tennis (@UniversalTennis) December 1, 2021
“We believe in building new models that break down barriers. Universal Tennis provides the tools and solutions to make the UTR Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches and organizers in their local tennis communities.
“We built Universal Tennis around the core of the UTR Rating to create a global marketplace platform and community passionate about tennis. Universal Tennis is advancing the sport by providing products and services for players of all levels and all types of providers.
“The growth in our market in terms of registered users, Power players, events, clubs, coaches and products was striking in 2021. We continue to see significant adoption of our platform worldwide, including our new iOS mobile app and the announcement from Tennis Australia. of UTR Rating as its official rating system.
The iOS app is currently available in the US and Australia and the web app is available worldwide. Tennis fans love to watch the moves of the game’s elite players in official ATP and WTA rankings every week, but that fun can be taken to a new level when they track their own progress up and down the UTR ranking ladder.
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— Universal Tennis (@UniversalTennis) September 22, 2021
Universal Tennis also wants to make sure that wherever you are in the world, you can find an opponent on the court with a similar skill, so that amateur players can rule out one-sided matches.
Any player of all skill levels can have a UTR rating, with Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion, personally endorsing the ranking system.