National Player Rating System
The aim of the new player rating system is to eventually provide every player across Australia with an accurate indicator of their skill level so that they can play in the most suitable league available.
The new rating system also gives league administrators a tool to grade players more efficiently and with less subjectivity. Ultimately, administrators will be able to clearly promote the playing standard of their competition, allowing a player to select a league that best suits their skill level.
How it works
The system predicts the result and score of every match you play based on your and your opponent’s ratings. How you perform against this prediction determines your future rating.
For example, if you were playing Roger Federer, the system would predict that you would lose in straight sets. However, if you ended up losing the match 5-7 7-5 4-6, your rating would improve as you performed better than predicted, whereas Roger Federer’s rating would move in the opposite direction.
There are 10 rating bands with plus (+) ratings between each. A player will progress from 8 to 8+ to 7 for example. The top rating is 1+.
Ratings v Rankings
It’s important to note that the new rating system is DIFFERENT to a ranking system.
A player’s rating can improve even if they lose every match, as long the player performs better in the match than the system predicts.
A player’s ranking rises when they win matches and ranking points are accumulated based on how far they progress in a tournament – the more matches you win, the more points you gain.
For example, while ATP rankings might have Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal ranked 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the world, the rating system would place all of these players (and many more) at the same rating level.
For more detailed information on the national player rating system please click here.