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USTA /MS Adult Ranking Regulations and Criteria

The ranking year begins on Jan. 1 and ends on Dec. 31.

Senior divisions (35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90) are open to players who have reached or will reach the minimum age limit of that division on or before the last day of the ranking season as defined above.

Only players with a legal residence (defined by the address on their USTA membership card) or who are establishing a legal residence in the USTA/MS are eligible for a USTA/MS ranking. A Family Doubles team is entitled to be considered for a USTA/MS ranking if either member of the team resides in the USTA/MS.

NOTE: The USTA/MS encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey (exclusive of a 35-mile radius around New York City) and northwestern West Virginia. Please refer to USTA/MS/NJD and USTA/MS/AMD pages, respectively, for the listings of New Jersey and West Virginia counties encompassed by the USTA/MS.

Players must be enrolled with the USTA as an adult member, junior member, family member, life member or honorary member and in good standing at the close of the ranking year to be considered for ranking.


Rankings are a numerical comparison of the won-lost records of a group of players competing in a specific age division, during a specific year, covering a specific set of tournaments.
USTA/MS uses the USTA STAR computerized ranking program. STAR’s effectiveness as a tool comes from its ability to objectively weigh each player's wins and losses and its ability to handle far greater amounts of data than is manually possible. Therefore, once reviewed by the ranking and seeding committee unless factual data is lacking or incorrect, rankings as determined by the STAR computerized program will be honored. A thorough explanation of how STAR works is available from the USTA/MS office.

As stated above, unless a player can demonstrate that there is an error in the ranking data - such as an omitted tournament or match result - the rankings as determined by the STAR computerized program will not be modified. An appeal based on factual error must be directed, in writing, to the appropriate ranking coordinator with a copy to the Ranking Committee chair, no later than ten (10) days after the postmark date of the tentative rankings.

The following criteria are factors used in determining rankings:

A. Fulfillment of requirements in the division the player/team wishes to be ranked.

B. Interdistrict and designated Sectional Championship events will be significantly weighted.

C. The Interdistrict competitions and the designated Sectional Championships will satisfy a participant’s “out of district” requirement regardless of where these events are held.

D. Retiring after play commences or defaulting in a tournament are considered losses, and the tournament may not count for ranking.

E. All matches in USTA/MS sanctioned events, within any given ranking division, including indoor events, will be considered for ranking in that division. Men’s and women's interdistrict events will count as one of the required number of sanctioned events provided the player/team participates in at least two (2) matches of the competition. (i.e. Two singles matches must be played to fulfill a singles tournament requirement; two doubles matches must be played to fulfill a doubles tournament requirement.) Participation in only one match would not be sufficient to count interdistricts as a required event, however, that individual match would still be used for ranking purposes. Official tryouts for intersectionals, head-to-head competition in league play, national, intersectional and satellite events will also be considered for ranking purposes, but not as one of the required number of sanctioned events, and only for the purpose of breaking a ranking tie. It is the responsibility of the player to submit such results to the ranking coordinator.

F. In ranking any division, results from other divisions will not be considered.

G. An “Insufficient Data” category may be used for players or teams who fail to qualify for a ranking but whose record, in the opinion of the committee, would qualify them to be ranked. The ranking committee may, at its discretion limit the "Insufficient Data" category to only those players/teams who would qualify to be ranked in the top 25 or 50 percent of the division. An “Honorable Mention” category may also be used at the discretion of the ranking committee.

H. USTA national tournaments and intersectional team events do not count as one of the required events for sectional ranking. These events do count toward USTA national ranking.  
For more information, contact Annemarie Hahn