What's the Difference Between UTR and Verified UTR?

Every tennis player can have a UTR to know their level and find fun, competitive play wherever they are. Some players also have a Verified UTR. 

So, what’s the difference?

1. Verified UTR reflects your results from only verified events.
2. UTR reflects your results from a broader range of event types, including casual play, verified matches, and practice matches.

Verified UTR

You may notice that some players have UTRs which feature a blue checkmark() that signifies that the player has a Verified UTR. Verified UTR is what college coaches, tournament organizers, and tennis analysts look at for recruiting, event entry and seeding, team line-ups, and player evaluations for high-level competition.

Here’s how a Verified UTR is different than UTR: 

Only results from verified third party event organizers and tournament directors count towards Verified UTR, including: 

  • Professional ATP, WTA and ITF events 

  • Federation sanctioned junior matches 

  • ITF junior matches 

  • Sanctioned NCAA and ITA college matches (team matches and tournaments)

  • Official high school team matches and tournaments 

  • Sanctioned adult league and tournament matches (USTA, etc.)

  • UTR Verified Events run on the UTR platform (for a full list of Verified UTR Events, please visit this article

Events that count towards Verified UTR are heavily vetted to ensure the integrity of a player’s Verified UTR. This is why scores from non-verified events do not count towards Verified UTR.

If you participated in any of the events listed above in the past 12 months, you will have a Verified UTR, which will be displayed by default on your player profile with a blue checkmark.

All players in the UTR system prior to October 1, 2018 automatically have a Verified UTR, because their rating only tracked results from Verified UTR Events as described above. 

So, what does it take to become a verified organizer?

  • Apply to become a Verified Organizer when you create your first Verified Event.
  • To become a Verified Organizer, you must be:
  • In good standing with UTR (i.e. not suspended)
  • At least 18 years old and no longer in high school
  • Associated with tennis in one of the following ways: a teaching pro, a tennis facility manager, college or high school tennis coach, a member of USPTA or PTR, or you have experience as a sanctioned tournament director
  • Each Verified UTR Event must have:
  • Clear Scheduling/Registration
  • Minimum of 8 participants
  • Singles format: 2 / 3 regular or 2 / 3 FAST4 sets
  • Doubles format: 2 / 3 regular, 8-game pro or regular sets

UTR

Every single player in the world has a UTR, which is a number between 1 - 16.5 that measures your tennis skill level. When you have your UTR, you can find the fun, competitive level-based play and track your tennis progress. A player’s UTR is a dynamic rating that can go up or down over time based on player performance (see Understanding the Algorithm). There’s a place for everyone in UTR, whether you’re a beginner picking up a racquet for the first time, or you’re as advanced as Roger and Serena!

Every result recorded from your tennis activity can count towards your UTR, including results from all singles and doubles events and matchplay, like tournaments, camps, round robins and Verified UTR Events; recreational matches; practice matches; even self-posted scores.

When you have a UTR, you can track your progress by submitting your results from all your tennis play to understand your skill level, improve your game and find other players at your level anywhere in the world.


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