PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

DESCRIPTION OF USTA Top 500 NATIONAL RANKING

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) invites the USTA to submit a National Ranking List of players from the United States.  These lists are used for selection into ITF World Tour events when the lists of players who have an ATP, WTA, or ITF World Tour Ranking have been exhausted.  The list is limited to 500 players.  These rankings may also be used for seeding of events in the United States. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

The USTA's Top 500 National Ranking will include American players who are eligible to represent the United States in Davis Cup or Fed Cup competition. Players listed from another country on their IPIN will be removed from the USTA's Top 500 List.  Players with a permanent resident card who wish to be included on the USTA Top 500 list should send an email to the contacts listed below.  Please send a copy of your passport(s) and permanent resident card.  Players who have switched their country of representation with ITF, ATP or WTA to a country other than the USA will not be allowed to switch back to represent the USA.  Players may petition for relief in certain circumstances.

 

EVENTS AND REGULATIONS

The Top 500 ranking is calculated using various events, which include ITF World Tour 15 events, USTA Adult and Junior events, ITF Jr Events, and USA Collegiate events.  Listed below are the events included in the ranking and the points table based on the round reached.

The USTA reserves the right to make changes to the tournaments used, rules of eligibility and the point structure for past and future years at any time.  The ranking is an accumulation of results for the past 12 months.  The list is sent to the ITF four times each year.

2019 Event List (Click here) - as of April 22, 2019

ITF World Tennis Tour Events

  • All USTA ITF World Tennis Tour Men’s $15K
  • All USTA ITF World Tennis Tour Women’s $15K

Collegiate

  • ITA Fall Championships (Division 1)
  • ITA All-American (Division 1)
  • NCAA Division I Championships
  • ITA Oracle Masters

Junior

  • USTA National Championships Boys and Girls 18’s (Clay, National and Winter)
  • USTA National Championships Boys and Girls 16’s (Clay, National and Winter)
  • ITF Junior Events Grade I or higher that take place in United States
  • USTA National Championships Boys and Girls 14’s (Clay, National and Winter)
  • Easter Bowl 14's & 16's

Adult

  • National Open Men’s/Women’s Events (Clay Courts, Hard Courts, Grass Courts & Indoors)
  • USTA Adult National Closed events
  • Adult Sectional Open Championships (Each section may select up to 4 events per year)

 

PLAYER RECORDS

Players can see their player record and determine the number of points awarded at the USTA Ranking pages.  Select the Top 500 list ranking for your gender.  You can email us if you see any mistakes on your record and we will review for future rankings.

https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/rankings/rankinghome.aspx

 

POINT TABLE

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Please note:

  • All Adult division tournaments must have a minimum of 7 players in the draw for points to be awarded.
  • Player must have won a match in order to receive points on the ranking for all events, except collegiate events and Grade A junior events.

 

LIST CALCULATION

The ranking list will be calculated using the points table listed above. The ranking will be composed of the player’s results for the past 12 months. The list will be sent to the ITF four times per year.  The dates for 2019 are:

Players who have an ATP/WTA/ITF World Tour Ranking will be removed from the Top 500 list as those rankings have priority over the Top 500 list.

 

CONTACT & QUESTIONS

The USTA Competitive Pathway department oversees the administration of the ranking list. If you have questions please contact Mason Mayborg.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of this list?

This list serves various functions.  The International Tennis Federation requires a list of players ranked in a way that logically reflects their ability level in comparison to their compatriots.  Being listed allows a player a chance to be accepted into the qualifying of ITF World Tennis Tour Events.  ITF World Tennis Tour Supervisors will also use the list to accept American players into the qualifying draws of USTA ITF World Tennis Tour events from the on-site alternates list.

 

How does the Supervisor know what my ranking is?

The ITF inputs the latest Top 500 Ranking list for each nation into their Tournament Database.  The Supervisor can access the ranking via the player’s IPIN.

 

Is it possible to be ranked without winning a round in any event?

It is highly unlikely.  The only events where players will receive points for making the Main Draw are ITF Grade A events such as the Orange Bowl and the certain collegiate championships.

 

Do Byes count as wins?

Byes do not count as wins.  Players must have an on court win before they will earn points for the round reached.

 

How many points do I need to be included on the US Top 500 ranking list?

The number of points needed to appear on the list varies with each list.  In general, players will need at least 10 points in order to appear on the list.

 

Will I still get points on the Top 500 List if the tournament draw only has six players?

No.  All draws must have a minimum of 7 players in order for points to be awarded.

 

Do I need a USTA membership?

All players will need to have a current USTA membership to be included on the Top 500 Ranking List.  Contact the USTA membership department for questions about USTA membership.

 

 
 
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