TENNIS CANADA LAUNCHES NEW NATIONAL ROGERS RANKINGS
First phase will launch national junior rankings while adult, open, senior and wheelchair rankings will be implemented in the coming months
January 13, 2014, Toronto, ON – Tennis Canada launched on Monday the new national Rogers Rankings which will replace the previous head-to-head ranking method that had been used since 2009. The new system will award players points for progress in a tournament. This system will be used on a 52-week rollover period and will include the player’s best five results.
“The new ranking method of points accumulated based on rounds reached is a best practice used by the ATP, WTA and the ITF,” said Hatem McDadi, vice-president, tennis development, Tennis Canada. “The new ranking will allow players to be rewarded by doing well at tournaments and in return be motivated to compete more often. This will help strengthen and benefit our provincial and national competitive structure at all levels.”
Phase One of the new rankings system was activated on Monday with the junior rankings only. The next phases will include adult, open, senior and wheelchair rankings which will all be implemented in the coming months.
The junior rankings will be comprised of all provincial and national tournaments. Most international junior tournaments, identified Canadian open events and all professional events will also be included. Preliminary rankings based on 2013 results were calculated to establish a starting point for 2014 rankings.
The goal of the new Rogers Ranking method is to increase participation in competition, to allow players to compete at their own level and develop their game, and to ensure accuracy in the rankings.
All provincial tennis associations will use the new Rogers Rankings to filter out their players and create a separate provincial ranking.
For more information about the new Rogers Rankings system or to access the rankings themselves please visit www.rogersrankings.com.
Questions and Answers
Why is there a new system?
We found that the head to head system did not encourage enough competitive play. The new system awards points for progress in a tournament without ever penalizing a player for a poor result. Players can build their rankings quickly by playing more and performing well.
How did you calculate my initial ranking?
We loaded the system with your results from sanctioned tournament play in 2013. While we were able to load almost all tournaments from 2013, some small number could not be imported. Your ranking was calculated exactly as it will be calculated in 2014. Points are awarded based on a combination of factors: how far you progress, the age group of the event, and the level of the event.
Why did my ranking go down (or up)?
If you did not play many events last year, you will likely find that your ranking dropped, perhaps significantly. The head to head system did not require you to play many matches to maintain a ranking. In the new system, like in the pros, if you do not play, you will not be able to maintain a ranking. The good news is that by playing a few tournaments, you will soon be able to build your ranking to reflect your quality as a player.