Rankings Explained



The official ITF Seniors World Rankings are calculated on a 52-week rollover system and, from 2012, are published weekly throughout the year.  This will include rankings for Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The end-of-year ranking is issued after the final event in December.

Each ranking takes into account only points earned in the preceding 12 months from the ranking date. At any given time, however, only the latest Seniors and Super-Seniors World Championships results count for ranking purposes.

To receive ranking points in a singles, doubles or mixed doubles tournament, a player must reach a round where points are available. The number of points available varies depending upon the grading of the tournament and the round reached.

The best four singles results in ITF Seniors Circuit tournaments are taken into consideration for the final singles ranking.

                                                                                                       

The best four doubles results in ITF Seniors Circuit tournaments are taken into consideration for the final doubles ranking.

The best four mixed doubles results in ITF Seniors Circuit tournaments are taken into consideration for the final mixed doubles ranking.

Tournaments eligible for ranking for ranking points are Category A, Category B1, B2 and B3 (Regional Closed Championships), Category C1, C2 and C3 (Team Championships), and Grades 1-5.

If two or more players receive the same number of points, their ranking follows the number of points they scored in the Senior World Championships (Category A and C1). If two or more players are still equal, players are ranked based on the grading of tournaments where points have been won.


Allocation of points

Tournaments are graded based mainly on a computer evaluation of the standard of participants competing in the previous year's tournament, while maintaining a geographical balance.

Points are awarded for singles,doubles and mixed doubles play. No points are awarded to a player until he/she has won a round. Walkovers count as a match won. Byes do not count as a match won. If a tournament is abandoned, players will receive points for the round reached up to that point.

Should any age category in an ITF Seniors Circuit tournament be amalgamated with a lower age category event, and players in the former be forced to play down, then those players shall be awarded points in his/her own age category provided that the tournament organiser notifies the ITF of the amalgamation, and the date of birth of the player winning points is known.

When there are fewer than eight players entered in an event a round robin format should be played. See section 14b of the ITF Seniors Regulations for more details.

Circuit Tournaments - Knockout Events

Grade12345
Winner 180 120 80 60 40
Runner-up 120 80 60 30 20
Semi-finalist 80 50 30 20 10
Quarter-finalist 60 30 20 10 5
Loser in Last 16 30 20 10 5 -
Loser in Last 32 10 10 5 - -
Loser in Last 64 5 - - - -

 

Circuit Tournaments - Knockout Events (Qualifying)

Grade 1
Quaifier    4
Loser in last round of qualifying    2

 

Circuit Tournaments - Round Robin Events

Grade12345
1st 180 120 80 60 40
2nd 120 80 60 30 20
3rd & 4th 80 50 30 20 10
5th, 6th & 7th 60 30 20 10 5

 
Points will only be awarded if a player has won a minimum of 1 singles match. Full points will only be awarded if the player has won a minimum of 2 singles matches.                           

If the player has won 1 singles match only 50% of the points will be awarded.

Age categories

The ITF Seniors World Rankings are calculated for the following age categories:

- Men: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85

- Women: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80

To be eligible to participate in any age category, a player shall have reached the minimum age limit by 31 December of the year in which the competition is held. A player may play in more than one age category if the rules permit, and therefore may appear in more than one age category ranking.


Moving age category

All players moving to an older age category take all their ranking points with them. These players are marked as 'BIS' on the ranking list. Players continue to be marked 'BIS' until their ranking no longer includes points won in the previous age category. This could be because points have been won in the age category or because the points have expired after 52 weeks. See Section 13 of the ITF Seniors Regulations for more details.