What's the Difference Between UTR Rating and Verified UTR Rating?


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

So, what’s the difference?

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

Verified UTR Rating

You may notice that some players have UTR Ratings that feature a blue checkmark () which signifies that the player has a Verified UTR Rating. Verified UTR Rating is what college coaches, tournament providers, 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 Rating is different than UTR Rating:

Only results from verified third-party event providers and tournament directors count towards Verified UTR Rating, 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 Rating are heavily vetted to ensure the integrity of a player’s Verified UTR Rating. This is why scores from non-verified events do not count towards Verified UTR Rating.

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

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

*No paid Verified HS events, whether sanctioned or not, can be run through the free Universal Tennis for High School Product. For a provider to run a paid Verified event, High School or otherwise, they must apply to Universal Tennis directly at contact@utrclubs.com.


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

Apply to become a Verified Provider when you create your first Verified Event. To become a Verified Provider, you must be: 

  • In good standing with Universal Tennis (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 Universal Tennis 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 Rating

Every single player in the world has a UTR Rating, which is a number between 1 - 16.5 that measures your tennis skill level. A player’s UTR Rating 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 Universal Tennis, 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 Rating, including results from all singles and doubles events and matchplay - like tournaments, camps, round robins, Verified Universal Tennis Events, recreational matches, practice matches, or even self-posted scores.

When you have a UTR Rating, 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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