Rankings: How do they work?
Your ranking is the position where you stand within a group of players and represents an order of merit. This position may be different in two separate groups.
Example: The same player may be 50 in the U14 Boys ranking, but 12 in the Under 12 Boys ranking.
All the below include singles, and doubles lists. The National Tour and Masters Rankings also have mixed doubles lists.
Ranking for 3 main groups
These rankings include lists for boys and girls aged U12, U14, U16 & U18
Includes all Adult Open Tournaments, and seven different levels. A few junior players are also represented as some high category events are open to junior players.
Masters: (previously known as Veteran) has lists for men and women aged 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ and 85+.
All TI Rankings feature
- Rankings are processed on a weekly basis. All Open tournaments that have finished by Sunday are included in the following Tuesday ranking update.
- Players must win one match to receive any ranking points. Masters have special rules.
- Only points accumulated in the most recent 12 months (52 weeks) count towards a player’s ranking. After this period the points drop off.
- Only the highest points received from all the tournaments played count towards a player’s ranking. The number of highest points that will count is:
- 6 for Junior players,
- 6 for players taking part in the National Tour, and
- 4 for Masters players.
Example 1: A 40+ player has entered 8 Masters tournaments. He lost his first match in two of them (no points for them) and received 500, 400, 100, 300, 200 and 150 in the other six.
- As the tournaments are part of the Masters Tour, they will be included in the Masters Ranking and only the 4 top values will count towards his ranking: 500+400+300+200=1400.
- His ranking points are 1400, his total points are 1650.
- If he plays another tournament and is awarded 250 points his ranking points will increase only 50 points: 500+400+300+250=1450, while his total points will increase by 250.
Example 2: A 40+ player has entered 4 Masters tournaments. He lost his first match in one of them (no points) and received 400, 100, and 150 in the other three.
- As the tournaments are part of the Masters Tour, they will be included in the Masters Ranking and only the 4 top values will count towards his ranking. As there are only three values, all count: 400+100+150=650.
- His ranking points are 650, his total points are 650.
- If he plays another tournament and is awarded 250 points, his ranking points will increase by 250 points: 400+100+150+250=900, the same as his total ranking points.
- Points are awarded according to the round the player reaches and the Category allocated to the event. Examples:
- A player that wins in the final gets more points that a player that reaches quarterfinals and loses or gives a walk-over in the next match.
- A player that wins a Category 1000 (1000) event gets more points that a player that wins a Category 200 (200) event.
- TI Ranking Tables provide information about how many points a player will get for reaching a given round in an Open Tournament for each Category. You can access these tables through the following links:
- Elimination draws with less than 5 players may be downgraded to a lower Category. Specific details are included above the ranking tables when applicable (links to the tables above).
- Players that take part in International Tournaments (ITF, Tennis Europe) receive points according to the round they reach and the Category of the tournament.
- Players must notify Tennis Ireland of any tournament they may have entered by sending an email to email@example.com, including name and link to the relevant draws. Quote International ranking points in email subject.
- The points they will receive are published in TI Ranking Tables for International Tournaments:
National Tour Levels and Ranking Down
- The National Ranking is broken down in seven different levels with the same points applying to all levels.
- Each level has separate lists for Men and Women Singles, Men and Women Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
- If a player that is eligible to play in a lower level plays in a higher level and wins a match in it, he will get points for both levels.
- A maximum of two sets of points from a higher level may be carried down to a lower level. This only happens if:
- the points from the higher level are greater than those within the top 6 in the lower-level, AND
- the player has previously received points in that lower level.
Ranking Down for Juniors
- Players who play up by ONE age group will receive ranking points in that age group and their own age group.
- Ranking down does not apply when players play up by two age groups. Example: an U14 Player who plays U18 will only receive points in U18 rankings and not in U14 or U16.
- Players can carry points down from a MAXIMUM OF 2 of the 6 events that count towards their national ranking. Example: an U12 player can play U14 as often as he/she wishes, but only the top 2 points from U14s will count towards the U12 ranking.
- If a player plays in two age groups in the same tournament and earns points in both age groups, the higher of the two points will count towards the lower age group ranking.
- The ranking down points do not add to the maximum 6 counting top values. Ranking points received for events in the player’s and above age groups are considered together when the system takes the top 6 values.
- The player’s points for over age events are displayed in the ranking overview window under the older age group, but not in the player’s age group. However, they are included in the player’s age group total ranking points, even if they do not show in that age group.
Ranking Across for Masters
- If a player is playing in an age group younger than that in which he/she is eligible to play, ranking points will be recorded in both, the younger and current age groups.
- The age group may be more than one age group younger than his/her age group.
- If a player plays in two age groups in the same tournament and earns points in both age groups, the higher of the two points will count towards his/her current age group ranking.
A Player is 43 and enters MS35 and wins a match, he will get points towards his MS35 as well as MS40 rankings lists.
If he enters a second singles event (MS40), only the highest value gained from MS40 or MS35 will count towards his MS40 Ranking, while only the MS35 points will count towards his MS35 Ranking.
A Player is 47 and enters WS35, she will get points towards her WS35 and WS45 rankings, but not WS40. If she entered a second event:
- in her own age group (WS45), the highest value gained from WS45 or WS35 will count towards her WS45 Ranking, while only the WS35 points will count towards her WS35 Ranking.
- not in her own age group (WS40), the highest value from WS35 or WS40 will count towards her WS45 Ranking, while only the WS35 points will count towards her WS35 Ranking and the WS40 points will count towards her WS40 ranking.