Why are you making changes?
The introduction of a new, more modern player ratings system is part of our work to make competitions more relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable for all players of all abilities, and more widely, the LTA’s vision of opening up tennis to many more people.
A new player ratings system was identified as one of the top three priorities to be improved based on an extensive consultation with players, coaches, officials and parents.
The research revealed negativity around the current ratings system that outweighed its benefits. The proposal to create a new modern rating system received strong support from those involved in the consultation, with a specific emphasis on making the system accurate, goal-orientated and reward doubles as well as singles.
The new World Tennis Number has been specifically developed through a partnership approach by the ITF, LTA, USTA and FFT to enable players of all abilities from beginners to professionals to access relevant and enjoyable playing opportunities, to determine their individual level of play, and to identify opponents and competitions of an appropriate standard.