Wheelchair Rogers Rankings




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Tennis Canada is pleased to announce the February 1, 2010 launch of the wheelchair tennis Rogers Rankings.  The wheelchair tennis Rogers Ranking system mirrors the current able bodied Rogers Ranking system which was developed as a direct outcome of three years of meetings and research of international and national best practices. The goal was to create a well organized and accurate ranking and events management structure to help promote competition at all levels.  

The Rogers Rankings system is based on the innovative and proven Chess rankings. Points are awarded to players based on quality of wins (i.e. head-to-head results) versus rounds won in a tournament. Based on this premise, the stronger player is expected to win while the weaker player is expected to lose. As a result the system generates accurate rankings. The Rogers Rankings will work from a common database and management system called Baseline to run events and store results. This system was developed by Computan, a tennis savvy software company that has been working with many Provincial Tennis Associations for years. The new event management system has many new functions in addition to the new rankings to include: integrated national and provincial schedules, and event/player/results management.  

The origins of the Rogers Rankings and Baseline system

The Quebec Tennis Federation (QTF) initially developed the framework for the head-to-head system, which has been operating in Quebec with remarkable accuracy since 1982. The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) was the first provincial tennis association to adopt the Baseline system.  

Overview of how the new rankings work

A national wheelchair tennis ranking committee was established to assign current competitive players with initial ranking points using national and international results. The Rogers Ranking system began testing in November 2009 and is now ready to be launched. Visit www.tenniscanada.com/rogersrankings for more details on how the rankings work and some frequently asked questions on the enhanced system.  

Overall Structure

The Rogers Ranking system has the capability to filter rankings based on age, gender and provincial affiliation. The new system also allows all matches to potentially count towards your national rankings including club and league matches that are designated as sanctioned events. Thus, the system encourages competition at all levels.

Initial Ranking

The Ranking Committee has created initial ranking points based on past national and international results. Once this initial ranking has been established, the player’s ranking will then fluctuate as he/she wins and loses matches in sanctioned tournaments or events. New players entering the system will be allocated initial ranking points by the Ranking Committee. 

International Matches and Equivalencies

An equivalency chart has been created for ITF (NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour) ranked players to allow international matches to count towards the Rogers Rankings. Results of ITF Grand Slam and Super Series events will be factored into the rankings.   

Withdrawals and Defaults

Players who are forced to withdraw from a match for a valid reason (i.e.-injury, illness, and personal emergency) will be treated as an ordinary loss. Medical certificates to verify reason are required. Opponents will receive points based on an ordinary win. Players who default a match without a valid reason will automatically lose 20 points while their opponent will automatically earn 20 ranking points for a win by default.  

Ranking Eligibility

Ranked players will be required to compete regularly and ensure a minimum number of matches are contested on an annual basis to maintain their ranking privileges. A player who does not play a match in a 12 month period will lose their ranking. 

Head to Head Ranking Points

Each sanctioned tournament or event will be associated with a specific weighting ranging from 1 to 5 stars.   The 5 star value events will be recognized as premier elite level events such as the National Championships. The star value system has an impact on the number of ranking points gained or lost.  

Star Values

Event

Star Value

Provincial Level Events

1

ITF Futures Series

2

ITF 3 Series/ITF 2 Series

3

ITF 1 Series

4

National Championships/ITF Super Series/ITF Grand Slam

5

The following point table and demo helps quantify how these two variables work together.

Matches against out of country players

Matches against non-Canadian players will still be counted towards the Rogers Rankings so long as they are national, provincial or international sanctioned events by the Tennis Canada Ranking Committee. Equivalency charts have been developed for ITF events. All international players will be given ranking points based on their level correlation on the equivalency charts.

Withdrawals and defaults

Players that withdraw from a sanctioned event after the draw has been made (default match) will automatically lose points while their opponent will automatically earn points for a win by default. Three defaults within a 12 month window will result in a suspension from sanctioned tournaments for a period of three months. Once the suspension is lifted, the player will be reinstated with 50 less ranking points (for his / her third default). 

The 12 month period will be defined as 12 months after the first default. For example, if a default occurs for the first time on January 1, 2009, that player will be suspended if they default an additional two times between January 2, 2009 and January 1, 2010. Additionally, it is important to make a distinction between a default and a withdrawal. Withdrawing during a match is treated in the same way as an ordinary loss. A player can only have one loss by default during the same event. 

How often will rankings be run

Rankings will be run and updated twice per month.