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LTA Players Rating

A player rating is a way of measuring your tennis ability so you can see how you are improving. You need a rating to compete and it should help you enter the right level of competitions.

To get a rating you need to be a British Tennis Member (BTM). If you haven't already then join British Tennis Membership

If you have previously signed up for BTM, but did not apply for a rating at the time, you can request one by emailing with your name and BTM number.  

If you are an experienced player, with a competitive record, and think you should be assigned a higher rating than the entry level of 9.2 for adults and 10.2 for juniors then read the AEGON British Tennis Ratings FAQs and  email with the relevant information.

Once you have a rating you will appear in the LTA Player Search.

Rating bands

There are 20 rating bands, starting with 10.2, which is the lowest, progressing to 10.1, 9.2, 9.1, 8.2 etc. until you reach 1.1, which is the highest. The start rating for someone 18 and under (junior) is 10.2 and, for someone 18 & over (adult), is 9.2.

How to improve your rating (from 01/04/2011)

Junior and adult players rated 10.2, 10.1, 9.2 or 9.1 can improve their ratings by recording qualifying wins as follows:

  • 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 10.2 to 10.1
  • A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 10.1 to 9.2
  • A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 9.2 to 9.1
  • A further 4 qualifying wins (singles matches) to move from a 9.1 to 8.2

These wins can be achieved at any time, ie. not restricted to a ratings run period. Your rating will automatically change once you have the correct number of wins and your results have been recorded.  The (overnight) calculation takes into account players' ratings as they stand at the time the calculation is made.

If you are a junior with a rating of 8.2 or higher, you need to achieve:

  •  6 qualifying wins (was 7 prior to 01/04/2011) with a 60% win/loss ratio in all qualifying matches 

If you are an adult player with a rating of 8.2 or higher you need to achieve:

  • 3 qualifying wins with a 60% win/loss ratio in all qualifying matches

Which Matches Count? (from 01/04/2011)

A qualifying win = a win against a player rated the same or higher than you

A qualifying loss = a loss against a player rated lower than you (before April 1st  2011 a QL was a loss against a player rated the same or lower than you).

When can your rating change?

You have the opportunity to increase your rating 4 times a year. Your new rating will depend on the results of matches during the previous three or six months.

Results used to increase your rating in the mid season review will also be used during the end of season review. This is because results from the whole six months will be taken into account based on your rating at the time of the ratings run.

The dates of the ratings run can be seen on the left-hand side of this page.

What is a Mid-season Review?

A mid-season review provides players who progress quickly in a short space of time with the opportunity to increase in rating without having to wait 6 months.

How is Mid-season Different to a Normal Ratings Run?

The mid-season run takes into account the first 3 months of a ratings run. A player’s rating will increase if they have met the ratings criteria. The mid season summer run spans less than 3 months because it takes account the peak summer season competition period.

Can My Rating Decrease?

Only adults with a rating of 5.1 or higher can decrease in rating and this can only happen once a year, at the end of the summer.