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  1. Its a great concept but unfortunately tennis parents have found a way to game the system already. We now hear many at tournaments talking about UTR, down to the decimal places. Now the cheaters actually cheat more because the parents tell them to not lose any games if possible. 6-0 is better than 6-3 for UTR. Also, many matches in Florida start at 2-2 because weather causes so many postponements, yet they are reported as 6-2 instead of 4-0, 6-3 instead of 4-1, etc. So you never know if games were won or not played. Bottom line is until the USTA stops using its money to overpay top executives and starts having refs for at least every other court, no rating system will be even close to accurate.

  2. Hello Jon, When known, matches that start at 2-2 are not included on the UTR system. Recently the USTA Texas section changed their policy, where they no longer start matches at a 2-2 score, in order to better support the UTR system. Many of the UTR Events are non-sanctioned tournaments. As a result, we've been provided feedback by players, parents, and tournament directors, that the playing environment has "less drama" than is often found at ranking point events. We invite you to visit or participant in a UTR Event for yourself, to experience what we believe is a positive change for tennis competition. Team UTR

  3. Overall I see UTR ratings as a very positive development for Junior tennis and look forward to seeing more UTR tournmanents on the calendar in coming years, but Jon's reference to UTR's unintended consequence of accelerating cheating is spot on. From what I have personally observed at USTA tournaments over the past year, misreported match scores and game point scoring manipulation have the potential to become as problematic as unscrupulous line calls. No doubt, the folks at UTR can help put an end to all of this nonsense by offering better officiating than USTA tournaments...would be a very meaningful value proposition in conjunction with improved draw-making, etc...

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