Monday, November 28, 2011

New Ratings Out Today

According to TennisLink, the year-end ratings will be released today sometime before 5PM Eastern. As usual, I would expect a lot of movement from 4.0 to 4.5 but not too much movement in the other direction. Most local 4.5 players should be safe unless the USTA makes a conscious effort to bump a much higher percentage of 4.5 players this year.

Feel free to speculate/discuss. I won't be monitoring TennisLink continuously today, so if anyone hears that the new ratings are released, please hit me on twitter @HtownHacker.

70 comments:

  1. Looks like they're updating the ratings this morning....

    TennisLink is currently unavailable

    We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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  2. Ratings are apparently trickling in. Blog legend Pete Rios got double bumped to 5.0! Surprising. Other than my own rating, I haven't checked anyone else yet.

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  3. Chancellor's and Lakeside early frontrunners in '12 in 4.0. Marc Etienne, Bao Hangoc and Tuan Tran still 4.0's.

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  4. After 10 years as a 4.5, I finally got a well-deserved (and hard-earned)return to 4.0. Yeah for me.

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  5. Something to be proud of.

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  6. Somewhat surprised that Roberto Narajos was bumped to 5.0. Excellent player, but wasn't expecting that...

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  7. Looks like Chancellors will be back at sectionals next year.

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  8. Htown Hacker back to 4.0. They must counted the Spring League

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  9. Odion and Omon 4.5s looks like 4.5 will be pretty tough

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  10. Why don't these people have a scalable web solution? WTF am I paying all of those web fees since 2004 for?

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  11. Many thanks to Lance L for the file -

    Here is link to xls sheet with ratings.

    http://db.tt/Yuk8Lrht

    Cheers,
    Chris

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  12. Strangely the USTA seems to have reversed course a bit from the last couple of years, where they were bumping people up and trying to spread them out. This year they're squeezing them back into 4.0. For Texas (22,126 players), of those who were 3.5 last year, 2% are going down to 3.0 and 11% up to 4.0, the rest staying put. Of those who were 4.0, 4% are going down to 3.5 and an equal 4% going up to 4.5. Of those who were 4.5, 10% are going down and 2% going up. Of those who were 5.0, 19% are going down and 1% going up.

    Very surprising to me.

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  13. Good stuff, NG. It sounds like 4.0 will be more competitive than last year. While the quality of 4.0 was, in my opinion, very good locally, on a National level it was quite low, based on what I saw in Tuscon.

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  14. I wonder if I could have used a few more commas in that last sentence...

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  15. going to be a very competitive summer season with these singles players in 4.5.

    jorge bouffier
    quack bui
    jorge cuesta
    pio davila
    odion dibua
    sydney jim
    kevin lotz
    hung nguyen
    robert plummer

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  16. Chris Towle, is now 4.0s. Looks like he will dominate the 4.0 scene. Best serve in 4.0s, I am sure players will be complaining about his ratings based on his serve.

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  17. Sydney Jim is 4.5? Yikes. Should make for an interesting recruiting battle. He'll be a difference maker.

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  18. Sydney Jim has 2 wins over Andy Roddick. Now you're telling me he's a 4.5? What a joke.

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  19. If he coulda just beat Andy 3 times he would be playing 5.0

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  20. Sydney Jim at 4.5 is an absolute joke, thanks USTA Computer, also how did Bouffier get down to 4.5?

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  21. Revised file posted at 715p. Same URL - http://db.tt/Yuk8Lrht

    Chris

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  22. The entire USTA ratings system is a joke. A computer does it, so there will always be errors. You might as well just play with buddies for fun. There is zero point in playing USTA anymore. A cheated, tanked national title? A plastic trophy? Really?

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  23. Sounds like you are bitter for getting bumped up.

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  24. Sounds like you like plastic.

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  25. so curious how did Jim even get a rating playing only Fall league, of course how he also managed to get any rating lower than 5.5 is also beyond comprehension.

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  26. That's a perfect example of how bad the usta has become.

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  27. Ok, I hate to spoil things, but how did Jim self-rate at 5.5? He was born in 1983 according to the ATP tour website so he is 28 year old max. In this thread at Talk Tennis, he brags about his playing experience

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=88267&page=2

    In another thread, one poster mentions that Jim had won an ITF Futures match. Now, according to the USTA experience player guidelines,

    http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/USTA_Import/USTA/dps/doc_13_7372.pdf

    Jim should have self-rated 6.0 based on age versus his collegiate experience and pro experience. Have I missed something here?

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  28. I think the original self-rate is pretty irrelevant.

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  29. Chris redesigned the site. I think it looks pretty cool. Let us know if there are any questions/concerns about it.

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  30. I like the flipcard view the best.

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  31. go back to the old view. i was unable to post anything from my other computers. that's probably why the comments are low

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  32. I am having issues on my android.

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  33. @240p/@526p -
    What are you running? I have checked on iOS5.1, gingerbread 2.3 and every browser I can try on Lion, XP and Win7 and get a workable/viewable solution.

    I do like the irony that a google product doesn't display on a google product though...

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  34. I enabled a mobile view, did that help?

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  35. That works beautifully.

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  36. So Chris Towle is the 4.0 guy to beat in 2012?

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  37. I appreciate Chris helping with the blog, but no he won't be the guy to beat. The guys to beat will be all of the good 4.5 self-rates that pop up in 4.0 every summer, e.g; Kevin Lotz.

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  38. And sorry, the new look is fail in my opinion. A couple of thing are decidedly inferior versus the old look. First, I have to click a link to read comments for an individual(the main point of this blog). Can they just pop up by default?

    Second, I don't need to sit here for 3 seconds while some gears flash and a crappy animation runs. I come here to read stuff about tennis. The postings and comments bring me back, not some flashy look that wastes my time. Sorry to be a curmudgeon.

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  39. The whole self rate method is a bunch of ..... If someone sits out from matches a year they should have to stay at same higher level, until they've had a year of losses. Self rates shouldn't be allowed if someone has played in the last three to five years.

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  40. I have noticed several people who didn't generate ratings at the end of this year despite playing two or three summer league matches. In previous years, two matches were enough to generate a rating. Does anyone know if there's been a policy change in this area?

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  41. @12:37 The policy now is that a self-rate must rate himself at or above his last published rating. That loophole has been closed. You can't just sit out for a few years and start over at a lower rating.

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  42. old blog format was better... on the front page I liked the ability to see the last few comments entered along with timestamps, without even having to click on the blog. that feature appears to be gone, no matter what blog view I choose.

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  43. old blog format was faster... whether clicking around or scrolling around in the new format, everything is noticably slower now.

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  44. Top 4.5 players
    Odion
    David Guy
    Top 4.0 players
    Chris Towle
    Daniel Kallas

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  45. Nov30@606p - Do you see the choices across the top - the classic look will take you back to the old view. It is user-selectable.

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  46. Chris, this is 6:06pm. I like to visit the blog a couple of times a day in the summer to see if new comments have been posted. Here is what I did in the old version:
    1. Visit the main page and scan the latest comments on the right hand side of the page.

    In the new version, here is what I have to do to see if new comments have been added:
    1. Visit the main page (which opens by default in timeslide)
    2. Wait for a silly animation to run
    3. Select either classic look or the current article in timeslide
    4. Wait for a silly animation to run
    5. Click the comment link (which is finally available)
    6. Scroll down to the last comments.

    Am I missing some kind of shortcut here?

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  47. LOL. I just found a work-around. To get the old blog look, bookmark

    http://houstontennis.blogspot.com/?v=0

    That pops up the old version of the main page with recent comments listed on the side, no silly animation and direct links to the comments.

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  48. whine, whine, whine!! maybe it's time to update your computer

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  49. @12/3,02:23 Thanks.

    Site developers should know that avoidable clicks are their enemy.

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  50. Looks like the Unicorns will win 4.0 and 4.5 singles this fall, Not that it matters, but they have several 4.5 players who are still rated in 4.0s, should be interesting this summer.

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  51. Unicorns will be the new Houston Tennis dynasty. They have a very strong base and Captain Yang has assembled a group of very likable players so recruiting will remain top notch. They will take over 4.0 this year, and begin to make inroads into the 4.5 level. Hurricanes are old news. It will be Unicorns vs Chancellors for all the marbles.

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  52. Towle and Kallus will have strong competition from a couple of other guys.

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  53. Husain Virani is a pretty good player he is now in 4.5s, I'd watch out for him as well.

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  54. LOL@4:45. Wake me up when the Unicorns do somethings notable at any level.

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  55. Timothy Russell @ 4:45??? Callin you out lol supergay.

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  56. Still early, but are there any 4.0 free agents (not on a 4.0 team last year)that stand out as worthwhile recruits for the summer?

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  57. Kerig already recruited them all.

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  58. Maybe I am farther from the scene than I thought but who is Kerig?

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  59. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RATED 4.5 SHOULD NOT BE THERE! IS THIS A HOUSTON RATING SYSTEM OR SOMETHING???? IF SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE REALLY RATED 4.5 THEN I SHOULD BE GETTING READY FOR THE AUSSI OPEN! SOME OF THESE PEOPLE RATED 4.5 STILL USE THE PANCAKE SERVE GRIP ON THEIR SECOND SERVE, BUT THEIR 4.5??????
    PLEASE EXPLAIN.

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  60. Houston tennis used to be good, but now 4.5 is str8 trash. I teach everyday for money, but I guess I'll use my thursday nights to give a lesson for free, my way of giving back to the community. I can't believe the amount of scrubs I see at LLTC on a daily basis claiming to be "Tennis" players, SMFH.
    Raymond "El" Martinez

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  61. Hey, don't knock my pancake grip!

    You're just sore because you "tennis pros" lose to newbies like me all the time. And, anyways, I can make some mean flapjacks with that grip!

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    1. you must be a -3.5 player? am i right... yup!
      signed
      "all you can eat pancake serves"

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  62. THIS BLOG IS BORING, WHERE IS ALL THE DRAMA??????
    Missing the times of Babu, Rios, and Sandwich Blaster.

    -Gucci

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  63. THEY have been deleting the good stuff. I know this because my posts are all gone

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