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Comparing Rating Algorithms
by Shannon Wrege, 19 September 2017

During the U.S. Open we posted information on social media about matchups involving American players - previewing matches by displaying rating and ranking differences and highlighting wins by underdogs. You might have noticed that the various rating systems often agreed on their favorites. But what about the close matches where they disagreed? Let's take a look ...

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Ranking Feature
Behind the Tennis Recruiting Rankings
by Dallas Oliver, 13 July 2016

This week marks the 569th consecutive week that Tennis Recruiting has put out graduation-based rankings of American junior boys and girls. Rankings are front and center on Tennis Recruiting, and people often ask us how our rankings work. Today we describe our ranking system ...

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Ranking Feature
What Is An Upset?
by Dallas Oliver, 19 May 2016

Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players. One of the questions we get most often from our users is, "What exactly is an upset?" There are many possible definitions of an upset - this article explores the question and puts forward an answer.

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An Overview of Ratings and Rankings
by Dallas Oliver, 5 October 2015

Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players, and because of that, we field many questions about how to interpret our lists. Questions like, "Are rankings better than ratings? Which is more important?" Or, "Since your system ranks by graduation year, are you able to compare players from different classes?" This article addresses the simple distinction between ratings and rankings.

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16-Sep-2015
Revisiting the US Open Forecast
The US Open is the premiere event on American soil, and so Tennis Recruiting pulled out its heat maps once again to forecast the tournament. There were lots of upsets (Wait, Serena lost?), but let's take a look at how our predictions played out...

5-Sep-2015
Forecasting the US Open Juniors
The US Open Juniors start Sunday, and Tennis Recruiting is here with another set of Heat Maps. We once again use the power ratings that power our head-to-head rankings to forecast the junior major on US soil. Check out projections for every player in the draws...

15-Aug-2015
Revisiting the USTA Nationals Forecast
For the second time in as many national championship events, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting last week's USTA National Championships. We put our rankings on the line - making predictions about how the tournaments would play out. It's time to take another look at those predictions to see how we did...

1-Aug-2015
Forecasting the USTA National Championships
We had so much fun with the Clay Courts that we decided to do it all again. The USTA National Championships start today all around the country, and Tennis Recruiting once again forecasts the tournament with its Heat Maps - showing predictings for every player in the draws. Let's take a look at the best players in American junior tennis...

25-Jul-2015
Analysis of Junior Ratings and Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting ranking system provides a predictive measure of junior tennis players. For the recent Clay Court Championships, our rankings correctly predicted 77.2% of the match results. So - is that a good number? This article compares the Tennis Recruiting ranking system with other junior tennis ranking and rating systems.

25-Jul-2015
Revisiting the Clay Court Forecast
Before the USTA Clay Court Championships began, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting the chances players had to make runs through the tournament. So, how did we do? Let's take a look now that the tournaments are complete...

14-Jul-2015
Introduction to Junior Tennis Rankings
There are many ranking and rating systems in junior tennis - systems that assign values to players for purposes of comparing them. Each system has different properties and goals. Each system also has its followers, and there are arguments about which systems are "best". But what does "best" mean? This article opens a discussion about the various ranking systems in American junior tennis today.

10-Jul-2015
Forecasting the USTA Clay Court Nationals
With the USTA Clay Court Nationals starting tomorrow, it's time to peer into the crystal ball and forecast how the tournament might play out. Tennis Recruiting makes use of the power ratings behind its rankings to show predictions for every player in the draws. Check out the first-ever projections for a junior tournament...


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