An insight to the ranking systems used in tennis and how this impacts the performance of a player in a major tournament

Oliver Robert Barnes


Tennis has a unique ranking system compared to other sports. This paper will provide an insight to how accurate this ranking system is. Additionally, it will broaden our understanding as to how players are seeded prior to a major tennis tournament and whether this impacts a player’s progress through a knockout tournament, based on their seeded starting position. This paper will only be looking at the Men’s singles world rankings and seeded positions for the 4 major grand slams from 2009-2019 due to the vast amounts of data.

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