Elo rating is calculated in the standard way
- 400 points difference means 90% chance for winning
- Start rating is 1500 points
- Minimum is 10 matches
However, highly customized K-factor
function reflecting tournament level, match round, best-of, walkover and player current rating is used:
Start rating is 1500
- K-factor base value is 32
- Tournament level adjustment is: Grand Slam 100%, Tour Finals 90%, Masters 85%, Olympics 80%, ATP 500 75% and all others 70%
- Match round adjustment is: Final 100%, Semi-Final 90%, Quarter-Final and Round-Robin 85%, Rounds of 16 and 32 80%, Rounds of 64 and 128 75% and For Bronze Medal 95%
- Best-of sets adjustment: Best-of-5 100% and Best-of-3 90%
- Walk-over adjustment: 50%
- Current rating adjustment (this allows lower ranked players to advance more rapidly, while stabilizes ratings at the top):
1 + 18 / (1 + 2 (rating - 1500) / 63)
- For rating of 1500: 10x
- For rating of 1600: 5.5x
- For rating of 1800: 1.64x
- For rating of 2000: 1.07x
- For rating of 2200: 1.008x
- Each of the above coefficients (tournament level, round, best-of, walkover and current rating) are experimentally and carefully optimized for maximum predictability
- Surface factor (for Elo ratings by surface and by outdoor/indoor): Depends on the percentage of surface or outdoor/indoor matches in the season
- Set, Game, Service/Return Game and Tie Break Elo Ratings K-factor adjustments are work in progress, thus subject to change
for new players joining ATP circuit, while for players at the beginning of Open Era start rating is the average Elo rating for the current rank.
Average Elo rating
of Top 10/20/50/100/200 as calculated by this formula is guaranteed to be constant over time, even at the beginning of Open Era,
thus it is a relatively good indication of comparable player strengths across Eras.
Not playing penalty
- In original Elo, there is no penalty when players are not playing for longer periods of time.
However, after they start playing matches again, the Elo rating obviously does not reflect their current form. To address this, non-playing Elo rating penalty is introduced.
Penalty starts after player does not play for 1 year, and increases linearly by 200 Elo rating points for each year of non-playing: not playing for 1 year: no penalty, 1.5 years: 100 points penalty, 2 years: 200, 3 years: 400, etc.
(upsets make bigger points exchange):
- Grand Slam final, rating 2450 d. 2350 (0.36 - loser had 36% chances of win): [+12, -12] (+12 for winner, -12 for loser)
- Masters semi-final ratings 2000 d. 2350 (0.81 - loser had 81% chances of win): [+21, -19]
- ATP 250 round of 32, rating 2250 d. 1800 (0.07 - loser had 7% chances of win): [+1, -2]