ATP Rankings give clue to US Open winner

With the ATP Rankings used to determine the entry and seeding of tennis players in all competitions, it is typically the number one list bettors take a look at to figure out a player's value. What about its predictive power for betting functions though? We put tennis Elo scores and ATP rankings to the test and we discovered a clear winner.

ATP Rankings

The ATP Rankings, otherwise called “the world rankings”, is the list according to which Novak Djokovic is said to be the No. 1 tennis player worldwide or a player who is No. 8 is considered to be within the Leading 10 tennis players.

Beating strong opponents gains more points, whereas losing to weak challengers loses more points, which makes the Elo scores a precise way to forecast winners.

The ATP ranking system was introduced in 1973 with the intent to objectify tournament entry criteria, which was controlled by national federations and tournament directors.

Since it was introduced, the technique applied to compute a player's points has altered numerous times with the existing Emirates ATP rankings covering the instant past 52 weeks.

The year-end computation of a player's ATP ranking is based upon the total points he accrued from the 4 Grand Slams, the 8 compulsory ATP World Trip Masters 1000 tournaments and the Barclays ATP World Trip Finals of the ranking period, and his best 6 outcomes from all ATP World Trip 500, ATP World Trip 250, ATP Opposition Trip and Futures competitions.

Tennis Elo ratings

Relatively unknown to sports bettors, the Elo rating system was originally created by Hungarian master level chess gamer and physic professor Arpad Elo, with the purpose to be able to anticipate results of future video games.

The approach has been adjusted for a number of sports and is now extensively utilized in evaluating the performance of tennis players. Unlike the official rankings, Elo scores directly the account for the opposition strength, by providing credit for who a player is confronting and not the round or tournament where they play them.

Beating strong opponents gets more points, whereas losing to weak challengers loses more points, which makes the tennis Elo scores a method to accurately forecast the likelihood of winning.

ATP vs. Elo: And the winner is …

When comparing the 2 lists, it becomes apparent that although the leading four locations are identical in both the ATP ranking and the Elo ratings, the disparities begin to leap out from No. 5 and below, with the most notable distinction in rankings regarding the Juan Martin Del Potro.

A 100-point difference in Elo scores implies that the favorite has a 64% possibility of winning; 200 points indicates 76%, 300 points indicates 85%, 400 points suggests 91%, and 500 points suggests 95%.

According to Elo scores, the Argentinian gamer is the last player to be included in the worldwide's Top 10, while according to ATP rankings he is a only No. 145 at the time of composing. The big inconsistency is a result of Del Potro cutting brief both his 2014 and 2015 seasons due to a persistent left wrist injury that required three surgeries.

Following the Argentinian's impressive win over Stan Warinka in Wimbledon, the 2009 United States Open champion is expected to climb up the ATP ranking ladder all the way up faster rather than later, while the Elo rating have him already priced in.

With the 2016 US Open around the corner, the Elo scores is among the very best tools a tennis bettor can use in order to choose where to bet. A 100-point distinction in Elo ratings implies that the favorite has a 64% possibility of winning; 200 points indicates 76%, 300 points indicates 85%, 400 points suggests 91%, and 500 points implies 95%.