Opinions on the World Pickleball Rankings

A Comprehensive Ranking for Pickleball Players

The World Pickleball Rankings, powered by Pickleball Tournaments, claim to be the most comprehensive ranking for pro and senior pro pickleball players. As the tournament management solution provider for professional tours such as the PPA APP, USA Pickleball Tournaments, and major independent tournaments like the US Open Pickleball Championships and Tournament of Champions, PickleballTournaments.com positions itself uniquely to provide insights into player performance through player rankings. These rankings are endorsed by USA Pickleball, the APP Tour, and the US Open Pickleball Championships.

A Look at the Current Rankings

The current rankings for 2022 tournaments showcase the variety of events players can participate in. From the PPA Hertz National Championship to the APP Sunmed Mesa Open and the world-famous Minto US Open Pickleball Championships, there is no shortage of opportunities for players to compete and earn valuable ranking points. With events like the APP Sunmed Hilton Head Open and the APP Chicago Open, which also serve as golden ticket qualifiers for amateurs and pros, players have additional incentives to perform well. It’s worth noting that the rankings consider both men’s and women’s competitions in various categories like singles, doubles, mixed doubles, senior singles, senior doubles, and senior mixed doubles.

Understanding the Ranking System

The World Pickleball Rankings employ a points-based system where players accumulate points for their placements and wins in pro tournaments. These results are regularly updated at the conclusion of each tournament. The rankings operate on a rolling 52-week window, meaning that points awarded outside of that window expire and are replaced by points awarded within the same period. To provide a fair representation, the rankings consider a player’s top 15 results.

However, there are certain considerations to be aware of. In cases where a tournament draw fails to complete due to unforeseen circumstances like weather or facilities issues, the ranking points awarded for that tournament may be adjusted. For example, if gold and bronze matches were not completed, no place points will be awarded, but non-place win points will still be considered. Players participating in a qualifying draw feeding into the main draw or subsequent draws for players who did not qualify for the main draw will not receive rankings points.

Golden Tickets and Qualifying Criteria

Starting in 2022, the top 20 players in each competition category on September 1st will be awarded an automatic qualification known as a “golden ticket” to the USA Pickleball National Championships of that year. To be eligible for a golden ticket, players must meet certain qualifying criteria. They must be in the top 20 of one of the disciplines (singles, doubles, or mixed doubles) on September 1st preceding the national championships. Additionally, they must have played in at least two national championship series tournaments supporting that year’s national championships.

Golden ticket winners in one discipline may choose to participate in the other two competitions at the national championships. They can also choose a partner for doubles or mixed doubles who does not have a golden ticket, provided the partner has played in at least two national championships series tournaments supporting that year’s national championships.

Conclusion

The World Pickleball Rankings provided by Pickleball Tournaments offer a comprehensive and informative system to track the performance of pro and senior pro pickleball players. With a wide range of tournaments and categories considered, players have ample opportunities to earn valuable ranking points. The inclusion of golden tickets adds an extra layer of excitement and prestige to the rankings, allowing top performers to secure a place in the prestigious USA Pickleball National Championships. The rankings system, although subject to adjustments and changes, provides players with a benchmark to gauge their skills and progress in the world of pickleball.

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