Tennis Association Self Rating System,
National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP)
Instructions. Rate yourself. Select the
category that most closely matches your abilities.
NTRP Rating Categories:
1.0 This player is just starting to play tennis.
1.5 This player has limited playing experience and is still
working primarily on getting the ball in play.
2.0 This player needs on-court experience. This player has
obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions
for singles and doubles play.
2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going
although court coverage is weak. This player can sustain a slow
rally with other players of same ability.
3.0 This player is consistent when hitting medium pace shots, but
is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying
for directional intent, depth, or power.
3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and
direction on moderate pace shots, but still lacks depth and
variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has
improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional
intent, on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots,
plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and
volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors
when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident.
4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins
and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control
depth of shots, and is beginning to vary tactics according to
opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and
accuracy and place the second serve and is able to rush the net
5.0 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an
outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be
structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors
off of short balls, can put away volleys, can successfully
execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes, and
has good depth and spin on most second serves.
5.5 This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major
weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a
competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress
6.0 These players will generally not need NTRP rankings. Rankings
or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player
typically has had intensive training for national tournament
competition at the junior level and collegiate levels and has
obtained a sectional or national ranking.
6.5 The 6.5 player has a reasonable chance of succeeding at the
7.0 level and has extensive satellite tournament experience.
7.0 The 7.0 is a world class player who is committed to
tournament competition on the international level and whose major
source of income is tournament prize winnings.
If your self-assessment falls between two categories, then the
lower one should be used to determine your playing level.