Tournament Levels Designed to allow each player to meet competition appropriate to his/her own ability level, Juniors begin at Level 3 with entry-level competition, move on to Level 2 with an opportunity for a regional ranking, and proceed to Level 1 where sectional ranking and endorsement to national championships are the goals.
Of all the descriptions of plaver levels -- from "A, B and C" to "beginner, intermediate, advanced" -- the best system was developed bv the U.S. Tennis Association in 1979. The USTA defines player levels on a scale from 1.0 to 7.0 in its National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). A condensed version appears below. Take a few moments to determine your likely playing level. 1.0 Just starting to play tennis 1.5 Has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play. 2.0 ...
An NTRP Rating is a numerical indicator of tennis-playing ability, from 1.5 (beginner) through 7.0 (touring pro), which aligns with a set of general characteristics that break down the skills and abilities of each level, in 0.5 increments. Ratings are generated by play in USTA Adult Divisions of 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, 65 & Over, Mixed 18 & Over, Mixed 40 & Over and Mixed 55 & Over.
1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 to 7.0 10.1 10.3 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 This player is just starting to play tennis. This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
Ultimately, your rating is based on your match results. If you are unsure of your level, choose the higher level of play. Once you've read the descriptions, you can create a free USTA account and self-rate your tennis level at any time. Click here for guidelines on self-rating. Click here for characteristics of each NTRP level.
Choose your level of tennis experience: World-class player; Professional Satellite/Future or Circuit Player; College Team Committed to or Played; International or USTA National or Section Ranked; Tennis on Campus—a USTA Sponsored Program; Played High School; Played Recreational Tennis; Never Played Tennis
1.0 This player is just starting to play tennis. 1.5 This player has had limited experience with stroke development and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play. This player is not yet ready to compete. 2.0 This player needs on-court experience, with an emphasis on play. This player struggles to find an appropriate contact point ...
The USTA uses the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) for determining levels of competition for USTA league play. The goal of the program is to help all tennis players enjoy the game by providing a method of classifying skill levels for more compatible matches, group lessons, league play, tournaments and other programs. The rating categories are generalizations about skill levels.