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Tennis Ratings and what they mean

In this article, take a look at the tennis rankings and what they mean.The basic tennis rating system (NTRP) has been in place for a long time and is used by the USTA.

Last updated: 10.07.2023
Tennis Ratings and what they mean

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The basic tennis rating system (NTRP) has been in place for a long time and is used by the USTA. There have been other rating systems like UTR that have evolved over the years and aim to create a worldwide consistent set of ratings for players of all abilities. Then there is the international rating system. 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. In some sections, results from USTA Sanctioned Tournaments and additional leagues may be included in the Rating calculation. Ratings help establish a player’s NTRP skill level after only a few matches and do not change dramatically. Rather, they slowly increase or decrease over time as they reflect consistent player skill levels as exhibited through play results. 

For example, a player with a 1.5 NTRP rating who has had limited experience with stroke development is still working primarily on getting the ball into play and is not yet ready to compete. By contrast, a 3.0 player is fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, pace, or altering the distance of shots. 


At the top of the rating spectrum, a 6.0 player typically has had intensive training. They have likely played international tournaments or top-level collegiate competitions and have obtained a national ranking. The 6.5 and 7.0 are world class players. 

Tennis rating player levels 

  • 1.0: Just starting to play tennis. 

  • 1.5: Player working primarily on getting the ball into play. 

  • 2.0: Player needs on-court experience, with an emphasis on play. 

  • 2.5: Players are ready to play league matches and low-level tournaments. 

  • 3.0: The player is fairly consistent, hitting medium-paced shots, but struggles in other situations. 

  • 3.5: Player has dependable strokes but lacks variety. 

  • 4.0: Similar to 3.5, but more variety. 

  • 4.5: Player can vary pace and spin and has a solid serve. 

  • 5.0: Player reads the game well, has good variety, plus at least one significant ‘weapon.’ 

  • 5.5: Players can use pace and/or consistency as a major weapon. Plays well under pressure. 

  • 6.0: Player is highly trained: possibly top college player. 

  • 6.5/7.0: World-class player.

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