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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.

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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. 

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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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