The USTA National Tennis Rating System

Abraham Valentino is the founder and chief executive officer of iMetros.com, a real estate corporation based in San Francisco. When he is not managing investments with iMetros.com, Abraham Valentino enjoys playing ping pong and tennis. He is currently a 4.0-rated tennis player.

In order to facilitate fair and competitive play in tournaments and at the recreational level, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has developed the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). Using the system, players are rated between 1.5 and 7.0 and can subsequently meet up with players of similar abilities to engage in a competitive tennis match. Players rated between 1.5 and 2.5 are relatively weak players who may possess a basic understanding of the sport but whose on-court abilities are somewhat limited. Around 3.0, players become more comfortable with sustaining medium-paced rallies, although they lack the skill to execute strategies and complex strokes.

Players rated at the 4.0 level have a number of dependable shots that they can hit accurately and with considerable depth. These players have also mastered some of the game’s tougher play, such as overhead smashes and approach shots. As individuals progress through the ratings, skills are measured by the player’s ability to maintain their level of play as rallies increase in pace and opponents become more nuanced in their strategies. At 6.0, players can compete at the national and collegiate levels, while a 7.0 is considered a world-class player.

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