The USTA Self-Rating System

An experienced real estate professional, Abraham Valentino founded the iMetros.com Corporation in 2012 and continues to serve the real estate investment firm as chief executive officer. Outside of the office, Abraham Valentino stays physically active by playing tennis. He ranks as a 4.0 on the USTA rating system.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has developed a seven-point self-rating system so that individuals can seek out opponents and tournaments of comparable skill levels. Players ranked between 1.0 and 2.0 are considered beginners, struggling with stroke competency and basic positioning, while a 2.5 ranked player is beginning to understand stroke mechanics. Players at this level still fail to make efficient contact with the ball and struggle with movement around the court.

Between 3.0 and 4.0, a player is considered to be of intermediate skill. These players can hit with consistency and some direction so long as the pace remains at a manageable level. By the 4.0 mark, a player is capable of effectively implementing various skill shots, including lobs and drop shots, while consistently modifying the depth of his or her ground strokes.

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.