A tennis player can use a self ranking system to identify the playing skill level for positioning one’s self for matches against other players.The US Tennis Association Ranking System NTRP shown below is in common use in North America

 

                                      NTRP Self Ranking Scheme

 

 

USTA Rating

Description

1.0 This player is just starting to play tennis.
1.5 This player has limited playing experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
2.0 This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.
2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player can sustain a slow rally with other players of same ability.
3.0 This player is consistent when hitting medium pace shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying for a directional intent, depth, or power.
3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction on moderate pace shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.
4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional intent, on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident.
4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary tactica according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve and is able to rush the net successfully.
5.0 This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls, can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most second serves.
5.5 This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.
6.0-7.0 These players will generally not need NRTP rankings. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior level and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional or national ranking. The 6.5 player has a reasonable chance of succeeding at the 7.0 level and has extensive satellite tournament experience. The 7.0 is a world class player who is committed to tournament competition on the international level and whose major source of income is tournament prize winnings.

 

While a different system ITN is used in Europe and South America and other parts of the world:

 

The ITF International Tennis Number – ITN

 

ITN 1 This player has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and senior levels and has extensive professional tournament experience. Holds or is capable of holding an ATP / WTA ranking and major source of income is through tournament prize money.

 

ITN 2  This player has developed power and / or consistency as a major weapon.
Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation. Is usually a
nationally ranked player.

 

ITN 3  This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners and force errors off short balls. Can put away volleys and smashes and has a variety of serves to rely on.

 

ITN 4  This player can use power and spin and has begun to handle pace. Has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and can vary game plan according to
opponents. Can hit first serves with power and can impart spin on second serves.

 

ITN 5  This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both ground strokes and on moderate shots. Has the ability to use lobs,
overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success.

 

ITN 6  This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, improved shot control and is developing teamwork in doubles.

 

ITN 7  This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not yet comfortable with all strokes. Lacks control over depth, direction and power.

 

ITN 8  This player is able to judge where the ball is going and can sustain a short rally of slow pace.

 

ITN 9  This player needs on court experience but strokes can be completed with
some success.

 

ITN 10.0 This player is starting to play competitively (can serve and return / rally)
on a full court using a normal ITF approved ball.

 

ITN 10.1 This player is able to rally with movement and control.

 

ITN 10.2 This player has developed some simple tennis-specific skills in hitting an oncoming ball regularly, however rallying with movement and control is not
yet achieved.

 

ITN 10. 3 This player is in the early stages of tennis skills development and is primarily
learning simple tennis co-ordination tasks / exercises.

 

* The ITN 10.1 to ITN 10.3 categories will usually involve playing in a modified environment  – e.g. using transition / soft balls on a reduced court and / or using adapted rackets as appropriate