Reviewing the General and Experienced Players Guidelines may also
serve you well as the descriptions below are supplemented with
General Characteristics of Various NTRP Playing Levels
(Wheelchair players please see note below)
This player has limited experience and is still working primarily
on getting the ball into play.
This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious
stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles
and doubles play.
This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although
court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace
with other players of the same ability.
This 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, or power. Most common
doubles formation is one-up, one-back.
This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional
control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety.
This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court
coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.
This player has dependable strokes, including directional control
and depth 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. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles
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 game plan according
to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and
accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to over
hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
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 and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs,
drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and has good depth
and spin on most 2nd serves.
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 to 7.0
The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national
tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and
has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking.
A world class player.
Players in Wheelchairs:
Players in wheelchairs should use these general characteristics
to determine their NTRP skill level. The only differences are
as follows: Mobility: while players in wheelchairs may have skills
that would normally provide them a certain rating, the mobility
factor suggests that when competing against able-bodied players,
they should participate at an NTRP skill level that provides
competitive rather than compatible play. Serving ability: Due
to the nature of the player’s injury or disability, a powerful
serve may not be possible. In this case, it may be more realistic
to self-rate below 4.0 as service strength becomes key beyond