N.T.R.P.? What’s that and how do I figure out my rating?

Find your tennis rating using National Tennis Rating
Program (NTRP) categories. This is the most accurate rating system available and
was developed by the U.S. Tennis Association in 1979. Player levels are based on
a scale from 1.0 to 7.0

1.0
This player is Just starting to play
tennis.
1.5
Has limited experience and is still working
primarily on getting the ball into play.
2.0
Needs on-court experience. Has obvious stroke
weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles
play.
2.5
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.
3.0
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 and
one-back.
3.5
Has achieved improved stroke dependability with
directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety.
Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is
developing teamwork in doubles.
4.0
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. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is
evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
4.5
Starting to master the use of power and spins and
beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is
beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with
power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult
shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
5.0
Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an
outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be
structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and 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
Has developed power and/or consistency as a major
weapon. Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and
hit dependable shots in a stress situation.
6.0
Generally do not need NTRP ratings. Rankings or past
rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player has obtained a sectional and
/or national ranking.
6.5
The 6.5 player has extensive satellite tournament
experience.
7.0
The 7.0 player makes his living from tournament
prize money.
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