Understanding NTRP ratings

A rating is a measuring tool that indicates a person’s current playing ability, and it can be used to track their progress as they develop their games. An accurate rating should give players access to level-based competition, ensuring a positive experience.


As a result, ratings are a great solution for tournament acceptance and seeding. In non-elimination formats, ratings can be used to are a great way to group players of similar ability together in round robin groups and compass draws.



An NTRP Rating is a numerical indicator of tennis-playing ability, from 1.5 (beginner) through 7.0 (touring pro), which aligns with a set of general characteristics that break down the skills and abilities of each level, in 0.5 increments. Ratings are generated by play in USTA Adult Divisions of 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, 65 & Over, Mixed 18 & Over, Mixed 40 & Over and Mixed 55 & Over. In some sections, results from USTA Sanctioned Tournaments and additional leagues may be included in the Rating calculation. Ratings help establish a player’s NTRP skill level after only a few matches and do not change dramatically. Rather, they slowly increase or decrease over time as they reflect consistent player skill levels as exhibited through play results.


For example, a player with a 1.5 NTRP rating who has had limited experience with stroke development is still working primarily on getting the ball into play and is not yet ready to compete. By contrast, a 3.0 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, pace, or altering the distance of shots.


At the top of the rating spectrum, a 6.0 player typically has had intensive training. They have likely played international tournaments or top-level collegiate competitions and have obtained a national ranking. The 6.5 and 7.0 are world-class players.

To find NTRP Rating information or to Self-Rate, click here

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