What is Your Tennis Level?

Ever wondered what level of tennis you are at? Check out below to know your NTRP Score for your forehand, backhand, volley and serve.

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(NTRP Rating 1-2.5)

Players at this level may sustain a slow paced rally at the back of the court. However, they have limited experience and tend to struggle to find their contact point. Emphasis for this group will be on stroke development and getting the ball into play.



(NTRP Rating 2.5-4)

Players at this level are able to rally from the baseline and recognise opportunities to finish points. They are fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots. However, players may lack depth, directional control and court awareness.



(NTRP Rating 4.5-5.5)

Players at this level are able to vary the use of pace and spin, effective court coverage and has good depth control. Players can also develop game plans according to their strengths and weaknesses. However, the challenges at this level are more mental than technical. For reference, a World Class level is playing at NTRP Rating 6-7.


NTRP Breakdown (Beginner – Intermediate)

SkillsNTRP 1-1.5NTRP 2NTRP 2.5NTRP 3
ForehandThis player is just starting to play tennis and still working primarily on getting the ball into play.Incomplete swing ; lacks directional intentForm developing; prepared for moderately paced shotsFairly consistent with some directional intent; lacks depth control
BackhandThis player is just starting to play tennis and still working primarily on getting the ball into play.Avoids backhands; erratic contact; grip problems; incomplete swingPreparation problems; often chooses to hit forehand instead of backhandFrequently prepared; starting to hit with fair consistency on moderate shots
Serve & Receive of ServeThis player is just starting to play tennis and still working primarily on getting the ball into play.Incomplete service motion; double faults common; toss is inconsistent; return of serve erraticAttempting a full swing; can get the ball in play at slow pace; inconsistent toss; can return slow-paced serveDeveloping rhythm; little consistency when trying for power; second serve is often considerably slower than first serve; can return serve with fair consistency
VolleyThis player is just starting to play tennis and still working primarily on getting the ball into play.Reluctant to play net; avoids backhand; lacks footworkUncomfortable at net, especially on the backhand side; frequently uses forehand racquet face on backhand volleysConsistent forehand volley; inconsistent backhand volley; has trouble with low and wide shots

NTRP Breakdown (Intermediate - Advanced)

SkillsNTRP 3.5NTRP 4NTRP 4.5NTRP 5
ForehandImproved consistency and variety on moderate shots with directional control; developing spinGood consistency; hits with depth and control on moderate shots; may try to hit too good a placement on a difficult shotVery good consistency; uses speed and spin effectively; controls depth well; tends to over-hit on difficult shots; offensive on moderate shotsStrong shots with control, depth, and spin; uses forehand to set up offensive situations; has developed good touch; consistent on passing shots
BackhandHits with directional control on moderate shots; has difficulty on high or hard shots; returns difficult shots defensivelyDirects the ball with consistency and depth on moderate shots; developing spinCan control direction and depth but may break down under pressure; offensive on moderate shotsCan use backhand as an aggressive shot with good consistency; has good direction and depth on most shots; varies spin
Serve & Receive of ServeStarting to serve with control and some power; developing spin; can return serve consistently with directional control on moderate shotsPlaces both first and second serves, often with power on first serve; uses spin; dependable return of serve; can return with depth in singles and mix returns in doublesAggressive serving with limited double faults; uses power and spin; developing offense; on second serve frequently hits with good depth and placement; frequently hits aggressive service returns; can take pace off with moderate success in doublesServe is placed effectively with intent of hitting to a weakness or developing an offensive situation; has a variety of serves to rely on; good depth, spin, and placement on most second serves to force weak return or set up next shot; can mix aggressive and off-paced service returns with control, depth, and spin
VolleySome ability to cover side shots; uses proper footwork; can direct forehand volleys; controls backhand volley but with little offense; difficulty in putting volleys awayDepth and control on forehand volley; can direct backhand volleys but usually lacks depth; developing wide and low volleys on both sides of the bodyCan handle a mixed sequence of volleys; good footwork; has depth and directional control on backhand; developing touch; most common error is still overhittingCan hit most volleys with depth, pace and direction; plays difficult volleys with depth; given an opportunity volley is often hit for a winner

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