If you are just starting out as a competitive tennis player, you may be wondering how to get a tennis rating. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has an official system for ranking players' skill levels in order to foster compatible matches. This system is called the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). Follow these steps to get an official tennis rating through the NTRP.
- Beginning league players must rate themselves using the official guidelines provided by the USTA before entering a USTA league program. These guidelines describe the player's skills in thirteen different categories.
- You can access the NTRP guidelines online at www.usta.com. Click on "Leagues and Tournaments" at the top of the page, then "USTA League," followed by "About Self Rating." Skill levels range from 1.0, which describes a beginning player, to 7.0, which describes a world class, professional player who competes internationally.
To begin the self-rating process, visit www.national.usta.com to be connected directly to TennisLink. You will need a USTA membership number, your
team number and a major credit card.
- Click on "Register for a Team," which will open a series of prompts that leads you through the self-rating process. Once you complete this process, you will be given your official rating.
- In addition to self-rating, players also have a dynamic rating. This is the result of your current match averaged with up to three of your most recent dynamic results generated. It is calculated after each match.
- After a player has completed a year of league play, the year-end rating is assigned and should be used to enter competition during the following year. The year-end rating is valid for up to three years or until another rating is generated.