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National Rating System

1.0 This player is just starting to play tennis.

1.5 This player has played a limited amount but is still working primarily on getting the ball over the net, has some knowledge of scoring, but is not familiar with basic positions and procedures for singles and doubles play.

2.0 This player may have had some lessons but needs on-court experience, has obvious stroke weaknesses but is beginning to feel comfortable with singles and doubles play.

2.5 This player has more dependable strokes but is still unable to judge where the ball is going; has weak court coverage; is still working just to keep the ball in play with others of same ability level.

3.0 This player can place shots with moderate success; can sustain a rally of slow pace but is not comfortable with all strokes; lacks consistency in serving.

3.5 This player still lacks dependability, depth and variety, but has improved ability to direct shots away from opponents; rarely double faults but usually does not force errors on the Serve; hits forehand and backhand volleys with consistency if the ball is within reach.

4.0 This player has dependable strokes on both forehand and backhand sides; has the ability to use a variety of shots including lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys; can place the first serve and force some errors; is rarely out of position in doubles

4.5 This player has begun to master the use of power and spins; has sound footwork; can control depth of shots and is able to move opponents up and back; can hit first serve with above average power and accuracy and place second serve; is able to rush the net with some success against players of similar ability.

5.0 This player has good shot anticipation; is able to overcome some stroke deficiencies with outstanding shots or exceptional consistency; will approach the net at opportune times and is often able to force errors or make winning placements; can execute lobs; dropshots, half volleys and overhead smashes with above average success; is able to vary spin on serve.

5.5 This player is able to execute all strokes offensively and defensively; can hit first serves for winners and second serves to set up an offensive situation; maintains a winning level of play in social tennis and can reach at least the quarterfinals or semifinals in the club championship.

6.0 This player has mastered all of the above skills; is able to hit both slice and topspin serves; can vary strategies and styles in competitive situations. May be ranked in the area, and has won local tournaments.

6.5.-7.0 Would be highly competitive players, ranked nationally, playing on the collegiate level, or professionally.