The most commonly used tool is The United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rates players on a scale of 1.0 to 7.0 based on their skill level. Here is a breakdown of the different NTRP levels:
1.0: This is a beginner player who is just starting to learn the basics of tennis.
1.5: This player has limited experience and is still working on basic strokes and court positioning.
2.0: This player has some experience and can sustain a short rally with other players of the same level.
2.5: This player is starting to develop consistency and can hit forehands, backhands, and serves with some degree of control.
3.0: This player is starting to play more aggressively and can hit with more pace and accuracy. They are developing their doubles skills and can play matches with other intermediate players.
3.5: This player has developed a consistent stroke and can hit with power and consistency. They have improved their doubles skills and can play competitively in local tournaments.
4.0: This player is skilled in all aspects of the game, including singles and doubles play. They can hit with consistency and power, and have developed a wide range of shots and strategies.
4.5: This player has a high level of skill and can play competitively at the regional level. They have a strong serve and can hit with precision and accuracy.
5.0: This player has excellent technique and can play at a high level of competition. They have a wide range of shots and strategies and can play at the national level.
5.5+: These are professional or top-level college players with exceptional skill and talent.
It's important to remember that these ratings are just a guide and should be used as a general indication of skill level. Actual skill levels can vary depending on factors such as consistency, shot selection, and strategy.