The National Rating Number (NRN) is a measuring tool indicating a standard of play. This ensures players can learn and participate in tournaments, competitions, social tennis and group classes with fellow participants of the same level. Below is a list numbered 10 through to 1 with a brief description of player tennis ability and experience associated with the NRN.
For international players who have a rating from their home country, please use our conversion chart.
At City Community Tennis classes, competitions and social tennis are categorised in the following way.
Beginner | Rating 10 to 10+
Player is in the early stages of tennis skills development and is primarily learning simple tennis co-ordination tasks/exercises. Rallying with movement and control is not yet achieved.
Low Intermediate | Rating 9 to 8+
Player can rally with movement and control to some degree and is now starting to play competitively (serve, return and rally) on a full court. Strokes can be completed with some success. Player can also judge where the ball is going and can sustain a short rally of slow pace.
Intermediate | Rating 7 to 7+
Player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not yet comfortable with all strokes. Lacks control over depth, direction and power.
High Intermediate | Rating 6 to 6+
Player exhibits more aggressive net play, improved court coverage and developing strategy for competitive play.
Advanced 1 | Rating 5
Stepping stone from High Intermediate. Strokes developing, good shape, maintains good pace of shot but lack the consistency of 4+ ball rallies. Limited strategic play still learning how to put it all together.
Advanced 2 | Rating 5+
Good technique and control, power and intensity of shot, consist 4+ ball rallies during match with strategic play.
Advanced 3 | Rating 4 to 4+
Player has great footwork, powerful consistent ground strokes and serve with topspin, slice and touch including strong net play and return game. Can adapt game during competitive play to suit opponent.
WTA and ATP Australian Money Tournament Level | Rating 3 to 3+
Player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners and force errors of short balls. Can put away volleys and smashes and has a variety of serves to rely on.
Challenger Level | Rating 2 to 2+
Plays or has played international ITF tournaments or Futures. This player has power and consistency as a major weapon. Can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation.
Touring Professional | Rating 1
Holds or is capable of holding an ATP/WTA ranking and major source of income is through tournament prize money.