Player Ratings

What is a Player Rating?

A player rating is a way of measuring your tennis ability so you can see how you rank against players from other clubs and also how you are improving. Your rating should also guide you to enter the right level of competitions. You will need a rating in order to compete in the Berkshire Team Tennis matches and LTA Ratings tournaments.

For both junior and adult players there are 20 rating bands, starting with 10.2, which is the lowest, progressing to 10.1, 9.2, 9.1, 8.2 etc. until you reach 1.1, which is the highest.

For Mini Tennis players there is a separate ratings process. View Mini Tennis ratings.

When can your rating change?

Ratings are improved by winning against players with the same or higher rating than you. Your results in our singles box league go to the LTA and can affect your rating.

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What other competitions can affect my rating?

To get the most out of competition you should try and play against players of a similar standard. To help you choose the level of competition that is right for you all British Tennis competitions are graded (7-1). Our Singles Box League is a Grade 7 competition.  See Competition Grading below.

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Eligibility for matches

You need to be a British Tennis Member with a player rating in order to compete in Berksire Team Tennis matches. You now also need to be British Tennis Member to compete in the Berkshire Doubles Leagues and Veterans Leagues, although a rating is not necessary in these competitions. If you’re not already a member of British Tennis, click here to sign up; it’s FREE because you are a member of an LTA affiliated tennis club.

In the lists of Club Members in the Members’ Area, BT indicates a British Tennis member. There’s also a list of British Tennis members together with their rating if they have one.

Can I set or change my rating?

If you are a member of British Tennis and wish obtain or update your rating, click here to select and submit a new rating. You’ll need to enter your BT user name and password first and you’ll then be offered a choice of Beginner (10.2), Improver (9.2), Intermediate (8.2) or Experienced (7.2). Clicking on each of these brings up a description of the general level of play for that rating – see below. Select one of these and click on Submit but be honest about your level of ability as there is no point in giving yourself too high a rating and you only get one chance to set your rating.

Alternatively, send an email to with your name and BTM number.

If you think you are a BT Member and you are not on the British Tennis Members list in the Members’ Area, please contact the administrator with your details including British Tennis Membership number.

If you are a British Tennis Member but are registered for another club, please go to the LTA Website to update your details; this may mean simply changing your tennis venue to Crowthorne Tennis Club or adding it to a list if you are a member of more than one club.

What do the ratings mean?

For a detailed list of International Tennis Numbers, which broadly match the ratings used by the LTA, click here

For a list of ratings compiled from the ITN numbers and from information from the LTA – easier to relate to than the ITN document – click here

This is how the LTA website describes a player with a rating at or near the lower end of the system…

10.2 Beginner

You’ve either never played, just started playing or haven’t picked up a racket for years. You aren’t ready to enter competitions yet but may be thinking of having lessons or joining a group session. Tou cannot sustain a rally yet and you are working primarily on getting the ball into play. You are learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. You are also getting to grips with basic positions for singles and doubles play.

9.2 Improver

You know the basic techniques and are able to keep a rally going with someone who hits the ball back to you. However, you still make quite a few mistakes and my find serving difficult. You are becoming more consistent when hitting medium pace shots but you are not comfortable with all strokes and lack control when trying to hit with accuracy, depth or power. Your game probably lacks variety but you are developing a tactical approach and awareness of teamwork in doubles. You may have played some matches.

8.2 Intermediate

You are a decent player. You play regularly and your technique is solid. You try and copy the technique and tactics of the top players but struggle when putting together points against stronger players. You have dependable strokes, including accuracy on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. You are able to occasionally force errors when serving. You have begun to master the use of power and spins and are beginning to handle pace, have sound footwork and can control depth of shots. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve and are able to work effectively with a partner in doubles.

7.2 Experienced

You’re good. You have played a lot of tennis and can serve with spin, placement and power. You can rally consistently and create opportunities to win points off both your forehand and backhand. You probably compete on a regular basis. You have excellent shot anticipation and court coverage. You can regularly hit winners or force erros off of short balls, can out away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and smashes, and have good depth and spin on most second serves. You have power and consistency and can vary strategy according to your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

Competition Grading

To help players identify suitable competitive opportunities so they can play against others of a similar standard competitions are graded from 7-1, progressing from local club level to county, regional and finally national level competitions.

Grade 7

If you are just starting to compete, Grade 7 competitions offer a great opportunity to gain some competitive experience in a local environment. These include local competitions such as club or squad box leagues and ladders. This grade of competition counts for ratings but not rankings. To find out more contact your local tennis venue or LTA regional office.

Grade 6

Competitions in this grade are usually match-plays which are open to all players to enter. They are run throughout the year and across the country and offer players in all age groups the chance to develop their competitive tennis. This grade of competition counts for ratings but not rankings.

Grade 5

These competitions take place at local club or county level and are open to players of all ages and abilities. They might be for specific age groups or cater for different age groups within one tournament. These competitions count for both ratings and rankings.

Grade 4

These are county level competitions giving players the opportunity to gain competition experience at the next level and count for both ratings and rankings.

Grade 3

These are regional level competitions that count for both ratings and rankings. There are opportunities for players of all ages to compete in grade 3 competitions throughout the year.

Grade 2

These are national level competitions and count for both ratings and rankings.

Grade 1

This is the top level of national competition and counts for ratings and rankings.