It’s finals weekend in New York City at the US Open.
Yesterday, 19-year old US phenom Coco Gauff won the Women’s Singles US Open Title. Today is a rematch of the 2021 Men’s Singles final between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic.
Tennis is a sport that becomes significantly more interesting to watch when you play the game. You develop a unique appreciation for level of skill and strategy exhibited by the pros. You also begin to appreciate how many layers of skill levels exist between a recreational level player and a professional.
In general, you can group players in 3 buckets: Club level, USTA level, and Pro level.
Club level is a self ranking system that goes from level 1.0 (absolute beginner) to level 5 (advanced player, likely played in college tournaments).
Most recreational players that play consistently at your local tennis courts likely fall between levels 3.0 – 4.0.
Here is an example of a club level player playing a college D1 player.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for tennis in the US.
The USTA National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) is the official rating system for determining the levels of competition for the USTA League Program. The ratings range from 1.5 (beginner) to 7.0 (pro).
Here is an example of the same D1 player from the video above, playing a USTA 7.0 player (and a former pro).
And another example of two USTA 7.0 players going at it.
And finally, for the Pros, there is the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ATP Rankings. The world rankings of professional tennis players.
Here is a court level example for contrast of the level (and speed) of the pros versus the players shown above.