(forehand and backhand)
RETURN OF SERVE
(volleys and overheads)
This player is just
starting to play tennis.
This player had been
introduced to the game, however has difficulty playing the game
due to a lack of consistency rallying and serving.
Can get the ball in
play but lacks control, resulting in inconsistent rallies. Often
chooses to hit forehands instead of backhands.
Tends to position in
a manner to protect weakness. Inconsistent returns.
reluctant to come to the net. In doubles, understands basic
positioning; comfortable only with the forehand volley; avoids
backhand volley and overhead. Incomplete service motion. Toss is
inconsistent. Double faults are common.
motion. Toss is inconsistent. Double faults are common.
consistently 10 balls in a row, especially on the forehand, with
an arched trajectory over the net when the objective is to hit
to a partner at a moderate speed.
consistent when returning towards the middle of the court. In
doubles, difficulty returning cross-court to start the point.
Becoming at ease at
the net in practice but uncomfortable in a game situation.
Attempting a full
service motion on a first serve. First serve is inconsistent
(less than 50%). Uses an incomplete motion to ensure a steady
Able to rally
consistently 10 balls in a row on forehands and backhands. Able
to maintain the rally when receiving high, short, or wide balls,
assuming the ball is received at a moderate pace, especially on
the forehand stroke.
Can control the
direction of the ball both in singles and in doubles, when
receiving a serve of moderate pace.
Very consistent on
forehand volley with easy balls, inconsistent with backhand
volley. Overall has difficulty with low or wide balls. Can smash
Full motion on both
serves. Able to achieve a 50% success on first serve. Second
serve much slower than first.
Able to move the
opponent around the court or hit harder when receiving easier
balls. Can execute approach shots with some consistency (more
Can return fast
serves as well as placed serves with defensive actions. On easy
second serve, can return with pace or direction control; can
approach the net in doubles.
at net play; can direct FH volleys; controls BH volley but with
little offense; General difficulty in putting volleys away. Can
handle volleys and overheads that require moderate movement.
Can vary the speed
or direction of first serve. Can direct the second serve to the
opponent's weakness without double faulting on a regular basis.
Able to develop
points with some consistency by using a reliable combination of
shots. Erratic when attempting a quality shot when receiving
fast or wide balls, and when attempting passing shots.
spin serves and very fast serves. On moderate paced serves, can
construct the point through hitting a good shot or exploiting an
opponents weakness. In doubles, can vary returns effectively on
moderately paced serves.
comfortable at following approach shot to the net. In doubles,
comfortable receiving a variety of balls and converting to
offensive positioning; can poach on weak returns of serve. Able
to put away easy overheads.
Can vary the speed
and direction of the first serve. Uses spin.
Can use a variety of
spins. Beginning to develop a dominant shot or good steadiness.
Erratic when attempting a quality shot in two of the following
situations: receiving fast balls, and in passing shot
Off first serves,
can defend consistently but very inconsistent (less than 30%)
when attempting an aggressive return. In doubles, has difficulty
(less than 50%) returning a first serve at the feet of the
incoming serve and volleyer.
When coming to the
net after serving, consistently able to put the first volley in
play but without pace or depth; however, inconsistent when
trying to volley powerful or angled returns. Close to the net,
can finish a point using various options including drop volley,
angle volley, punch volley.
serve with power and spin. On second serve frequent hits with
good depth and placement without double faults. Can serve and
volley off first serves in doubles, but experiences some
Able to maintain a
consistent rally, 10 balls in a row on fast balls. Very steady
strokes or has a dominant shot. Periodically succeeds (50%) when
attempting a quality shot when receiving fast or wide balls, and
in passing shot situations.
succeeds (50%) at aggressive return off fast first serve using
dominant shot (forehand or backhand). In doubles can return at
the feet of serve and volleyer.
In doubles, after
the serve, has a good, deep crosscourt volley. Overhead can be
hit from almost any position.
First serve can win
points outright, or force a weak return. Second serve can
prevent the opponent from attacking. Serve and volleys on first
serves in doubles with consistency.
This player has
developed a game style which is recognizable as either an all
court player, an aggressive baseliner, a serve and volleyer, or
a retriever. Has developed good anticipation either technically
(can read toss on serve, body position...) or tactically (can
read an opponents tendencies in specific situations). Has no
major weaknesses and can counterattack effectively against hard
ball, wide ball or passing shot situations. Capable of competing
in "open" category provincial level tournaments. Ability to use
specific shots in order to exploit opponent's weakness:
drop-shot, lob, angle, moonball...
These players will
generally not need a rating. Rankings or past rankings will
speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has had intensive
training for national tournament competition at the junior level
and collegiate levels and has obtained a provincial and/or
national "open" ranking. The 6.5 player has extensive
international "open" level tournament experience at the entry
professional level (challenger or satellite experience). The 7.0
is a world class professional tennis player.