Grade your play

Tennis Grading System

Tennis coaching

You may wish to take a few minutes to assess your own level of play so we are able to offer you the best advice on which course or academy will suit your playing needs for your next tennis holiday.

A) How long have you been playing?

Number of years/months

B) Are you a member of a tennis club?


C) Do you play for a league or friendly team?


D) How many times a week do you play on average?

Number of times

E) What age group do you fall into?

Age group 12 – 20
Age group 21 – 35
Age group 36 – 50
Age group 51 – 65
Over 65

F) Using the following scale how would you rate yourself?

1.0 I have just started to play tennis.

1.5 I have limited experience and am still working primarily on getting the ball over the net; I have some knowledge of scoring, but am not familiar with basic positions and procedures for singles and doubles play.

2.0 I have had some lessons, but need on-court experience; I have stroke weaknesses, and I am beginning to feel comfortable with singles and doubles play.

2.5 I have more dependable strokes and am learning to judge where the ball is going; my court coverage is weak and I am often caught out of position, but I am starting to keep the ball in play with other players of the same ability.

3.0 I can place shots with moderate success; and can sustain a rally of slow pace, but I am not comfortable with all strokes and lack control when trying for power.

3.5 I have achieved stroke dependability and direction on shots within reach, including forehand and backhand volleys, but I still lack depth and variety; I seldom serve double faults and occasionally force errors with my serve.

4.0 I have dependable strokes on both forehand and backhand sides; I have the ability to use a variety of shots including lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys; I can place the first serve and force some errors and I am seldom out of position in a doubles game.

4.5 I have begun to master the use of power and spins; I have sound foot work; can control depth of shots and am able to move opponent up and back; I can hit deep first serves with power and accuracy and place second serves; I am able to rush the net with some success after serving, in both singles as well as doubles.

5.0 I have good shot anticipation; I frequently have an outstanding shot, exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. I can regularly hit winners and force errors off short balls; I can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes; I have good depth and spin on most second serves.

5.5 I can execute all strokes offensively and defensively; I can hit dependable shots under pressure and am able to analyse opponents’ styles and employ patterns of play to assure the greatest possibility of winning points. I can hit winners or force errors with both first and second serves. My return of serve can be an offensive weapon.

6.0 I have mastered all the above skills and have developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon; I can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation. I have had intensive training for national competition at junior and/or senior level.

6.5 I have all of the above skills and am an experienced tournament competitor, who regularly travels for competition. My income is partially derived from prize winnings