4.5: FH Uses speed and spin effectively and can control depth well. Has a tendency to over hit on difficult shots and is offensive on moderate shots. BH: Can control direction and depth but may break down under pressure. Can hit with power on moderate shots. SERVE and R.O.S: Aggressive serving with limited double faults. Uses power and spin on second serve. Frequently hits with good depth and placement. Is frequently aggressive on return of serves and can take pace off with moderate success in doubles. VOLLEY: Can handle a mixed sequence of volleys. Has good footwork, depth and directional control on BH. Is developing some touch but the most common error is still over hitting. SPECIAL SHOTS: Hits with good depth and control. Can consistently hit volleys and overheads to end the points and frequently hits aggressive service returns. PLAYING SKILLS: More intentional variety in game. Is hitting with more pace, covers up weaknesses well. Is beginning to vary game plan according to opponent. Is developing a more aggressive net play in doubles. Has good anticipation and beginning to handle pace.
 
5.0: FH Strong shot with control, depth, and spin. Uses FH to set up offensive situations and has developed good touch and is consistent on passing shots. BH: Can use BH as an aggressive shot with good consistency. Has good direction and depth on most shots. SERVE and R.O.S: Serve is placed effectively with the intent of hitting to a weakness or developing an offensive situation. Has a variety of serves to rely on. Has good depth, spin, and placement on most second serves to force weak return or set up the next shot. Can mix aggressive and off-paced service returns with control, depth, and spin. VOLLEY: Can hit most volleys with depth, pace, and direction. Plays difficult volleys with depth if given opportunity and can finish the volley for a winner. SPECIAL SHOTS: Approach shots and passing shots are hit with pace and a high degree of effectiveness. Can lob offensively. Overhead can be hit from any position. Hits mid-court volley's with consistency and can return serves aggressively. PLAYING SKILLS: Frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which his game is built. Can vary game plan according to opponent. At this level the player is 'match wise,' and ca play with percentage tennis. Has solid teamwork in doubles but game tends to break down mentally and physically more often than the 5.5 player.

5.5: This player can hit dependable shots in stress situations; has developed good anticipation; can pick up cues from such things as opponent's toss, body position, back swing, preparation; first and second serves can be depended on in stress situations and can be hit offensively at any time; can analyze and exploit opponent's weaknesses; has developed power and /or consistency as a major weapon; can vary strategies and style of play in a competitive situation.
Has a variety of serves to rely on. Has good depth, spin, and placement on most second serves to force weak return or set up the next shot. Can mix aggressive and off-paced service returns with control, depth, and spin. VOLLEY: Can hit most volleys with depth, pace, and direction. Plays difficult volleys with depth if given opportunity and can finish the volley for a winner. SPECIAL SHOTS: Approach shots and passing shots are hit with pace and a high degree of effectiveness. Can lob offensively. Overhead can be hit from any position. Hits mid-court volley's with consistency and can return serves aggressively. PLAYING SKILLS: Frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which his game is built. Can vary game plan according to opponent. At this level the player is 'match wise,' and can play with percentage tennis. Has solid teamwork in doubles but game tends to break down mentally and physically more often than the 5.5 player.
 
6.0 - 7.0: Generally these players do not need a NTRP rating. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has experienced intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior level and collegiate levels. He or she has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. The 6.5 player has a reasonable chance of succeeding at the 7.0 level and has extensive satellite tournament experience.
 
7.0: Is a world class tennis player who is committed to tournament competition on the international level and whose major source of income is tournament prize winnings.

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