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 – Mini Tennis ratings.
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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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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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.
If you are a member of British Tennis and wish obtain or update your rating, click here to find out how 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 info@LTA.org.uk 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 ITN Description of Standards…
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 Ratings Guide…
This is how the LTA website describes a player with a rating at or near the lower end of the system…
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are county level competitions giving players the opportunity to gain competition experience at the next level and count for both ratings and rankings.
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.
These are national level competitions and count for both ratings and rankings.
This is the top level of national competition and counts for ratings and rankings.