Thread: USTA Rating
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Old 03-17-2004, 03:59 PM   #17
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the USTA rating system in its original format was based strictly on stroke production. which shots you could reliably hit. some people play great in warm-ups and have lots of shots, but just dont play well in the pressure of a match so it is a rough guideline. being a teaching pro for a long time, i still use the basic 'deduct one full level rule' and that often works out especially w. the men. if they come in to me looking for a match and say they are a 5.0, i figure them for a 4.0 tops unless they quantify it by saying they have won open tourneys or something like that. i think they system does work pretty well for league tennis though although there is a large disparity within specific districts and regions. I dont have it anymore, but the usta levels w. descriptions are published and pretty accesible. Ed
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