What's Your ITN?

The ITN is an international tennis number that represents a player’s general level of play. In time it is hoped that every tennis player worldwide will have an ITN.

Under this system players will be rated from ITN 1 – ITN 10.3. ITN 1 represents a high level player (holding an ATP / WTA ranking or of an equivalent playing standard) and ITN 10.3 is a player who is new to the game.

A ‘Description of Standard’ has been developed to describe each of the ten rating categories.




Elite/ High Perf

Player currently holds or is capable of holding ATP/ WTA ranking.



Player can vary the strategies and styles of game in competitive situations. Power and consistency is the major weapon of this player. First and second serve is reliable and can be hit offensively at any time.


This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be based on. This player hits regular winners and forces errors of short balls. Can put away volleys and smashes. Variety of serves can be relied on.


This player is consistent, can generate power, use the spin and handles pace, has sound footwork and can cover up weaknesses, can control depth of shots and uses different patterns of play according to the opponent. This player can hit first serve with power and use the spin on second serve.



This player can control direction and depth on both forehand and backhand, can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success, can place both first and second serve.


This player has developed consistency and directional control but with very little depth and variety. This player has begun to use spin on the serve and to develop teamwork in doubles.


This player has a moderate consistency with loss of control when trying to go for directional change, depth or power and plays singles mostly from the baseline and doubles from basic (one up, one back) formation. Second serve is much slower than first.



This player is learning to judge the ball and can sustain short slow paced rally. Ball toss on the serve needs to be improved.


This player has evident weaknesses, can complete strokes with some success, started to engage in match play and double faults are quite frequent.


This player is starting to play competitively, can play on regular court, using regular ball.



This player is able to rally with movement and control

Playing in these stages usually involves playing in modified environment – redused courts, soft balls, adapted racquets


This player has developed some tennis specific skills but can’t rally with movement and control.


Early stage of development learning basic tennis and movement related tasks.