International Tennis Number (ITN) is a common system introduced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) allowing players to rate themselves using a ten-point scale.
Many players find they are placed more accurately for competition in their second season after they have a TennisNuts ranking. You will be placed more accurately if you obtain a TennisNuts ranking before your competition commences. You can obtain this by playing 5 or more friendly matches and entering the results.
Download ITN Description of Standard for a more detailed assessment of your level.
1. World Standard
- Currently holds or is capable of holding an ATP / WTA ranking.
- A world-class player who is committed to tournament competition on an international level and whose major source of income is tournament prize-money.
- Has extensive professional tournament experience.
2. National Standard
- Can analyze and exploit an opponent's weakness.
- Can vary strategies and style of play and is capable of hitting dependable shots in stressful situations.
- Usually a highly ranked national player.
3. State Level
- Good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot, consistency or attribute around which a game may be based.
- The player is 'match wise', plays percentage tennis and can regularly hit winning return of serve or force errors in the return of serve from short balls.
4. Top Club Level
- Consistent play, capable of generating power and spin effectively and has begun to handle pace.
- Has good anticipation, sound footwork and covers up weaknesses well.
- Can control the depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plans according to opponents.
- Although tentative on difficult shots, this player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve.
- Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
- Has an aggressive serve and commits few double-faults.
5. High Intermediate
- Good consistency (dependable strokes) including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, although rallies may be lost due to impatience.
- Ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success.
- Developing court coverage, experienced and tactically aware but not yet playing good percentage tennis.
- Occasionally forces errors in return of serve when serving.
- Placement of both first and second serve is evident.
- First serve is often hit powerfully.
- Has achieved improved stroke consistency with directional control on moderate shots but with little depth and variety.
- Court coverage is improving yet there remains some hesitancy in moving forward.
- Starting to serve with control and some power.
7. Low Intermediate
- Fairly consistent when hitting moderately paced shots but is not comfortable playing all strokes and can lack control when trying for direction, depth or power.
- A singles match will be played almost exclusively from the baseline, whilst the most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.
- Serve is developing a rhythm, although is less consistent when trying for power.
- Second serve is often substantially slower than the first serve.
8. Good Recreational
- Learning to judge where the ball is going, although court coverage needs to be improved substantially.
- When playing with other players of the same ability this player can sustain a short rally of slow pace with modest consistency.
- Usually remains in the initial doubles position during doubles play.
- Attempting a full swing on serve.
- There is little difference between the pace of first and second serves.
- Needs on-court experience.
- While strokes can be completed with some success, stroke weaknesses are evident.
- Is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play, although needs better positioning and may even prefer to play both back.
- This player has begun to engage in match play.
- Is learning the basic rules and scoring.
- This player is starting to play competitively (can serve and return / rally) on a full court using a normal ITF approved ball.