What You Should Know About NTRP Self-Rating For USTA League Tennis

Back when I first got rated, players had to be physically rated by a USTA official. Yep, unlike today’s self-rating system (which started in 2003,) newbie players like myself had to actually go to a designated tennis club, fill out paperwork with our info, and then based on the chart below, we had to rate […]

Read More

In Doubles Tennis, Who Takes The Ball Coming Up The Middle?

Sometimes in doubles tennis, it can be confusing as to who should take the volley when it’s up the middle and both you and your partner are up at (or close to) the net. You don’t want to be a ball hog, and you don’t want to clash your rackets together – and you definitely […]

Read More

When And Why You Should Serve Down The “T”

The most important shot in tennis is the serve. It delivers the first ball of each point, so you want it to be as effective as possible. Many club players have the tendency to just “get it in”, which is fine, but then the server won’t know how the opponent will return it. And some players […]

Read More

A Staggered Formation Or Both Up At Net? That Is The Question In Doubles Tennis

We’ve always been taught that in doubles, the best strategy is to have both partners ending up at the net. This is mostly true, and I say mostly because there will be times when that strategy can actually cost you the match. Let me explain, starting with the advantages of having both players at the net: Both players […]

Read More

Is There a Rule That Governs Acceptable Surfaces For Match Play?

I’ve been a league player for years and I’ve played on all types of court surfaces… even badly cracked hard courts. But I never thought about whether or not the surfaces had to meet certain standards for league match play. A couple of weekends ago, I was playing tennis with a couple of friends and one of […]

Read More

Back to top
We like you... so please like us!