Self Assessment Guide

Please would you identify which bullet point/s number represents your tennis playing standard/experience, as this will help the tennis coaches get the best from your game:

  1. This player is just starting to play tennis and has never played before. This player has problems making contact with the ball and does not know how to score and position themselves on the court.
  2. This player has limited tennis playing experience and has never played a full tennis match, but is still working primarily on getting the ball in play.
  3. This player needs on court experience. This player had technical stroke weaknesses but is familiar with the basic positions for singles and doubles play. This player is looking for the right feel and control of the racket head and is learning to be in the right position on the court.
  4. This player is learning to judge where the ball is going. This player can sustain a rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability and is starting to develop and favour a more dependable side and is starting to think about hitting the ball harder.
  5. This player is consistent when hitting medium paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying to direct the ball, hit depth and more power. This player has learnt to push a high percentage of 1st serves in play with little power, and also starting to compete and compare his/her game with others.
  6. This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles and is starting to go for more shots. They are developing more pace and spin with all their shots and becoming more consistent against others at the same level or slightly higher.
  7. This player has dependable strokes including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to hit lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident.
  8. This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary tactics according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player has aggressive net play.
  9. This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.