Firstly, NTRP stands for National Tennis Rating Program which is a guide to rate players.
Why would we need to know our ratings?
For instance , when someone asks you which level you’re at and wishes to play a game of tennis with you, it is likely one would want to play with someone of similar or better level. When I was finding a partner to play tennis with, i used to visit this forum called Tennis Friendz Network which is a place where players put up their schedule on their free time to play and request for any available players to join in. Of course, with Facebook today, tennis groups are created for such purposes such as Singapore Tennis Group.
So if you’re an expat coming to Singapore to work or for leisure and wish to meet up for a game of tennis, you could be putting up a request at the forum at TFN Tennis Frienz Network or Singapore Tennis group ( on Facebook ) to look for a partner to rally or have a match play with.
United States Tennis Association (USTA) has a description right here on how the NTRP works.
For easier understanding , beginners with capability to reach up to the stage of hitting the tennis ball finding the right contact point and successfully getting a few exchange of hitting (2-3 balls to and fro) should be about NTRP 1.0-2.0
For NTRP 2.0-3.0 , it is another notch up where he/she displays better judgement of the ball pathway and performing a better skill development of the strokes and is ready to play a social game but not quite ready for a higher pace game or may not be consistent in volley at the net yet.
NTRP rating are up to 7.0 which i won’t go on to elaborate much here since you can find out from the reliable sources on the internet and from the above link i’ve included under the USTA.
Its a good system to rate yourself and for the other party to know your level before you fix up a social game together. Most of the time, people like to play along with their own standards because of consistency and not play down to a weaker player in general. Example, a more experienced player may not enjoy as much as playing with a total beginner , he/she might not get a proper hitting of balls going.
To your higher NTRP ratings!