Hello, Welcome to the NC Southern Tennis Group.
Voted as the area's most "Active" Tennis Meetup group
My name is Chris Jones and I want to thank you for choosing to become a member of a unique tennis group that consists of Tennis Players of all skill levels. Founded in early 2010 we set out to attract not only the Beginning Tennis Player, but those who were wanting to connect with others of similar skill levels. Or weekly calendar offers many opportunities to learn, compete, and play and we welcome all skill levels. We are always reaching out to the Tennis community with open invitations to join the most active Tennis meetup group in the area and are excited that you decided to join our Tennis family.
Our member base ranges in skill level from Beginner (USTA 1.0) to Advanced (4.0+). Our weekly Meetups cater to those who want to learn the game to those trying to improve their skills beyond their current self-rated level.
As a member I encourage you to learn, play, have fun, meet others, compete and most of all become a better tennis player. Never played before? no problem, If you are wanting to learn the sport now is a great time to do so - the group welcomes anyone wanting to learn the sport for the first time (NTRP 1.0) - to - the Advanced (NTRP 4.0+) skill level.
Tennis is not only a great sport but has also been recognized for its tremendous health, fitness and psychological benefits. An activity such as tennis that is also social and fun, can serve as a welcome change to mundane gym workouts or as an additional activity in a fitness regimen. While other sports can provide excellent health benefits and some can promote mental and emotional growth, none can compete with tennis in delivering overall physical, mental and emotional gains to those who play
You have signed up as a member because you share a common desire to meet others who are within your skill-level. Meeting others and Interacting on the Tennis court amongst similarly skilled players is an excellent way to enjoy the sport without fear of rejection or embarrassment. Advanced players were once Beginner's and I hope you will take advantage of all the group has to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact me with suggestions, ideas or concerns.
Thanks again for helping to make our group the best Tennis group around.
Here are the Guidelines for determining your skill level.
NTRP Rating Categories
1.0 This player is just starting to play tennis.
1.5 This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
2.0 This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.
2.5 This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
3.0 This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.
3.5 This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control 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.
4.0 This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
4.5 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 game plan according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to over-hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
5.0 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 off 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.
5.5 This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in stress situations.
6.0-7.0 These players generally will not need NTRP ratings. Ranking or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking. The 6.5 player has a reasonable chance of succeeding at the 7.0 level and has extensive satellite tournament experience. The 7.0 is a world-class player who is committed to tournament competition on the international level and whose major source of income is tournament prize winnings.