I work with adult students who want to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge of this lifelong sport.


This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting 
the ball into play.

This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke 
weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles 

This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court 
coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players 
of the same ability.

This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shorts, 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.

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.

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.

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 

I would suggest aiming for 3.5 to
4.0 levels. These are good levels
for social and competitive tennis.
When I was a USTA member and
played leagues and tournaments
back in the 1990's I was rated as
a 5.0 player. I bring lots of tennis
experience to the courts for your
private or semi-private lessons*.

Tennis is the best life-long sport
you can choose. I look forward to
meeting you for your first lesson.

*semi-private means two people
on the court during a lesson. The
hourly fee is not increased. You
both can pay 30.00 dollars each.

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, overhead 
smashes, and has good depth and spin on most 2nd serves.

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 a stress situation.

6.0 to 7.0
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 7.0 is a world class player