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NickH87
06-12-2009, 12:55 PM
Okay so there is a tournament this upcoming august for men 3.0 and 4.0.

Right now with my inconsistent second serve I am at about a 3.0 and 3.5 on the good days when it all works out. Now granted this is 2 months away I would still like to register soon to make sure I get a spot so would I be sandbagging if I registered for the 3.0 when most likely I will work out the kinks on my serve within the 2 months?? But then that would put me at a 3.5 and theres no tournament for that, it is 4.0 where most likely I would lose if I am not on my A game all the time....

What do you guys think?

get it in
06-12-2009, 02:21 PM
Okay so there is a tournament this upcoming august for men 3.0 and 4.0.

Right now with my inconsistent second serve I am at about a 3.0 and 3.5 on the good days when it all works out. Now granted this is 2 months away I would still like to register soon to make sure I get a spot so would I be sandbagging if I registered for the 3.0 when most likely I will work out the kinks on my serve within the 2 months?? But then that would put me at a 3.5 and theres no tournament for that, it is 4.0 where most likely I would lose if I am not on my A game all the time....

What do you guys think?

Nick,

It depends on how you feel. You've got 2 months to practice so if you think you can get to a solid 3.5 level and want the challenge then go for it. My gut instinct says a lot of the 3.5 guys might try for the 3.0 level. If you have a computer ranking, then it's easy. Go with that. If you want to get better, play the higher levels and use those matches as learning experiences. If you're satisfied with where you are, then play the 3.0. Cheers.

NickH87
06-12-2009, 04:54 PM
Well I played today with my father and I almost broke my racquet because he got in my head. After every mistake he would laugh and it really got to me, but I dont want to disrespect him so I just kinda played on half *** so I could go home and never play him again. Right now I am a legit 3.0, I will see what happens in the next couple of weeks when I sign up.

subaru3169
06-12-2009, 04:59 PM
personally, i'd go for the higher level.. it's not like a super duper higher level where you'd be creamed both sets but it should provide enough of a challenge for you to see where you need to improve

goober
06-13-2009, 08:05 AM
Okay so there is a tournament this upcoming august for men 3.0 and 4.0.

Right now with my inconsistent second serve I am at about a 3.0 and 3.5 on the good days when it all works out. Now granted this is 2 months away I would still like to register soon to make sure I get a spot so would I be sandbagging if I registered for the 3.0 when most likely I will work out the kinks on my serve within the 2 months?? But then that would put me at a 3.5 and theres no tournament for that, it is 4.0 where most likely I would lose if I am not on my A game all the time....

What do you guys think?
Maybe things are different where you are located, but usually I register on the last day to register. Never had a problem. Generally TDs want to get the $$ and increase participation. It is easy for them to expand the draw. I have never seen people turned away from an NTRP tourney because it filled up before the deadline. There are exceptions like superset and championship type tourneys. My perception is that if anything tourney partcipation is down, probably because of the economy. Personally I would just wait and see how your playing in 2 months.

NickH87
06-13-2009, 08:54 AM
Good advice goober, I will wait. Here is the link to it, it says championship, but I dont know what that really means.

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=70305

goober
06-13-2009, 09:04 AM
Good advice goober, I will wait. Here is the link to it, it says championship, but I dont know what that really means.

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=70305

This tournament does have a limit of 32 entrants per draw. However if you look at last years draw the 3.0 men's drew a whopping 3 players and the 4.0 mens 10 players. I would say based on that info, the chances of it filling are close to zero.

Personally I would just periodically check to see how the draws are filling and decide near the end of the registering period which way you want to go based on a)how you think you are playing and b) how many people sign up. You may not want to play in the 3.0 draw if they only have 2 other people regardless.

NickH87
06-13-2009, 09:41 AM
How did you check?

I would like to know because it may not even be worth joining.

goober
06-13-2009, 09:59 AM
How did you check?

I would like to know because it may not even be worth joining.

just run a search for CT AUG 2008. Last year it was called the Fairfield Men's & Women's Open, 3.0, 4.0 Championship, but it is the same TD, same location and same month.

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/Draws/TournamentDraws.aspx?T=59349

Bellagizmo
06-15-2009, 10:11 PM
There's a clay tourney in louisiana at the end of this month...they only have men's 3.5 and Open...Is it possible for me to enter both the 3.5 and men's open bracket??? :confused:

get it in
06-16-2009, 10:36 AM
This tournament does have a limit of 32 entrants per draw. However if you look at last years draw the 3.0 men's drew a whopping 3 players and the 4.0 mens 10 players. I would say based on that info, the chances of it filling are close to zero.

Personally I would just periodically check to see how the draws are filling and decide near the end of the registering period which way you want to go based on a)how you think you are playing and b) how many people sign up. You may not want to play in the 3.0 draw if they only have 2 other people regardless.

Wow! Only 3 players? I just entered a 3.5 tournament that has 40 players. I'm not sure I can last 5-6 rounds. I need to start exercising.