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roperteacher
10-08-2010, 08:36 PM
Hey there! I am usually a singles player but found a partner for dubs. When registering for USTA tournaments do you add the NTRP of both players together to determine the correct division to play in??? I saw a tournament that offered 3.5,4.5,5.5, amd 6.0 doubles. I am a 3.5 and my partner is a 3.0 player. Thanks for the help!

Winky
10-08-2010, 11:54 PM
This is actually how you're supposed to calculate it:

Angle Queen
10-09-2010, 04:17 AM
Come on, Wink. Give the guy a chance.

Usually Roper....you do add the two players' NTRP ratings together and tournaments will run 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 divisions. That allows for ratings "math" -- so a 4.0 could play with a 3.0 in the 7.0 division...but it's more typically two 3.5s playing together. A more recent trend has been to have "combo" divisions (like 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5) to encourage mixing & matching NTRP ratings without creating the full "point" differential between partners.

But to your specific question, I think the tournament you're considering is a weird one. Perhaps just the 3.5s (and under) in one division, the 4.5 (and under) in another. The confusing spot is the "6.0". There usually aren't any/many 6.0s. Either that's an "Open" division or they want two 3.0s playing together.

I'd ask the tournament director. :)

Winky
10-09-2010, 12:44 PM
sorry bout that, couldn't resist.

Yeah the 3.5 doubles is weird too.. a 1.5 and a 2.0 or something? Don't make no sense.

esgee48
10-10-2010, 08:26 PM
The 3.5 division is for a doubles team where each team member is 3.5 or less; for the 4.5 level, each team member must be 4.5 or less, etc. 5.5 levels exist though I would call 6.0 Open level. Tournaments are normally segregated this way and not "combo'ed."

cknobman
10-11-2010, 10:06 AM
The 3.5 division is for a doubles team where each team member is 3.5 or less; for the 4.5 level, each team member must be 4.5 or less, etc. 5.5 levels exist though I would call 6.0 Open level. Tournaments are normally segregated this way and not "combo'ed."

This is exactly how it is done in my area.

Any tournaments that are combo'ed are specific and there is a clear designation for it. In fact you register for those as a team and do not register for those like you would a regular USTA tournament.