I've noticed in my area (nor cal) that the 3.5, 4.0, and open singles draws get the most entries, while the 4.5 and 5.0 seem pretty sparse. I've never played an open tournament, but think I would probably get wrecked since I'd be unseeded against an experienced player in the first round. So what do all you 4.5's do? Pay 40 bucks for a 4.5 draw of 4-8 people? Or are you able to find open draws where you can actually be competitive? It's weird 4.5 seems like kind of this no man's land where you're not good enough to play with the big boys but past the point where a lot of people still are in NTRP.