Here's a new one. I am trying to figure out how to get my ranking back down to a 3.5 after having been bumped up by the USTA computer. Here is my scenerio: I have played mixed doubles tennis under the USTA since the Fall of 2009 (when I first got membership to the USTA.) I was recently bumped up from a 3.0 to a 4.0 rating I have only played in 6 matches in my whole USTA "career" I have won only one (1) match I joined the 7.0 mixed doubles team in order to help my team have enough players to form a team (and not forfeit matches) I am trying to get my ranking back to a 3.0, or at least a 3.5 so that I can play with people my own speed. (My 3.5 friends KILL me on the court) I have appealed, but the computer has denied my appeal stating "Automated appeal requested down for xxxx is denied - Rating outside appealable range." Okay, so I called my regional representative and he said there was nothing I could do...but... He gave me the name of the Sectional League Coordinator. Here is what she said: I've looked into your rating and see what happened. Only 4 matches were used to generate your rating, showing your record as 1 win and 3 losses. The other matches were played too late to be incorporated in your rating. First, you self rated at the 3.0 level. Rather than play 6.0 mixed, you played in a 7.0 mixed league. This means that for the most part, your opponents were going to be rated higher than you. Therefore, you should have lost most of your matches. The next issue is, you were a 3.0 self rated player playing with a 3.0 computer rated partner for 3 of those 4 matches. Therefore, you were a 6.0 combination playing against 7.0 combinations. You played one match with xxx, who was a 3.5 (now moved to 4.0). Once again, you had a 6.5 combination against 7.0 opponents. So, you played "up" and there is always more risk of being moved to a higher level when you do that. You have already tried the automatic appeal, and you state it was denied because your rating did not meet the criteria. I'm sorry, I know you don't want to hear this, but you have no other recourse. The automatic appeal option is final with no further appeal process other than medical. Medical must be a serious disabling injury or illness occuring after year end ratings were achieved. I can only suggest that you play as much league tennis as you can in 2010, at your level, and see where you fall with the 2010 end of year ratings. The more matches played, the more accurate the rating. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. OKAY - so that's what I am up against. What do you think I should do??? I want to play with my friends in their men's 3.5 ranking (doubles) league. Otherwise, I really don't want to play. I am not that good and I will get CREAMED if I play a 4.0 player. I have heard of players that try to get up to 4.0 for 10 years and can't make it. Why me...I don't want it! Our tennis pro has attempted to assist me. He says that he has never heard of anyone being bumped up two levels...especially only winning one mixed doubles match. He has coached and played for over 20 years... ANY CREATIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR ME??? thanks!