I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the "Rants" section... I am playing the final tournament of a Grand Prix series this weekend. Currently, I am in second place in the point standings and need to advance one round farther than the guy ahead of me in order to get enough points to win the overall title. These are USTA sanctioned tournaments and the series winner gets a $100 gift certificate to a local tennis store. So here's the deal: On Tuesday night, the draw was posted, I was the #2 seed, and I got a bye in the 1st round. In the 2nd round, I was supposed to play the winner of two guys that are rated at a lower NTRP level. However, on Wednesday afternoon, the draw was changed and one of these lower NTRP rated players was moved up to the top of the draw and a strong player (who would have been the #8 seed if they had seeded that many) was moved down into his place. So, instead of playing the winner of two weaker players, I now will likely have to play one of the top 8 players in my first match. When I e-mailed the tournament director, he told me that the reason that he did this is because the two weaker players were from the same club and play together all the time, and he tries to avoid pairing players like this in the 1st round. The USTA Friend at Court guidelines specify a discretionary procedure for separating opponents from the same area, family, school, club, etc when making the draw. However, from what I read, the only reasons addressed in the guideline for changing a draw after it has been posted are if there was a withdrawal of a player, or if a player was inadvertently omitted (which is not the case here). Since I am the #2 seed, I believe in my chances to win. However, it is certainly not advantageous to play a tougher player in my first match, as opposed to the weaker player I would have gotten in the original draw. Also, if I were the stronger player that was moved, I would be really unhappy as well because they moved him down from a good section of the draw where he was paired with 3 weaker players in order to meet the #4 seed in the quarterfinals. Now, he will get me in the second round... I've stated my case to the director, and he believes that he has done the proper thing. He says he pulled the player names from a hat when deciding who to move, so it was done at random. I can understand if he did this while making the draw, but it seems wrong to do it after the draw was already posted... especially in an officially sanctioned tournament with money on the line. What do you think?