I was playing in a local indoor club challenge ladder today, and the person who I was scheduled to play didnt show up so they had me play one of the pros. He happens to be one of the pros in a multi-court drill that I am in during the week which consists of about 12 of us 3.5 and 4.0 players. Well anyway normally when this happens in the ladder it's sort of a "you have to play this guy sort of thing". But it turns out I managed to beat him 4-6, 6-2, (10-8 ) I am definately a 3.5 player and mostly I play doubles and went 12-10 at that for the year as well as 2-2 in tournaments. Ive lost to tons of 3.5 players and even ones that typically may be less successful then me, and this guy just seemed really easy to play for whatever reason. Mind you, I do think I was playing the best tennis ever for this whole year, but I felt like he wasnt pulling out some things that even 3.5 players manage to do against me. For example, we got caught in a lot of backhand to backhand rallys, and I seemed to be able to out battle him there because my 1HBH is my best and most comfortable shot. Against certain 3.5 players and definately 4.0 players I feel that if that is happening in the match they will take a lot more initiative to get out of that situation or they will work both corners which helps them exploit my forehand a bit and my inability to sometimes transfer between one or the other (I dont cover a lot of ground from corner to corner very well especially if someone consistantly keep the ball deep with tons of topspin). Anyways Ive often wondered about this because Ive seen USPTA certified players even play in the 3.0 league before. Does that really mean anything as far as how it translates to skill? Or does it just cover rudimentary skills and is mostly just general tennis knowledge? Because after today Im thinking it wouldnt be all that hard for me to obtain one.