Just came back from my clinic. We have five women in the group, all 3.5s. None of us were bumped up, but all of us would like to reach 4.0 and are working hard on our tennis. We have launched "Project 2010": All of us hope to be bumped up in Nov. 2010. We have set that as a goal, and our pro is enthusiastic about the idea of getting all five of us squared away. One of the ladies said this was very unlikely. She has played USTA for many years and says that USTA adjusts the ratings periodically. When this happens, a whole bunch of people get moved up en masse, like what just happened. In the next year, hardly anyone is moved up. That means the chances of us getting bumped in 2010 are slim to none. Is there any truth to this? Does the recent ratings adjustment mean I will remain 3.5 unless I destroy pretty much everyone I play? I kind of figured the bar for making 4.0 had been lowered, and she is saying it has been raised.