Greetings everyone. I am new here and wanted to get your thoughts about something. I have played tennis most of my younger years. I am presently 53 years old and have not played a real tennis match with anyone in over 10 years. I had played in a mediocre league where I won only about 80% of my matches about 10 years ago. I would say at the time it was probably a "B" league. I did play in High School and went to regionals in class A schools but did not make the state playoffs. I played for a few years once I got out of high school but never really won anything to speak of. About 2 months ago I started playing (practicing) again and found that I am not as rusty as I would have thought. My first serve has lost some of it's speed but it is fairly consistent and my second serve is still consistent with a high kick spin. I can rally from the baseline from either side back hand and forehand where I hit heavy topspin from both sides. (hey I learned to play by studying Guillermos' backhand and Borgs forehand) I usually always hit topspin from forehand side and will play a slice at times from my backhand side. I have a decent overhead, can lob ok, volley fairly decent and can cover the net pretty well. I hit moderately to hard with good consistency from the baseline and can place balls fairly accurately. One of the problems I do have is my knees. They have gotten very weak in my old age and my court coverage is somewhat hindered. I can still cover the court but with difficulty at times because of my knees. I wouldn't want to be in a hard fought match and it go 3 sets because I think my knees would not be able to take it. Here is the dilemna (other than the knees): I entered my first tournament in NTRP division at a self rated 3.5. The tournament starts later this month. Recently I find some video on the net of people who were rated 3.5 and discovered that they are way below my capabilities. I have found about a dozen videos on the net showing different rated players and I find most up to 5.0 are lacking in a full arsenal of capabilities. The problem I am having is that I have never played in a USTA sanctioned tournament, I have never been rated and wanted to get back into playing tennis but I didn't know where to start with my NTRP self rating. I sincerely feel that I may be a 4.0 or even a 4.5 player but a friend of mine said that for my first year I should enter 3.5 rated tournaments and let the computer place me. How long does the computer take to accurately give me a true rating? I don't want to be in a division where it would appear that I am sandbagging but at the same time I don't want to start off by entering into a higher rated division, being stuck there, and getting blown away every time too. I hear it is alot easier to move up in NTRP than it is to move down. I will play my first USTA sanctioned tourney this month in 3.5 NTRP mens division. How long do you stay in a particular rating before you get bumped up? How would 50s senior mens divisions compare with Mens NTRP 3.5 to 4 divisions? Would they be stronger? weaker? about the same? I want to play, meet people, stay in shape and most of all have fun. Would appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!