nor-cal rankings

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by lendl lives, May 25, 2004.

  1. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    i'm new to usta, tournaments, rankings, and leagues etc. i played a league match and beat a guy ranked in NorCals top 5 4.0 singles 2 and 4; fairly easily. this guy didn't have any weapons he just was consistent. What does this tell me about my level of play compared to others in nor-cal and across the country.
     
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  2. kevhen

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    That you are 4.5?
     
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  3. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    well, i'm just trying to get a sense of the rankings and how nor cal compares to other sections. my initial thought was the same as you. there aren't enought 5.0's to play with so i don't know how i'd to against them. there aren't even many 4.5's around. that's why i played and self rated 4.0.
     
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  4. gokou703

    gokou703 Rookie

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    i'm a 4.0-4.5 player in norcals. i understand how you want to compare the 4.0 players to the other sections in the US. i find if farely easy to hang in 4.5 tournaments with some high ranked tournament players, but that all changes when i play 4.5 leage players. it seems like whole level higher. in norcals( as with other sections) most of the better players just play league so if you want to get a real idea of how strong the 4.0-4.5 players are in norcals. try to challenge the players on the better teams in this section. don't use the tournament ranking system to observe the abilities of the players
     
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  5. kevhen

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    I would agree that the leagues are tougher than the tournaments at the 4.5 level. There aren't any 5.0 leagues in Iowa so everyone plays 4.5 but in tournaments most 4.5's will just play Open level so the 4.5 draw is rather weak, not much tougher than the much deeper 4.0 draw.
     
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  6. Cruzer

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    The tournament players, in Norcal anyway, tend to be same group and it is a much smaller group than play USTA league tennis. If you want to find out if you can play at the next level then play some 4.5 tournaments or if you feel daring play an open tournament to see how you do. You probably want to get into some league tennis, although it is too late for this season, and ideally in a league where you get to play some of the bigger clubs that usually have some very good players at all levels. I won't go on about the rating system but suffice to say it is far from ideal paritially because for the most part ratings are adjusted only once a year. Many players at every level on any given day could play like they should be rated 0.5 higher or lower than they actually are.
     
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