Hi, this is *not* a sandbagging post. I play a mixed combo league in my area (non USTA). It's a mixture of everyone from 2.5 up to 5.0. Similar rankings are grouped together to keep the players of similar skill on the same court. Perhaps its due to not enough people in the league or what, but out of the 4 matches that I've played, half of the matches have been imbalanced and its frustrating. How do you handle losses where you absolutely couldn't do anything about it? Last night me and my partner (both 3.0s) played against two 3.5s. So right off the bat, it was a 6.0/7.0 match, highly imbalanced. But, I just wanted to play, so I didn't say anything. I wanted to give it my best. Well, we got demolished. First set 6-1, second set 6-1. Whenever I really pushed hard and swung with all my might, they just angled my shots away from me with even more pace. Nothing that I could do made any difference, they had all my moves covered and made no mistakes. It was as if the harder I tried, the easier it was for them. They didn't break a sweat, weren't out of breath. I was dead tired, dripping and completely winded. when we were finished playing, we all got together and talked about the match. Turns out both of them were 4.0s that were playing down, so it was a 6.0/8.0 match. We had no hope of even giving them a challenge. They didn't seem at all to care much about the imbalance. this isn't the first time I've been in an imbalanced situation. I'm not sure there's really anything I can do about it... either quit the league or just deal with it. It's just frustrating to be so outgunned. anyway, just needed to vent. thanks.