NTRP Rank me (video link included)

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by nightkaster, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. dr325i

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    I am not sure what previously happened with your videos on these boards... and I have no doubts you're a legit 4.0. People on these boards often underrate the posters because they have never seen their own videos. That is why I asked for the level and own videos -- the request that is often ignored in the response...
     
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  2. mtommer

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    They don't believe you can be a 4.0 because they think 4.0 tennis is a higher level of displayed tennis skill than it is. However, 4.0 and even 4.5 tennis is merely adult community rec league level. And yes, I do mean "merely". However, I don't say that meant as an insult. Check out basketball leagues and you see a lot of "good" players compared to the average basketball player (or softball leagues etc.). Still, players, though they may be very competitive, understand that in the respective world of a given sport, their level of play is considered fun (trifling) as opposed to meaningfully competitive. By "meaningfully competitive" I mean the level is no where near what competitiors, kids, etc. hope and dream to "one day" be. No fame, no glory, no riches, no prestige, no scholarships, no press, no accolades, no newspaper write-ups, no notoriety.
     
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  3. zapvor

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    you have a weird takeback on the fh but very consistent
     
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  4. nightkaster

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    4.5 is getting close to getting some of the accolades you mentioned, although not quite there, as there is a a larger and larger gap between levels as you go up in the rankings. (ie 3.0 and 3.5 are close but 5.5 and 6.0 are completely different leagues). But some division one college players are in the 5.0 to 5.5 range, although they won't be stars nor be on top teams, they still can make some rosters. I'd say being a D1 athlete is something a kid might dream of and it certaintly doesn't come without any perks haha.

    But I completely understand what you are saying... not trying to ruffle any feathers. That has been done plenty so far. :)
     
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  5. nightkaster

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    So I have heard haha.
     
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  6. J_R_B

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    Don't worry, man, that's not an insult at all, it's the truth. I'm 38, I have a full time career, a wife and 2 kids under 6, and if I'm lucky, 5 hours a week to devote to tennis. I have no delusions about my game and abilities in the bigger picture. Tennis is a humbling sport in that, if you ever start to think you're good at it, you will play someone who will remind you that there are at least a million people better than you.
     
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  7. J_R_B

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    In theoretical levels, yes, there is a bigger gap higher up, but in practice, after 5.0, far less attention is paid to a person's actual rating since there are no leagues and hardly any level tournaments. After 5.0, you are just really, really good and play open tournaments, if anything, in USTA. Therefore, even though a theoretical 6.0 is a lot better than a theoretical 5.5, it's far less likely that those players's actual ratings are 6.0 and 5.5 respectively since they are no longer used to define stuctured activities anymore (like rec leagues).
     
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  8. nightkaster

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    Good point, ratings do get a bit useless after a point. Although some would argue they are completely useless due to the vagueness of the descriptions all the way from 2.0-7.0.
     
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  9. bpp

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    I am actually impressed with your game. It might not be the prettiest but it looks consistent with good placement and decent pace. I play 4.0 as well and I have seen guys with horrible form at #1 singles that were absolute nightmares on the court (got everything back and deep). I definitely agree tennis is a very humbling sport. My forehand has always been a huge weapon but my last match I lost any confidence in it and was actually scared to swing at the ball with it. I am just glad no one was there to tape it.
     
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