I know of two different players who are playing up. One is a woman. She is a computer-rated 3.0. She is playing as high as 8.0 mixed and 4.0 ladies. In her last 4.0 singles match, she played a 3.5 player (who moved up to 3.5 this year) who I would say is middle of the pack 3.5. The 3.5 player double-bageled her. The other player is a guy. He self-rated at 4.5 and played 8.0 mixed. I believe he lost all of his matches quite badly, so the computer dropped him to 3.5. He appealed back up to 4.0 and continues to play 8.0 mixed and 4.0 mens. He regularly gets stomped. I have been told that USTA forbids any section from passing any rule that infringes on a player's desire to play up. Is this fair? I mean, don't the opponents -- who show up expecting a reasonably competitive match -- have any say in this? Isn't that what we were all promised the NTRP system would deliver? I have to say, if I drive across town to play 3.5 singles and a genuine 2.5 player shows up, I would be quite annoyed to have my time wasted like that.