Rhetorical/philosophical question! Was playing in a tournament about a month or so ago and encountered another player while playing in the 3.5 round. I'm a 3.0, but I sometimes like to play in 3.5 just for the experience. I never make it far, i usually lose in the round of 16. But it's fun. Anyway, I played this guy in the round of 16. I lost -- got demolished, actually. I didn't really stand a chance, I had no weapons against him. At any rate, he's a 3.0 as well. After the match, we were talking and he said that he only plays 3.5 tournaments, never 3.0. He didn't say that he was too good for 3.0, but it seemed like that's how he felt, even if he didn't want to come right out and say it. He was a very modest and respectful player, I had a lot of respect for his game. Needless to say, he made it to the 3.5 finals. Didn't win, but he often makes it there without too much trouble. So, it got me thinking: perhaps he's a rare breed of person who understands that he doesn't belong at 3.0 and chooses not to compete at that level? I'd be willing to bet that he could probably steamroll through every 3.0 tournament for the rest of the calendar year and win them all without much trouble. It also got me thinking, from a philosophical point of view: if we as tennis players realize that we are destined to be bumped up and are no longer challenged by the current level that we're at, is it more respectful to our fellow peers to choose to play in only higher level games? Is it disrespectful in any way to completely wipe the floor with our competition for that brief period of time before we're bumped, knowing that we will be bumped? Note: I'm not saying I'm at this level, I know I'm not. I'm just curious. It's just a strange concept to me, as I know lots of people at various levels that bagel and breadstick their way through their level only to be bumped up the next calendar year. Would they have perhaps been better off to simply skip their level and play up and save all their opponents' feelings? Or is this a no-holds-barred sport and we should "take all the wins we can, while we still can"? Discuss!