This year at the TN District Combo Doubles Championship, one of the 6.5 Adult Male teams from Memphis decided that one day of competition was enough - and they left after the rirst day of the tourney - leaving their committment to field a team against all RR foes unfulfilled. All teams then got an automantic 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 victory - including the one(s) that had already beaten Memphis on the court the first day. One of the other team captains field a grievance, and the State USTA grievance comittee issued some pretty hefty sanctions. The Memphis team captain got two years probation. Several of the offending team members that didnt even make the trip to the tournament got one year probation. Three of the players that made the trip and decided to leave got 11 mos and 29 days suspension from all USTA league play. If any of those three play in the year that follows suspension, and any team that any of them plays on advances to the district championships, that team must front a $500 deposit that will be returned upon completing that teams commitment in the tournament. The players that made the trip to the tournament and were willing to play it out recieved no punishment. This is kind of a wake up call to USTA league players and especially captains. I could have easily been in a similar predicament in 2004 when several of my mixed doubles players decided to make it hard for me to field the required number of courts due to other personal committments. Fortunately we had bad weather on the appointed weekend - and the tourney got postponed. I would hate to have sanctions against me for the actions of an inconsiderate individual or group. The next time I capatain an advancing team - I will darn sure be more emphatic about getting actual committments.