Thanks for the full bio of your tennis last year.....but beating 2 benchmark players does not mean as much as you placed emphasis. By definition, a Benchmark player "advanced to a local playoff or further". This DOES not guarantee a bump however. If the 2 Benchmark guys you played went to a local playoff for 3.0 and they had a good record, they would become a 3.5B. That does not mean they are any better then other 3.5 players. The B simply prevents them from appealing down for 2 seasons, that one and the next. My 4.0 team went to states, only 3 guys got bumped to 4.5 and they are all now 4.5B players and are stuck there for 2 seasons......the rest of us are 4.0B to prevent us from appealing down to 3.5. I guarantee that the 4.5 guys who beat these new 4.5B players next year. Sorry for the long reply, just irks me when people say "I beat a benchmark so I am screwed". Your rating for a 3.5 is actually between 3.00 and 3.49, so what affects your rating is how you play against people and how badly you beat or lose to them (not counting 0&0 matches). But the B has NO EXTRA meaning at all, and does not necessarily mean their rating is a 3.40-3.49.