Worth complaining about?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by vcat, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. vcat

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    I'm playing in a non-USTA tournament in the 4.0 mens doubles draw (my partner and I both have 4.0C USTA ratings). Our opponents tonight are what I think is a father/son team (same last name), who also happen to be sponsors for the tournament. The father has a current 4.0C USTA rating but the son has an older 5.5 rating from 2000. I was going to play and see...but barring some sort of significant injury, could a previous 5.5 really be at a 4.0 level by just not playing in the last 9 years? I smell something fishy...but who knows. Any suggestions?
     
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    I always like to say something up front like, "I looked you guys up to check out your USTA history. I didn't see a 4.0 with your first name, do you ever play leagues?"

    If it is indeed the 5.5 guy, he'll know that you know who he is.

    I would say there is near a zero chance that a 5.5 9 years ago is now a legitimate 4.0. Even if he's had 10 surgeries, he's still in the upper 4.5 range.
     
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  3. Panic492

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    If he played 5.5 that tells me he likely played high level college tennis. Which means he would need to play at least 4.5 I think.
     
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    He was good but not great

    Ok. So my partner and I won 6-3, 6-1. The guy seemed like a rusty 4.5 player. He had all the strokes but the consistency wasn't quite there. I guess the tournament organizers put him in the right spot after all. I did hear a rumor that if you played in college you automatically got a 5.5 rating afterwards...anyone hear of that before?
     
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  5. J_R_B

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    It depends on what level of college. Any college is a minimum of 4.5. If it's a ranked D3 or higher division, then it's 5.0 minimum. If it's a ranked D1 school, then it's minimum 5.5.
     
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    Does this mean that you and your partner were the true sandbaggers?
     
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  7. Jim A

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    if its a non USTA tournament its all on the honor system anyway
     
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    haha good point.
     
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    Ha! No, we got beat pretty easily in the semi-finals. Our other matches (we played 4) were quite close besides this one.
     
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    If you guys had lost, would you have complained about him sandbagging :D?
     
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    If we got smoked, probably would have, especially if it seemed that the guy was playing with us like a cat with a mouse.
     
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