Originally Posted by WBF
(Question at bottom)
Background: My fiancee essentially first picked up a tennis racquet in the summer of 2006. She's fairly athletic, and has improved quite a bit. I would say she would have no trouble at the 3.5 level (she has been approached by teams when we hit), and could potentially play at the 4.0 level if she improved her serve and perhaps volleys (we focused on groundstrokes for a long time).
Sooo, now she has expressed interest in some more competitive play! I'm quite excited, and think it would be great for her to get some match experience. She's probably going to consider a 3.5 league (one that approached her) this summer, although we are also interested in some mixed doubles!
So here's the tough part... If I am a college level player (around the 5.0 level at the moment, perhaps higher by summer-time, as I am undergoing heavy conditioning for the first time in a looong time), and she is somewhere between a 3.0 or 4.0, what sort of tournaments should we look to play in? I'm not really sure how things work in mixed, apart from adding up each rating, but how would the big differential here come into play?
Thanks for any help!
I think the toughest part is the differential and that you would be throwing her into a 'fire fight' with little experience - give your own level of play. I think Cindy has it right in letting her get some match experience at the 3.5 or 4.0 level and make sure she is comfortable with the level and competition before throwing a 5.0 male at her to smash serves and groundstrokes!
Whatever you decide - I'm sure it will be great fun as you get the mixed doubles 'up and running'.