I would also argue that even if a company has stated minimum requirements, exceptions are made often. Much depends on how hungry the regional rep is to get certain product out there.
Sectional rankings are not always looked at the same since the #5 in a weaker section is probably equivalent to the #50 in a stronger section.
I agree with "let your racquet do the talking". If not, hopefully the reps are at the tournaments - go up and introduce yourself. The personal touch of a face-to-face introduction will always trump some impersonal online application.