Originally Posted by touchdatthangfo
I've entered a local tournament and signed up for the NTRP Men's 3.0 Singles division. As the division started to fill, I noticed people I knew who were 3.5 caliber players. By that, I mean they told me they were bumped to 3.5 last year by the USTA, but appealed and won. I know, I know, *technically* there is no problem whatsoever with them signing up for the 3.0 division.
Here's my dilemma: I consider myself to be a low-end 3.0 player, but I've only been playing for about 4 months. I'm also playing in a Senior Men's 3.5 Flex League (only because it was the lowest level available), where my best finish was losing a set by tiebreak. Other losses were 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.
After thinking about this some more, I decided to change the tournament division I'm playing in to be 2.5. Now I'm having second thoughts. Am I any better than the guys playing "down" to the 3.0 division, even though it's perfectly legal?
Heck, maybe I am just a 2.5 level player and I did the right thing after all. I just want to be competitive in whatever level I'm rated.
I'm still bothered by it, though. I guess it'll work itself out over time.
If I was between two ratings (which I think I probably am) I would play to the higher one. You might get bagelled every single time but then you know. If you go to the 2.5 and bagel everybody you'll feel terrible about the decision. Personally I haven't had the opportunity to play in any USTA matches or against anybody that has a USTA rating so I don't know where I'd end up but looking at the descriptions it seems to me that I'm between 3.0 and 3.5... so when I go to my first tournament I'll play 3.5 and see how I do
Good luck to you and try not to think too much.