Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
All I am saying is that those who do not have a current USTA computer rating need to stop misleading others.
USTA rating is currently the most ubiquitous and consistent rating available at the moment for most rec players, so that is what most people think of when they hear, "I'm a 3.5." The people who are claimung to be 3.5s when they have no computer rating are causing needless confusuion.
Maybe, but 3.5/4.0/4.5 ratings are very useful for people who don't have the luxury of predictable work hours to commit to USTA leagues. I have some people with whom I play with whom I met on Craigslist or tennis websites based on their claimed rating. Most of them have worked out and we have been playing for years now. There is a guy I played on Sunday who plays 4.0 matches but only those that are organized in his club and we are evenly matched. He introduced himself as a 4.0 player a year ago and that was useful info.