Originally Posted by backttennis
Despite this, the levels create cliques who won't play people below their own level.
That's not the way it is for me. I play casual tennis with all levels ranging from the occasional 2.5 and 5.0, as a 3.0, and people here really dont care about your NTRP as long as you can play.
My normal range is 3.0-4.0 though, but that's probably because most of the people are rated between there.
There are some cliques of 4.0+ people who dont play below them, but that really depends on your skills and not necessarily your NTRP. I suppose in an extreme circumstance, it could be your personality too.