Originally Posted by Rjtennis
I think USTA ratings are going to be worthless soon, now that you have 40 and over leagues. People are going to have higher ratings when they are playing 40 plus leagues.
The flaw in your thinking is that if some players are winning, then some are losing too. So they'd move down and so there isn't a mass move up of ratings. The system more or less stays balanced.
Perhaps what the issue is that 40+ players tend to play more doubles and are relatively better at that, so a 4.0 "singles" player would easily beat one a 4.0 "doubles" player and there is the perception the 40+ doubles guy is overrated.