Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
I would suggest 7.0 mixed. You will get to face 3.5 and 4.0 guys, and that will be fun. You will have a 4.0 female partner.
I couldn't disagree more with Cindy on this.
If you are a legitimate 3.0 guy, don't play 7.0 mixed.
If you played 7.0 in our area, you will face 4.0 guys who also play up on 4.5 Men's teams, 8.5 and 9.5 combo (4.0 men with 5.5 men). We have a bunch of 4.0 men going to southern sectionals at 8.5 and 9.5 Combo. These are the 4.0 men playing 7.0 Mixed in our league year in and year out.
If your league doesn't have a bunch of strong 4.0 men, playing 7.0 Mixed, Cindy's suggestion might work. You would be destroyed in league with these type 4.0 men. The 4.0 guy will isolate you and hit to you as much as possible. The weaker player will see more balls.
If you are face 4.0 guys with strong 3.0 women, it isn't going to be fun for you at all.
My mixed 7.0 team went to state the last two years. The guys at state all play upper 3.5 or solid 4.0. Never faced a 3.0 guy at state. There is a reason 3.0 men don't play at 7.0 Mixed State.
Why? Because a 4.0 lady isn't carrying a 3.0 guy when facing a 4.0 guy/3.0 lady or a strong 3.5 guy / strong 3.5 lady
Furthermore, if your doubles partner is primarily a single's player, you are at a further disadvantage.
If you have never played mixed before, set up a social match with a 30 year old athletic strong 4.0 guy / 30 year old 3.0 lady then tell us how much fun you had.
Being beat down 0&1 ain't much fun on either end.
I lost in a 22 team 7.0 Mixed tournament final yesterday 7-6, 6-0 to my teammate and his wife. He is a strong 4.0 and he blasted 12 aces in five service games. It was a blowout in the second set and no fun at all. It was my first time playing with this 3.5 lady, and we got lucky to make the finals.