Originally Posted by andfor
^^^I'd add in some sections like the Southern's you almost don't have to leave the section to get top competition. At the same time can become a very good player. To do the same in many weaker sections my guess to get to an equivalent level you'd have to at least play two to four regional nationals per year. Maybe more.
To become one of the top players (top 50) I would think the average player with a lot of desire and the resources would need to move or at the least spend some extended time training in more competitive environments.
I agree, the southern section in particular is so large, that there has to be some good players in it! An interesting fact, for overall USTA membership (adult and jr), the Southern section has over twice as many people as the next largest section. And I believe 3 times as many people than everyone except the Mid West