Originally Posted by OrangePower
Not counter intuitive; people who like to be challenged and want to improve will welcome the bump. Good for your partner.
Many people though are more ego-driven and would rather be best of the worst than worst of the best.
So to be honest I assumed the latter but am happy I was wrong.
I know extremely few tennis players who, given those two options, would choose to be the worst of the best. Slowly improving while getting your doors blown off week after week, year after year may sound noble to you, but almost nobody would want or choose that. Frankly, given the chance, I don't for a minute believe you would either.