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Old 01-28-2013, 03:58 AM   #7
dizzlmcwizzl
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You certainly can try but let me share an example of one of my good tennis friends.

He has been a middle level 4.5 for about 20 years. He has played at sectionals a bunch during that time so his 4.5 rating was secure.

However, over a span of 3 years he had the following medical issues: Heart attack, 1 hip replacement and 3 vertebra fused. He did not play for almost 3 years. When he asked for a medical appeal to 4.0 he was told that these ailments could all be recovered from and his appeal was denied. He was told that if he had waited another 6 months he would have needed to self rate and then appeal his self rating. An appeal of his self rating would likely have been approved.

Getting a medical appeal granted requires very special circumstances indeed.
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