Originally Posted by OrangePower
They specifically mention in several places that the line/court assignments have no meaning and do not correlate to strength.
And then of course they contradict themselves also! (By mandating that defaults be taken from the bottom up, and by requiring that higher rated players in the new '+' leagues play at line 1.)
FWIW, I think USTA should make a national rule change to deal with this.
The change should simply be that no lower-rated player may play on a higher court than a higher-rated player. For doubles, the combined rating of a pair on a higher court cannot be lower than the combined rating of a pair on a lower court.
The current rule about defaulting from the bottom would be discarded. 'Cause it is pointless and stupid.
This rule change would be so great. It would increase the chance that players would have competitive matches.
I remember a time when I was playing 6.5 combo, Court One. Opposing team fielded two 3.5 players, two 3.0 players and two 2.5 players. They put the two 2.5 players onto Court One against me (3.5) and my partner (3.0). We destroyed them, and it wasn't any fun.
Under the rule I propose, their captain would have lots of line-up options, but the one option that would be illegal would be a 5.0 pair on Court One and two 6.5 pairs on Courts Two and Three.