Originally Posted by omega4
I just had to chime in here as I'm almost in the same situation to some extent.
I'm 41 and used to play competitive high school tennis. I would say that I was a decent 4.0 (possibly 4.5) back then but over 20 years later, I'm not even close.
While I'm in great physical shape from working out 6 days a week (weights, cardio) and playing lots of golf, I'd say humbly that I'm probably a 2.5 now, if not lower!
While I think I can make it back to a 4.0 in a year or two, I don't want to overestimate my rating. The guidelines for the NTRP ratings state that anyone who has played competitive high school tennis cannot be self rated lower than a 3.0, but I really think I should give myself a 2.5 or even a 2.0.
I don't even own a single can of tennis balls at the moment and don't know what's the preferred brand to get (it was Wilson back in the day).
No offense, but if you played ANY high school tennis for even a year and didn't suck, which you didn't based on the rating you were at before, there's no reason why your mind and body cannot be in enough sync to remember how to hit a ball. There is absolutely no way (even after 20 years) that anyone can go back and not know how to hit a ball due to bad mechanics or something like that. Sure, you might not be as quick on the court or be able to put together points enough initially, but in a few months, you could easily get back in the rhythm. I didn't play tennis for 15 years and went back and my mechanics were still fine. Had to do a little bit of work to get back to being able to judge ball feel and pace/spin properly, but it all came back in a couple of months. Point construction, strategy, physical shape took a bit longer, but certainly not enough to warrant me thinking I needed to be rated a 2.5.
Come on man, who are you kidding here? That's the problem... competitive players from years ago think they can't play anymore due to age or something along those lines, but it's the mechanics of tennis that doesn't go away. I'm sorry, but in 20 years you don't just forget how to hit a ball properly. Timing might be off, but YOU DO NOT FORGET THE MECHANICS. No pro player in history has ever retired from a sport, gone back years later and knew nothing about that sport. It doesn't happen and that's why the USTA staff doesn't buy your crap reasons for appeals.