Originally Posted by beernutz
I would say he did not necessarily get better just because his win loss record improved as it matters a great deal WHO he played. If you let me cherry pick my opponents, I am positive I could pick out a large number of local players who are computer rated at my level who could not take a set off me in ten tries. Conversely, there are a number of players at my level who I am probably even money or worse against, so we'd each likely win about five of those ten tries.
My point is that depending on their mix of opponents, someone could easily not get better but still dramatically improve their win/loss record against players of a particular rating level.
And I have heard that, in theory, using the NTRP system, that the top rated player of a given level should double bagel the lowest rated player of that same level? I dont believe that will happen in UTs system as a rule. Of course, it DOES happen in reality once in awhile.....as I can show you all with one of my doubles match results last year! Hint hint......me and my partner were the ones eating the carbohydrates. We didnt get the pleasure of offering them to our opponents
At least these same guys went on to win the championship in 6.0 that season, and the season after, so it was obvious they deserved it. In fact, the next time we played them, I swear I played the best tennis of my life, and we lost 2 and 3, yet my partner and I both were happy with it
But, these types of oddities aside, overall the UT system seems to work pretty well IMO.