Originally Posted by cork_screw
Go to a USTA center and have them rate you. Never rate yourself as you are biased
Umm... you can't go anywhere to get rated anymore. It's all based on the self-rate questionaire.
Anyway to clarify teh original question... If the player goes through the questionaire it will give them a minimum based on how the questions were answered or the level they last had a valid rating (which ever is higher). They can then file a self-rate appeal, and if granted will still show up as an S not an A. Unfortunately for other players there is no way of knowing whether or not a player filed a successful self-rate appeal or not without asking your local coordinator.