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|10-23-2006, 11:33 AM||#42|
Join Date: May 2005
It is important to understand the purpose of the NTRP rating system before you talk about it. It was designed to give ADULTS the opportunity to compete in tournaments against other ADULTS of similar playing abilities. It is not supposed to be used as the final say of how good you are. If you are a computer rated 4.0, you may be able to beat some 4.5's and you may lose to some 3.5's. The ratings are dynamic and people are moving up and down. You will have issues with nerves, injuries, sickness, wind, sun, fitness, etc. that can effect you on any given day. You may have match-up problems with another player. You may play differently during a tournament than you do during a practice match or social/friendly match.
My point is, the idea of using these ratings to brag about how good/bad you are gives a very incomplete picture of your actual ability level. The rating explanations are very subjective leading one to (usually) overstate an estimated rating. For example, what is moderate pace to one person may be a fast pace to someone else. What is consistency to one may be seen as inconsistent to another.
For you juniors, just keep playing and have fun and don't worry so much about the NTRP ratings. They don't apply to you. If you are serious about your tennis, concentrate on the next tournament and what you need to do to win more matches.
For the adults, just keep playing and have fun and don't worry so much about the NTRP ratings. (yes, same advice) Use the ratings as a generic guide to get you with other adults that you can compete with and have a fun match with. Recognize that within each rating, there will be some that are better and some that are not as good. Just because you lose, doesn't mean the other guy was a sand-bagger. Maybe he is about to get bumped up. Maybe he had a great day. Maybe you were a step slow. Just enjoy the experience and go out and play again the next day.
PS 6.0 95
M: Klip Legend 16, 53lbs.
X: Gosen OG SM 16, 51lbs.