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    Week 2 of USTA League Nationals is four days away

    A little birdie told me they are missing key people due to injury, but the lineup they used in match 1 was pretty close to as strong as they could put out there anyway. There was one guy who played with a different partner than normal, and one of the top singles guys didn't play, although we'll...
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    Week 2 of USTA League Nationals is four days away

    Middle States took care of business against Mid Atlantic. MiddleWest is next up today, then another showdown match with PNW tomorrow before finishing round robin play with Southern.
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    Argh... Got bageled by a girl

    UTR 9 seems way too low for a top 500 WTA pro.
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    Argh... Got bageled by a girl

    You sound like you're in love. LOL.
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    Week 2 of USTA League Nationals is four days away

    Middle States plays Mid-Atlantic first thing tomorrow, which seems a lot like an elimination match.
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    Self rate explanation

    The problem is that it doesn't make him a 5.0, either, which is the D1 guideline, and it depends on the school. There are plenty of D1 schools where there are actual lineup players that aren't 5.0.
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    Self rate explanation

    I actually agree with the committee on this one. Exhibition matches aren't matches and aren't necessarily played by the strongest players. If he wasn't committed to / recruited by the program and didn't play in any official matches for the school, then I wouldn't consider him a D1 college...
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    Self rate explanation

    Well, it's wrong to omit information, but if he didn't self-rate at the incorrect level, then I'm not sure there is any recourse. Typically, the penalty for misrepresenting background information is to be moved to the level you normally would have self-rated into, but in this case, he's already...
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    NTRP Grievances in Playoffs... What's Even the Point?

    I think the point is more procedural than anything else. Once the winner is declared and the team starts booking hotels and flights for nationals, it's harder to make the switch and say someone else is going on short notice. Remember, it can take a couple weeks to issue a ruling on a grievance...
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    Playing against your coach in a tournament...

    The Kyrgios way is to hold an interview and say that your bestie banged his girlfriend.
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    Playing against your coach in a tournament...

    I occasionally go to a 3.5-4.5 level drill organized at a local club. Typically, the pros will pick a concept to work on, most of the time related to doubles (e.g. poaching, covering the middle, lobbing, serve & volley etc.). There will be a warm up, then maybe 10-15 mins of instruction on the...
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    Playing against your coach in a tournament...

    Teaching pros are often not very good tournament players. If you spend your days feeding fluffballs to 2.5 beginners clinics, you lose the edge to actually hit balls in a competitive setting, and even if you have great strokes (since most teaching pros are formerly very strong players), you...
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    Normal for winner to get fresh can of balls from loser?

    I have seen this in official league rules in the past (for a self-scheduled local league playoff). Everyone brings a can to their match. Winner moves on and takes the unopened can to the next match. That was the league's way to make sure that there were always new cans at every playoff match. If...
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    They changed the rule on 18yr olds playing?

    In general, I think this is good. The only 17 year olds I've ever seen in USTA league play have been ringers who were specifically recruited because they didn't hadn't committed to a college yet.
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    Only 1 singles for Nationals 40+ :(

    Points per position works fine for the round robin if you base standings on total points, but for the semis and finals, you need a winner and PPP for a single match is likely to make 3rd doubles completely irrelevant or one court (i.e. 1S or 1D) too important. That just kicks the can down the...
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