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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    It's good to learn to play doubles as you age. I guess the transition of going to doubles was a bit easier for me as I played it in high school and college and my game (tall lefty with a good serve, aggressive style who likes the net) works well in doubles. Even so, there was an initial...
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    Who is Jessica Simpson?

    Pretty sure she's not related to O.J. :unsure:
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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    I should add that since having kids I mostly play doubles. I can keep up with most college kids in doubles, but at my age (46) I would have more trouble hanging with young guys in singles.
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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    Yes. I've played 4.5 for over 20 years now, briefly getting bumped to 5.0 in the late 2000's (then was able to auto appeal back down to 4.5 after 1 season). Before that I played D3 on a weaker college team. Would have been #1 my senior year but our program got cut in the mid 90's due to title...
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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    Here is a link to the questionnaire. https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/pdfs/10013_experience_player_ntrp_guidelines.pdf We had a 4.5 a few years ago who played at Gustavus (a D3 college powerhouse, typically top 10 nationally ranked). He wasn't in their top 6 so he played on their JV squad...
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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    I don't know what the official rules are specifically for recent grads of D2, but just because you're D2 doesn't automatically make you a 5.0+. Within any divison, there are weaker college tennis teams, and depending on the circumstances (where the player played in the lineup or perhaps he...
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    Do pickeball lines on tennis courts bother you?

    In college, some of our courts were used for pick up floor hockey. Also skateboards and roller blades.
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    Farmers

    Do you start your matches with the chant "We are Farmers, bum, badum, bum, bum, bum, bum"?
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    1st USTA 4.5 match experience and post match bliss

    First match ever in USTA, or first match at the 4.5 level? What is your tennis background? Did you play college?
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    I play Division III college tennis, AMA

    QFT. Large majority of D3 players are 4.5 (with some 4.0's on weaker teams). Top guys are 5.5s, but those are usually guys who could have played D1 but chose D3.
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    Things you read on TT that you don't see anywhere else

    "Axel Geller will be top 10 in ATP tour, just remember that." - Nostradamus
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    ITA Indoors

    Delusional much? The tree hasn't been feared in many years by top teams at least. Stanford women are a different story. Maybe you should put your chips in that pot and stop with the nonsense about the men's team which is an afterthought each and every year.
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    Big 10 Tennis

    I indirectly know of this kid. Played one year as a 7th grader at my alma mater and mom has played USTA with my sisters.
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    I'm not a professional tennis player. Ask me anything!

    De Minaur disapproves.
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