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    USTA rating algorithm

    I think the USTA is doing things right for the most part. I love the system, and it makes tennis a pretty unique recreational sport.
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    USTA rating algorithm

    Hmmm, I'd counter that even in a normal year (let alone in 2021 where ratings were frozen, so players had two years to improve), having a 4.0 team with a top-8 average of 4.02 is not unusual. If a captain has Nationals aspirations, wouldn't he recruit players in the 3.95-range, and is it that...
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    USTA rating algorithm

    Agree with @schmke. The "problem" is that it's so much easier for captains in larger areas to cherry-pick 15 of the top players for one team, than it is to form a super-team from a smaller player pool. It isn't that your players aren't strong 4.0 players, but it's just inherently more...
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    Radical Team Building

    Gives you a chance to play spoilers, and cause her to waste thousands of dollars! Will also give you a chance to face Nationals-level competition in your local league...she's bringing Nationals to you, ha.
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    Legal serve question with center hash

    Not having looked at any rules.... I have to believe what you're doing is legal. The baseline and the center hash mark should be viewed as the same -- cannot have your foot land across the line prior to making contact with the ball. Players toss the ball and make contact over the plane of both...
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    Hmmm, this makes me feel good about my 4.0 men's team's chances of doing well this year.... our top six UTR ratings for doubles are 6.74 to 7.02. It does fluctuate wildly from day to day (upwards of 0.20 points either direction), for no apparent reason. For singles, the UTR is all over the...
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    Battle of the Genders

    Fair enough. I am turning 50 this year, while the other players in this challenge are 12 to 15 years younger. I suppose @BallBag has the edge in speed (and assuredly in power). Will be a fun event to see contrasting styles.
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    Battle of the Genders

    She must have barely survived getting bumped at end of 2019. Killed it in 2020, even winning most of her 4.5 matches but didn't get bumped because of USTA's decision to freeze ratings. Killing it again in 2021.
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    Battle of the Genders

    That makes sense and I'd agree. Just not in this particular instance...the 4.0C lady ran track in college. I'll be the least proficient in court coverage among the four players, and I'm not slow (just old).
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    Battle of the Genders

    Holy crap! Just looked up as well. 139-4 in singles for the 4.5C lady; a mere 34-1 for the 4.0C lady (for the entirety of their USTA careers). I'm at 69-31; the other 4.0C dude is 49-28 (but has played up at 4.5).
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    Battle of the Genders

    Alas, I've played all of these opponents in MXD already. Lost to both ladies and squeaked out a win vs @BallBag (and he crushed everyone at a recent men's doubles scrimmage I was part of). So they know my style.
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    Battle of the Genders

    The next time I visit Vegas, will try to hit her up, fo' sho!
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    Battle of the Genders

    Fun proposal that I texted to some of the most prolific singles players in our Section. One set vs each other, round robin. @BallBag (one of the top 4.0 men in our Section; 3.87 TennisRecord rating; 7.20 UTR) 4.0C lady (will have the best record in our Section at year-end, no doubt; 4.19 TR...
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    Best route to competitive play?

    If you prefer singles, see if there is a singles ladder in your area. Then you can play a variety of opponents until you find your appropriate level. I did that when I first got started, before playing USTA league. If you join a USTA league as a 3.5S, the drawbacks are (1) there are only two...
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    Dynamic DQ and strikes

    I believe you are a "4.0D" now, still subject to dynamic disqualification (so no practical difference from 4.0S). In the Section where I play, flex league match results do not contribute to dynamic DQ calculations. "In a single calendar year" means 2020 and 2021 are different periods, no?
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