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  1. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    Our local league season has been PPP for several years now. With the 4 courts, the weighting will be 4-4-3-2 if the captains vote for 4 courts or 5-4-5-4-3 if the captains vote for 5 courts. All playoffs are 4 courts with standings by match wins, so the ridiculous tb procedure comes into play.
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    40 and over how to win with four courts

    I would rather have D1 be the first (and therefore only) tiebreaker over stupid sets or games rules. At least that would be breaking the tie by winning a match. We play matches, not sets, not games. Who is to say that a team that gets a straight set win is more deserving than a team that battles...
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    . . . . and then a fight broke out, and I wasn't sure of the rule.

    Obviously, I wasn't there, but it seems to me very unlikely that the ball bounced twice (or otherwise hit something that would have ended the point) before the guy touched the net. That would have been pretty remarkable unless (as someone said above), the guy was doing windmills or something to...
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    Clear Sandbagging?

    Unless she was granted a self-rating appeal. It is possible she indicated her college experience, self-rated correctly at 4.0/4.5, appealed for 3.5, and was granted the appeal by the sectional self-rating appeals committee. Self-rating appeals still show up as "S" rated, not "A" rated. It would...
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    Worst Tennis Etiquette EVER

    In that sort of situation, I take the offer, but as a way to return the courtesy, serve a second not a first. I just use it as a way to get a second shot at a second in case the delay causes me to miss the second.
  6. J

    First USTA 8.0 match of the year

    LMAO. Hasek played in the NHL until he was 43 (and played pro hockey in Europe until 45) and was 5th in the Vezina voting at age 42. He probably had more longevity than any other goalie of his era. Is there anything at all that you're not completely wrong about?
  7. J

    40 MPH wind at USTA tournament

    It is the same. Extreme condition aren't unfair, they just make everyone play poorly, which does suck. When talking about pros where winning and losing is everything, it matters much less if the overall level of play is affected.
  8. J

    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    LOL, that senile old wingnut is losing touch with reality.
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    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    "When I got back in my car, a thought occurred to me: Just abandon my car directly in front of his; go in and tell my captain I was there; use the bathroom; then go move my car " To me and most normal people, that means block him in his spot and go inside and talk to the captain then go to the...
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    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    LOL, yeah, right? If that were me, and my other child came out and I had two kids in the car and it was time to leave and the crazy lady who was knocking on my window demanding I leave my parking spot had now parked me in, I'd definitely just back into her car and push it out of the way.
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    Martina Navratilova .vs. USTA adult male. ?

    This is more drivel. You are simply wrong. In TX 4.0 sectionals this year, there was a guy playing singles who moved from Middle States who never even played at districts up here, so it goes both ways. The fact is that at each level, the elite teams in each section are (roughly) equivalent...
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    Martina Navratilova .vs. USTA adult male. ?

    This is pretty ridiculous. You're basically saying some regions are bigger than others, which is indisputable, but you're not getting at the distribution of ratings across the regions at all. If you want a fair comparison of the distribution of players in a region, don't take the top 15 teams...
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    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    Well, you were not in any way obligated to give up your spot that you had already claimed to Becky, ceiling fan or not (unless she says the ceiling fan is part of her cancer treatment or something, LOL), so good for you for standing your ground there. In general, though, you appear to struggle...
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    Wrong Serve Order? Had A Senior Moment Tonight

    That's interesting, although it doesn't seem fair at all. The error was discovered after the second game that was out of turn (and the games were completed). If we had continued in the altered order, then I would have been serving at 3-2 even though I was not actually up a break (because we...
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    Wrong Serve Order? Had A Senior Moment Tonight

    So, I was playing a match tonight, and I served first. After 3 holds, we switched with me up 2-1, but then I served the 4th game (out of turn) and he broke me. Then he served and I broke back, so it was on serve with me up 3-2 when we switched again, but as I was going to switch and change the...
  16. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    While I would clearly prefer to have 5 court matches and the 3-0 team advance regardless of what the points total would be in PPP, is having a 2-1 team advance over a 3-0 team on points really worse than having a 3-0 team advance because they won a 2-2 match via a tiebreaker?
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    First USTA 8.0 match of the year

    I would just like to emphasize that I am a different person than this assclown despite the similar user name. Please don't anyone mistake any of his drivel for me. Thanks.
  18. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    It's not even just the GWP at the time (the "strength of schedule thusfar" issue is a little different), it's the whole season (even though that doesn't necessarily enter into the W/L determination). This is the season long first place team vs the season long last place team. Had the result gone...
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    40 and over how to win with four courts

    The first match on your blog (Ventura 1/11) highlights just how unfair the GWP tiebreaker is. This match was between the teams that are currently undefeated and in first place and winless and in last place. The undefeated first place team got the win on the basis of GWP. Why? Everyone loves an...
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    Martina Navratilova .vs. USTA adult male. ?

    This is correct, and the other thing is that the larger population centers have more matches underlying the ratings, so the ratings themselves in those areas are more stable and less prone to large errors, but that is just adding variance to the ratings in smaller areas with a zero expected value.
  21. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    That wasn't a challenge. LOL.
  22. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    I really want it to be the season long GWP so that previous matches and league standings can change during the season based on the result of future matches. This whole ill-conceived thing with 4 court leagues needs to go as poorly as it possibly can and plss off as many people as it possibly can...
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    40 and over how to win with four courts

    Just when you thought they couldn't actually make this even more stupid... If all of your listed tbs are tied, then the match needs to just be a tie in the standings. Once you get to the playoffs, there needs to be an incontrovertible final tiebreaker, even if it is something stupid like a...
  24. J

    Junior champions

    There is also a math answer to this as well. Juniors are at the top of junior ranks for a year or two. Pros are at the top of their game for an average of say 10 years. Therefore, there is only one opening as a top pro for every 5-10 top juniors, so the odds are that most of even the very top...
  25. J

    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    Your reading comprehension leaves more than a little to be desired. LOL. I said he can sit there as long as he want, that's fine. It is kind of a dick move to let someone else sit behind you with their blinkers on waiting for you to move if you're not going to be moving soon. It's common...
  26. J

    Who here is aware of the CONSOLATION 3rd SET?

    As a captain, if I finish early, I am typically more interested in checking out how the rest of the team is doing than playing a charity set.
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    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    The only thing the guy did wrong was let Cindy sit there for 2 minutes with her blinker on knowing he wasn't leaving yet. He should have noticed her sitting there waiting for the spot and waived her on right away. I suppose he also could have given her a time estimate for his wait for his child...
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    Martina Navratilova .vs. USTA adult male. ?

    My UTR is 6.44! I'm better than Gigi Fernandez! Oh happy day.
  29. J

    40 and over how to win with four courts

    Ok, I was at the captains meeting in Middle States yesterday. Everything that I had heard is true. For local league, they are going to poll the captains for each individual league about 1-3 or 2-3, but standings are PPP either way. For all 40+ playoffs, they are using the 1-3 format with team...
  30. J

    TEP (Tennis Event Product), the TennisLink Replacement

    Well, there are two things going on here. First, my schmke rating is 3.98, so I guess I'm near the top of 4.0, although that was 98% based on doubles, not singles. I haven't played singles regularly for about 10 years. Second, I played over my head in that match, especially for it being singles...
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