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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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    Who got next?

    A couple of years ago, my team faced a former NFL player (who stood 6’5 and looked like Del Potro) at 3.5 Nationals. While he and his partner crushed us, and he also played at 7.0 MXD Nationals that year, it wasn’t like he went undefeated as a 3.5 self rate. He was definitely playing at 4.0...
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    What a way to end 2020... tourney report from MAS Holiday Classic

    I just had the most improbable run in my tournament history. Last week, I entered my Section’s Holiday Classic, an NTRP event that had draws for gender doubles, mixed doubles, and gender singles. Wasn’t sure what the turnout would be because of the COVID-related restrictions (wear mask at all...
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    Give Me Liberty (from inconsistent Sudden Death rules)!

    In my Section, there are easily a half-dozen local leagues within a 45-minute drive of me, each with it's own set of local league rules. Due to the need to play indoors for much of the year, there are 90-minute or 2-hour time limits for USTA matches, and local leagues have rules to determine...
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    Frustrating match last night, and a bad decision that bit us in the @ss

    Having trouble getting untracked this year, going 1-2 in my prior men's 4.0 league matches. I felt pretty confident going into last night's match, despite being paired with someone I'd never played with, and being on D1 vs. the top, undefeated team. My partner was 0-2 in this league, with...
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    How valuable are bumpdowns to a contending team?

    I’ve come to the realization that players bumped down from a higher level are not the answer for teams that are trying to get to Nationals. Based on anecdotal evidence from results this season among dropdowns to 4.0 and 3.5, I haven’t found them to be top tier players at the level they dropped...
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    Trip report from 18+ NTRP Nationals (Doubles) @ Naples

    Just returned from a weekend at NTRP Nationals for 3.5 men's doubles. It was hosted by Academia Sanchez-Casal in Naples, FL, on clay courts. First, I'll explain how my doubles partner and I qualified. In the MidAtlantic Section, players can qualify for NTRP Nationals in one of two ways...
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    PlaySight video of 18+ 3.5 Men's Nationals match

    I recently played at 18+ 3.5 Men's Nationals in Orlando, where the courts were equipped with PlaySight cameras. Here is 18 minutes of footage (first four games, plus second set TB) of a match between me (wearing all black; TennisRecord* rating of 3.45 before the match) and my partner (gray...
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    NTRP 3.5 singles tournament report (long)

    I enjoy reading tournament reports, and find there aren’t enough on this forum. So here’s my contribution re: a 3.5 singles tournament that I recently won. Prologue First, because I don’t want this to be a total brag post, I’ll include a trip report of the last time I played a tournament at...
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    You make the call...timed out match

    Scenario: In this league, matches time out at 90 minutes. Team A wins the first set 6-4 and is down 2-5 in the second set with Team A serving at 40-0. Time expires after the server hits her first serve out. The local league rules state that a point in progress should be completed when time...
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    Another ratings question...from Mixed Exclusive to Adult

    OK, so this player registered for USTA in 2016 as a 3.5S but got her butt kicked, playing exclusively MXD (at least during the period where ratings are factored; she did play some TriLevel matches toward the end of the year). When the ratings came out for 2017, she received a 3.0M (mixed...
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    schmke posted an informative blog post about the make-up of the 3semifinalist teams at 18+ 3.0 mens Nationals, and found that over half of the players were self-rates: http://computerratings.blogspot.com/2016/10/what-does-it-take-to-win-usta-league.html It is my understanding that the USTA...
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    Mixed exclusive rating question

    My wife has played exclusively mixed doubles since joining the USTA two seasons ago as a 3.0 self rate. She was surprised to have gotten bumped up to 3.5M this week, which means that we can't play together in our 7.0 mixed league (I am 4.0C). If we can't play together, then she prefers to...
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    NTRP purgatory

    This may be a premature post, but I suspect that (A) I'll be bumped up from 3.5 to 4.0 next season and (B) I'll have difficulty winning any matches or even being competitive at that level. I'm new to organized tennis and started playing USTA leagues this year. I have horrible form but am...
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    Ugh, played another "hitter"

    After reading so many threads on playing the dreaded "pushers," I thought I'd start one on playing a "hitter." I challenged the #7 player on my singles ladder (I am 10th). I didn't find out until after the match, but he was recently bumped up to 4.5. He had a wicked forehand that he...
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    Four matches in 49 hours -- wish me luck!

    Due to some rainouts and other rescheduling anomalies, I will be playing four singles matches in a 49-hour span starting this evening. I am also operating on 75 minutes of sleep today (had a long poker session last night/this morning). Will see how my 40-year old body holds up. The first...
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    Talk Tennis would not approve

    I played a ladder match Monday evening against a peculiar opponent. I should have realized this when I found him smoking a cigarette while waiting at the court for me. I had fun and did not have any complaints, but he did several things that I'm guessing posters on this forum would not...
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    Broken record

    I played an interesting practice set the other day versus a teammate on my 3.5 men's USTA team. I served first and got broken, but broke back the next game. He broke me again, and I quickly returned the favor. It went on like this for the first seven games. He held serve in the 8th game...
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    Should I be worried about being DQ'd?

    All this talk on the "I want to go to Nationals" thread about self-rates and DQs is making me wonder if I'll be vulnerable to getting DQ'd and hurting my team. I'm pretty sure I am at the right level at 3.5 (for reasons I'll explain below), but have managed to win my first 5 USTA matches (most...
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    Trip report from my first tournament

    I had been looking for a tournament to play in for a while, but the timing never worked out. I finally was able to enter a local tournament in the 3.5 men's singles division. I didn't know what to expect when I got to the tournament. I thought that there would be an official, and maybe...
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    Question for singles players that have been bumped up

    I don't hate doubles to the point that I won't play it, but I much prefer to play singles. I started league tennis this year, and was fortunate enough to hook up with a 3.5 men's team that has allowed me to play a couple singles matches. I hope to continue, but there are 5 or 6 on our team...
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    Drills vs. Matches

    For most of us, tennis is a hobby to which we can devote a finite amount of time. Whether it is 100 hours a year, 200 hours a year, or whatever, we all make decisions (maybe not premeditated) about how to allocate our court time. Are you the type of person that enjoys conducting drills...
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    Musings about poker and tennis

    My two passions at the moment are poker and tennis. I’ve recently been focusing more on tennis than poker, but realize that many important concepts I’ve learned from poker are applicable to tennis. Importance of position In poker, a winning player is always aware of position. You should try...
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    Bringing out the worst in opponents

    I've only played organized tennis (USTA leagues and local ladder) since August 2011, but I've already seen a lifetime's worth of boorish/childish/unsportsmanlike conduct from my opponents. Four separate incidents, in varying degrees of outlandishness, are described below. (1) This is the...
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