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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    They were, and I should know. I was the only person at States who played both of them, back to back on day one no less. Lucky me!
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    Official 2022 ratings thread.

    Fortunately, each of my opponents in those two matches have (rightfully) been bumped to 5.0 for 2022.
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    What is MEP serve grip?

    Continental.
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    Drop shot in league singles, just got abused for using it...

    I've been known to hit a drop shot or two, and I've never once felt bad about it. You shouldn't, either.
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    Highest level 4.0/4.0 play

    FWIW, hitting that shot doesn't feel like it's putting any strain on my arm/elbow and never has. I hit the minimum portion of the ball necessary to get it over the net, so there isn't all that much resistance.
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    Highest level 4.0/4.0 play

    For this particular match, I wore the forearm brace because my elbow had been aching earlier in the day. The brace didn't seem to be making any difference, so I took it off during the match. As it happens, the next day I had a big bruise on my elbow, so I think I must have inadvertently bumped...
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    USTA survey about leagues ? (40's format)

    We have 1/4 here but I would much prefer 2/3. I also don't like that playoffs are 1/3.
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    Explain MEP to me please

    Keep me posted on what you decide :cool:
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    Explain MEP to me please

    In your opinion, how large is the variance between regions? A full NTRP level? Half that?
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    Adult competition path for non-cheaters (singles)

    I'm quite aware of this individual, but we have never played. Did you read that we had on his website? :D
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    This. Lest we forget, USTA is first and foremost a business. If they had denied Ian's appeal, they essentially would have lost him as a paying customer for leagues in his District, since MKE does not have any 5.0 leagues. That's one reason I think if anything, less populated areas are often...
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    I am open to this for sure! Disagreements should be settled on the court whenever possible.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    That I don't know, I'm just going by what USTA currently has on its website. I'm sure @PilotPete can tell us what Ian's "true" rating is using his usual esoteric methodology. But does it even matter? Ratings are arbitrary social constructs with severe regional inconsistencies anyway, right? ;)
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    Correct, Ian is a 5.0 per USTA.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    Last I heard the talk was September, after USTA summer season ends and there's been a bit of a break. We may be letting ET off the hook a bit weather-wise, but it should still be plenty warm here.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    That would be singular, not plural. The sample size in arguing against the theory is one.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    It's only obfuscation to the obtuse reader incapable of grasping any sense of nuance or context.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    And of course you know better than the guy who was, ya know, actually in that situation? :-D
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    Yeah I don't think I ever disputed that? Of course I was more tired by the 4th match than the first. That doesn't mean I gave any less effort as the matches went along, but it did affect the results of that effort imo.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    I'll spell it out for you: doing business differently means I wouldn't play a rated USTA match as part of 4 matches in 3 days if I could help it because I want to maximize my chances of winning the USTA match for the reasons previously stated. In rec situations I will almost always agree to...
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    I didn't say I wasn't trying, you did. I didn't say I wasn't trying as hard, that was also you. I didn't say I was tired, shocker, that was you again. I did say that effort and results of said effort are two different things. Then I gave you a real world example, which you chose to ignore, just...
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    It's too much fun continuing to hand you the rope on which your credibility is being hanged.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    According to you, first I wasn't trying, then I wasn't trying as hard, now it's that I was tired. Talk about moving the goalposts! It's comical at this point.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    By your logic, if a person runs a mile, then turns around and runs another mile, this time while carrying 50lbs, as long as the person gives the same amount of effort while running each mile, he/she should run each mile in the same amount of time.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    Results. I started out as a 3.0 by going through whatever self rating setup USTA had in 2010 when I first registered.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    As I said, effort is not a fixed product. To put a finer point on it, results of effort are not fixed. I can give the same amount of effort in one match as I can for 4 matches in three days, but the results of those efforts are not always going to be the same. I don't think that's hard to...
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    Nowhere in my post did I say I "didn't try." Besides, effort is not a binary proposition, and effort is not a fixed product, in my case anyway. I do go about my business differently in USTA matches, not because I'm trying to protect my rating, but because I'm playing not just for myself, I'm...
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    It's amusing and amazing that you have drawn these conclusions, given that you have never seen me play a single point (much less a match) that had any actual bearing on the rating you are tediously continuing to question.
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    5.5 vs. 5.0 - Good stuff to take away.

    I'm flattered (not being sarcastic) that you think that at 44 years old I have the potential to go from a 4.5 to a 5.5 if I dedicate myself to having proper technique, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. I would say stranger things have happened, but I don't know if that's true in this case...
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