A question to 4.5 - 5.0 players out there: how do you feel about playing a much less skilled opponent in the early rounds of USTA tourneys? I'm talking about the situation where there is a legitimate difference in ability of at least 1 full NTRP level. I mean a legit 4.5 (or better) playing a legit 3.5 (or worse). This happens quite a bit I'm sure, especially in the age tournaments. I'm planning to enter one of those. In the two age divisions I'm considering (35 and 45) the range of players who already entered is from a weak 3.5 to a strong 5.0. So, upper-level players, how do you feel about such matches? I came up with a list of possible answers below but of course feel free to provide your own answer/elaborate: 1. Love it, allows me to hone my game. 2. It's a warm-up opportunity, better than having a tough early rounds match. 3. I see this as a bye essentially, don't care one way or the other. 4. Hate it, it's a waste of my time. 5. Hate it, it drags down my level of play and may have negative effects in the later rounds. Thanks!