Last night I was playing a local tennis center league as a substitute for a friend who could not make it. This league is not USTA sanctioned and has a format where you play singles and then doubles with your singles opponent. You play 14 total games of singles and 14 total games of doubles. Winner is determined by player with most games won. Well I am a USTA rated 3.5 player and my singles opponent plays USTA as well and is rated 4.0 (I asked him). I ended up beating him in singles 11-3 and gave him 1 of those games because I could see he was getting very discouraged and frustrated. The catch is that my singles opponent is an older gentleman probably in his late 50's and could not move very well and I am under 30 an move just fine. He was great at hitting my medium paced shots that were not too far off center of court but if I amped up the tempo or went corner to corner he just could not move fast enough to get the ball (or make a very weak floating return). I would like to take pride in beating a 4.0 since Im a 3.5 but somehow I just dont feel that great about it. What do you guys think?