I need you guys/gals honest opinion on a situation. To me the NTRP guidelines need to be changed. I assume by having a scale from 1.0 to 7.0 that all matches should be pretty equal. But the fact so many people are shoved in to the 3.0-4.5 means that matches are not played by players of equal caliber. My scenario: I started playing tennis for the first time as a 24 year old adult. I have now played for 14 years. (First 10 years as a hacker). The last 3-4 years I have tried to clean up my strokes by truly LEARNING the proper technique. I am a NTRP 4.0, based on my results in tournaments and leagues. I went to 4.0 men's nationals this year and went 1-1 in #1 doubles. I went 5-1 at Sectionals in #1 doubles. My OPPONENTS scenario: My opponent started playing tennis at age 7. He has now been playing tennis for 32 years. He was good enough to play college at a D2 school in the Northeast. He played #6 in singles at college and #3 in doubles at college. I got beat by my opponent at Nationals 6-2; 6-0. A total drubbing. Me and my partner didn't even come close to hanging with these guys. How can me and my opponent both be 4.0's, when: A. He has played his whole life and started as a kid. B. He played college tennis for a D2 school. C. I had a great record this year and beat a lot of teams handily(which means there are a lot of other guys that I beat badly), yet this guy is SOOOO much better than me, and yet we are both 4.0's? It just doesn't make sense to me. To me the USTA needs to use all their levels and have more levels. In other words use the 1.0,1.5,2.5, etc. The levels need to go to 10.0 instead of 7.0. Am I totally wrong on this??? I want your honest opinion on this. P.S. My opponent has been kicked up to 4.5's for next year, but I was told that by going 5-1 at Sectionals that I will be kicked up also. So in theory we are on the same skill level?!? Thanks everyone.