I have read all the official USTA statements on the USTA website, but still have questions, and would appreciate any help you can give me! 1. When two self-rated players play each other in the first match for each, how is the dynamic rating calculated? For example, if two players have self-rated at 2.5, is the initial "current dynamic rating" for each player considered to be 2.50? If the score is quite lopsided, does the dynamic rating of the winner move much higher, and the dynamic rating of the loser move below 2.50? 2. Do two self-rated doubles partners at 2.5 likewise start out at 2.50 each for the purposes of dynamic ratings? 3. Does the fact that the USTA weights the four most recent matches most heavily mean that self-rated players essentially get four "free" (non-strikeable) matches? 4. If a player becomes a benchmark player due to losing in the playoffs of a 3.0 singles league and is moved down to 2.5 as a result, is her dynamic rating probably along the lines of 2.95 to start the year? 5. If the 2.5 benchmark player wants to move back up to 3.0 in the ratings the following year, what is the best way to accomplish this? So far, she has a 2.5 singles win, a 3.0 singles win, and a 2.5 singles loss (in a competitive match against an undefeated self-rated player). Thanks in advance for any insight you can give me!