Sounds like a horrible experience. Guess situations like this are why the Southern Section doesn't count anything but spring leagues when it comes to ratings. Never understood why they didn't until I read your post. They don't want folks tanking everything but spring to manipulate their dynamic rating.In the fall its just amazing, annoying, and disappointing to see how bad the match fixing/throwing is.
I was moved up to 4.5 mid season and really hoping to get some good matches in against good players.
So far every match has been an utter joke/farce.
Everyone I have played is intentionally trying to control the outcome of the match.
Some are throwing the entire match playing like 3.5, some are alternating between 3.0 level and 4.5 level in order to make the match "close".
Its an utter joke to see this happen and extremely disheartening.
I'm not having any fun and just wish I could go back to 4.0 because my matches were 10 times better there.
The worst offenders have been fellow mid season 4.0 bump ups to 4.5's. These guys are pathetic in how bad they are throwing matches.
I played a pair this week where they were trying to control the score to keep it close but still win. Both of them had lost every match so far this season and decided they wanted to get a win in but make it close.
When we were up they would make outrageous calls by calling aces and winners out (verified by people watching the match) and then when they were up would play out balls to keep a point going.
When they were up they would miss balls into the bottom of the net or hit it a mile long.
When we were up they would rocket a forehand at the net guy and peg him.
Its a disgrace. I got so ****ed in my last match I just stopped even trying. My partner thought we were genuinely in the match and but I had lost all interest and just let them do their pathetic farce of trying to game the system.
Right now I am really hating USTA leagues. At least in tournaments the people there are trying to win matches so you know they are playing to their potential.
However that approach does open the door to folks playing everything but spring and staying self rated forever although that's not very prevalent.