this weekend i saw some really great open level matches. saw a really good young player named roman http://www.ustanorcal.com/playermatches.asp?id=75499&seasonid=0 It was announced that he was #2 in Russia at one point in his age division......great player, booming serve. i'm gonna be hitting with him (taking a lesson) once my rib injury clears up (feeling much better). even though he's on another level, I 'm anxious to get on the court with him. I wasn't at all intimdated by the pace of the ball. I was very impressed however with the smoothness, acuracy and consistency of these guys strokes....also their court coverage. Also saw a guy named jessup. The thing I noticed this weekend was that these open players didn't smash the ball on ground strokes. Rather they got the ball high over the net and deep in the right places. They almost never hit the ball into the net on a ground stroke. I was surpriesed at how often i saw high looper shots, too.