So I'm signed up to play in an adult tournament in 3.0 singles this weekend. I noticed in the other half of the bracket a boy who's been playing in primarily Boys 18 junior tournaments. In contrast, I've been playing on and off since I was a teenager but if you count the actual times I've played it's probably around 3 years. Granted, this concern is premature because I have to beat one opponent before potentially facing him, but my questions are: 1. How can someone enter a NTRP tournament without a rating? 2. Aren't high school boys tennis by nature much better than the average 3.0 player? They take private lessons, go to tennis camps, plays in a boatload of tournaments and they're ingrained all the fundamentals at a very young age. I know this is whiny and I don't mind being embarrassed by another grown man who beat me fair and square. But something about this smells. If I do end up playing this boy and lose, I probably won't make too much fuss about it (like filing grievances) because every opponent is a learning experience. But given I've been playing in sanctioned tournaments for less than two months, I'm really not all that experienced in these odd situations. So, discuss. End of whine.