could someone please explain to me why mixed doubles affects someone's yearly NTRP rating? several players only played mixed doubles and their results in mixed doubles bumped their rating down from a 5.0 to a 4.5. they then dominate the league/playoffs in 4.5 b/c they should have never been a 4.5 to begin with. i don't understand why combo matches don't count for your rating but mixed does. a 4.5 man/4.0 man is more comparable than a 4.5 man/4.5 woman. it's ridiculous. also, there needs to be something to change the way a rating is affected when a player plays a lower rated opponent at the higher level. for example, i know someone who generally wins his 5.0 matches but last year half of his 5.0 matches were played against 4.5 guys who were playing up. he won those matches fairly easily, but the computer penalized his rating simply b/c he played against guys playing up. if a guy is winning all his matches at a certain level, then he shouldn't get bumped down (regardless of the rating of his opponent).