I am a 4.0 and have been for a few years. Last year I had my 2nd really strong season in a row and was early-start rated to 4.5. After the year end adjustment I was back to being a 4.0 again, firmly placing me at the top of the 4.0 band in this section. So here is the problem ... I am playing on several 4.0 teams and a 4.5 team. Currently I do not feel challenged at 4.0 but I don't feel like I can hang with legitimate 4.5's either. I am in this purgatory of tennis where I cannot get a league match that is competitive. It just seems like my matches are decided before I start. 2 cases in point ... my 4.0 matches have all been lopsided affairs ... the only close match was with a partner that was coming off a knee injury two years earlier against a self rated player that may be a legitimate 4.5. my 4.5 match I could not get a return in for the first 60 minutes. The other guys just punished me on the serve. The only redeeming factor was that I was able to hold serve ... but the ball just consistently moved faster than I am used to and they were not bothered by my pace at all. Winning at 4.0 is nice ... and I am playing up which is only going to help me long term. However, this no challenge land in which I reside is kind of boring. I really wish there was a 4.25 league to cut my teeth on.