This was mentioned in another post, and it's something I've been wondering since I've gotten back into tennis. I grew up with tennis being an individual sport. You against the guy on the other side of the net. Now a lot of tennis is team based, specifically USTA (and ALTA in Atlanta). Now, I understand the social advantages of being on a team. But competitively I don't get it. You win your match but your team loses and you can't be happy. You lose your match but your team wins and you aren't happy. The only happy scenario is winning your match while your team wins too. You are cutting your chances of a satisfying win in half. And while teams are great for socializing within your team, it limits interaction outside of your little circle. I can't find hitting partners because everyone sticks to practicing with their teammates. I'm returning to the sport and am steadily improving. So I have to beg to be on a team, only to improve to the next level a season or two later and have to start all over again? It seems to reward people that play at the same level over time instead of those that care enough to try to improve and move up. No wonder sandbagging is a problem. Sorry for the rant, but I really am looking for advantages of team tennis over individual competition - as a player and for the sport in general. Thanks.