I have been reading alot on how difficult the USTA appeals process is. I just went through the self rating system. Based on my prior ( > 25 years ago) experience in school, I was automatically locked into a rating that was not indicative of my current skill set. I have spent about 95% of that last 25 years overweight and way out of shape.. oh yeah... didnt play tennis either. I appealed this on Monday night and just received the reply from the USTA of their decision to lower my rating to an appropriate level. One of the things that I pointed out to them is that if my skill level increases over time, then the rating will appropriately self adjust. I filled out the online appeal with as much detail as I had. I also followed up with a call and email to the regional office. The reason for sharing this is not a "hey, look what I did" rather that it is possible. These are very nice people that are all volunteers. I would speculate that most of the problems people complain about fall under some common areas. 1) Not being thorough enough in providing as much information as possible 2) asking or demanding for a ridiculous adjustment 3) something about their appeal is fishy. As I always tell my son, telling the truth is easy. You can always repeat it and don't ever have to worry about having to be convincing. I am NOT calling those people here who have had appeal problems a cheater or liar. It just struck me as odd how easy and painless the process really was. Mine was honest and accurate. The response from the USTA was fast and courteous.