Florida does not have 3.5 usta tournaments? What's his rating? And yes i know ranking and ratings are different, but you could be rated a 4.5 and not been playing for years and want to enter a 4.0 tournament. UNLESS you where ranked at the top just in the last year i believe they would let you play. They just don't look up ratings to determine in you can play. Rankings are a much more important factor. You obviously don't have a clue.