Even at my ripe old age, if I am accurately rated as a 4.5 tennis player in Florida, in New England I would only be considered a 4.0 player. Is that because they interpret the standards differently here? No, according to a friend who is exactly even with me and rated 4.0, it is because of league play.
He feels that stronger, younger players – who should be rated 5.0 – don’t have good leagues of their own to participate in; so they get “rated down” to play in 4.5 leagues. So just by comparison to them, the standard 4.5s get pushed down to being 4.0s.
And that doesn’t even take into consideration the standing argument that AGE IS A FACTOR in ratings… that a 35 year old 4.5 rated player is just not the same as a 65 year old 4.5 rated player.
What is your situation in other sections of the country?
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