We, the undersigned, request Mississippi Tennis Association (MTA) to conform to a rule similar to that held by the majority of the states plus Atlanta in USTA Southern Section (6 of 10 states/Atlanta) to limit the NTRP spread between partners in doubles combo levels 5.5 through 7.5. We, also, request USTA Southern Section to conform to a rule similar to that held by the majority of USTA sections with a combo division (5 of 8 sections) to limit the NTRP spread between partners in doubles combo levels 5.5 through 7.5. A current Southern Section rule does limit the NTRP spread between partners in doubles combo level 5.0. This request does not include combo level 5.0 and levels above 7.5.
The requested rule change will maintain the stated purpose of combo divisions to encourage play with partners of different NTRP levels. The current rule discourages combo participation because it allows distorted NTRP levels of competition on a court or courts. When a 6.5 combo team has multiple 4.5 and 4.0 players or a 7.5 combo team has 5.0 players, fun competition is not possible. When we lose the fun competition, we will lose combo players. When we lose combo players, USTA will lose.
Rules limiting the NTRP spread between partners in doubles combo currently in use by other states and sections are: 1. The NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5. 2. The NTRP rating difference between the members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 1.0. 3. Each combo level has an NTRP upper limit, and a player with an NTRP rating above the limit may not play at that combo level: 5.5 - highest rating allowed is 3.0, 6.5 - highest rating allowed is 3.5, 7.5 - highest rating allowed is 4.0.
In addition to this petition, MTA is conducting a poll on the same subject. Go to www.mstennis.com to the link in the middle of the page to further express your opinion. Let's have fun playing tennis!
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Lauren Germany, United States4 years ago Comments: -
Nedi Saymore, United States4 years ago Comments: Proof is in the posts. Looks like people are paying attention to what you say and holding you to it. If you Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk. Well actions are stronger than words! And the pen is mightier than the sword! Everything that has been challenged has been a results of post by your Camp on this site or other sites. People are just showing the contradictions in what you say. It's Ok by me if you want to Win by any advantage you can create. Just don't try and sell it as anything less than what it is.
ForTheLoveOfTennis, United States4 years ago Comments: I really think we need to get a grip on the whole rating thing now and for the future. I had the great pleasure of playing the Biloxi team and playing aganist a 5.0 at 7.5 and I will tell you that it was not fun from the start . You can say what you wish but he was able to control the court the whole time. Yes I understand the 2.5 has to serve and return but after that is when he took over and the fear of me standing there was not worth me playing that match. If he decided to come at me with the ball once there would be nothing I could be , lets face it I am not a 5.0 nor will I ever be one , so why should I have to take shots from one? I am just saying lets get the ratings in line and try to start being honest about where we self rate people. It seems like there is only one place on the coast where people are out of level and it seems like thats all they care about. I just want yall to know its only tennis and if you have to have a wall of league wins to make you a better person or to have people think your great then you really need to find a new career and sport because this one is not for you. Its just tennis and we need to be having fun and not wasting our time worrying about what 5.0 player is gonna be self rated 4.0 like always.
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