Wednesday, June 10, 2009

4.0 Week 7

Yikes, is it almost Thursday already, I guess I better get a lineup together since somehow we are in the 4.0 MOW. Things are starting to flesh out in the 4.0 ranks but after this weekend it will look even more clear. Can't skip over the big news that came down on Monday though as Team Eddie (Lifetime) lost Andre Vahdat to a DQ and thus lost their match to Springpark. (That is why I picked you all to win 4 so you had some leeway guys). This does alter their team significantly but they are not out of the playoffs but will be headed to the QT instead most likely with OC/Smith who they face in the final match of the season.

Flight A
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Hackberry still has their makeup match with TBar so there is an outside chance this flight could get interesting but I am not banking on it. TBar to the DCC along with HP/Bob everyone else stays home in this flight. Don't expect Bob to be doing anything but qualifying players because he doesn't want to risk joining the DQ counter.

Flight B
Last week was an interesting one as Brookhaven pulled off a great win over the Lakes to knock them out of the playoffs and keep pace to stay right behind Garland. I was at the match and the Lakes had this match in their hands to win but unfortunately a few points turned the momentum as Brookhaven was able to prevail in what turned out to be the deciding doubles match. That breaks a pretty good streak of playoff appearances for the Lakes with this core group of players but I have a feeling they will be back again soon. The MOW occurs in this flight as the SWAT team hopes to avoid joining the Lakes in the "gone fishing" category of league tennis as we take on Stonebridge (5-1) who is also at the top of standings with Brookhaven and Garland. Next week is the Brookhaven v. Garland showdown which might just decide 1st place. Garland picked up a few players this week as well as Sisk starts to plan for the future in 4.0 as well as 3.5.

Flight C
This flight could be decided this week as a big matchup occurs between the Village and LBH/Hicks. LBH is showing they are for real as they continue to stay unbeaten and I think they will do the same this weekend. They will play Brookaven on the final weekend to decide 1st place if they keep on pace.

Flight D
So this flight is all shook up at the top as Lifetime dropped from 1st to 3rd and evil Springpark someone sits in 1st with OC and LTF matches behind them. I think that final match will be interesting but as I mentioned both of them will be in the QT anyway so they might just wait until then to show their best lineup.

166 comments:

  1. Looks like Lifetime is done! As they should be!

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  2. We will see about that. This thing is far from over.

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  3. As always, lifetime is proving to be overrated again!

    As the saying goes, "you live by the sword, you die by the sword". Playing out of level players sounds good at the time but.... how do you like me now Lifetime?

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  4. Level 4.0 tennis in Dallas attracts WEAK players like shit attracts flies. There are some really HORRIBLE 4.0 teams this year. Here are just a few . . .
    Huffines / Dewan
    Collin / Charbeneau
    Eagles Ldg / Loyd
    Oak Creek 3 / Smith
    Eldorado / Hampton
    Eldorado / Browning

    I thnk our crappy teams in 2009 are even worse than last year and the gap between the best and worst gets bigger every year. It's just not worth the time and effort to play against these guys.

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  5. true but the dta has to allow all to play. so if some 2.5 nutjob wants to play 4.0 he can sign up for a team and play against somabuts guys. nothing can be done about it.

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  6. I read on the National USTA Website (Leagues NTRP / Frequently Asked Questions) that a top level 3.5 player (for example) would be EXPECTED to beat a low level 3.5 player by a score of 6-0, 6-0. NO KIDDING, THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS.

    Same would hold true for level 4.0. The NTRP levels are so broad that legit top players crush legit low level players.

    So when one of our best 4.0 players gives a beatdown to a lower player it doesn't mean our top player is playing at too low a level and it does not mean the weaker player is at too high a level.

    We just have to put up with some noncompetitive matches.

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  7. I still say that DTA is making a push to push up players to the next level. We will see a strong push by the DTA to make a lot of people 4.5 from 4.0.

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  8. I hope so. There should be more players moved up each year at every level. This includes tournament players.

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  9. I played that STEVE CARNLEY guy in Ultimate Tennis. The guy is a STUD. He plays out of Arlington, and is a ringer for his FT Worth Team.

    I did not think he would be seen until sectionals. I guess he is giving up on his FT Worth team, or hedging his bets. He will be very tough to beat, if not unbeatable.

    Somabut - start worrying.


    This officially takes you off the shoe-in list.

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  10. i thought the ntrp stuff was in a national data base _ driven by match scores. how do you know the dta is trying to get more guys bumped to 4.5? i'm not saying you are wrong, just curious . . .

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  11. It is in a national data base. DTA is completely out of the equation. It is unbeliveable that some paronoid nut jobs believe that DTA even gives a crap about this.

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  12. Andre Vahdat most really be a dumb shit. All strong self-rated players know that they must keep the scores close to avoid red flags. Helloooooooo . . . if you are a 4.5+ player don't bother signing up for 4.0 tennis unless you plan to manage your scores.

    Also it's very bad captaining. Any decent captain will teach his guys how to work the system to avoid this kind of problem.

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  13. That's the real problem. Too many captains and players trying to work the system. "Working the system" is basically trying to cheat without getting caught. That's also a major reason for noncompetitive matches that everyone wants to complain about.

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  14. It is done at a national level. The DTA has no say about anyone's NTRP level. They can't make recomendations or any decisions at all. Like a previous poster said, most people are very ill-informed about league rules and they just spit out what they hear from others who don't know anything either. For example, someone above just found the Q&A portion of the regulations and I bet that person has been playing for a while.

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  15. Score management and tanking are legit tactics which are essential for having a successful team. As a captain if you spend a significant amount of time to recruit ringers for your team, you are really dumb if you allow them to get DQed.

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  16. Tanking is NOT a legitimate tactic for building a successful team. Any player or captain who is found guilty of tanking should be banned from future USTA leagues.

    If you really believe that tanking is a legitimate tactic you are a low-life idiot!

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  17. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD ASSHOLE
    Tanking and score management are just part of the USTA process. Same rules for everyone.

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  18. Tanking on purpose is not acceptable. Hiding a player, I can understand that. But NO ONE should ever go out and ask someone to lose games or even matches on purpose. Takes away from the spirit and the integrity of a person.

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  19. Andre refused to lose points and games. It was not in his ability to manage his scores. He goes out there to win as best as possible every time. Nothing wrong with that.

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  20. Agreed. It is ok to put a great player with an average player to "hide" him. It is not ok to ask a player to lose games or God forbid a match on purpose.

    If you want a player to take a loss, pair him up with the worst player on your team and play him at line 1 doubles.

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  21. No, nothing wrong with that _ just dumb.

    And the captain is dumb also. Our captain hides guys like that in doubles. Also he woiuld put a guy like that with a partner that would miss every ball if necessary to ensure a close score.

    Now, that's a great captain _ who knows how to win!

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  22. " played that STEVE CARNLEY guy in Ultimate Tennis. The guy is a STUD. "

    LOL. You need to get out more if you think Steve is a ringer. And his FW team won't be making sectionals.

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  23. Not real world for everyone I hope. Tanking matches is the highest form of cheating. It says volumes about the players and captains involved. I would hope that most players and captains would be of higher moral standards that to out and out throw a match.

    Does it happen, yes. Does that make it right, no. Tell DTA or USTA Texas Section or USTA Nationals that tanking is part of your "legit tactics" and see how long you are playing USTA leagues.

    By legit, you make it seem acceptable to everyone. Please find out for me. I would like to know.

    Again, you are an idiot! Just because something is done doesn't make it right. I know players who have left good teams because of these "legit tactics".

    Protecting players is a different story. There are ways of protecting players that don't go against the integrity of the game.

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  24. I have more respect for Andre and Eddie for the way this went down. I'm glad it's not within Andre to lost points, games or matches on purpose. I know some players who it is very easy for them to throw matches and that says alot about them also.

    I'm afraid that this incident might drive Eddie to the darkside as far as compromising his core beliefs. I hope not. I have always respected Eddie as a captain. He can be way out there sometimes, but I think he tries to do things the right way.

    Eddie saw alot of the Sectional matches last year and saw the level of singles players. He tried to recruit someone who could compete at that level. He obviously didn't hold Andre back or tell him to tank matches.

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  25. Steve Carnley beat Ryan Reid of Ft Worth in three tiebreakers. That hardly makes him a world beater.

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  26. I also give Eddie and Andre props. I respect those guys a great deal more than those players and captains who try to hide what they know is wrong.

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  27. Eddie will know next time to hide his ringer in doubles. That way the scores will not be lopsided.

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  28. "Great" isn't a word I'd use to describe a captain or player who is involved with tanking or managing scores.

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  29. anon 9:58 am
    You are a LOSER

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  30. Anon 10:38

    I would make a sizable wager that I have more trips to Sectionals and Nationals than you can every dream about cheating your way to.

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  31. Ringer Alert. Sam Stollenwerck on the T-Bar-M 4.0 team is ranked number 6 in the current year state rankings at the 4.5 level. Includes winning one 4.5 tournament and losing in the finals of another one. Why is he playing on a 4.0 league team?

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  32. I have seen that guy, he makes dirt look young.

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  33. Sam is on his way to permanent 4.5 status. The 4.5 tournaments he has done well in have been of the small local variety. The true rankings are the 12 month rolling rankings which are used for seeding (Sam is #24). His ranking will get swallowed up unless he starts performing at the State Major Zones. He did have a good win over Sean Bay this past weekend.

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  34. Here's a new flash for a few self-rightous assholes: the majority of top league players shave a few games in their scores and sometimes tank a meanless match (especially in the fall) to maintain their current NTRP rating. That's the way the system has been set up to work. Grow up.

    And to the moran claiming he has gone to more Sectionals and Nationals than I can dream of _ you can't get to USTA League Tennis Nationals without a bunch of out-of-level ringers. It's impossible. You are nothing but a hypocrite. I've made USTA League Nationals only one time but I enjoyed the hell out of it. And yes we had some players WAY out of level _but they were able to avoid DQ by managing their match scores. And when we got to Nationals most of the other teams were better than us. BECAUSE THATS THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS.

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  35. Not going to argue with a moron, but yes, you a way behind!

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  36. From one of the "few self-rightous assholes", I know a number of like-minded top league players who don't manage scores or tank. I'm sorry - throwing games, sets, and matches was not the way the system was set up to work.

    I hope cheating makes the non-righteous feel that much better about themselves when trying to brag to their buddies about their so-called 4.0 tennis accomplishments.

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  37. Thank You! Exactly my thoughts.

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  38. Any new player has to self rate at some point to league tennis and coaches know that person's ability the majority of the time before adding them. It is one thing to add a self rate that you know is within the 4.0 level even towards the top, it is another to add a player that you know belongs at a higher level and you then manage his scores so he does get DQ'd. Coaches know this up front and are choosing to cheat the system by recruiting these out of level players.

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  39. i cant agree with tanking but the usta league nationals is just a convention of cheaters. a team canot make nationals w/o self rated players far out of level. how do those players make nationals w/o being DQed? they are careful to maintain close match scores.

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  40. It's really nice to have the anons back!

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  41. I GOTTA SAY THAT ANYONE WHO HAS MADE THE USTA LEAGUE NATIONALS A BUNCH OF TIMES CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW TO SANDBAG AND HAS NO BUSINESS LECTURING ANYONE.

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  42. The whole problem with all of this tanking, shaving or whatever else you can call it, is as someone else said "all you have to do is to put the great player with a very weak player and against a strong team and let them all play really hard and that'll just about eliminate actual cheating."
    It is somewhat the same, but it's not; that's hiding a player, not holding back and faking it. The good player can play hard and still he's just about fighting a loosing battle.
    By the way, in general the anons are assholes, excluding this post of course; we can all play the anon game now.

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  43. Just tamk your way down to 3.0 and you can go to Nationals with Bender's team. Then you can poke your chest out and show everyone your National plate.

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  44. 9:10 PM nailed it on the head. That's what I don't get. Why would people that are truely out of level and know they are, even want to screw with going to nationals and bringing home a trophy or whatever, it's ridiculous. Guys like Yaremenko that are the 3 seed this weekend in the Plano Open and clearly wins most of his 4.0 matches wants to play on a 3.5 team? That there is the true definition of a PUSSY. Many examples just like that one and way worse. I guess these people have no self esteem so that's their way of getting off.

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  45. Some captains build strong teams and have success every year. Those include Branch at 4.5, Somabut at 4.0, Sisk at 3.5 and Bender at 3.0. They all play by the same rules as everyone else.

    When they make Sectionals or Nationals the entire team has a wonderful time. It certainly doesn't bother them that a few assholes whine about it.

    So whine and complain as much as you want. You guys are just pathetic.

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  46. yaremenko is a great guy and properly rated. you, on the other hand are a complete jerk.

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  47. Those are all good captains but Bender is by far and away the top captain in Dallas.

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  48. Bender: Top captain?! Ugh.

    Biggest sandbagger=YES!

    He will not win 2009 nats at 3.0 this year.

    He is now concentrating on senior leagues, probably printing fake id's so 30 year olds can play seniors, I heard he colors their hair gray before each match.

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  49. Look at Bob's 3.0 Fall results personally, losing lopsided to stay at 3.0 in the Spring, how come no one has ever come after this guy and taken him down.

    it is so obvious and since the USTA condones and keeps handing him lower level trophies they are pretty much saying, it's ok to work the system so really I find it hard to be upset with Bender, Sisk, etc because when the powers that be turn a blind eye when players play left handed and tank matches then why would these guys think they are doing something wrong.

    It would have to come from within their own integrity and it is clear to see that is not present.

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  50. Is it the same anon that always complains about Yaremenko or are multiple anons that clueless?

    The guy is playing where the system rated him. Gripe about the self-raters if you must. But at least let the computer rates play in peace.

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  51. whine, whine and more whine

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  52. Yaremenko can play where he wants, he's just a big pussy for playing 3.5, that's all. Pussies can be nice guys, they just have a big red snapper between their legs.

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  53. Every season all the top teams get players bumped to the next level. But the best captains replace them with strong new players every year. And most of the best players in Dallas want to play for the top captains.

    The top captains are not playing out of level. There are plenty of 4.5 players better than Branch; plenty of 4.0 guys better than Somabut; plenty of 3.5 players better than Sisk and plenty of 3.0 players better than Bender. Those guys could sit on the sideline and still their teams would be strong.

    All the negative comments come from jealous individuals who have never been successful at anything in their lives.

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  54. i agree with anon 10:07 am
    it is really mean spirited to accuse others of tanking. thats something that can never be proved either true or false. and the complaining changes nothing.

    much better for everyone to work on their own game and not make slanderous comments about others than can never be proven

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  55. The fact that someone above said Bender "will not win 2009 nats this year" goes to show how dominant he is and why he's the best captain in Dallas, probably Texas. People completely skip Dallas and Sectionals and go straight to nationals for him.

    If the standard is a captain is not that great if they don't win nationals is ridiculous.

    I dont' care how he does it, but he does it, year after year after year. Noone can match his results.

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  56. Bender is a disgrace to tennis and exactly what is wrong with mens tennis. I have a friend who started playing recently and turned out to be pretty good, probably a 3.5. He gets introduced to Bender who wants him on his team, and before he even says hello, he tells him that the first thing he needs him to do is lose all his matches during the season, etc. etc. What a piece of garbage, along with the other cheating ass captains.

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  57. Bender gets results BITCHES!!!!!!!

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  58. Sherlock,

    The reason Bender has had more success than Sisk, Somabut or Branch is that it is much easier to find an out of level 3.0 that can slide under the radar than the higher levels. The higher you get the harder it is. How hard is it to find an out of level 3.0? My guess is an the local level and somewhat at the Sectional levels most 3.0 captains are not trying to cheat their way to Nationals. I'm sure at the National level there are a few that are.

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  59. There are not plenty of 4.5 players better than Branch.

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  60. Praise some captains all you want, but if they ask players to lose or manage scores, they're pathetic. "Getting results" doesn't make a captain a good one.

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  61. Hey 12:34 poster, can you really be that stupid? Its time for you to pull your head out of your ASS! Every single capt. at every level knows how the system works and manages his players around the system (except for dumbshit at Lifetime).

    Either get used to it or go play some ultimate or mixed or with yourself!

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  62. You are full of shit. There is no difference between a 3.0 captain and a 4.5 captain. Players are players, recruiting is recruiting. You are either good at it or you are not. The level has nothing to do with it.

    I guarantee Branch, Somabut and Sisk could NOT put together a 3.0 team that would beat Bender. Just like there is no way Sisk can put together a 4.0 team to beat Somabut or Somabut could put together a 4.5 team to beat Branch.

    Recruiting is difficult at every level.

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  63. Why should the USTA shut down Bender? He's a one-man recruiting machine for USTA. He brings in guys that have never played USTA, takes them to Nationals, gets them hooked on USTA tennis, and they're lining the USTA pockets for years and years. Look at how many of Benders ex-players are still playing USTA. And, besides it's only 3.0 tennis, which according to you guys, isn't real tennis and no-one cares about anyway.

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  64. TEXAS SECTIONAL RESULTS
    I've looked back 4 years (2005 - 2008) in TennisLink and found:

    MENS 4.5
    No Dallas team has won Sectionals in the last 4 years

    MENS 4.0
    No Dallas Team has won Sectionals in the last 4 years

    MENS 3.5
    Garland/Sisk won in 2008 and Collin/Bender won is 2005.

    MENS 3.0
    Dallas has won once in last 4 years. (Bender winning in 2007) FTW has won twice and finished 1st or 2nd EVERY year.

    Point is that our top players are not out of line with other Texas cities and maybe are behind them. At Nationals, Texas teams rarely win. Our top players are NOT out of level.

    BUT WE DO HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY NUMBER OF CRY BABIES AND WHINERS

    The facts are the facts!

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  65. "Every single capt. at every level knows how the system works and manages his players around the system (except for dumbshit at Lifetime)."

    Gotta love that comment! Wrong, wrong, wrong. What teams has this guy played for? Obviously the wrong ones ...

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  66. let's all just work on our own games and try to improve without bashing those players and captains that have had success.

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  67. The real question is what does an "in level" player look like? Is a local tournament 4.0 semifinalist in level and the winner out of level?Or Is it a semifinalist at a major zone? Maybe it's the team who makes it to the QT but not Cities, or the team who makes it to Cities but not Sectionals or ... Is every team at Sectionals out of level or is that what a true top of the level player since less than half of Sectionals get bumped and I doubt many people make it to Sectionals just to tank. It's hard to determine out of level until you define what the level is. My feeling is if you go .500 at Sectionals you're probably at the top of your level but not out. So yes to make Sunday at Sectionals or Nationals you are obviously going to need some players who are out of level to win. But most of the players who make Sunday or Nationals win enough to get bumped to the next level the following year. In the end though that means a team that make QT or Cities is above average but not necessarily elite in their level. As the person said, Dallas is not going to Nats that often and Texas is not tearing up Nationals so compared to the nation it doesn't seem to be "out of level".

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  69. Well, our league match is coming up tomorrow and I've got to go out there and tank another match!

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  70. Good Luck! Hopefully you don't play against another tanker or ir could be a long ugly match.

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  71. TEXAS SECTIONAL RESULTS
    "I've looked back 4 years (2005 - 2008) in TennisLink and found:

    MENS 4.5
    No Dallas team has won Sectionals in the last 4 years" ...

    ok, well for the record somabut screwed up one of your stats. But point well taken

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  72. I think Waco was the national champion two or three years ago. Their player who was slightly out of level was John Arvesen. He played HS tennis at Highland Park and played two varsity matches for Baylor University this year. They should be very proud of themselves.

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  73. Bob Somabut has not made 4.0 Nationals since 2003. That's a long time.

    But you are right -> he did screw up his line-up last year and I think that cost us a trip to Nats. We beat FTW (the best team in the flight) 4-1. But in the last match he used back-up players and we lost 2-3 to San Angelo who had a weak team. Otherwise I think we would have make Nats. A lot of our other players feel the same way. But Bob is a good guy and a strong recruiter. He just needs to learn to play his best at Sectionals.

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  74. I disagree. The reason why Team Somabut didnt advance at sectionals because brouer/robinson, pickett/smith, carlquist/deviney were 0-6.

    Not saying they suck, but it was stiff competition out there and the tiebreak didnt go in the teams favor.

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  75. The DTA has absolutely no input or say in anyone’s NTRP level.

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  76. Eddie is a smart guy …..But he screwed up. He made a huge mistake by letting his huge ego get into the way. Hindsight is always 20/20. Eddie has been kicking himself in the ass all week. It will be very interesting to see it Lifetime can make thing happen over the next three matches.

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  77. smith was really horrible last year at sectionals - i'll give you that

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  78. Kern, out of level is a tough question, but I think you have to look at the individual player and how he's done against the competition. You can't really look at the team to determine it. The playoffs can also sometimes provide a better indication.

    You've turned out to be one of the better 4.5 players and seem to have been out of level at 4.0. Playing 4.5 has hopefully been a better experience for you and for your past and present opponents.

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  79. I don't know whether Eddie has a big ego, but think that his posts are probably just good-natured schtick.

    He shouldn't be kicking himself, and he didn't screw up. He's done nothing wrong by putting his best lineup out there and letting the ratings shake out where they may. That's how it should be done, and I commend him for not asking a player to lose or manage a match in order to try to cheat the system.

    Eddie, I think a number of guys are pulling for your squad to win. Best of luck.

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  80. Thanks Mom

    Eddie

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  81. What's the story with Chris Featherstone? Injury? Getting older?

    He was rated and winning matches at 5.0 two years ago, but fell to 4.0 this season. He may be on his way back up with a nice win over Sean Bay, who's one of the better 4.5 singles players, at the Plano Open today. Congrats.

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  82. Who is Justin Hanna? I saw him play Yaremenko yesterday. Solid hitting from both all around and especially on serve. Very good match.

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  83. That is funny that team Somabut still think they had a shot at going to nationals last year. They were in the weakest flight and Fort Worth was the weakest semi-final team on Sunday. Don't forget, team Somabut did go into sectionals as the #2 Dallas 4.0 team and sectionals verified that.

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  84. Hanna played champs division B18s in 2007.

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  85. Eddie Hill's #1 FanJune 13, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Okay, so did Eddie tell Andre to drop a total 6-0 set to Mitch?

    I've seen Mitch, and his strokes are good, but geez, flowery shorts and lazy feet?

    I'm just wondering the level of cheating and shenanigans that Eddie could talk Andre into.

    Mitch is supposed to play a guy today that Andre played before. Let's see how the scores match up.

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  86. What determines a (DQ) vs a (DQ*)?

    (DQ)- This player has been disqualified on this team
    (DQ)* - This player has been disqualified and the match awarded to opposing team by default in current standing
    * - Match awarded to opposing team by default in current standing

    I also don't understand why the disqualification didn't prohibit him from playing 4.0 doubles in the tournament this weekend.

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  87. Eddie Hill has a huge ego! Just ask him!

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  88. Did Lifetime play today or did they somehow re-schedule so they could play the Plano Open?

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  89. Not positive, so correct me if i'm wrong, but I think a DQ* applies only to self rated players.

    There is a more severe penalty if a self rated player is DQd.

    THe plain DQ may only apply to players with Mixed Exclusive ratings. I believe that all benchmark or computer rated players are safe from being DQd from the beginning of league play through Nationals.

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  90. Explanation seemed to make sense except for http://tennislink.usta.com/leagues/reports/SearchReports/rptIndividualRecord.asp?MemberID=DB00E410AED0AA3685145BEA69180FAE1C&CYear=2007.

    It was the player's first season of league play, so had to have been a self-rate issue. It mustn't have been caused by three strikes since it was issued with only two matches played.

    Had a (DQ)* instead been recorded, that team would've had to forfeit the last match of the season, which it won, and wouldn't have even qualified for the spring QT that year. Team went on to Sectionals. Maybe someone knows the particular details of this case.

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  91. What was the players name and what season was it? I had trouble with the link.

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  92. Not many results posted, looks like TBar is keeping their train rolling. Our MOW was tough today, that heat was brutal, you tourney guys are NUTS! One match in this weather is MORE than enough.

    Stonebridge played tough and came up big at line 1 dubs which seemed under control early for us.

    Scott Cocoran also played very well today along with Mike Sean Davis who just about pulled off a great win.

    Thanks to my guys who played well today.

    Looking forward to the final two matches, Lucky Thunder will be forced to take the court soon.

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  93. CC spring 2007. If you click on the blank line below the link and drag to the beginning of the link, you should be able to copy it.

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  94. I think Phy had played at Collin County Community College, so he couldn't self rate as a 4.0. When this was discovered I think he was DQ*.

    Last year Adam Blumberg of CC was DQ* becuase it was pointed out that he had played college tennis at a small D1 school.

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  95. Speaking of college players, word is that Oleg Yaremenko played college for SW Baptist, at least that's what he was overheard saying. Hmmmmm, and he's a 3.5. That may be the one that gets him, unless he was lying.

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  96. he started in 4.5s late 90's and early 2000s as he was supposed to. but then bounced to 4.0s. and then to 3.5s. he's legit. if the computer works right, he will get bumped to 4.0s this year.

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  97. I see Eddie added another self rated player yesterday, David Moore. I don't know anything about him, just thought it was interesting.

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  98. TennisLink shows Phy receiving a DQ, not a DQ*. Why would his disqualification be any different than Blumberg's?

    When you self-rate, do you have to disclose that you played college tennis? If so, did these guys just lie?

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  99. if they self-rated, then YES!

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  100. Eddie has 1 more in the pipe for another player add. lose 1, add 2. Looks like 2 legit good adds, that should cause some TrOuBlE!!!!!

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  101. Eddie has 1 more in the pipe for another player add. lose 1, add 2. Looks like 2 legit good adds, that should cause some TrOuBlE!!!!!

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  102. Lifetime won 5-0 today at Thorntree without dropping a set.

    As far as telling Andre to drop a set to Mitch. You obviously don't know me. I would never say that, imply it, or infer it. Not what I'm about or our what our team is about.

    Eddie.

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  103. featherstone is a freakin odd ball. it seems that he retired before getting beat by his team mate.

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  104. Eddie Hill is bringing on additional self rated players ….what an ass.

    Play the guys that you have!

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  105. Garland A team rolled again to a 5-0 win. Starting to think this team could be a real threat to the top dogs.

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  106. "Garland A could be a real threat to the top dogs". LOL, Garland A IS the top dog..

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  107. Garland starting to sound a lot like Lifetime. Has Garland TC ever made it out of the City Championships at the 4.0 level?

    Somabut's team had two players in the semi-finals of the Plano Open 4.5 Division and I have heard Weymer might be as good or better.

    Just added Jimmy Fenn who was on Waco's National team. Good solid player.

    Always strong doubles teams and had added Dencil Johnson who is a very strong doubles player.

    Garland might have a good team, but they are definitely not "The Team" until they prove it.

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  108. Talking about the past to predict the future is only relevant if the team is "EXACTLY" the same as the teams from the past. There have been a lot of names mentioned as (the supposed beasts of 4.0)the players to beat on this blog but looking at results only the real beasts are going unmentioned and time will tell. Needless to say the next few weeks are going to be fun... well for those actually in the playoffs.

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  109. It will be fun! There will be alot of good teams this year in the playoffs.

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  110. This Spring is a little different as this is the first Spring where Sisk has presented a 4.0 team. Generally Garland 4.0 is a solid to avg team, but Sisk has recruited in players from Plano, Frisco and Dallas to go with the other strong players which has made this team a real threat.It also looks like he is using his good pal Nancy to recruit 4.5 bump downs as I believe Garlands #1 singles player was on Nancy's 4.5 team last year.

    Not sure if they have the depth to win DCC, but I do think they could contend for that 2nd sectionals spot.

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  111. Garland's not yet nearly the team HP is. Give them a few more seasons, and we'll see. They can't quite match HP's firepower.

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  112. Nothing wrong with adding self-rates as long as they're actually in-level.

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  113. True, but hard to imagine with 40 4.0 teams that there are alot of legitimate self rates that would help a team making a run to the playoffs.

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  114. Eddie chokes in the Plano Open Doubles!!! Up 40-0 on serve, and he can't close out the match. Tough Loss for Eddie. I never imagined that Eddie would be the choker type.

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  115. That's the problem, the self rated players that Eddie is signing up are ringers!

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  116. That's the problem, the self rated players that Eddie is signing up are ringers!

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  117. Wouldn't Eddie's partner and opponents have some effect on who won or lost?

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  118. Wow! Pearlman (Brookhaven) whipped up on Sisk (Garland 2), 5 – 0! Pearlman also received a little help from Johnson (Village) on Saturday. Johnson’s team whipped up on Hicks (LB Houston), beating them 4 – 1. Hicks was undefeated, 6 – 0. Now they’re 6 – 1 and in second place. Pearlman is now in first place!

    Sisk (Fat man) – What happen?

    Hicks – What happen?

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  119. Yes, Eddie’s partner would have! When Eddie’s get at least three inches down, he starts to choke really bad.

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  120. Garland2 is not unexpected, but LB Houston made a BIG mistake not taking its opponent seriously!!!

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  121. LOL - Sisk2 are all the 3.5 bump ups that were not good enough to play on Sisk1 and frankly most of them are trying to get bumped back down to 3.5.

    There is a major difference in Sisk1 and Sisk2. Sisk2 is the 3rd best Garland team as Bruekner's team would beat Sisk2 5-0 or 4-1.

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  122. Anon 4:45 PM,

    Classy.

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  123. It is true - Sisk2 is basically a farm team. Everyone on that team John wants to go one of two ways. If they win then get them to Sisk1, if they lose appeal down for next years 3.5 team.

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  124. All this stuff about Somabut's team is false hype. T-Bar-M beat them once and will do it again in the playoffs. Their two ringers, Shannon Grant and Sam Stollewerck will provide 2 wins at singles. At doubles they have a bunch of strong players and tough lines. Brian Colao is 7-0 for example. (Sure he is one of the biggest pricks in the league but he can play.)

    T-Bar takes the DCC this year.

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  125. Good luck with that. I don't play for Bob, but I know most of his players and he will not lose to T Bar M in the playoffs. Colao wouldn't make Somabut's starting lineup. T Bar will be lucky to split the singles. Records don't mean a whole lot until the playoffs.

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  126. T Bar winning DCC is a pipe dream.

    The regular season match with HP means very little. HP will finally show its hand in the tournament. Don't get me wrong, T Bar is very good, but not quite ready or good enough to knock off HP.

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  127. Beating AJ 6-1 6-0 is pretty impressive

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  128. somabut's team wasnt even trying the first time. theyll beat tbar when it counts. but no one will argue about brian being an asshole.

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  129. TBAR would get smoked by HP in the playoffs. Yes, Coloa is a jackass

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  130. Wish I met him just so I could agree. Helloooooo!!!! Wake up call to Mr. Coloa. Try some volunteer work - It will give you a different perspective and might give you that much needed attitude adjustment in a positive way. Its not just for them, its for you too. Meals on Wheels, Make A Wish Foundation, Friendly Visitor Program at The Senior Source

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  131. Of course, you realize that it could be one anon spewing all the Colao hate.

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  132. I've played Calao a couple of times. I never had a problem with him. The playoffs can't get here soon enough. I hope T-Bar is in our bracket at city. I look forward to playing them again.

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  133. What are the dates for the QT and the DCC?

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  134. colao is a hothead and is obnoxious - knew him when he played for arnette. my 1st and only post on the matter

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  135. QT Dates 7/10 - 7/12
    DCC Dates 7/17 - 7/19

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  136. Someone is not sure if Eddie has a big ego? Your kidding right? Yes he told Andre to "manage" scores not lose matches, the only problem was that Andre's ego was to big to do it and the result is DQ!

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  137. U guys on here are f....... retarded, for the record i havent played tennis for 7 years since high school, so when i started up this season i had no clue the 4.0 players i was gonna play sucked so bad, and i dont like losing a single game therefore managing scores is not in my blood, and i am glad after reading these post that i am bumped up bc 4.0 players talk more then they play. To those bad mouthing me without knowing me , let the raquet do the talking not ur mouth

    Andre

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  138. Andre, I thought you and I actually had a good match, I'd love to play again if you're open to it, just for fun, no audience, please!

    You're in great shape, and I need to play more singles.

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  139. Stay Classy San Diego

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  140. Ya your right Andre, we all "suck" and you are a stud! Who are you trying to kid, havent played tennis in 7 years? I played you in Open TCD mixed just a couple of seasons ago you must have forgotten that little fact...

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  141. He's just young. So, his mouthing needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

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  142. Someone mentioned in an earlier post that Oleg Yaremenko is a 3.5?? He won the consolation bracket in 4.0 this weekend at the Plano Open. What the hell is up with that? He went 4-1 against 4.0 competition and is playing 3.5? WOW

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  143. Tyler draw is out, how about a new thread for this and also a new week 8

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  144. 2 of the 4 wins were against 3.5s who play up. So, he is 2-1 vs 4.0 competition. he should get bumped back up. hopefully in mid season this year.

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  145. What happened in the final at 4.0 doubs Plano Open? Someone no showed? Thats weak!

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  146. Actually one of them was a 3.5, so 3-1 versus 4.0 competition.

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  147. Andre seems to fit in well with that Lifetime group.

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  148. I see the DQ counter on the front page. NICE!!!!
    So, who is the next to appear there?

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  149. you're Right a guy that plays hard and wins matches.

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  150. yeah, I see what you are saying... anyone who has been successfull will be there.

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  151. Fat people + sun = NOT GOOD:(

    I did lose 5lbs this weekend I got on a scale this morning and saw 222lbs=)

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  152. Eddie,

    Maybe you should have a talk with your self rates before they sign up so that they know how bad we 4.0players suck. That way they don't waste their time and money. Sounds like Andre is saying that, yes, he was way out of level.

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  153. Lose 20 more (Y) and you may actually be able to help Eddie's team and win a match at DCC.

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  155. I think Andre is just pissed that most everyone is calling him out and likely 80 or 90% of the posters never met him or played against him. Each NTRP level just has too big of a gap between players and we have to deal with it.
    Why not more trash talking and less bitching and complaining on this blog. How some of you are married or say you have girlfriends is beyond me.

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  156. Thanks Eddie but to lose 20lbs would take forever:)

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  157. "he started in 4.5s late 90's and early 2000s as he was supposed to. but then bounced to 4.0s. and then to 3.5s. he's legit. if the computer works right, he will get bumped to 4.0s this year."

    Not true, if he played college tennis he will be dq'd in 3.5. His rating is a tournament rating and he never resestablished himself. You cannot have played college and have a tournament rating. He could have a big mistake telling his competitor that he played college tennis if it is true, at least for his 3.5 team.

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  158. Andre = asshole

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  159. Why so much name calling here??? Please play tennis!

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  160. Guys Andre is a nice guy, he just found out about the blog and was upset that people thought he was cheating . If he knew to manage scores and let people win he would have never joined at 4.0, he does not care about sectionals and nationals he only wanted to get back into tennis

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  161. Absolutely Right. He is a strong 4.0 that is in great shape and ultra competative. Doesn't take points off. Wants to step on your throat. It is just who he is. I don't think he thought he would improve his strokes so fast and that guys at this level are so poorly conditioned.

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  162. Andre is a 4.5 player! Both he and Eddie know it. Both Andre and Eddie are scum!

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  163. Andre is a good player, but he will struggle at 4.5. He definately should not have been DQed.

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  164. Guys come on. Collage in Russia is equal to , what, Junrior high in the States. He's a moron. Just leave him alone and you won't look like a Bully.

    Signed,

    A 4.5 Guy

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