Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2015 USTA League Nationals 40 & over 4.5+ Men Preview

The fourth weekend of Nationals is October 23-25 and has two more 40 & over divisions being contested.  I've already previewed the 3.5 Men and Women, and 4.5+ Women, here is a preview of the 4.5+ Men.

The ratings used in preparing these previews are my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings.  And for the purposes of comparing teams, I'm calculating the average of the top-8 players on each National's roster.

There is another large range from top to bottom, 4.73 for a couple of teams at the top down to 4.47 for the lower rated top-8.  Yes, there are a couple of 5.0s on these rosters that inflates the average, but that is a pretty big range and high top-8 average for the top teams.

Flight 8 has Florida, Intermountain, Missouri Valley, and Southern and appears to be the toughest with the #2, #3, #6, and #9 teams.  This flight winner will be battle tested or wiped out when they get to the semis.

Flight 6 has Eastern, Middle States, Southern Cal, and Texas and comprises the #4, #7, #8, and #14 teams.

Flight 7 with Mid-Atlantic, Northern, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest has the top team, but falls off after that with the #10, #12, and #16 teams.

Flight 5 with Hawaii, Midwest, New England and Northern Cal has the #5, #11, #13, and #17 teams.

If you'd like more details on any of the flights, I can generate a flight report for any of the them that will show the average rating for the roster and the top-8 average.

Or if you want to see details about a team including each player's rating and a summary of their record and courts played on the team through each phase of the season, a team report is a great resource for your team or any opponent as a tool to scout them.

Contact me if you are interested in any reports.

Note: As always, average ratings for a team does not win a team match.  Who plays in the match, the line-ups and how they match-up, and how a given player plays on that day are what determine who wins.  So the highest rated teams using top-8 average may or may not win, but it is interesting to look at.