Sunday, March 19, 2017

An early preview of 2017 40 & over 4.0 Nationals - Current top teams in the country

It is March, and we just saw the finals played in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in the California desert.  Since USTA Nationals used to be played in part in the Palm Springs area, this makes one begin thinking of Nationals.

Then, in my area our 40 & over league is just wrapping up, and other areas are also wrapping up or getting started, so it seems like a good time to take a first look at the top teams in some divisions and levels.

As usual, I'll be using my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings to calculate the average dynamic rating for the top-8 players on the teams' rosters.  And I'll show the section/district/flight to let you know where the teams are from, but omit the team name to keep it a little mysterious.  Contact me if you are wanting more details on your team or what the actual teams are.

To start, we'll take a look at the 40 & over division and the 4.0 level for men and women.

First, the top-30 men's teams.

RankLocationAverage
1NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.0 - SF4.04
2SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20174.02
3SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-UPTA4.01
4FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE4.00
4NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20174.00
4EASTERN / METROPOLITAN REGION / Manhattan4.00
4FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE4.00
4NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT4.00
4TEXAS / DALLAS4.00
4NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.0 - DN - 24.00
4SOUTHWEST / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO4.00
4HAWAII / OAHU4.00
4NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT4.00
14SO. CALIFORNIA / SAN DIEGO3.99
14SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LOW COUNTRY-LCTA3.99
14NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.0 - DN - 13.99
14MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.99
18SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / BEACH CITIES3.98
18NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.0 - MA - 23.98
18SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / VENTURA COUNTY3.98
18SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - HILTON HEAD-HH3.98
18EASTERN / METROPOLITAN REGION / Manhattan3.98
23NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.97
23SO. CALIFORNIA / SAN DIEGO3.97
23MISSOURI VALLEY / OKLAHOMA / OKLAHOMA CITY3.97
23HAWAII / OAHU3.97
23MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / COLUMBUS3.97
23SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-UPTA3.97
23SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-UPTA3.97
23NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.0 - SA - 13.97

There are a lot of strong teams out there, and California and Southern both have a bunch of them.  Of course, this is biased towards the areas that started 40 & over early and both have teams formed and also have players that have improved.  That is really the only way you can have averages over 4.0 at this point.

Then the top-30 (and ties) women's teams.

RankLocationAverage
1EASTERN / METROPOLITAN REGION / Manhattan4.01
2SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20174.00
3NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - MP3.98
3NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - EB3.98
5NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.97
5SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.97
5SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / VENTURA COUNTY3.97
8SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / VENTURA COUNTY3.96
9PACIFIC NW / NORTHWEST WASHINGTON3.95
9NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - SB - 13.95
9HAWAII / OAHU3.95
12SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.94
12SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.94
12SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.94
12SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.94
12SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20173.94
12NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - SF3.94
12TEXAS / DALLAS3.94
19SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.93
19MIDWEST / CHICAGO3.93
19NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - UP3.93
19NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - EB3.93
19NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - EB3.93
19NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - MP3.93
25EASTERN / METROPOLITAN REGION / Manhattan3.92
25NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.92
25SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20173.92
25NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.92
25HAWAII / OAHU3.92
25NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - LP3.92
25NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.0 - DS - 13.92
A similar profile of very strong teams with Southern and California dominating the list.

Again, some areas may not have started play yet, so I will revisit these lists later in the year.  And keep in mind there are a lot of teams just a few hundredths behind these teams so the specific teams can certainly change as player's ratings change.  But it looks like some sections are going to be a dog-fight to just make it to Nationals!