Junior Tournaments & Rankings

Recovery Rule for 2015 Tournaments


Parents, players, and coaches . . .

Please familiarize yourself with the updated Recovery Rule for junior tournaments. With the summer season getting underway, it is important that we know and understand the rule for how much time a player is entitled to between matches.

As is true with many USTA rules, tournament officials aren’t always up to date in their knowledge. We may be called upon to advocate on behalf of our players and must have access to the latest rules and regulations. I recommend More >

A New Way to Get Into B&G18s National Hardcourts


USTA recently announced it is holding a Wildcard Playoff tournament for a spot in the Boys (Kalamazoo) and Girls (San Diego) 18s Hardcourt Championships. When I first heard about the event, I thought it was something being held in each USTA section, but that is not the case. There is one site – Arlington, Texas – for this 64-draw tournament (click here for the TennisLink page).

Per a recent communication from USTA:

One boys’ wild card and one girls’ wild card will be awarded to the winners of More >

Father/Daughter Mother/Son National Tournament


Tonight at 11:59pm Pacific Time is the deadline to enter the USTA National Father/Daughter-Mother/Son Hard Court Championships being held May 8-10 at Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Click here for the TennisLink entry page.

The tournament is one of the four USTA Father/Daughter-Mother/Son National (Gold Ball) tournaments held each year: one on hard courts (this one!), one on grass, one on clay, and one indoors. The Father/Daughter category has four divisions: Open, Senior More >

Cici Bellis Headlines US Nominations for World Junior Team Competition Qualies  

The following was sent to me by USTA’s Press Office: U.S. to Host Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, World Junior Tennis North/Central American and Caribbean Final Qualifying at the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The USTA today announced that reigning ITF World Junior Champion CiCi Bellis leads the 12 top juniors nominated to represent the U.S. in the qualifying rounds of Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (16-and-under) and World Junior Tennis More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Girls


Today marks the beginning of Spring Signing Week, so here is my report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means she hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and a comparison of their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. The charts below are for the Class of 2015 Girls. Click here to see the Class of 2015 Boys.

The first chart you see is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to note More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Boys


With Spring Signing Week almost upon us, I thought I would do a little report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means he hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and compare their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. We’ll take a peek at the Class of 2015 Boys first.

The first chart you see below is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to compare the two.

At the top of the rankings, More >

Asics Easter Bowl Underway


The article below was written by Steve Pratt and originally posted on the USTA Southern California website. I will be at the Easter Bowl today through Thursday and would love to connect with any of you who are there. Please look for me – I’ll be wearing my ParentingAces shirt – so we can chat (and take a selfie)! Also, be sure to follow @ParentingAces on Twitter for some fun photo and interview opps at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The future of American tennis will once again be on display More >

UTR Gaining A Foothold


I first heard about Universal Tennis Ratings a couple of years ago when I was asked to have one of its founders, Dave Howell, on my radio show. At the time, UTR was just starting to gather steam. The professional players were in the system, but UTR still had spotty data on junior and college players. Dave and his team were making every effort to build a following by engaging parents and coaches and others to report dual match and tournament results so that UTR could be a reliable tool for More >

USTA International Spring Championships To Showcase Some of World’s Top Juniors In Carson


From USTA’s Press Office: Thousand Oaks’s 14-year-old Claire Liu, Connecticut’s William Blumberg To Vie For Girls’ and Boys’ 18s Titles at Prestigious ITF Junior Event  

Just two weeks after capturing her first USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures title in Florida, Thousand Oaks’ Claire Liu is back home and ready to take on a strong field in the Girls’ 18s singles at the 11th annual USTA International Spring Championships starting this weekend at StubHub Center.

The 14-year-old Liu trains with More >

Selection Process for 2015 Nationals & Other Stuff


So much has been going on these past couple of weeks, and I’ve been remiss in posting – for that, I apologize!

The first thing you need to know is that the selection process for the 2015 National Clay Court and National Hard Court Championships has been posted. For the 16s and 18s, draw size has been increased back to 2013 numbers, 192 for singles and 96 for doubles. For the 14s and 16s, draw sizes are 128 for singles and 64 for doubles. Players will be chosen based on the criteria in the More >

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