Junior Tournaments & Rankings

Taking a Note from Youth Soccer


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The past two guest posts from Bill Patton about what we can do to put an end to gamesmanship and cheating in junior tennis have sparked some passionate discussion.

I’m at the beach this week with my extended family and was talking with my sister-in-law about my niece and nephew’s youth soccer experiences. They are 7 and 9, respectively, and are just embarking on the Youth Sports Journey.

Earlier in the day, I was kicking around a soccer ball with Max and More >

One Bite At A Time


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This is Part 2 in a series by coach, radio host, & author Bill Patton. Click here to read Part 1.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

We must first endeavor to make a commitment to fair play, and for our children to do the same, then engage with others who have that shared commitment. For those on the fence, we need to bring More >

My Letter to USTA


John Drew Smith Tennis Center – Macon, GA


My son recently competed in the Georgia State Qualifier in Macon which started the end of May. As it turns out, it was his last junior tournament since he will age out July 1st. I would like to share some thoughts and observations with you so that this state Level 1 event can be improved moving forward.

You may remember that I wrote to you after last year’s tournament as well. Many of my concerns were resolved for the 2015 event. However, new More >

Maximizing Your Tournament Budget


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Today’s guest post is courtesy of Todd Widom, a junior coach in South Florida. Todd competed in USTA junior tennis and reached a #5 ranking in US Boys 16s and held the # 1 ranking in US Boys 18s. That success earned him a full athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. After reaching the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2003, he decided to test himself on the pro tour. Due to multiple injuries, Todd’s career was cut short, and he retired from the More >

The End of the Road . . . Sort Of


My son and I are supposed to be in Mobile right now at the Southern Closed. We were supposed to leave yesterday for what was going to be his last junior tournament. He and I both had done all the pre-tournament prep. You know what I mean. He strung and re-gripped his racquets and did his laundry. I stocked up on snacks and drinks. He went to hit. I went to yoga. We were ready to pack our suitcases, load up the car, and drive the 5+ hours to South Alabama. I was already thinking about how I was More >

Southern Closed Seeding: USTA vs UTR


Yesterday, the player selections and seedings were posted for our upcoming sectional closed tournament (the tournament starts this Saturday). Given that USTA is starting to incorporate Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR) in its selection and seeding process for several events this year, I thought I would take a look to see how things would flesh out when I compared the actual seeds using USTA rankings versus what the seeding would look like using UTR instead.

You may not think this makes much of a More >

To Waiver or Not To Waiver: That Is the Question


This year, for the first time, the Georgia Qualifier included the option for the top 8 players in the state to waiver out of competition. Please understand that playing the Qualifier has always been mandatory in order to get endorsed into the Southern Closed, the tournament that awards a spot into the National Hardcourts for the winners of each division.

Before you formulate an opinion on this year’s new waiver policy, let me provide a little background . . .

Historically, many of the top More >

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 >

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