Tournaments & Rankings
I just found this out this morning! It applies to both USTA and ITF events per Friend At Court.
Players may enter two tournaments which occur at the same time if they receive permission in advance from both tournament directors in writing/email. This is not a new rule but is one that has not been reported on every occurrence in the past. Most tournament directors will approve if asked before the entry deadlines. Once entry is gained in one tournament, you should then advise the other More >
I was on the tennis court this weekend playing a league match with 3 other women. Of the four of us, 2 had junior players playing tournament matches elsewhere – one at a local event and one out of state. Yes, one of them was me.
The other Tennis Mom among us checked her phone at every side change for a score update on her son’s match. She couldn’t wait to get to the bench to see how he was doing. When he won the first set, she was visibly relieved. When he won the match, she was elated.
A few More >
This past weekend, I was exposed to a very different side of junior tennis competition, the Special Pops Fall Classic Tournament. It was like nothing I had ever seen – players and parents and coaches and supporters grinning ear to ear, cheering each other on, hugging at the side changes, gently correcting each other’s mistakes, and generally just finding the joy in being on the tennis court. Incredible!
Let me give you a little background . . . Special Pops Tennis was More >
Below is a link to the information that each USTA section has posted regarding the 2014 junior competition calendar. Those sections that haven’t posted information online yet are indicated below – I will update this article as I receive information, so please be sure to check back over the next few weeks. If you have thoughts or analysis to share, please post them in the Comments. Thank you!
National: http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/15/2014_National_Junior_Tournament_Schedule.pdf (see below More >
The comments below on yesterday’s article about managing the 2014 calendar appeared on various Facebook pages/groups that I follow. I wanted to share them because they contain valuable information and some good things to consider.
- Roy Coopersmith: don’t waste time playing jrs
- Lisa Goodman Stone: for those who don’t have the talent, opportunity, and/or resources to skip juniors and train directly for the pro tour, though, they need a pathway. how do they create one under this new More >
It’s October which means those pesky 2014 junior competition changes are just about 12 weeks from hitting us where it counts – in the ranking points!
I know the Mid-Atlantic (click here) and Southern (click here) Sections have made some changes to their schedules to account for the new national qualifying criteria but I’m wondering what the rest of the country is doing? Have you heard anything from your section’s Junior Competition Committee? Have they posted anything on their websites or sent More >
If you follow ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you may have seen the article I posted last week – Tennis May Reward Top Players To Play For High Schools – from Gazette.net. Bonnie Vona, Manager of Competitive Tennis for USTA’s Mid-Atlantic section, told the publication that “there is a movement toward ultimately awarding USTA ranking points for high school matches.”
I spoke to Bonnie a few days ago to find out how far along in the process USTA actually is. It turns out, not More >
Last week, Irish pro, James McGee, was in town working with one of the coaches (Joseph O’Dwyer) at the club where my son trains. James was getting ready for the upcoming Sacramento Challenger tournament (livestreaming of the matches is online at http://www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit/pro_circuit_live/) in Northern California where he will attempt to earn as many ATP points as possible, thereby improving his ranking and, hopefully, catching the attention of potential financial sponsors. More >
According to her bio on Wikipedia, Betsy Nagelsen was the world’s top junior in 1973. She won the 1973 US Champion Girls’ 16 and under singles. She also won the USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Award in 1974. She won the doubles championship at the 1978 and 1980 Australian Opens (with Renáta Tomanová and Martina Navrátilová, respectively). She reached the singles final of the 1978 Australian Open, losing to Christine O’Neil. Over her 21-year career on the WTA Tour, Nagelsen won 26 doubles titles and More >
Bob & Mike Bryan were going after a very lofty accomplishment in the 2013 US Open: a calendar year Grand Slam in Men’s Doubles. They won the Australian Open Men’s Doubles, French Open Men’s Doubles, and Wimbledon Men’s Doubles this year. Unfortunately, the Bryan Brothers’ quest came to an end today after a great 3-set battle versus two worthy opponents. My awesome sidekick, Melanie Rubin, was in the interview room with them after the match. Listen to what they had to say below in a portion of More >