Posts tagged Kalamazoo
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 >
The following information appears on ZooTennis today at this link (click here for the full article):
The USTA board has approved changes to the 2015 USTA Clay Court and National 16s and 18s championships. After a qualifying tournament was held in 2014 to determine eight spots in a 128-player draw, the tournaments will revert to the 192-player draws they had prior to 2014. Alternate methods of gaining entry have also been reintroduced. The changes:
1. Eliminates Qualifier: Replaces the 64-player More >
About 18 months ago, Sol Schwartz of Holabird Sports put me in touch with a fellow tennis parent he had recently met, Melanie Rubin. Sol thought Melanie and I would hit it off and wanted us to make contact.
For those of you who have been around ParentingAces a while, you may recognize Melanie’s name. She was a guest on my radio show in April 2013. She also did interviews for me at the 2013 National Hardcourts in Kalamazoo then helped me out at last year’s US Open.
If you’re new to More >
Qualies are complete. Seeds were announced. Draws are posted. The 2014 National Hardcourt tournaments are now underway.
The one I’ve been watching most closely is Kalamazoo since that’s the one my son worked toward playing this year. Unfortunately, despite working very hard and improving dramatically over the past year, my son made neither the Southern quota for the main draw nor the National Standing List (NSL) cutoff for the qualifying draw. Kalamazoo won’t be one of the tournaments on his More >
Summer 2014 is in full swing at the Stone house. My son finished his junior year of high school as of May 20th, and immediately started training hard to get ready for the state qualifier to our sectional closed tournament. He had a very good tournament, playing seven (7) matches in 3 days, winning five of them, and ensuring entry into Southerns which begins this Saturday. Needless to say, his body needed a few days to recover after the Qualifier, but More >
This morning, two promising American juniors faced off in Louis Armstrong Stadium in Round 3 of the Junior US Open. Their match was televised live on the Tennis Channel, and I watched from the comfort of my living room. But, my partner in crime, Melanie Rubin, was there live and in person, and she had the opportunity to sit in both of their post-match interviews. I’ve posted the interviews below. You might want to share these with your own junior More >
If you follow high-level junior tennis in the US, you know who Noah Rubin is. Besides being the son of the fabulous Melanie Rubin – whose name you should recognize from the coverage she did for ParentingAces at Kalamazoo – he is also the brother of recent college grad, Jessie Rubin (she played for Binghamton University in New York) as well as the top recruit for the Class of 2014 on TennisRecruiting.net. His first match in the Junior US Open is later today though he did play in the Qualifier More >
I feel very lucky to have fellow Tennis Parent, Melanie Rubin, reporting from the 2013 USTA National Hardcourts in Kalamazoo. She is interviewing players, parents, coaches, and tournament personnel on various topics that I hope will be of interest to ParentingAces readers. Bookmark this post and check back over the next week – I will add interviews as Melanie sends them to me. She will be joining me on the ParentingAces Radio Show on Monday, August 12th, at Noon ET as well.
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The two spreadsheets above were created by Robert Sasseville, a member of the group that met with the USTA folks in Chicago in October. Robert has run the Girls 14s Nationals for the past 30 years and has been involved in junior tennis in some way, shape, or form for over 40 years, so he’s seen the evolution of the competition calendar and ranking More >