The following is an email that I received this morning from Robert Sasseville who runs several junior tournaments in the Southern Section. Please take the appropriate action and feel free to pass along to others who want to be informed. Thank you!
It was great having you in Rome for the GA Jr. Open. I hope you had an enjoyable time.
With 650 players, 7 sites, and 4 days to play it, we didn’t get much of a chance to chat. If we had, I’m sure the 2014 National Tournament Schedule would have been at the top of the list of things to discuss.
Since we had players from 13 sections, 24 states, and the District of Columbia, many of you are interested in play outside of your hometown, home state, and home section. This aspect of competition is one of the casualties of the 2014 schedule.
Since USTA Southern voted AGAINST the new National Junior Competition Structure, it should be no surprise to you that I concur with our section in opposition.
Patrick McEnroe and other USTA staff members held Parent/Coach meetings pertaining to the 2014 National Competition changes last week at the at the National Championships. If the comments at all sites were like those at the 12’s and 14’s, it was pretty obvious that there is not a lot of support for the upcoming changes, if they are actually implemented.
If you haven’t yet seen it, the 2014 tournament calendar is here.
A petition has been constructed by interested parties who feel that the changes should, at the very least, be delayed for further study.
If you would like to view this petition, click the link below:
If the link doesn’t work, just cut and paste the address into your browser. In the “Search” box in the upper right corner type “AMEND 2014 USTA JR RULES”
We hope to see you next year at the GA Open.