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  1. Can players see who else is signed up similar to USTA tournaments before they register? Since there are multiple tournaments each weekend, juniors wanting to play against college players could choose a tourney where most of the applicants were not other juniors. If not, can players see applicants after registration to find dubs partners? At least, I see refunds are available less $5 for players who withdraw within 14 days. If the tourney looked like a rehash of the latest junior sectional, I guess the applicant could withdraw and apply to another site. Are all applicants selected or are tourneys a 128 draw? Are the tourneys seeded using UTR?There does not appear to be tourney pages with info; there are Word docs on ITA site which give info on discount hotels and practice courts but not much else. Last year some tournaments were on tennislink as unsanctioned tournaments. Sounds like fun but more info would be great for first timers. Players want to play different people and also players similar in level to their college of interest-being able to see an applicant list beforehand would help applicants choose the best fit sites for their situation.

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  3. Good questions Diane, did you ever get any feedback?

    • Jim, some tournament directors use USTA tennislink to manage their tournaments. If you search on tennislink Adult unsanctioned tournaments with ITA on the top line, you can find ITA tournaments that list applicants. It appears all tournaments were open, and if some were limited to a 64 draw to fit the tournament over 3 days, then they cut off registration at 64 applicants and kept a waiting list. A few ITAs were only 32 draws, most were 64 draws, and a few were 128 draws. At this point, I think registration has ended for the last weekend of tournaments. However, if you have a son or daughter who wants to play, the national ITA summer championship 128 draw is open to all players, even if they did not play one of the earlier summer circuits. It is open until it fills up with 5 spots saved for the top ITA players in the summer ranking race. We were able to see applicants on tennislink although we could not see them on the Active registration site. My son had considered playing 2-3 ITAs but he decided not to apply after seeing applicant lists. He was playing other long tourneys this summer and a couple men's events so he decided he needed rest and drills more. Many tournament players were juniors, rising freshmen, and college players from D2, D3, or D1 players who were #7-10 on their teams. A few tourneys had D1 players who actually played in the lineup, and some host colleges had several players from their teams playing. However, at the ones we considered my son as a junior player would have been one of the top 8 seeds, and the most of the other seeds were junior players he already played regularly. The players were seeded based on UTR. These tournaments are ideal for talented varsity tennis players who dont play a lot of USTA tournaments or for rising juniors-not sure how much it helps rising seniors or freshmen with UTRs above a certain level. In fact all the seeds we know who played had their UTRs drop after playing because of the low levels of some of the early round players. It is a cheap way to build up their UTR into a range where they could catch a coach's interest. However UTR is not including the results of all the tournaments. Some tournament directors did not use a tournament management system that could be imported easily into UTR. On other boards, players have complained about missing results. What I found in our area was that the highest ranked college players played Futures Qualifier, and then the midlevel D1 players chose men's opens over the ITAs. for summer play.However some of the Texas, Florida, and Midwest ITA tourneys had very strong draws. Some issues with the ITA circuit tourneys are that they are all 3rd set tiebreak to fit in all the matches in 2-3 days. Also the format is first match consolation. The best matches are probably the R16 and the QFs where seeds play each other. However, the seed that loses is out. The consolation winner and finalist get ITA summer points but they could be the #17 and #18 best players; they may have never played a seed or lost bad to a seed in the first round. In past years, QF players got points but not this year. It would only add 3 guys and 3 girls matches to add quarterfinals playoffs, and it would give seeds who lost a close one to a seed one more challenging match.

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