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Universal Tennis Junior National Pathway Road to Nationals (Part 3)

The road to the Universal Tennis Junior Nationals (click here to read Part 1 and click here to read Part 2) is coming to its Finish Line! Registration ends TODAY, November 22, at 11:30pm PST for both the Junior National Championships & College Showcase hosted at Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, NV. To register for the Boys Event, click here. To register for the Girls Event, click here.

After several weeks of Regional competitions, the top 16 boys and top 16 girls from the U15 and U17 divisions in each region will have the opportunity to play in front of a wide range of college coaches and to compete for the title of Universal Tennis Junior National Champion. The College Showcase will be held concurrently with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention December 3-4, 2021, followed immediately by the start of the National Championships December 5-7, 2021.

While there is not currently a list of confirmed coaches for the Showcase, you can see a list of confirmed coaches for the ITA Convention below. The ITA Convention will be holding presentations at Darling Tennis Center so the coaches will be on site while the Showcase is taking place. Tennis programs from Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and Junior Colleges will be well-represented, offering your player(s) the chance to learn about these different types of College Tennis teams and, hopefully, to find the right fit for their own College Tennis Career. If there are programs on the list that are of interest, I suggest your player email those coaches ASAP to invite them to watch them play in the Showcase.

I will be on site throughout the Showcase and Championships, leading panel discussions and parent and player information sessions as well as one-on-one meetings to answer your questions about the college recruiting process. If you would like to schedule a time to meet, please email me at [email protected]. I will also be doing giveaways at our table, so please stop by and say hello.

COLLEGE TEAM SHOWCASE FORMAT:

  • 32 Boys and 32 Girls will be placed on designated teams based on UTR Rating to compete in 2 college-style dual matches. All players will be guaranteed 2 singles and 2 doubles matches.
  • Showcase Scoring Format: Singles Matches will be 2 out of 3 sets, with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set and no-ad scoring. Doubles Matches will be a single set to 6 games and no-ad scoring.
  • Each day will feature college coaches panels and discussions for players and parents.
  • Cost: $300, FREE for Regional Champions

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – 16 PLAYER DRAW:

  • Main Draw (Round Robins/RR) will consist of 4 groups of 4 players each with a player 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, and 13-16 based on UTR Rating. The group round-robin stages will start Day 1 (Sunday) with 2 RR matches per player and finish Day 2 (Monday) with 1 RR match.
  • Draws will be created by the tournament director and Universal Tennis no later than 20:00 local time Thursday prior to the event.
  • Round Robin Scoring Format: 2 out of 3 sets, with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set and no-ad scoring.
  • The top 2 finishers in each Main Draw Round Robin group will advance to the Playoff rounds and the Universal Tennis standings will be the final determinant of advancement. In the case of ties, breakers will be automatically sorted in the system based on:

1) Head to head (only if two players are tied)
2) % of sets won
3) % of games won
4) Overall current UTR Rating

  • Playoff rounds (Single Elimination) will be single elimination and consist of two draws of 4 players depending on the player’s group finishing (1st or 2nd). First round (semifinals) of playoffs will begin on Day 2 of the tournament, Monday, December 6th. Finals will be played on Day 3 of the tournament, Tuesday December 7th.
  • Playoff Scoring Format: 2 out of 3 full sets, no-ad scoring.
  • Cost: $85 for At-Large entrants, FREE for Regional Champions

JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZES:

UTR Pro Tennis Tour Wild Cards will be awarded to the following players competing in the Universal Tennis Junior National Championship tournament(s):

17U Wild Cards:
Winner: 3 Main Draw Wild Cards
Finalist: 2 Main Draw Wild Cards
Semifinalists: 1 Main Draw Wild Card

15U Wild Cards:
Winner: 1 Main Draw Wild Cards
Finalist: 1 Main Draw Wild Cards

Wild Cards must be used during the 2022 UTR Pro Tennis Tour season. Any unused Wild Cards will be forfeited at the end of 2022. What an incredible opportunity for Junior Players to test their mettle against top College and Professional players!

ATTENDING COLLEGE TENNIS PROGRAMS:

Click the link below for a list of confirmed colleges and universities across all divisions attending the ITA Convention (please note this is not necessarily a list of schools that will be on site for the Showcase):

CLICK: Colleges Attending ITA Coaches Convention

 

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