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  1. If the above information is true why does the USTA posts (posted 3 days ago) the new 2015 national tournament schedule showing that their will be Qualifying tournaments with a 64 draw preceding the Clay and National tournaments which will have a 128 draw. If the above is true and I assume it is then why can't the USTA put out the correct information. Not a good way to start 2015 .

  2. I just received the following from USTA Southern: Important Changes in 2015 Southern Junior Tournaments Here are the major changes to Southern junior tournaments to be played next year. A new points table will be implemented January 1, 2015 for all future play. The changes are with the Level 2s and Level 5s. Point table Level 2 events will return to a three-day event, with doubles starting Friday evening. All main draw matches will be two out of three regular sets. Back draw: tiebreak for the third, and back draw will continue thru Monday. We will adopt the National Bonus point table for Southern play starting January 1, 2015. National Bonus point table Southern will initiate a new 11 & Under Green ball division January 1, 2015. Doubles points will increase from 15% to 25% starting January 1, 2015. A Southern Closed 10s Central event will be added to the Southern Closed 10s East and Southern Closed 10s West. The Southern Closed 10s Central will take place in Nashville and include the states of Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The Southern points awarded for ITF Level 4 & 5 events will increase to Level 2. National Changes: The draw sizes for the National Clay Courts and Hard Courts will return to 192 for singles and 96 for doubles. A Direct Acceptance List (DAL) will be posted May 1. The DAL will include the top 16 on the National standings list for both 16s & 18s, as well as up to 16 players who have high ATP, WTA, or ITF rankings. More details will be posted on the website soon. Go to our website for a detailed explanation of 2015 changes. POINT TABLES: http://www.southern.usta.com/High-Performance-Pages/2015_junior_points_per_round/ MORE INFORMATION: http://www.southern.usta.com/Juniors/tournaments_rankings/2015_junior_updates/

  3. Love the extra points for local events but I am not sure how much impact it will have. Like the 10's regionals. Because it is asking alot for parents to drive from Knoxville to Baton Rouge for a tourney so early in the career of a youngster. Love the extra points in doubles and level 2's. They need to bring back national points for the Icy Hots, however, or those events will suffer from low attendence.... The last two girls 12's level 2's have had fewer than 32 entrants in Kentucky...1/2 the draw filled. It could be time of year being the holidays and all too, but they have had larger draws at the same time in the past.

  4. really? Ur thrilled? Ur thrilled for larger draws? When I played there was no quailes for KZoo or Clays! Make it or play better, the nation said. Bigger draws is the problem - points are the problem - when I played, it was who u beat & who u lost to; a true system of how good u actually are throughout the year - & a system that demands u play every match as if it's paramount. Nobody knows what that's like now. This contributes to why players are "soft" these days, like our USTA head of coaching says, & My former boss, Jose Higueras. Bigger draws dilute the demand. Supply & demand - this does affect some business models globally... Today there is more supply & less demand on our usa players. Getting a national ranking is a joke now, it used to be a prestigious thing. When I played (90's) jr tennis, we had accountability for every match played. We only had 250 kids nationally ranked! It took a lot to get that! Now kids play for points & can totally discard entire tournaments if they don't go well. They can b ranked 6 thousand in the nation. The national rankings are so ridiculous that college coaches don't even care about them - they now turn to tennisrecruiting.com for more legit results. I could go on, but this is enough for now.

  5. dab - I understand your thoughts and completely agree about the current points-based system. It is true, as you say, that college coaches are turning to ranking sites like tennisrecruiting and universaltennis to get a more realistic view of ability. Players also turn to those sites and pay little to no attention to their USTA rankings. The prestige isn't necessarily national ranking (unless you're top 50 or so), but the stars/blue chip status on TR - that's what the players talk about and strive for. Because of this, most of the players I know who aspire to play college tennis do play each match as if it's paramount - not necessarily for the points, but to better their tennisrecruiting stats. The USTA points only really matter because they provide entry into those tournaments where the players have access to a wider variety of high quality (5-star/blue chip) opponents - and where the college coaches are actively recruiting. Using a system like tennisrecruiting or universaltennis for entry into these higher level tournaments - instead of the current ranking system - would make sense, but who knows if/when that will happen. In the meantime, we make do with what we have and try to figure out this always-changing system the best we can. As the parent of a 5-star player from a tough section, I'm for the larger draw because I watched my child battle in qualis in both clays and hards this summer - the summer before senior year and a very important recruiting time. Because of tennisrecruiting there was decent visibility with coaches, but the ability for these coaches to watch actual match play in the summer L1s was a critical part of the recruiting process and the result, thankfully, was offers from a variety of universities. I'm not sure what the recruiting outcome would have been had there not been that opportunity to play in the clays and hards. Certainly it would have been more difficult to play in front of a lot of coaches. I don't see any harm in giving a few more kids the chance for this visibility by adding one round to these tournaments.

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