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  1. For the first week of ITA summer circuits which start in 2 1/2 weeks, out of 223 males players registered so far only 3% are UTR 12+, 4% are 11.5-12, 9% are 11-11.5, 19% are 10-11, 57% are UTR 5-10, and 7% are unranked. So 2/3 of players registered arent even UTR 10, while only 7%-10% would probably play a midmajor D1 lineup. In scanning those 200 names, I have seen one player who plays lower in the lineup of a 60ish ranked Power school. Only 3 of the 11 tourneys that weekend have at least 32 males registered so far. Even for the prize $ tourney at UCF, out of 44 players registered so far, only 2 are UTR 12+, 20% are UTR 11+, 18% are 10-11, but still 61% are UTR <10 or unranked. ITA has got to do a better job of marketing these tourneys to college players. Very few D1 college players or better players from other divisions are going to register for these tourneys before the deadline when they see 60%-2/3 of players are not even UTR 10+. One idea to get the ball rolling for next year is to give free registration to the first 4 players with UTR above 11.5 or 12 at each site. Then other players may sign up if they see applicants they could play for competitive matches. The ITA summer circuit could be an ideal setup for college players with UTR rankings 11-13+. Most of the guys getting in Futures are 13.5+ with some lower 13s/high 12s getting in on ITF world points. Prize money tourneys or local men's opens may run during the week or be long tourneys-hard for college players who have to work during the summer. The summer circuit tourneys run Sat-Mon which could mean no missed work except for the finalists. If the A draw was 16 players, it could be finished in 2 days and end on Sunday. Every year there are a couple ITA circuits either local or within 2 hours drive, but son has not played because there are only a couple of D1 level players (mostly MMs). Each year we hope the draws will be stronger, but with the exception of ITA summer championship that has not happened. The prize $ is a great idea, but other tweaks that would help are max draw of 16 for A draw with a set min UTR, 1-2 week early registration for current college players before opening to all, and free registration for a few top players at each site as mentioned before. There is a real gap for summer tourneys for US college D1 players who arent Futures level (or cant get in this year but got in last summer). Internationals can play high level club at home. The ITA summer circuit should fill that gap but those players are not going to sign up when they see all the UTR 7s and 8s.

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