Just when I thought I had the USTA tournament thing finally figured out, my kid decided he wanted to try playing some ITF events. And, after reading the current ITF Junior Regulations and searching all over the Web for information and coming up pretty much empty-handed, I started asking questions
Day 1 of Qualies, ITF Tournament 1, Waco, Texas Coach Julius (via text message to me): Game on! Me: What's that mean???? Coach: He just started. Me: Ah, thanks! Keep me posted! Coach: Very rough start. Nerves. Lots of unforced errors. 0-4. Me: Uh oh Coach: 0-6. Playing scared. Poor shot selection and too many short balls
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment here or via Twitter or via Facebook or via email - I knew y'all would have some great suggestions for me! I love hearing about your experiences with these different tournaments and how you weigh cost vs. value.
My son has been asking to play an ITF tournament for over a year. Since there are very few even played in the US these days, it wasn't hard to deter him. However, a friend's mom told me I should sign him up for the one in Waco, Texas, because