The player selections have been posted for the upcoming national hardcourt Level 1 tournaments, and, as predicted, it's another big mess. (See ZooTennis.com for more details) Like the clay court selections, there are several top-ranked players who were either selected into the qualifying event (16s and 18s) or placed on the
During the Junior US Open Qualifying, I had the pleasure of speaking with George and Lynne Opelka whose son, Reilly, was playing for a spot in the main draw. I'm thrilled to report that Reilly made it through the qualies and will be playing his first match later today. I
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.