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  • 2021 Level 1, 2 & 3 Mixed Schedule

    2021 USTA Level 1 Mixed Doubles Schedule

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2/3 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    The Clay and Hard Mixed Level 1 events will also be ITF Seniors 1000 tournaments.
    Age DivisionClayHardGrass
    30
    Dec 3-8
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Dates: Sept. 10-12
    Location: Plaza Tennis Center, Kansas City, KS
    40 Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    Johns Island, SC
    Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    45 Dates: April 9-14
    Location: Lauderdale TC
    Fort Lauderdale FL
    50Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    60Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    Johns Island, SC
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    70Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    Johns Island, SC
    April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    75 April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA
    80 April 1-7
    Shadow Mountain Resort
    Palm Desert, CA

    2021 Level 2 & 3 Mixed Schedule

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Once links appear for the Men's and Women's Level 2 and 3 tournaments please check to see if some have mixed...the USTA doesn't have mixed listed for Westwood but it normally offers mixed and there could be others.
    DateTournamentLocationSurfaceLevel
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Aston Park Tennis Center
    Ashville, NC
    Clay3
    Sept 2-5National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Oct 21-24Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-733rd Top GunThe Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3

  • 2021 Women’s Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    2021 Women's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Level 2 tournaments were formerly Super Category 2 Tournaments. Up to 8 will receive ITF Seniors points.
    As of Dec 6, 2020, all Level 1-3 women’s tournaments have been cancelled for January and February.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points (ITF Seniors 700, 400 other, or none)
    POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDGrandes Dames at Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDLamita Jabour Cup Grandes DamesLauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED
    Feb 16-21
    Joanne Russell CupThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2
    Oct. 20-24NSWTA Championships at Daniel Island Club Daniel Island Club
    Daniel Island, SC
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLED Pacific Coast Senior & Family ChampsBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard3
    CANCELLEDMarin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    Clay (65+)
    3
    June 3-6Senior Slam Level 3 GuilfordYale University Tennis Center
    New Haven, CA
    Hard3
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay3
    Aug 2-8130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    Sept. 2-5USTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Sept .8-1340, 50, 70, 80, 90 IndoorsClub Green Meadows
    Vancouver, WA
    Indoor Hard2
    Oct 13-17
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay3
    Oct 21-25 Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-733rd Top Gun TournamentThe Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3
    Dec 9-13Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Sr OpenPhoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hard3

    This information is complete as of 11/6/2020. Check USTA.com for updates and corrections.


  • 2021 Family Level 1 (Gold Ball) USTA Tournaments

    2021 Family Level 1 (Gold Ball) Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    EventsClayHardGrass
    Father/Son Open
    Dates: July 15-18
    Location: Cincinnati Tennis Club
    Cincinnati, OH
    Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: June 12-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Father/Son Sr. Super Sr, 80+ Nov. 16-21
    The Landings Club
    Sarasota, FL
    Dates: June 4-6
    Location: Biszantz Family TC
    Claremont, CA
    Father/Daughter Open, Senior, Super Senior 80+ June 11-14
    Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: Aug. 12-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Mother/Daughter Open, Senior, Super SeniorDates TBA (October)
    Delray Beach FL
    Dates: June 4-6
    Location: Biszantz Family TC
    Claremont, CA
    Dates: Aug. 12-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Mother/Son Open, Senior, Super Senior (some tournaments) June 11-14
    Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Agawam Hunt
    Rumson, RI (note change)
    Husband/Wife OpenDates: April 30-May 4
    Olde Providence RC Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 17-2a0
    Peachtree City, GA
    Husband/Wife 100, 120, 140 (combined age)Dates: April 30-May 4
    Olde Providence RC Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 17-2a0
    Peachtree City, GA
    CANCELLED
    Grandfather/Grandson Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: June 12-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA

    The USTA will be adding tournaments to this calendar during 2021 and making changes. This is the calendar only as of Nov. 16, 2020, and the information is from publicly posted information at usta.com.


  • 2021 Men’s Level 2 & 3 USTA Tournaments

    2021 Men's Level 2 & 3 Tournaments

    This is the 2021 calendar to date from the USTA. Please check for updates here and at usta.com (https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html)
    Note that the Indoor Nationals now appear on the Level 2 Calendar and the winners do not receive gold balls.
    Up to 8 of the Level 2 tournaments will receive ITF Seniors points.
    DatesTournamentLocationSurfaceUSTA Level (2 or 3)ITF Points
    CANCELLED West Coast Super Senior Grand PrixThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    POSTPONED to April 1-12 Wilson World ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard 2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDRaymond James Super Senior Grand PrixSt. Petersburg Country Club
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    Postponed
    Dates TBA
    70 & 75 IndoorsDowntown Club at the Met
    Houston, TX
    Indoor Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    CANCELLEDBocage Clay Court Championships Bocage Racquet Club
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Clay2
    May 5-9Atlanta Senior Men's InvitationalCherokee Town & CC
    Atlanta, GA
    Clay2
    April 26-May 255 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    April 30-May 450 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 19-24Southern Senior Men's Clay Court ChampsRiver Hills Club
    Jackson, MS
    Clay3
    CANCELLED Pacific Coast Senior & Family ChampsBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard
    May 20-2335 IndoorsMaine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club
    Brunswick, ME
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLEDMarin ChampionshipsMill Valley Tennis Club
    Mill Valley, CA
    Hard3
    May 27-31Westwood Senior ChampionshipsWestwood CC
    Austin, TX
    Hard
    Clay (65+)
    3
    June 3-6Senior Slam Level 3 GuilfordYale University Tennis Center
    New Haven, CA
    Hard3
    June 3-6Midwest Clay ChampsCarmel Racquet Club
    Carmel, IN
    Clay3
    June 9-13ED Rhawn LBC InvitationalLouisville Boat Club
    Louisville, KY
    Clay3
    June 24-27Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior ChampsWheeling Oglebay Tennis Club
    Wheeling, WV
    Clay3
    July 1-645 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-685 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-6Men's 90 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-6 80 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard
    July 1-640 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    July 6-1189th Asheville Open Tennis ChampsAston Park Tennis Center
    Asheville, NC
    Clay2
    Aug 2-8130th Washington State Open & SeniorsSeattle Tennis Club
    Seattle, WA
    Hard2
    Aug 12-15Midwest Clay/BCCTC Senior OpenBeavercreek Clay Courts TC
    Beavercreek, OH
    Clay3
    Aug 23-2965 IndoorsLife Time Fitness
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Indoor Hard2
    CANCELLED El Paso Adult and Senior OpenEl Paso Tennis Club
    El Paso, TX
    Hard3
    Sept. 2-5USTA National Indoor ChampionshipsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard3
    Sept 12-1994th Pacific Southwest ChampionshipsPalisades Tennis Club
    Newport Beach, CA
    Hard2
    Sept. 17-19NSMTA Senior Doubles, Martha's VineyardUltimate Doubles Tennis
    Oak Bluffs, MA
    Clay3
    Sept. 21-16Virginia Senior Men's ChampionshipsBelle Haven CC
    Alexandria, VA
    Clay3
    Oct 21-25 Texas Super Senior SectionalsMcFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    Hard3
    Nov 1-733rd Top Gun TournamentThe Great Park
    Irvine, CA
    Hard3
    Nov 29-Dec 5Longboat Key Senior Clay CourtsLongboat Key Tennis Center
    Longboat Key, FL
    Clay2
    Dec 9-13Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Sr OpenPhoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hard3

  • 2021 Men’s USTA Level 1 (Gold Ball) Tournament Schedule

    The USTA schedule (as of 11/4/21) for Men’s Level 1 (Gold Ball) tournaments. For 2021 and going forward the Indoors will no longer receive Level 1 (formerly Category 1) points nor will gold balls be awarded to the winners. Click here to see the official USTA schedule and to check for updates and cancellations: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html
    ITF Points: The Clay and Hard will be ITF Level 1000 events; the Grass will be Level 700 events.

    Age DivisionClayHardGrass
    30 Dec 3-8
    Lauderdale TC
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Dates: Sept. 10-12
    Location: Plaza Tennis Center
    Kansas City, KS
    Dates: Aug 14-17
    Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    35 Oct. 5-10
    Weston, FL
    Dates: April 29-May 2
    Location: Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, Surprise, AZ
    Dates: Aug 14-17
    Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    40 Dates: April 9-14
    Location: Lauderdale TC
    Fort Lauderdale FL
    Nov 29-Dec 6
    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: Aug. 16-23
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    45 Dates: April 9-14
    Location: Lauderdale TC
    Fort Lauderdale FL
    Dates: April 26-May 2
    Location: Westlake Athletic Club, Westlake Village, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: Aug. 16-23
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    50TBADates: Nov. 5-11
    Location: Peachtree City Tennis Center
    Peachtree City GA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: Aug. 16-23
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    55Dates: Oct.. 2-8
    Location: The Landing Club
    Savannah, GA
    Nov. 6-10
    Peachtree City, GA
    Dates: Sept. 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    60Oct. 24-31
    New OrleansLT
    CNewOrleans, LA
    Dates: June 1-7
    Location: Racquet Club of Irvine
    Irvine, CA
    Dates: Sept. 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    65Oct. 24-31
    New OrleansLT
    CNewOrleans, LA
    May 17-23
    Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: Sept. 7-13
    Location: Seabright Lawn Tennis Club
    Rumson, NJ
    70Dates: Sept 26-Oct 3
    Pinehurst TC
    Pinehurst, NC
    Dates: June 1-7
    Location: Racquet Club of Irvine
    Irvine, CA
    Dates: Aug 17-23
    Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    75Dates: Oct. 11-16
    Location: Virginia Beach Tennis & CC
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept 20-25
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    80Dates: Oct. 11-16
    Location: Virginia Beach Tennis & CC
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept 20-25
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    85Dates: Sept 26-Oct 3
    Pinehurst TC
    Pinehurst, NC
    Sept 20-25
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    90Dates: Sept 26-Oct 3
    Pinehurst TC
    Pinehurst, NC
    Sept 20-25
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA

  • 2021 Adult Tournament Changes: Indoor Level 1 (gold ball) Nationals are Eliminated

    The following information is courtesy of and reprinted with permission of the NWTO (National Women’s Tennis Organization (click here to go its website).

    Summary:

    • The USTA Adult Competition Committee (ACC) has decided to eliminate the Indoor Nationals as Gold ball events since they were the nationals which overall had the fewest participants of any Level I Nationals (formerly Cat I)
    • The ACC has also decided to eliminate required consolation at Level I & II tournaments and to instead require daily voluntary consolation sign ups (for draws of 6 or more players) Edit: Or allow feed-in consolation or feed-in to the quarters with a quarterfinal playoff, i.e. consolation for Level 1 & 2 will be mandatory but flexible as to format.
    • The ACC will require round robin doubles draws (with a knockout round or rounds) using a match tiebreak (10 point) instead of a full third set for Level I & II tournaments EDIT: Feed-in consolation (full or to QF) will also be allowed.
    • For ITF Ranking purposes the Hard and Clay Level 1 tournaments will receive more points (as “Masters” events) than the Grass Nationals
    • Certain Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments will receive ITF points
    • Family events will require round robin play up till the elimination round
    • Draws of 5 or fewer must be played as round robins
    • Tournament draws for 45 and under must start by Thursday (though there’s a qualifier “unless the draw size requires an earlier start) EDIT: qualifying may be allowed for draws too large to play in four days; which players must qualify to be determined (based on ranking, and where the players reside)
    • Maximum (note change from “minimum” to “maximum”) numbers of Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments set); EDIT: for Level 2 events there will be a maximum of 8 tournaments PER AGE DIVISION AND GENDER (so more than 8 tournaments overall…if one Level 2 tournament has only men and another only women, they would count as 1 ITF tournaments and 1 Level 2 tournament)
    • Also study the PPR tables: the winner of a Level 2 tournament receives the same points as the losing finalist of a Level 1; the winner of a Level 3 tournament receives the same points as the losing finalists of a Level 2 tournament or the losing semifinalist of a Level 1 tournament. Basically the winner of a Level 2 receives 70% of Level 1 points. The PPR tables can be found here.

    Change 1: Eliminate one Category 1 (Level 1) surface in each Division (where there are four Category 1 (Level 1) events in a Division and play is on the four different surfaces – clay, grass, hard and indoor)

    Change 1 Background: Over 50% of tournament participation comes from the top 25% of tournaments. 80% of tournament participation comes from the top 50% of events. Eliminating one Category 1 (Level 1) event in each Division streamlines the tournament calendar without materially effecting overall tournament participation.

    Change 2: The Category 1 (Level 1) surface to be eliminated is the indoor surface for all Level 1 indoor events in all Divisions.

    Change 2 Background:  For events played on all 4 surfaces, participation in indoor events is in the bottom half in over 83% of the Divisions, and in the bottom quartile in 60% of the Divisions.             

                                                                Bottom       Bottom

                                                                  Half          Quartile

                                                  Clay           31%            11%

                                                  Grass        55%            22%

                                                  Hard          31%             7%

                                                Indoor       83%            60%          

    Change 3: Award ITF Seniors 1000 points for USTA Level 1 events for Gender Divisions played on clay and hard courts only. Award ITF Seniors 700 points for USTA Level 1 events for Gender Divisions played on grass courts.

    Change 3 Background:  In 2021, the ITF is awarding ITF Seniors 1000 points for USTA Level 1 gender Divisions played on two different. This is an enhancement for USTA Level 1 events which currently receive ITF Seniors 700 points. Because the highest participation events are on clay and hard court surfaces, Divisions played on those surfaces will be awarded ITF Seniors 1000 points. Level 1 gender Divisions played on grass will be awarded ITF Seniors 700 points.

    Change 4: Level 1 gender events – For singles main draws of 6 or more players, Level 1 events will require a traditional single elimination draw with a daily voluntary consolation sign-up. Main draw singles matches will use a match format of best of 3 tie break sets. Singles consolation matches will use a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. In doubles, Level 1 events will require Round Robin draws or Round Robin flights with elimination playoffs and a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The Coman tiebreak will be used for all tiebreaks.

    Change 4 Background:  A key goal for the ACC is to enhance the tournament experience for singles and doubles players in all events. In singles the physical demands of playing in the consolation rounds plus frequent player withdrawals have hurt player experience and participation. In doubles, player evaluation and feedback supports high player satisfaction and success in Divisions played with Round Robin formats. Match formats other than the traditional three full sets are becoming more common, and it is believed that in all events except main draw singles that it is the appropriate time to implement two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set across all national events. These changes align with ITF requirements so that the events receive ITF status and points.

    Change 5: For gender related Level 1 and Level 2 events with participants age 45 and under, tournaments will be required to start no sooner than Thursday unless required by draw size. Main draw singles matches will use a match format of best of 3 tie break sets for events that are longer than 4 days. For singles events that are 4 days or less and for singles consolation matches will use a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. 

    Change 5 Background: A key goal for the ACC is to enhance the tournament experience for players in all events. Players in many age groups, and especially in the age 45 and under age groups, have less discretionary time in which to play national tournaments. By shortening the length of the events it is hoped that more players will be attracted to participate. Using an alternative match format for age 45 and under events is consistent with ITF standards.

    Change 6: Family Divisions – All Level 1 Family will require Round Robin draws or Round Robin flights with elimination playoffs, and a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Alternative play and scoring formats for Family events must be submitted to and approved by the Sanctions Committee.

    Change 6 Background:  In doubles, player evaluation and feedback support high player satisfaction and success in Divisions played with Round Robin formats. Match scoring formats other than the traditional three full sets are becoming more common, and it is believed that it is the appropriate time to implement two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set across all national Family events. It is understood that there are Family events with large draws played over 3-4 days, thus the Sanctions Committee will consider alternative formats for these types of events.

    Change 7: Level 2 gender events – For singles main draws of 6 or more players, Level 2 events will require a traditional single elimination draw with a daily voluntary consolation sign-up. Main draw singles matches will use a match format of best of 3 tie break sets. Singles consolation matches will use a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. In doubles, Level 2 events will require a Round Robin draws or Round Robin flights with elimination playoff and a match format of two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. The Coman tiebreak will be used for all tiebreaks. These changes align with ITF requirements so that the events receive ITF status and points.

    Change 7 Background: A key goal for the ACC is to enhance the tournament experience for singles and doubles players in all Level 2 events. In singles the “one and done” approach has hurt player experience and participation. In doubles, player evaluation and feedback supports high player satisfaction and success in Divisions played with Round Robin formats. Match formats other than the traditional three full sets are becoming more common, and it is believed that in all events except main draw singles that it is the appropriate time to implement two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set across all events.

    Change 8: Designate up to 10 tournaments as Level 2 events and 12 tournaments as Level 3 events in 2021. Provide ITF Seniors 700 points for the gender and mixed divisions appropriate for Level 2 events and ITF Seniors 400 points for the gender and mixed divisions in Level 3 events. The sanction for Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments will be based on (1) overall tournament participation, (2) players per event (PPE), (3) number of Divisions in the tournament and (4) other criteria such as player feedback, quality of courts and player social events. Standards for comparable ITF events will also be considered when awarding sanctions for these events. There may be Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments that will not receive ITF Seniors points.

    Change 8 Background: Limiting the number of Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments including those receiving ITF Seniors points is expected to grow the number of Level 2 and Level 3 events. [comment: this paragraph seems to have an error in it…stay tuned for an update.]

    • 2021 Gold Ball Champions
      This will be updated periodically during the year. Mixed Hard Courts, Palm Desert, CA 50: Oren Motevassel/Caroline Vis 60: Shannon Gordon-Carney/Jonathon Fears 70:Tom Rettenmaier/Dee Williams-Horne 75: Dean Corley/Suella Steel (97th gold ball for Suella) 80: Dori DeVries/Wilbur Jones
    • Saturday Results from Palm Desert
      Here’s a short Saturday update on the Wilson World Tennis tournament. I left yesterday so this update is from the results posted on the website. Click here to see all draws and results. Toby Crabel ended Wendell Pierce’s great run in the men’s 65s singles, winning the final in straight sets. Crabel didn’t drop a set all week. In doubles, the top seeds, Tim Garcia/Bruce Nichols (no relation) edged Doug Ditmer/Andrew Stanley 76 in the third…if the score is any indication it was a fantastic final. In men’s 70s, Lenny Wofford won the singles (winning the final by default over Paul Wulf) and doubles (with Wulf) over Mike Talmadge/Frank Zebot. Lenny and Paul dominated the doubles, never losing more than three games in any one match. Felix Ponte won the 75 singles over Don Clark; Ponte grew stronger with each match played. #2 seeded Dave Van Den Berg/Les Buck won the 75 doubles over Ken Robinson/Chuck White (3) in straight sets. Randy Mellinger was a rare unseeded victor, winning the Men’s 80s over William Wolff. Tom Brunkow/Dick Landenberger, also unseeded, won the 80 doubles over Wolff/Wilbur Jones. Herm Ahlers won the 85 singles. Tom Rettenmaier/Dee Williams-Horne won the gold ball […]
    • Beating the Heat in Palm Desert; Singles/Doubles Champion
      Click here to see all draws and results. On another 100 degree day I played a long singles match against Jennifer Shorr…whom I have played several times in NorCal tournaments but not for about 20 years or so. She still has a big serve (and I still do not), but I put a lot of balls back in play and managed to overcome a set point in the first set and win 76 (3) 62. We finished just before 1pm…out doubles final was scheduled at 12:45…but after about a 75 minute break Robin Harris and I took on Tina Karwasky and her third doubles partner of the week, Ann Stanley (Una Davis (back) and DeeWillams-Horne (heat) recused themselves). Ann played well; she’s had a couple of hip surgeries (that’s senior tennis for you) and is moving better and out of pain. We came back from 3-5 down in the first to win 75 60. It was around 100 when we finished. Yes, it was hot when we finished! 103 Kathy Barnes won the 70 singles over her doubles partner, Carol Gay. Then they played Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson in the doubles final. Bennett/Bryson won in three sets. Bryson is also in […]
    • Thursday Update: Into the Final in 65 Singles & Doubles; Wendell Pierce Still Winning in his RH Comeback Tournament
      Click here to see all draws and results We’ll start with women’s 65s today. I won my match against Andrea Barnes. We had not played singles in a tournament for decades; it was a very pleasant match, I played well and won in straight sets. Tina Karwasky, who I don’t think has ever lost a singles match in the Desert in her age division, took on Jennifer Shorr who has the biggest serve in the 65s, a fluid easy motion with lots of power (first serve) and lots of spin (2nd serve) plus nice touch to go with groundstroke power. She edged Tina 64 76 (5). Both players used power plus drop shots throughout the match. I take on Shorr at 9:45 tomorrow morning. In doubles, Ann Stanley, Tina’s third doubles partner since the draw was initially made, and Tina won their doubles semis decisively; Robin Harris and I struggled against and inspired team, Julie David and Betsy and rallied from 41 down in the first and a break down in the 2nd to win 76 (3) 64. We played around 2pm and it was mighty warm…the match lasted about 2.5 hours. In the 60s, Susan Wright edged Tracey Thompson […]
    • Wednesday at the Wilson:Wendell Pierce (RH Version) is Back!
      Click here to see the draws and results. Starting today with Men’s 65: Wendell Pierce, who went from a top 45s and 55s player as a righty, and and a decent but not world beating player after an injury required him to play lefty, is back playing right handed. He best a #9 seeded player yesterday but today took on the #2 seed, Tim Garcia and edged him 63 57 75. He’ll take on #9 Dane Petchul tomorrow..Petchull took out #5 Rollin Rhone today. Mike Lamble (9) advanced when Larry Loeb retired with an injury, 46 1:0. The remaining seeds advanced to their predicted spots. It was another hot day in the Desert, upper 90s and sunny most of the day and calm. The heat combined with the long gap between tournaments led to several retirements due to illness. However, given the draw sizes, that was to be expected. I played at the Palm Valley Country Club at 8am when it was still pretty cool and it was calm. I played Natasha Volovik from Marin County and won; I play Andrea Barnes who also won convincingly. She’s an excellent player, it should be a good battle tomorrow. Tina Karwasky plays […]

  • FAQ: 2021 Tournament Changes

    Click here to read the FAQ on USTA.com. The text is below.

    RANKINGS

    Q. Are ranking points awarded for voluntary consolations?

    Yes, ranking points per win will be awarded for voluntary consolation as well as round-robin formats.

    Q. How will round robin points fit in the points table?

    Round robins will have points per win table based on the tournament level played.

    Q. Should we mandate Cat 1 to use the best of three set formats unless unforeseen events, such as weather delays the progression of the event? The other formats would then be optional for TD’s to implement if needed to keep the event on the schedule.

    The Adult Comp Committee is working on a proposal for a consistent scoring format for all Level 1 tournaments. Once the proposal is approved, we will have another TD webinar to discuss the new changes.

    Q. Is ranking based on age and NTRP?

    Yes, the ranking will be based on age group and NTRP levels. For example, if I am a player that plays 18+ 3.0 women’s singles events, I will show up on 18+ 3.0 women’s singles rankings.

    Q. Will the ranking points for any level will be awarded “the same” for any of the scoring options a director uses?

    Yes, as long as the scoring format falls in the list of scoring formats available, that will not impact the points awarded.

    PLAY FORMATS

    Q. Will consolation allow only one match; not a complete draw? And if consolation requires a draw, won’t this discourage clubs from holding tournaments due to court time needs, especially indoors?

    Although we strongly encourage tournament directors to finish the consolation draws, we understand that some unforeseen circumstances may arise. For this reason, it is ok if consolation draws are not fully completed.

    Q. Are fast four formats still available?

    Yes, a short set format will be available across all levels.

    Q. Will there be 2 out of 3 sets in any tournaments?

    There will be 2 of 3 sets in various levels of tournaments. However, for the L6 & L&7 tournaments that option will not be available.

    Q. How are Open tournaments affected?

    Open tournaments will not be affected. If anything, open tournament players will have the opportunity to generate a national ranking based on their performance.

    Q. Is there a chart showing the “Maximum # of Rounds per day” that can be played and Rest Periods in the various scoring systems?

    Yes, you will be able to find this at Friend at Court. Please click on the following link: Friend at court

    NTRP TOURNAMENTS LEVELS

    Q. Will there be regulations concerning NTRP tournament players “playing up”, similar to the Leagues to allow for more accurate ratings?

    Yes, we will continue to align as much as possible with the League program for NTRP sanctioned tournaments, and follow their rules as it relates to playing down and up, appeals, self-rate process.

    Q. Will the National NTRP Championships in 2022 reflect the 18s, 40s and 55s categories of NTRP ranked tournaments in 2021?

    Yes, in 2022 the NTRP divisions for NTRP Nationals will reflect 18s, 40s, 55s divisions.

    Q. Will NTRP Tournaments have Open Divisions?

    No, we will not have NTRP Open divisions for now. We are looking at expanding the NTRP tournament product, but we need to do so in phases.

    Q. Will suspension also include league play?

    The league program does not follow the same suspension point system, as other programs do. For now, it does not count towards the leagues program. 


  • Designated Open Sectionals

    DateLocationSurfaceLink
    September 10-13Jekyll Island Tennis Center
    Jekyll Island, Ga
    ClayClick here to enter
    September 13-20Palisades Tennis Club
    Newport Beach, Calif.
    (Men and Women)
    HardClick here to enter
    September 18-20 & 25-27The Tennis King
    Roslyn, N.Y
    ClayClick here to enter
    September 25-27CANCELLEDUltimate Doubles Tennis
    Oak Bluffs, Mass.
    ClayClick here to enter
    October 7-11City of Oakland Parks and Recreation
    Piedmont, Calif.
    HardClick here to enter
    October 14-18
    Cancelled!
    Cancelled!
    Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
    ClayClick here to enter
    October 15-18River Hills Club
    Jackson, Miss.
    ClayClick here to enter
    October 22-25, 2020McFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, Texas
    HardClick here to enter
    Oct 30-Nov 8NY Tennis Club
    Bronx, NY
    Indoor Hardhttps://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=253814
    November 2-6Darling Tennis Center
    Las Vegas, Nev.
    HardClick here to enter
    November 2-8
    Cancelled
    The Great Park
    Irvine, Calif.
    HardClick here to enter
    November 11-16, 2020
    Cancelled
    Westlake Athletic Club
    Westlake Village, Calif.
    Men's 45
    HardClick here to enter
    Cancelled
    November 30 - December 6,
    La Jolla Beach Tennis Club
    La Jolla, Calif
    M & W 40, F/S, GF/GS
    HardClick here to enter
    December 9-13Phoenix Tennis Center
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    HardClick here to enter
    Cancelled
    December 9-15
    Club Green Meadows
    Vancouver, WA
    (W40/50/70/80/90 & M/D)
    IndoorsClick here to enter

    For updates and changes click here.


  • 2021 USTA Points Per Round Tables: Adults

    From NSMTA.net.


  • USTA Cancels National Tournaments Through August 31st: July 14th Statement

    Read the full USTA statement here: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-suspension-of-events.html

    I have included below excerpts related to SENIOR tennis only:

    USTA Statement on Event Cancellations – July 14, 2020

    Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the USTA has canceled a number of National level events scheduled to be held in August. The decision to cancel was made with guidance from the USTA Medical Advisory Group, to ensure the health and safety of all those involved with these tournaments. As these events were larger in scale and size, there was an inherent risk associated with hosting large numbers of individuals at one site, at one time, and would make risk mitigation difficult. Without a controlled environment that includes a comprehensive and contained lodging, transportation, food and beverage, and medical testing program in place, proper risk mitigation would not be possible—and in the case of these events, this type of environment would logistically and financially be incredibly difficult to create. In addition, as these are National level events, many of those competing would have to travel interstate, bringing into play different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods, dependent upon the localities involved, both at the site of the event and in the participants’ home states. The uncertainty surrounding the number of COVID-19 cases in the states of the host sites was also considered.

    The safety of the actual tennis being played was not a concern of the USTA Medical Advisory Group, and did not factor into the decision to cancel the events. The USTA has previously issued a set of recommendations as to how tennis can be played in a safe manner, which can be found HERE for players and HERE for facilities.

     

    The following events have been canceled:

    (Juniors and ITF Tour events which are now cancelled can be found in the full statement here and include the National Girls and Boys 18 Nationals: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-suspension-of-events.html

    Adults

    • Men’s 65 USTA National Indoor Championships

    o Aug. 10-15 – LifeTime Eden Prairie Athletic (Eden Prairie, Minn.)

    • Men’s and Women’s Open USTA National Grass Court Championships

    o Aug. 10-16 – International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, R.I.)

    • Men’s 75 & 80 and Mother/Son USTA National Grass Court Championships

    o Aug. 13-16 – Agawam Hunt Country Club (Rumford, R.I.)


  • Designated Open Sectional Championship Schedule 2020

    From USTA.com (read here).

    2020 Tournament Recategorizations due to Covid-19

     In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the USTA family would like to encourage local play as opposed to traveling to play national tournaments.  With this in mind, we’ve reclassified the remaining Super Category II, Category II, and Category III national tournaments as Designated Open Sectional Championships. 

    These Designated Open Sectional Championships will have National Category II point allocation for the players. The participants will have the opportunity to earn national points while playing at the sectional level. 

    At this time, the remaining Category I tournaments will continue to be rescheduled for later in the year. 

    Please click here for an FAQ document related to the new tournament classification.

    If you have any questions or for more information, please contact adulttournaments@usta.com.

    August

    Dates: August 14-16, 2020

    Location: Beavercreek Clay Courts Tennis Club, Beavercreek, Ohio

    Divisions: M55 – M70 (singles)

    Surface: Hard, Clay

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Register Here

     

    Dates: August 27-30

    Location: Guilford Racquet & Swim Club in Guilford, Conn.

    Age Divisions: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II 

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    September

    Dates: September 13-20, 2020

    Location: Palisades Tennis Club, Newport Beach, Calif.

    Age Divisions: M30, M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, W65, M70, M75, M80, M85, M90

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    Dates: September 15-20, 2020

    Location: Belle Haven Country Club, Alexandria, Va.

    Age Divisions: M45, M55, M65

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Clay

    Register Here

     

    Dates: September 16-20, 2020

    Location: Louisville Boat Club, Louisville, Ky.

    Age Divisions: M40, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Clay

    Register Here

     

    Dates: September 18-20, 2020

    Location: Ultimate Doubles Tennis, Oak Bluffs, Mass.

    Age Divisions: Mixed (Open), M50-80 (doubles)

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Clay

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II  

    Register Here

     

    October

    Dates: October 14-18, 2020

    Location: Lauderdale Tennis Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    Age Divisions: W35, W45, W55, W65, W75, W85

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    Dates: October 22-25, 2020

    Location: McFarlin Tennis Center, San Antonio, Texas

    Age Divisions: M55, W55, M60, M65, W65, M70, W70, M75, W75, M80, W80, M85

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    November

    Dates: November 2-6, 2020

    Location: Darling Tennis Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

    Age Divisions: M50, W50, M55, W55, M60, W60, M65, W65, M70, W70, M75, W75, M80, W80, M85, W85, M90

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    Dates: November 2-8, 2020

    Location: The Great Park, Irvine, Calif.

    Age Divisions: MOpen, WOpen, M40, W40, M45, W45, M50, W50, M55, W55, M60, W60, M65, W65, M70

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here

     

    Dates: November 18-22, 2020

    Location: Bocage Racquet Club, Baton Rouge, La.

    Age Divisions: M30, M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80, M85

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Clay

    Register Here

     

    Dates: November 30 – December 6, 2020

    Location: Longboat Key Tennis Center, Longboat Key, Fla.

    Age Divisions: M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Clay

    Register Here

     

    December

    Dates: December 9-13, 2020

    Location: USTA Central Arizona Tennis Association, Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Age Divisions: M30, W30, M40, W40, M45, W45, M50, W50, M55, W55, M60, W60, M65, W65, M70, W70, M75, W75, M80, W80, M85, W85, M90, W90

    USTA Ranking Points: Category II

    Surface: Hard

    Register Here


  • 2020 Tournament Recategorizations due to Covid-19

    Press Release from the USTA:

    Designated Open Sectional Championship 

    In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the USTA family would like to encourage local play as opposed to traveling to play national tournaments.  With this in mind, we’ve reclassified the remaining Super Category 2, Category 2, and Category 3 National
    Tournaments as Designated Open Sectional Championships. 

    These Designated Open Sectional Championships will have NationalCategory 2 point allocation for the players.  The participants will have the opportunity to earn national points while playing at the sectional level. 

    At this time, the remaining Category 1 Tournaments will continue to be rescheduled for later in the year. 

    If you have any questions or for more information, please
    contact: adulttournaments@usta.com 

    Click here to see the Adult National Schedule at USTA.com. Note that the remaining Super Category II, Category II and Category III tournaments listed will now be “Designated Open Sectionals” which will receive Category II National Ranking points for 2020.

    In 2021 there will be new tournament levels replacing the designation “Category” with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest and new points per round tables. Read more here: USTA Adult Tournament Changes For 2021

    2020 Ranking Tables: 2020 Points Per Round Tables


  • USTA Adult Tournament Changes For 2021

    Read more here.

    FAQ

    Top Things to Know

    According to the USTA:

    • The new structure will utilize seven levels of events, ranging from Level 7 (Local) to Level 1 (National Championships) and a universal ranking system that will distribute points consistently across the country.
    • This nationwide system will provide consistent tournament levels and standardized tournament operations for all events—regardless of location—replacing a current system that is greatly dependent upon the region.
    • The new system will allow players to more easily compete across sections, as the levels will be standardized with an increased number of local events, providing even more playing opportunities for players.

    Further Information (click here to see unedited version):

    1. ONE nationwide structure of tournaments.* The 17 sectional structures and one national structure will be replaced with ONE nationwide structure of Adult Tournaments. The structure will consist of seven levels of ranking tournaments, with the lowest level of tournament ranking points classified as a Level 7 and USTA National Championships classified as Level 1.

    *Note that Level 1 will be the gold ball events; Level 2 will replace Super Category II; Level 3 will replace Category 2; Category 3 will go away. New Points per Round (PPR) tables will be published.

    2. ONE nationwide points-per-round ranking system. The 17 sectional ranking systems and one national ranking system will be replaced with ONE nationwide ranking system for the Level 1-7 ranking tournaments. One set of nationwide ranking tables will determine the points earned in all ranked tournaments.

    3. ONE standings list. At least monthly, the USTA will continue to publish National Standings Lists (NSLs), using the same best of 6 singles and best-of-six doubles* results system. These lists will be filtered by section or district when they are used for selection into closed tournaments and team competitions.

     *Emphasis added: Note that rankings and standings will now be best of 6, not best of 4 results.

    4. EVERYTHING [USTA Sanctioned] counts. While sections will hold two Closed Level 4s and two Closed Level 5s, all other tournaments sanctioned by the sections will be open to all players and all results will count in the ranking system. This also permits sections to hold Open Level 4s. This means that, for example, if you are vacationing out of section and play a tournament, it will count. It also allows players who live near section borders to play across section lines and have their results count.

    5. NEW [NTRP] ranking events. For the first time, the ranking system will be able to count results for NTRP tournaments. This will allow players that are currently playing NTRP tournaments to have a ranking based on their points earned at NTRP tournaments with ranked divisions.

    6. UNIFIED residency requirements. Sections will all have the same residency requirements, and residency will determine eligibility to play in closed tournaments and represent a section or district in team competition. A player may be a resident of only one section (and if applicable, one district). Residency will be based on where a player resides, except that a player may change their residency one time per calendar year so long as it is based on:

    • The address of the player’s legal guardian
  • (Emphasis added)
  • 7. EVERY section is slightly different—in size, geography, population, climate—and the new regulations allow for sections to make decisions that best meet the needs of their adult players. Examples of what sections will be deciding include:

    • Draw sizes of their tournaments;
    • Numbers of tournaments at each level;
    • When the tournaments take place on the calendar; and
    • The draw and match formats.

    8. IT all starts in 2021. All of the changes will take effect in January 2021. In the coming months, be on the lookout for webinars and other educational materials that will take a deeper dive into the details of the new structure.

    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


  • Palm Beach Gardens USTA Super Cat II/ITF Tournament

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    This week there is a strong tournament going on at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center for women 30-80 (even divisions only). The courts are great, though the new and improved clubhouse is under construction (so facilities are located in temporary trailers). Fortunately the weather is great and there are large tents where the players can relax or eat.

    I’m playing in the 60s, which has a very large (25) and strong field. Wendy McColskey, #1 in the world in W65 held off a determined attack from Aimee Norris, winning in three sets, though you’d never know by watching that she was threatened, she’s very calm. Also in the 60s, only one of the 5-8 seeds (Suzanne Siegler) survived. The others fell as follows: 1: Grace Haggerty of Vero Beach took out Kathy Foulk, 62 62 and followed it up later in the day with a victory over Cori Reese by the same score; 2: Terri Thyssen of TX took out Janet Mosely, in straight sets; 3: Mary Colonna, MI, also beat Tami Bass, VT in a long three setter.

    In the 50s, Jill Sickle of Chicago and Palm Beach Gardens upset #4 seed Andrea Wohlschlaeger. Julie Dybenthal of Tallahassee escaped in three sets against Andrea Hines but won the third set 61.

    The third seed in the women’s 70s, Brenda Winstead of VA had to withdraw with an injury but the remaining three seeds advanced including Brenda Carter of SC who is making a singles comeback after an ACL injury. She faces Carol Clay, Ft Lauderdale who is making her way back after knee and shoulder injuries.

    It’s a wonderful, addictive and often painful sport, tennis.

    The 80s start tomorrow. There are current and former singles and/or doubles world champions in the 80s including Burnett Herrick, Inge Weber, Dorothy Wasser and Carol Wood. Six out of the nine entrants have played on USA or Canadian cup teams!

    Also playing this week in 30 & 40 singles and 50 doubles is Lisa Bonner a former top 10 player.

    I’ll take some photos tomorrow….

    The results can be found here.


  • Men’s 60 Grass Will be Held Nov. 17-23 in the Desert

    The Men’s 60 Grass has found at home in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Mission Hills Country Club. Steve Solomon, who runs the 60 Hard Courts will take over this event from the Wesson LTC in Michigan.

    Here’s the link to the tournament home page:https://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=239813

    For questions, go to the home page which has Steve’s phone and email listed and hotel information.


  • USTA National Women’s Clay Courts: 40/50/60/70/80, DAY 1, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, Florida

    Draws are here

    The women’s 60/70/80 National Clay Courts have a new location for the fourth time in the last five years and hopefully have found a more permanent home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida! Trish Faulkner is the Tournament Director and Bill McDermott and the staff at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center will be onsite at all times running the desk; Bill also sends out very informative emails.

    In the 60s the match of the day was a first round between Leslie Murveit and Ann Young. It was a high quality, physical match which Ann won 75 64. There were six seeds playing today with only Diane Barker and Susan Wright having byes, and all advanced. I played Hiko Fritz Krakow from Colorado (a terrific veterans’ skier) and won 61 60. It was supposed to rain starting around noon…it’s 2:30 now and so far the tournament has dodged the rain, which is clearly all around us (no sun in sight).

    Both seeds in action in the 50s advanced; the 70s are still playing.

    There are 18 courts here; 2 “stadium” sized courts and 16 others in two lines of 8 courts. All are underground watered courts and are quite good. It does tend to be very windy here though. Today was pretty calm, not too hot due to the cloud cover but very humid.

    The day after the tournament the clubhouse is set to be demolished and rebuilt as a much bigger edifice, 2-stories with more lounge room, better lockers etc.

    All for now…Susan and I play doubles tomorrow afternoon and both play singles in the morning.

    Thanks @shopluckyinlove for the nice tennis outfit!


  • Smashey, Parson Siegel, Chandler, Karwasky, Orth, Kyvallos & Lutz Win Clay Singles Titles in Houston

    April 4, 2019

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    The 49th National Women’s Clay Court Championships took place at the Houston Racquet Club last week. This is the best women’s senior tournament and this year, was not only a USTA National (gold ball) Championship, but a Grade A ITF Championship which added to the character and prestige of the tournament.

    Tournament directors Sue Bramlette and Cathy Lassiter along with Harriet the referee and Judy Job did their usual stellar job running the event.

    Kaysie Smashey won the 35 singles and doubles (with Julie Thu), avenging her loss earlier in March to Heather Nobler when she beat her in three sets in the final.

    Amanda Parson Siegel took out Patricia Zerdan in the semis in a grueling 75 76 encounter before she beat #2 seed Julie Cass 62 60 to win the 45s title. Zerdan took out top-seeded Nancy Hilliard in the quarters. Jenny Klitch edged Zerdan for bronze.

    Cass and Tracie Currie, top seeded, won the 45 doubles with a straight set win over Tammy Morris/Jill Toney, the 2nd seeds.

    Fran Chandler won the 55 singles and did it the hard way, beating #2 seed Shelly Works in three sets before taking out top seed and defending champion Vicki Buholz in the final in straights. Works took the bronze. Buholz/Gayle Prejean won the doubles with an emphatic win over top seeded and defending champions Mary Dailey/Erika Smith.

    Tina Karwasky won the 65 singles for the third straight year, taking out Wendy McColskey, also for the third straight year in Houston. Lil Peltz-Petow took bronze. The 65 doubles winners were more of a surprise, with long time senior players, Kandy Chain and Andrea Barnes taking the gold. They beat the top seeds, Karwasky/Jan Kirkland Cochran in three sets in the semis before beating unseeded Becky Timmis/Sue Sprague in straight sets for the gold. Karwasky/Kirkland/Cochran took the bronze.

    Heide Orth from Germany beat South Africa’s Petro Kruger to win the 75 doubles, then teamed with Kruger to beat Cathie Anderson/Carolann Castell in the doubles final. Anderson took bronze in singles; Ann Hunt/Sheila Weinstock won the doubles bronze.

    Lucille Kyvallos’ hard work paid off when she won the 85 singles; Mary John Lynch was the finalist. Lynch/Rose Austin won the doubles in a round robin; Margaret Canby/Angie Ray took silver.

    Jane Lutz won the 90 singles over the ever ebullient Rita Price and doubles with Price.

    Results are here.

    Photos (courtesy of Judy Job) are here.