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USTA International Team Selection: New Timelines Posted; Minimum Play Requirements Amended for 2020 & 2021; Application Deadlines Extended for Super Seniors & Young Seniors
The USTA Board has approved the Senior International Selection Committee’s extension and revision of the eligibility (minimum play) requirement and timelines as follows:
The application deadline for the 2020 Young-Seniors and 2020 Super-Seniors has been extended thirty days from the original deadline; For Young Seniors May 11th and Super Seniors May 31st.
The USTA Board has approved the relaxation of the eligibility (minimum play) requirements for 2020 (For Young Seniors and Super Seniors ONLY) and for Young Seniors, Seniors and Super Seniors for 2021 as follows:
1: A Category I USTA Championship must be played within 24 months prior to the posting of the Final Applicant List on USTA.com OR
2: A Category 2 or Super Category 2 event must be played within 12 months prior to the posting of the Final Applicant List on USTA.com
What does this mean?
A: Super Seniors can apply here to be considered for a 2020 Super Senior team up till May 31, 2020
Super Seniors must have played a Category I within 24 months of June 9, 2020 or a Category II or Super Category II within 12 months of June 9, 2020.
B: Young Seniors can apply here to be considered for a 2020 Young Senior team up till May 11, 2020
Young Seniors must have played a Category I within 24 months of May 19, 2020 or a Category II or Super Category II within 12 months of May 19, 2020.
The original Guidelines can be found here: USTA International Selection Guidelines. Section 7 is amended as described above.
International Team Selection Timelines, Applications and Guidelines
Writing from California, USA
France has taken out most of the USA teams in the past two days. Today France beat USA in the women’s 40s, winning both singles matches in straight sets. The doubles was not played.
In the women’s 45s, at #2 singles, France narrowly won at #2 singles 75 in the third. The #1 singles is going on now. Interestingly, USA’s #1, Sophie Woorons, is a French native, which may give USA an edge.
In the Tony Trabert Cup, M40, 5-7 place playoff, the USA is playing Great Britain and lost at #2 singles, with #1 singles and hopefully doubles to follow.
The women’s and men’s 35 & 45 teams are off today and play for 5th tomorrow.
The men’s 45 team plays this afternoon in the 8-11 place playoff bracket vs Russia. Update: USA won the #2 singles point and lead 1/0!
I will update this later tonight after the men’s 40 and women’s 45 finish.
UPDATE: Sophie won in straight sets at #1 singles; France won the doubles 64 in the third over Sophie & Tracie, so France advances to the final and USA will play for third on Friday in the women’s 40 & 45.
Writing today from California, USA; Oct. 23, 2019
The USA W45 team (Margaret Court Cup) were in action on Wednesday at the North Miami Beach Tennis Center. After having two days off (having received a default from Brazil and a bye), they faced Canada. Nancy Hilliard at #2 and Sophie Woorons at #1 easily won their matches and Jenny Klitch/Tracie Currie looked to be on their way to doing the same, having won the first set 60, when the Canadians roared back and won the second set. No worries though, Jenny/Tracie won the match tiebreak (played in the knockout rounds only in this event in non-deciding matches) 10-5. They play top-seeded France in the semis on Thursday.
The USA Women’s 40 team, the Young Cup, advanced to the semis by winning their round robin group, then receiving a bye in the quarters. They play #1 seeded France in the 40s.
The USA Suzanne Lenglen Cup team (W35), finalists last year, fell to…you guessed it, France, in the quarters. Kaysie Smashey lost in three sets at #2 singles; Cup team rookie Heather Nobler was defeated in straight set. Evgenia Dockter/Julie Thu were edged 12-10 in the match tiebreak, giving France a 3/0 win.
The Italia Cup team, M35, after beating Canada yesterday, faced Netherlands in the quarters and lost both singles; Netherlands then defaulted the doubles point. Matt Hane at #2 singles lost in three sets; Jonathan Sucupira lost in straights at #1. They will now play for fifth place.
The Tony Trabert Cup team also lost to France, 2/1 (France defaulted the doubles point. Paulo Barros at #2 and Ross Duncan at #1 fell in tight two-set matches.
The Dubler Cup team (which won yesterday in the round robin), had today off and is now playing for 8th-11th.
Here are a few photos (courtesy of cameraworksusa, aka Susan & Fred Mullane).
USTA Young Seniors Timeline for Miami Beach: Entries Closed May 1, 2019; Teams Announced June 1, 2019
The USTA sends teams to the ITF World Team Championships annually. For 2019 the 65/70/75/80/85 are playing in Umag, Croatia.
The timeline posted on USTA.com is:
ITF World Championships Dates and Locations25.7922052-80.1351596