• Update on Tournaments for 2021

    Here’s the link to the official National USTA Adult & Family Tournament Schedule for 2021 Tournaments highlighted in pink have been officially cancelled for 2021.

    As of January 12, 2021 the following tournaments have been cancelled for 2021:

    • Women’s 35-85 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled
    • Men’s 40/45/50 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled
    • Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Indoors in So Barrington IL: Cancelled
    • West Coast Seniors (Level 2, Men) and Joanne Russell Cup (Level 2 Women) in Naples: Cancelled
    • The Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames tournament in Fort Lauderdale
    • Grandes Dames, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Both were to be ITF S700.
    • Men’s Level 3 tournament in Naples January 10-16

    The St Petersburg Level 2 Men’s tournament in Florida is now back on the ITF Schedule in February. You can enter by clicking here.

    Also hearing rumors that the Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage may not host events in 2021, and that the Marin Seniors has been cancelled. But these are not confirmed. And the Men’s 65 Hard is still on the ITF Schedule as an ITFS1000.

    The following tournaments have been postponed to the fall:

    I will be updating this post weekly with tournament changes as I find out about them.

    Please post any tournament changes or cancellations you know of in the comments section below.

    Happy New Year!


  • 2021 Super Seniors (65,70, 75, 80, 85) Cup Team Information

    • Location: Mallorca, Spain
    • Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    2021 Super Senior International Teams Timeline

    • Location: Mallorca, Spain
    • Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
    • Applications Open: April 1, 2021
    • Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: May 5
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): May 10
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: June 1
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): July 1
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: August 1
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: September 1

  • 2021 Young Seniors (35/40/45) Cup Team Information

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    2021 Young-Seniors World Championships (35/40/45)

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
    • Applications Open: March 1, 2021
    • Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: April 13
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): April 18
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: May 10
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): June 10
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: July 10
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: August 10

  • Seniors (50/55/60) Cup Team Information

    Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.

    The 2021 USTA Seniors International Team Timeline is below:

    2021 Seniors World Championships (50/55/60)

    • Location: Umag, Croatia
    • Team Event: Sunday, June 6 – Friday, June 11, 2021
    • Individual Event: Saturday, June 12 – Saturday, June 19, 2021
    • Applications Open: December 1, 2020: Click here to apply.
    • Application Deadline: January 10, 2021
    • Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: January 13
    • Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which to consider results): January 18
    • Team selection posted to USTA.com and players will be notified of their status: February 10
    • All paperwork (excluding travel itinerary) due to USTA staff (including player agreement, media packet, copy of passport, & IPIN): March 10
    • Players may make their travel arrangements: April 10
    • Travel arrangements due to staff: May 10

  • 2021 USTA Tournament Schedule

    Women’s Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid by age division

    Men’s Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid by age division)

    Women’s Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid)

    Men’s Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule (2021) (grid)

    Family Level 1 Tournament Schedule (2021, partial) (grid by event & surface)

    Family Level 2 & 3 Tournament Schedule (coming soon)

    The USTA has published the 2021 Schedule as a pdf. Level 2 & 3 Grids will follow.

    NOTE: The men’s Level 3 tournament in Naples January 10-16 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Check USTA.com for more updates.

    Level 1 (gold ball) tournaments can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aCnicx1G4n67KGpSG2-gFNFa-w6RUD2a/view?usp=drivesdk

    Level 2 tournaments can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Eu5TrRcXDB4W6jJTaRnbKveHE6bvo3Yn/view?usp=sharing

    Level 3 tournaments can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eVA1aLSD3-7obdcEL0lOGosgHhTO-VHZ/view?usp=sharing

    Confirmed 2021 Adult Calendar (all levels): https://drive.google.com/file/d/16dX1rSdkRZ_ABbvLA2RSQWsNJYlnUBk2/view?usp=drivesdk

    You can find the link to these documents at USTA.com: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/adult-tournaments-category-i-schedule.html


  • 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.]

    • Update on Tournaments for 2021
      Here’s the link to the official National USTA Adult & Family Tournament Schedule for 2021 Tournaments highlighted in pink have been officially cancelled for 2021. As of January 12, 2021 the following tournaments have been cancelled for 2021: Women’s 35-85 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled Men’s 40/45/50 Grass at Germantown: Cancelled Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Indoors in So Barrington IL: Cancelled West Coast Seniors (Level 2, Men) and Joanne Russell Cup (Level 2 Women) in Naples: Cancelled The Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames tournament in Fort Lauderdale Grandes Dames, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Both were to be ITF S700. Men’s Level 3 tournament in Naples January 10-16 The St Petersburg Level 2 Men’s tournament in Florida is now back on the ITF Schedule in February. You can enter by clicking here. Also hearing rumors that the Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage may not host events in 2021, and that the Marin Seniors has been cancelled. But these are not confirmed. And the Men’s 65 Hard is still on the ITF Schedule as an ITFS1000. The following tournaments have been postponed to the fall: Daniel Island NWTO Women’s tournament 40-80 Women’s Clay Courts has been postponed to Sept. 28-Oct 2. The tournament link […]
    • Applications for 2021 Senior Cup Teams Now Closed
      The application for a spot on one of the Senior Cup teams (Men/Women 50/55/60+) are now closed. Applications will closed Jan 10, 2021 The Cups will take place in June in Umag, Croatia. (Coronavirus permitting). The application will remain open till January 10, 2021. Read more about the Cups and view the timeline here.
    • 2021 Super Seniors (65,70, 75, 80, 85) Cup Team Information
      Location: Mallorca, Spain Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows: Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months. 2021 Super Senior International Teams Timeline Location: Mallorca, Spain Team Event: Sunday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 Applications Open: April 1, 2021 Application Deadline: May 1, 2021 Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: May 5 Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period […]
    • 2021 Young Seniors (35/40/45) Cup Team Information
      Location: Umag, Croatia Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows: Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months. 2021 Young-Seniors World Championships (35/40/45) Location: Umag, Croatia Team Event: Sunday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 Applications Open: March 1, 2021 Application Deadline: April 10, 2021 Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant List posted on USTA.com: April 13 Deadline to notify the USTA of any omissions to the posted Preliminary Applicant List (cutoff date for 24 month period for which […]
    • Seniors (50/55/60) Cup Team Information
      Click here to apply for a USA senior team. Applications close January 10, 2021. Location: Umag, Croatia Team Event: Sunday, June 6 – Friday, June 11, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, June 12 – Saturday, June 19, 2021 Are you eligible to participate? Read the guidelines here. Of particular importance are the following changes which supersede the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows: Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months. The 2021 USTA Seniors International Team Timeline is below: 2021 Seniors World Championships (50/55/60) Location: Umag, Croatia Team Event: Sunday, June 6 – Friday, June 11, 2021 Individual Event: Saturday, June 12 – Saturday, June 19, 2021 Applications Open: December 1, 2020: Click here to apply. Application Deadline: January 10, 2021 Players who have applied for consideration will be listed on the Preliminary Applicant […]

  • 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)


  • Applications for 2021 Senior Cup Teams Now Closed

    The application for a spot on one of the Senior Cup teams (Men/Women 50/55/60+) are now closed.

    Applications will closed Jan 10, 2021

    The Cups will take place in June in Umag, Croatia. (Coronavirus permitting).

    The application will remain open till January 10, 2021.

    Read more about the Cups and view the timeline here.


  • 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) To Be Held in Umag, Croatia June 6-19, 2021

    The 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships will take place in Umag, Croatia from Sunday 6 June – Saturday 19 June 2021.

    From the ITF press release which can be found here.

    The International Tennis Federation is pleased to announce that the ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships are now scheduled to be held in Umag, Croatia in June 2021.

    The ITF Seniors Committee approved the alternative venue to hold the 50-55-60 World Team Championships from Sunday 6 – Friday 11 June and the 50-55-60 World Individual Championships from Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 June 2021. This follows the decision announced last month that the Championships would not be held as originally scheduled in Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, USA due to the ongoing impact and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The ITF will continue to monitor the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and work closely with tournament hosts and the relevant authorities to prepare for this event. The priority in all decision making will remain the health and safety of participants. Nations and players are also advised to wait until the tournament fact sheet is published, expected in January 2021, before making travel and/or accommodation arrangements.

    The full schedule of ITF Seniors World Championships in 2021 is now complete with the Young Seniors World Team & Individual Championships also in Umag from 12-25 September and the ITF Super-Seniors World Team & Individual Championships in Mallorca, Spain from 10-23 October 2021.

    Matt Byford, ITF Juniors & Seniors manager said “The ITF is delighted that an alternative host for our Seniors World Championships has been secured so quickly and would like to thank the Croatian Seniors Tennis Association, Croatian Tennis Association, Plava Laguna and the City of Umag for their cooperation. The World Team & Individual Championships are a great highlight of the ITF Seniors calendar and it is fantastic for our playing community that they can now look ahead to June 2021 after the unfortunate cancellation of the event this year.”


  • La Jolla Hard Courts: 40s Men & Women, Father/Son & Grandfather/Grandson Cancelled due to California Regulations

    Sadly, the Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Courts, Father/Son Hard Courts and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Courts have been cancelled, another victim of Covid-19.

    From the email I received yesterday (from Pierrette Featherby of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club):

    “Greetings,

    I was hoping this day would never come, but it has, so sadly I must inform you we have been forced to cancel the USTA 40 & over Men’s, Women’s, Mixed & Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson Designated Open Sectional Hard Court Championships. Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases San Diego County has shifted into Tier 1 otherwise known as the Purple Tier. Tennis tournaments will not be permitted.

    This being said, we would still love to have you come; play some tennis, relax and have a good time.  If you choose to do so we will offer you the tournament rate and help you arrange some tennis matches.

    Below is a message from Bill Kellogg (which you may also read on the tournament website)

    Unfortunately, we have learned that the State of California is currently not allowing tennis tournaments to take place. In addition, the County of San Diego has returned to the most restrictive purple COVID rating, Given the way the rating system works, it will not be possible, even under the best circumstances, for San Diego County to return to the Red Level anytime soon (earliest would be four weeks from 11/20/20 – i.e. after Thanksgiving). We had expected We had expected that the rules relating to sporting events would be relaxed by the first week in December, but that is not a possibility now. For those reasons, we will not be able to hold this tournament.

    A number of people made room reservations at our special tournament rates. We will, of course, refund your room deposit upon request. However, if you would like to stay at the club during the originally scheduled tournament dates and take advantage of the tournament rates we offered participants, you are welcome to do so. You will be able to play tennis while staying on property and we would be happy to arrange tennis matches while you are here if that is of interest to you. Just contact our reservations department and let them know what you want to do.

    If you have questions, please feel free to call Bill Kellogg at 858-735-6500 or Conan Lorenzo at 619-846-3094.

    May I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and that 2021 will see the end to Covid-19!

    In the meantime please stay healthy and safe.

    Best regards,

    Pierrette Featherby”


  • 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
    Dates: Dec 9-14
    Location: Fort Lauderdale TC, Fort 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
    Dates: Nov. 29-Dec 5
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    45Dates: April 8-13
    Location: Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    50Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    POSTPONED: NEW DATES APRIL 1-11
    Location: Shadow Mtn
    Palm Desert, CA
    POSTPONED
    60Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    Johns Island, SC
    POSTPONED: NEW DATES APRIL 1-11
    Location: Shadow Mtn
    Palm Desert, CA
    POSTPONED
    70Dates: Oct 6-10
    Location: Seabrook Island Club
    Johns Island, SC
    POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-11
    Location: Shadow Mtn
    Palm Desert, CA
    75POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-11
    Location: Shadow Mtn
    Palm Desert, CA
    80POSTPONED TO APRIL 1-11
    Location: Shadow Mtn
    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 1-11Wilson World Tennis 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
    March 3-7NSWTA Championships at Daniel Island Club Daniel Island Club
    Daniel Island, SC
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    May 26-31 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
    Aug. 24-29 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 2-6Barbara Cooper Cup Grandes DamesLauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Clay3
    Oct 21-24 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
    Dates: Nov 29-Dec 5
    Location: 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+Dates: Nov. 16-21
    Location: Landings Racquet Club
    Sarasota, FL
    Dates: June 4-6
    Location: Biszantz Family TC
    Claremont, CA
    Father/Daughter Open, Senior, Super Senior 80+ Dates: June 11-13
    Location: Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: Aug. 12-14
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Mother/Daughter Open, Senior, Super SeniorDates: 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) Dates: June 11-13
    Location: Barnes Tennis Center
    San Diego, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Agawam Hunt
    Rumson, RI (note change)
    Husband/Wife OpenDates: April 28-May 2
    Location: Olde Providence RC
    Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 4-6
    Location: Peachtree City Tennis Center
    Peachtree City, GA
    Husband/Wife 100, 120, 140 (combined age)Dates: April 28-May 2
    Location: Olde Providence RC
    Charlotte, NC
    Dates: Sept 4-6
    Location: Peachtree City Tennis Center
    Peachtree City, GA
    TBA
    Grandfather/Grandson Dates: Nov 29-Dec 5
    Location: 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 1-11Wilson World Tennis ClassicShadow Mountain
    Palm Desert
    Hard 2ITF Seniors 700
    Feb. 22-28Raymond James Super Senior Grand PrixSt. Petersburg Country Club
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700
    March 15-2070 & 75 IndoorsDowntown Club at the Met
    Houston, TX
    Indoor Hard2ITF Seniors 700
    April 20-25Bocage Clay Court Championships Bocage Racquet Club
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Clay2
    May 5-9Southern Senior Men's Clay Court ChampsRiver Hills Club
    Jackson, MS
    Clay3
    May 5-9Atlanta Senior Invitational ChampionshipsCherokee Town & CC
    Atlanta, GA
    Clay2
    May 10-1655 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 15-2050 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 20-2335 IndoorsMaine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club
    Brunswick, ME
    Indoor Hard2
    May 26-31 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
    June 3-6Midwest Clay ChampsCarmel Racquet Club
    Carmel, IN
    Clay3
    June 9-13ED Rhawn LBC InvitationalED Rhawn LBC InvitationalLouisville Boat Club
    Louisville, KY
    Clay3
    June 24-27Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior ChampsWheeling Oglebay Tennis Club
    Wheeling, WV
    Clay3
    July 1-440, 45, 80, 85 & 90 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
    Aug. 24-29 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 21-24 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
    30Dates: Dec 9-14
    Location: Fort Lauderdale TC
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Dates: Sept. 10-12
    Location: Plaza Tennis Center
    Kansas City, KS
    Dates: Aug 14-17
    Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    35Dates: Oct. 3-7
    Location: Midtown Athletic Club 61
    Weston, FL
    Dates: April 29-May 2
    Location: Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, Surprise, AZ
    Dates: Aug 14-17
    Location: Philadelphia Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    40Dates: April 8-13
    Location: Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Dates: Nov. 29-Dec 5
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: Aug. 16-23
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    45Dates: April 8-13
    Location: Lauderdale Tennis Club
    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
    Dates: Nov. 5-11
    Location: Peachtree City Tennis Center
    Peachtree City GA
    Dates: Sept. 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    60Dates: Oct. 24-30
    Location: New Orleans Lawn TC
    New Orleans, LA
    Dates: June 1-7
    Location: Racquet Club of Irvine
    Irvine, CA
    Dates: Sept. 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    65Dates: Oct. 24-30
    Location: New Orleans Lawn TC
    New Orleans, LA
    Dates: March 21-27
    Location: Palm Springs Region
    Dates: Sept. 7-13
    Location: Seabright Lawn Tennis Club
    Rumson, NJ
    70TBADates: 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
    May 10-15
    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
    May 10-15
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    85TBAMay 10-15
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    90TBAMay 10-15
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA

  • 2021 USTA Women’s Level 1 (Gold Ball) Tournament Grid

    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.
    The Clay and Hard Courts will be ITF Seniors 1000 tournaments; the Grass will be ITF Seniors 700 tournaments.

    Age DivisionClayHardGrass
    30Dates: Dec 9-14
    Location: Fort Lauderdale TC, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Dates: Sept. 10-12
    Location: Plaza Tennis Center, Kansas City, KS
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    35 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    40Dates: Sept/Oct
    Location: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Dates: Nov. 29-Dec 5
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    45 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    50Dates: Sept/Oct
    Location: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Dates: May 10-16
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    55 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    60Dates: Sept/Oct
    Location: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Dates: May 10-16
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    65 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    70Dates: Sept/Oct
    Location: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Dates: May 10-16
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    75 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    80Dates: Sept/Oct
    Location: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Dates: May 10-16
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: July 6-12
    Location: West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NY
    85 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: October 11-17
    Location: Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA
    CANCELLED
    Dates: July 12-18
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia, PA
    90 Dates: April 12-18
    Location: Houston Racquet Club
    Houston, TX
    Dates: May 10-16
    Location: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
    La Jolla, CA
    Dates: Dec. 7-10
    Location: Mission HIlls Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

  • ITF World Seniors Championships Will Not be Held in Florida in April/May 2021; Dates of Young Seniors & Super Seniors Listed Here

    From the ITF website today:

    2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships (updated 26 October) 

    Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships will not be held as scheduled in Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, USA in April-May 2021. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.

    The dates of the Young Seniors and Super Seniors World Championships are as follows:

    2021 World Team and Individual Championships

    2021 ITF Young Seniors (35-40-45) World Team & Individual Championships

    The 2021 ITF Young Seniors (35-40-45 years) World Team & Individual Championships will take place in Umag, Croatia from Sunday 12 September – Saturday 25 September 2021. 

    2021 ITF Super-Seniors (65-70-75-80-85) World Team & Individual Championships

    The 2021 ITF Super-Seniors (65-70-75-80-85 years) World Team & Individual Championships will take place in Mallorca, Spain from Sunday 10 October – Saturday 23 October 2021.

    Factsheets for these events will be made available approximately 6 months before the event takes place.


  • ITF Adds New Age Divisions: 30s & 90s to Adult Tournament Play

    The ITF will add two new age divisions to the seniors tour in 2021: 30+ and 90+

    Read about the 90+ category here. This age category will be offered at the ITF Super Seniors World Championships for the first time in 2021. The tournament will take place in October 2021 in Mallorca, Spain.

    Read about the 30+ Category here. This age category will be offered at the ITF Young Seniors World Championships in Umag, Croatia in 2021.


  • 2021 USTA Guideline Changes for Young Senior, Senior & Super Senior Teams

    The USTA has amended its guidelines for 2021 team selection to take into consideration the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The USTA has amended the minimum play requirement and the timeframe for which results will be considered as follows:

    “By Board approval, the USTA Senior International Selection Committee has extended and revised the eligibility requirement and timelines as follows:

    • Approved 24-month USTA Category I USTA National Championship eligibility requirement, the option to participate in one USTA Super Category II National Tournament or one USTA Category II National Tournament within the last 24 months or participation in one Designated Open Sectional Championship within the last 12 months to fulfill the eligibility requirement; and
    • Approved to lengthen the selection time period for results that will be considered for selection from 24 months to 36 months.”

    The complete guidelines can be found here.

    The dates for the 2021 world championships have not been announced but for Super Seniors (65-85) they appear to be October 10-15 for the team event followed by the individuals October 16-23 in Mallorca, Spain (the dates were mentioned in an article about the naming of the Women’s 85 Cup).

    Timelines for team selection and information about the application process will be posted in due course by the USTA here: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/adult-tennis/programs/national/senior-international-competition.html


  • ITF 85+ Cups Named for Lorne Main & Angela Mortimer

    The ITF has named the Men’s 85 Cup, first played in 2017 the Lorne Main Cup after the most prolific Seniors Male player. Main

    The ITF has named the Women’s 85 Cup, for Britain’s Angela Mortimer who, despite partial deafness won the Australian, French and Wimbledon Championships in the 1950s, is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and was a ranked in the top 10 in the world 10 times.

    Read more about Angela Mortimer Barrett here.

    Main was an excellent junior and competed in the grand slams in the amateur era, reaching the third round and won Monte Carlo. But in those days there wasn’t prize money. Main though dominated the seniors scene for 40 years, from 1986-2016, winning over 40 world championship titles during those years.

    Main was received the prestigious ITf Seniors Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2012, once which has only been awarded to only four players to date.

    Main was not a large man but he had a huge personality, and he loved tennis and senior tennis. I had the pleasure of playing against him once with my dad in a practice match…he was fast, clever and a great player.

    Read more about Lorne Main here.

    The Angela Mortimer and Lorne Main Cups will take place next year Oct. 10-15 in Mallorca, Spain (always assuming…Covid cooperates).


  • 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

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  • Angela Buxton, Althea Gibson’s Doubles Partner, Dies at 85

    Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson won Wimbledon doubles in 1956. Both faced discrimination, Gibson because she was Black and Buxton because of Anti-Semitism.

    “The International Tennis Federation announced the death of Buxton on Monday, describing her as ‘an early pioneer of equal rights.'” (From ESPN).

    Read more here.

    Here’s an article about the friendship between Angela Buxton and Althea Gibson: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2019/06/20/angela-buxton-althea-gibsons-friendship-no-ordinary-bond-outsider/

    Buxton, who was Jewish, and Gibson became friends in tennis: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/althea-gibson-former-tennis-pro-angela-buxton-remembers-althea-gibson-decades-after-they-made-history/

    Angela Buxton, left, won two Grand Slams doubles titles with Althea Gibson, including Wimbledon in 1956. AP Photo/File, from ESPN.com

  • 2021 USTA Points Per Round Tables: Adults

    From NSMTA.net.


  • USTA Women’s 40-80 Clay & 35-85 Hard Court Nationals Cancelled for 2020

    Andi Polisky, the tournament director of the 35-85 Women’s Hard Courts scheduled for October in Rancho Mirage, CA has cancelled this event.

    Trish Faulkner, the tournament director for the Women’s 40-80 Clay Courts scheduled for October in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has cancelled this event.

    Both tournament directors expect their events to resume in 2021.

    Both tournaments were ITF Grade A events, all of which have been cancelled for 2020 (unless granted a downgrade to a Grade 2, 3, or 4).

    Update: All USTA Category I Family, Age Division and Open tournaments have been cancelled for 2020. Tournaments have the option to hold these events as Designated Sectional tournaments with Category II points.


  • ITF Seniors Tournaments to Resume August 31st: Grade 2, 3, 4 ONLY to Resume; Rankings Changes through 2021

    The ITF has announced a resumption of play for the ITF Seniors Circuits of August 31, 2020.

    Grade 2, 3, and 4 tournaments only shall resume in 2020; Regional, Grade A and Grade 1 tournaments can apply to take place as Grade 2 tournaments if the ITF approves the change.

    Rankings:

    Best 4 tournaments from the period of March 18, 2019-March 14 2021 will be used.

    Starting March 15, 2021, results from 2019 or 2020 will start to drop, replaced by their 2021 points. This is subject to change if the pandemic continues to restrict travel or for other reasons determined by the ITF.

    Through at least December 31, 2020, players can only add to their point total, they cannot have their frozen point total reduced.

    The ITF plans to return to the 52 week ranking period in December 2021.

    Read below for exact details. This is subject to change if ongoing travel restrictions and lack of tournaments warrants it.

    NOTE: All tournaments must adhere to the new ITF Covid-19 protocols which can be found here: https://www.itftennis.com/en/news-and-media/articles/itf-outlines-initial-plans-for-resumption-of-play-on-junior-senior-wheelchair-tennis-and-beach-tennis-tours/ (Links found within article).


  • ITF PLANS FOR RETURN OF SENIOR TENNIS: No Senior Events Will Take Place Before September 1, 2020

    July 22, 2020

    Read the entire article here.

    The article reads in part: “No firm dates have yet been set for a return to play on the ITF Seniors Tour or the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, but each tour’s committee has decided that there will be no resumption of play on either tour before the week commencing 31 August 2020. 

    In order to support a safe return to international tennis tournaments, the ITF has devised protocols for all tournament hosts and participants that aim to mitigate the risk of exposure to, and spread of, Covid-19. The protocols will be updated on a regular basis as the global situation regarding Covid-19 continues to change. The protocols can be viewed here:  

    Return to Tennis – Participants 

    Return to Tennis – Tournament Organisers  

    Any tournament which goes ahead once the tours resume must also follow government requirements, where those requirements go beyond the ITF protocols

    In order to be eligible for addition to the ITF calendar, the following criteria [plus much more] must be met:

    “1. Government legislation must permit a tennis event to be held in the host country.

    2. The host nation’s borders must be open to international visitors, giving sufficient and reasonable access to that nation to players, as determined by the ITF.

    3. Each host organizer must, on application to host a tournament, confirm that it will implement the minimum standards set out in the ‘risk mitigation’ section….”

    In addition there must be a Covid officer for the tournament.

    There is much more information about the duties of both tournament participants and organizers in the above referenced links.

    As knowledge of Covid-19 evolves so will the documents attached to the above referenced links.