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  • 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.]

    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]

  • 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 2-8The Great Park
    Irvine, Calif.
    HardClick here to enter
    November 11-16, 2020Westlake Athletic Club
    Westlake Village, Calif.
    Men's 45
    HardClick here to enter
    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
    December 9-15Club Green Meadows
    Vancouver, WA
    (W40/50/70/80/90 & M/D)
    IndoorsClick here to enter

    For updates and changes click here.


  • 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


  • 2020 Women’s Category II Schedule (Partial, Tentative)

    The USTA will publish the 2020 Cat II Schedule here. Or check on tennislink.usta.com.

    The table below has a list of Cat II tournaments; only the ones which have links to tennislink sites are confirmed. Please check back for updates. Any event which has no link is TENTATIVE as to dates, location etc.

    Dates (tentative unless there is a link to the website)LocationSurfaceCategory II or Super Category IIITF Grade
    Jan 28-Feb 1Palm Beach Gardens Tennis CenterPalm Beach Gardens, FLClaySuper Cat IIGrade 1
    January 18-26Wilson World Tennis Classic
    HardSuper Cat IIGrade 1
    February 5-9Lamita Jabour Grandes Dames, Lauderdale Tennis Club, Fort Lauderdale, FLClaySuper Cat IIGrade 1
    February 18-22Joanne Russell Cup, Sanchez-Casal Academy, Naples, FLClaySuper Cat IIGrade 1
    PostponedBermuda Cat II, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Warwick, MBClaySuper Category IIGrade 1
    CancelledBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    HardCategory IIGrade 1
    TBA (Postponed or Cancelled)Westwood Sr Championships Austin, TX Hard (60 and under); Clay (65 and over)Super Cat IIGrade 1
    TBA Lynchburg City Open
    Oakwood Country Club
    Lynchburg, VA
    ClayCategory II
    TBAMarin Seniors, Mill Valley Tennis Club, Mill Valley, CAHardSuper Category IIGrade 1
    TBASenior Slam, Guilford, CTHardSuper Category II Grade 1
    July 7-12Aston Park TC
    Asheville, NC
    ClayCategory II
    July 16-19CANCELLEDHardCategory II
    July 27-August 2CANCELLEDHardSuper Cat IIGrade 1
    August 18-23CANCELLEDHardCANCELLEDGrade 1
    October 14-18Cooper Cup
    Lauderdale Tennis Club
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    ClayDesignated Sectional Open
    October 22-25Texas Super Seniors
    McFarlin Tennis Center
    San Antonio, TX
    HardDesignated Sectional Open
    November 2-8 Top Gun Tennis Chmpshps Orange County CAHardDesignated SectionalOpen
    November 2-6Las Vegas Senior Open, Darling TC, Las Vegas, NVHardDesignated Sectional Open
    December 9-13 Phoenix Fiesta Senior
    Scottsdale, AZ
    HardDesignated Sectional Open


  • Miami Regional Championship: Sunday Wrap

    Saturday afternoon and Sunday there was still quite a bit of tennis to play in Miami Beach at the ITF Regional Championship. I’m relying on the scores from the website, so if there’s an error as to who won, let me know, and please contact the tournament director to correct it online.

    Men’s 40: (1) Michael Halperin d. (4) Ry Tarpley (3 sets)

    Men’s 45: renee busch d. (1) Philippe Leblanc

    Men’s 50: (1) Eoin Collins d. (2) Gabriel Keymer (64 64)

    Men’s 55: Vincent Horcasitas d. (2) Denis Dumas 62 61 (Horcasitas also beat the top seed 61 61 in the quarters)

    Men’s 60: (1) joakim berner d. (5) Ross Persons (3 sets)

    Men’s 65: (1) Frits Raijmakers d. (2) Galba Couto (60 62)

    Men’s 75: 1) Jimmy Parker d. (2) Fred Drilling (61 63)

    Men’s 35 and 70 finished yesterday.

    Note again, that Heather Nobler won the women’s 35s. It was incorrectly recorded into the tournament software program initially.

    Nobler, Smashey

    Doubles:

    Men’s 45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack (63 63)

    Men’s 55: (1) Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman

    Men’s 65: 1) Raijmakers/Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman (62 60)

    Men’s 75 & 35 were played yesterday…reported in yesterday’s blog.

    Women’s 45: Vasconcellos/Yanagi d. Chase/Williams (64 63)

    Women’s 55: Rainy Miller/Shelly Works won a 3 team RR

    Mixed 35: Rawlings/Turner d. (2) Beaudoin/Demer (by default); however Rawlings/Turner beat top seeded Choi/OLEJNIK in three sets in the semis, reported as 76 in the third.

    Mixed 45: Chase/Craft d. Maheu/Martinez (75 61; no seeds in this division)

    Mixed 55: Miller/Persons d. (1) Dumas/Stobbe 46 75 1-0 (6); photo below courtesy of Rainy Miller

    Persons, Miller, Stobbe, Dumas

    Results are here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=232508

    Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7

    Other articles about this event:

    Miami Beach: North American Regional Tennis Tournament

    Miami Beach RC: Friday Vibes; Works Wins a Saturday Marathon


  • Miami Beach RC: Friday Vibes; Works Wins a Saturday Marathon

    March 9, 2019

    Friday in Miami Beach…is noisy! Bands tuning up, motorcycles racing, rush hour traffic, high season energy. I played Dagmar Sperneder from Austria in the de facto 60s final and won. We played one court removed from a busy street, and across the street from a park where a band sounded like it was making sure its instruments worked (they did, believe me). It was noisy and windy and basically a normal high season Friday afternoon in Miami.

    There were a lot of players onsite yesterday, unlike the sleepy atmosphere of Wednesday afternoon. The matches ran an hour late…we barely finished before dark. Our 3:30 match was scheduled for 2:45 on Thursday night, 3pm by Friday morning and by Friday afternoon the time had changed to 3:30, with the only notifications appearing on the website.

    Shelly Works was soooo happy to finally play a match. She arrived Monday and didn’t get to play till Friday (she did receive a default on Thursday). Shelly actually got to play twice…she and Rainy Miller won their 6:30 pm doubles match and Shelly looked like she wanted to run around and play singles on the doubles court. Both played well and won. Saturday update: Shelly won the final in three sets, despite losing the first set 60 and facing three consecutive match points at 4-5 in the third, taking the tiebreak 7-3 against top seeded Simone Vasconcellos. Rainy as tweeting a group of players first on changeovers, then game by game and finally point by point in the TB.

    Fran, Rainy, Carolyn, Kaysie, Shelly

    Jenny Klitch blitzed the opposition in the 50s, winning the final against Julie Dybendahl of Australia without losing a game. Dybendahl though upset the 2nd seed in the semis, and had a good tournament herself. Donna Fales (W70) and Jenny are shown below; Donna finished 3rd in the women’s 70s and Toni Novack, USA finished 2nd. Leila Musalem won the event.

    Nancy Hilliard (45) and Kaysie Smashey (35) added to the trophy haul for Texas, winning their singles events. Smashey beat Heather Nobler 63 63 in the final. CORRECTION: Nobler BEAT Smashey 63 63. Hilliard beat unseeded Tangerine Manning who fought her way to the final with consecutive 3-set wins, upsetting Kristen Kepler in the semis.

    In men’s divisions, winners are: M35: Henry Choi; M40: Ry Tarpley UPDATE: I omitted Tarpley’s opponent, he plays vs Michael Halperin in the final. M45: Renee Busch vs Philippe LeBlanc in the final tomorrow; M50: Eoin Collins vs Gabriel Keymer; M55: Denis Dumas vs Vincent Horcasitas; M60: Ross Persons (seeded #5; #2 seeded Stu Saiki retired due to a bum leg in the quarters to Eric Friedman; Persons beat Friedman); M65: Fritz Raijmakers (Netherlands) vs Galba Couto; M70: Michael Beautyman, seeded 2, beat top seeded Bruce Barrett (also his doubles partner) in three sets; M75: Jimmy Parker and Fred Drilling play the final tomorrow; M80 had only 2 players.

    Bruce Barrett

    In doubles: M35: Choi/Nick Rainey won; M45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack; M55: Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman; M65:(1)Raijmakers/Danny Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman; M75: Jonsson/Parker won; unfortunately they had to play Drilling/Tibbits in the semis and won that in three sets…

    In women’s doubles: 35s: Heather Nobler/Smashey won the 35s (only two teams); 45s: Chase/Williams will face Vasconcellos/Yanagi who beat the #2 and #1 seeds respectively. Michelle Willams is Rhyne Williams mom… 55s is a round robin and finishes tomorrow.

    Draws are here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=232508

    Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7


  • Miami Beach: North American Regional Tennis Tournament

    March 7, 2019

    Miami Beach…March…what a nice place to be while the North is freezing and the West is raining! Even though the weather has been variable this week, from 90 on Monday to highs around 70 on Wednesday, it’s a nice place for a winter tournament.

    The entries, particularly for the women, weren’t as large as expected but there are enough foreign players, especially from South America and Canada, to give the tournament an international vibe.

    On check in we received a (men’s) t-shirt (courtesy of Lucky in Love), a towel, sunglasses and a tote bag.

    I played Suzanne Siegler yesterday in the 60 singles round robin and won. Today Dagmar Sperneder of Austria beat Suzanne 61 64 so we play tomorrow for the title. In the 50s, Jenny Klitch is the top seed, and won yesterday to advance to the semis to be played tomorrow. She’s the only American left in the draw, along with two So American players and an Aussie. (Miami is a nice place to be when it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere). Shelly Works is the 2nd seed and Simona Vasconcellos is the top seed in the 55s. Vasconcellos plays an intriguing match against Fran Chandler in the semis. Fran won their only prior meeting in three sets. Works, who arrived Monday, is looking forward to playing her first match tomorrow…she got a default today and plays fellow Texan Gayle Prejean tomorrow. Donna Fales and Toni Novack are playing 70s., though Toni lost her first match in the four player round robin. Kaysie Smashey, who was a singles finalist at the world championships in November here, leads the 35s seeds while another Texan, Nancy Hilliard, is the top seed in the 45s.

    The younger men’s draws were pretty large, and there are a lot of familiar names. 2014 world champion Eoin Collins leads the men’s 50; Michael Halperin is the top seed in men’s 40s; Phillips Leblanc is the Men’s 45 top seed; Jimmy Parker leads the 75s; Achim Gass and Denis Dumas are the top 55 seeds; Joaquin Berner and Stu Saiki top the 60 seeds; Fritz Raijmakers of the Netherlands is the 65 #1 seed. Bruce Barrett was the top 70 seed but was injured in his first match; Correction:the incorrect winner was reported and Barrett in fact WON by retirement. (His opponent was in a car accident). Michael Beautyman is the 2nd seed.

    There was a fantastic player party on Wednesday night. Everyone LOVED the food. (Even Fran Chandler!). There was a pasta bar (everything from fettuccine to butternut squash ravioli to cheese tortellini plus toppings of veggies, chicken, shrimp, cheese and three sauces); a sushi bar, poke bowls, great hors d’oeurves, and a wonderful desserts, (brownies with ice cream; yummy chocolate chip cookies and more). The location is right on the beach.

    I also took a walk along the boardwalk (some sketchy hotels, which apparently will make room for new buildings soon) but the life guard stations were cool!

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.


  • Kraujina, Klitch, Novack, Weber Win Singles Titles Saturday

    Kristin Kraujina of Florida won the 30 singles on a sunny, breezy Saturday. Kraujina lives in a town called Sunny Isles Beach, which sounds awfully pleasant! She won the four player round robin without dropping a set.

    Jenny Klitch of Florida dominated the 50 singles, dropping only two games (routing her opponents en route to the title one could say). She beat Yvette Kruger who is a very good tennis player, 60 61, playing steady, aggressive and smart tennis. Alice Stubbs of NC placed third, winning a tough three-setter over Canadian Adrienne Simmons.

    Toni Novack, also currently residing in Florida (there’s a theme here), upset top seeded Molly Hahn of MA 64 62, hitting her usual (for her) magical dropshots to take the 70s title. Susan Kimball placed third over Brenda Winstead.

    Inge Weber, of Canada (but spending the winter in, you guessed it, Florida) beat Dorothy Wasser, her doubles partner 75 62 to take the 80s crown. Burnett Herrick took third over Lucille Kyvallos.

    The 60s had a larger draw so only the semis were played today. I beat a tired Kathy Vick 61 62 and in the upset of the day, Wendy McColskey won a set from Diane Barker. Then Diane, according to Wendy, changed her strategy, which was a very effective adjustment since Diane won the next two sets 61 61. Their match lasted only a few minutes longer than our match.

    Klitch and Andi Piski won the 40 doubles over Stacey Williams/Mariana Hollman 61 62 in an entertaining match.

    Susan Harris/Patricia Randolph from Alabama won the 50 doubles, beating Williams/Hollman in a marathon match 76 (5) in the third!

    Ellen Goodman/Winstead upset Hahn/Kimball in the 70 doubles final, 64 67 64. Hahn/Kimball rallied from 15 down in the second to force a deciding set, but Goodman/Winstead played awfully well to get the win. It was really windy in the afternoon (I saw a tent blow over) which affected the 70s doubles match a lot but overall the quality was very good.

    Wasser/Weber won the 80s round robin doubles over Carol Wood/Herrick in three sets.

    In semifinal action, the 60s doubles semis were both decided by a third set. Ann Jacobs/Betsy Savitt took out Kathy Vick/Kim Jones in three sets while Ligia Bottinelli/Abbi Neuthaler beat Kathy Foulk/Bunny Allare 61 in the third.

    Results are here.

    Photos are here.


  • Les Grandes Dames Palm Beach Gardens: Super Cat II/ITF Grade 1

    Happy New Year everyone…the first tournament of the year for me anyway is this week in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Venus has a place for sale if you are interested).

    2019 marks a renewed cooperation between the ITF and USTA, resulting in ITF Grade 1 status for some of our Super Category 2 tournaments and Grade A status for all USTA National tournaments in the 35-85 age divisions, plus mixed. In return the USTA will not require IPIN holders to have a USTA membership in order to play in ITF sanctioned tournaments held in the USA.

    Click here to see the draws and results.

    As usual, there are a fair number of Canadians here this tournament but not a lot of other foreign players. Below are Irwin Tobias and Adrienne Simmons (who has caused 2 upsets so far).

    The tournament is being held at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, just down the street from BallenIsles. There are 18 lovely clay courts here and the facility will be even better next year after a big clubhouse renovation is started and completed. The women’s 40-80 clay courts will be held her in April.

    I am playing in a very strong 60s division, led by Diane Barker. Wendy McColskey, Bunny Allare and Kathy Vick are also playing along with Kim Dean, Kathy Foulk, Janet Mosley and Frances O’Sullivan to name a few. All eight seeds reached the quarters without drama.

    The 50s lost the 3 and 4 seeds yesterday as Adrienne Simmons (a Georgia based Canadian) beat the #4 seed Daniela Esswein and Alice Stubbs took out #3 seeded Melanie Crampton, both in three sets. Jenny Klitch and Yvette Kruger though the top 2 seeds, cruised into the semis today

    The four seeds in the 70s advanced to the semis today with Molly Hahn to face Sue Kimball and Brenda Winstead to face Toni Novack.

    In the 80s, Canadian Inge Weber the top seed and Burnett Herrick, the second seed, reached the semis.

    In the 50s, Corey Reese and Simmons beat the #2 seeds convincingly to reach the semis.

    Lisa Hoffstein/Sally Zasloff took out #5 seeded Peggy Machoian/Joan Oelschlager in the 60 doubles; the remaining 7 seeds advanced.

    Hahn/Kimball and Ellen Goodman/Winstead the top 70s seeds, advanced to the semis.


  • 2019 USTA Men’s Category II Schedule

    Click here to view schedule on USTA.com (and check for updates)

    Click here to return to carolynnichols.com. 

    DateTournamentCategory
    Jan. 19-27Wilson Rancho Mirage, CA Super Cat II Jan. 19-27Super Cat II
    ITF Grade 1
    Jan. 21-27West Coast Super Senior GP Naples, FLSuper Cat II
    Feb. 25- March 3Raymond James Super Senior Grand Prix at the St. Petersburg Country Club, FLSuper Cat II
    March 5-10Miami Beach Tennis Cup, ITF Regional Cat II
    ITF Regional
    April 15-21The Bermuda Clay Court Championships at the Coral Beach & Tennis Club Cat II
    April 24-28Harry V. Barton Bocage Clay Court Invitational, Baton Rouge, LASuper Cat II
    May 1-5Southern Senior Mens and Womens Clay Court Open Championships, Jackson, MSCat II
    May 8-12Atlanta Sr. Invitational Championship, Atlanta, GASuper Cat II
    May 13-17Morristown SuperSenior Category II Championships, Morristown, NJCat II
    May 22-27Pacific Coast Sr & Family Cat IISuper Cat II
    June 6-9Marin Championships, Mill Valley, CACat II
    May 23- 27Westwood Senior Championships, Austin, TXSuper Cat II/ITF Grade 1
    May 30 – June 2Midwest Clay Court Championships, Category II, Carmel, INCat II
    June 6-9Senior Slams Hard Court at Yale National , New Haven, CTCat II
    June 6-9Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior Open Category II Championships, Wheeling, W. VACat II
    June 7-9Ed Rhawn LBC Invitational, Louisville, KYCat II
    July 18-21Oregon State Tennis Championships Senior Men's Category IICat II
    July 29 – August 4$32,000 128th Washington State Open and Seniors, Seattle, WACat II
    Aug. 13-18 $20,000 El Paso Adult and Senior Open, El Paso, TXCat II
    Sept. 8-1592nd Annual Pacific Southwest Championships, Newport Beach, CASuper Cat II
    Sept. 10-15Northern VA Men's Super Cat IISuper Cat II
    October 24-27Texas Cat II Super Senior, San Antonio, TXCat II
    Oct 30-Nov 3Bermuda Family Championships, BermudaCat II FAMILY
    November 4-9Nov. 4-9, Las Vegas Senior Open
    Dec. 3 - 8Longboat Key Senior Clay Courts, Longboat Key, FLSuper Cat II
    Dec. 4 – 8 Fiesta Bowl Phoenix Senior Open, Phoenix, AZCat II


  • New Category 2 in Massachusetts: Clem Easton Tournament

    The USTA has added a Category 2 tournament to the national schedule. It will be held June 21-24 at the Field Club of Longmeadow in East Longmeadow, MA. This tournament will be played on green clay. Age divisions offered are Men’s, Women’s and Mixed starting with the 60+ age division and going up to 90 (men) and 75 (women).

    Deadline to enter is June 18, 2018

    To enter click here.


  • 2018 National Schedule Now Posting on Carolynnichols.com

    2018 Schedule with links has started posting on carolynnichols.com Click here to see schedule. This will be updated periodically. The date of the last update will appear on the site.

    New for 2018 are NTRP National Championships in the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions.

    Click here to see the schedule on USTA.com. Scroll down past the 2017 Schedule to see the 2018 Schedule (without links). Note that some dates are off on this schedule compared to the tennislink dates. I’ve gone with the tennislink dates when this is an issue.


  • 2018 USTA National Schedule 

    Scroll down PAST 2017 schedule to see 2018 Schedule. Links to tournaments are not yet available.

    Update: Some links now listed here: Carolynnichols.com/18Schedule

    Links to all tournaments

    Cat 1 Women’s Schedule 

    Cat 1 Men’s Schedule

    Cat 1 Family Schedule 

    Cat 1 Mixed Schedule 

    Cat 2 Schedule


  • Russell Grandes Dames, A Category II USTA Tournament

    There is a new Category II tournament in Naples, for women age 40-80, even divisions for singles and odd and even for 50-80, plus 40 doubles. I am playing 60 singles and 40 doubles (with Leslie Wargo from Ohio).

    The team is named for Naples resident Joanne Russell, the former tour player and TV commentator. She’s also playing, 60 doubles, though she normally plays pickleball, not tennis these days.

    The site is the Naples Bath and Tennis Club, home of the Sanchez/Casal tennis academy, There are a few hard courts and about 30 clay courts here, it’s a massive facility and a nice one.

    Play began today in all divisions. The 80s has a 5 person round robin, and Carol Wood was upset that she’d have to play two singles matches in one day (the sanction for the tournament was for Wed Feb 15-Sunday Feb 19, but the tournament director shortened it to the 16-19 long after entries opened and plane tickets were purchased. To be fair, the draws are mostly pretty small, which is probably why he shortened it. In the end, Carol upset Burnett Herrick, the 2015 World Champion in the 80s, in three sets, after dropping the first set. (Burnett also had to play an earlier match). Inge Weber, the 2016 world champion in the 80s, also advanced.

    The rest of the results went pretty much as expected. Many of the seeds don’t play till tomorrow.

    Naples is on the West Coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. I went to the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park later in the afternoon, after a light practice. It’s a nice park, a mile or so long with a path adjacent to the beach, lots of picnic tables, and a quiet beach (with lots of shells). It was very windy today, and the sunset wasn’t a spectacular one, but it was nice to see a sunset over the water.

    Tomorrow I  have singles & doubles.

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    Link to draws: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=190084


  • Into the Final at BallenIsles on a Warm and Windy Saturday

    It was a warm and windy day in Palm Beach Gardens. I played Wendy McColskey from NC today, our third meeting in a year. It was a tough match with long rallies. We finished the first set about the time Diane Barker finished off her match, even though we started at the same time. I won 62 63, rallying from 1-3, ad out in the second. Pat Purcell and I played Wendy and her sister Dale. Pat played great and we won 61 63. We play Abbi Neuthaler/Kathy Foulk in the final which will be a tough match. They took out the team which beat the #2 seeds on the first day.
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    In the 50s. Shelly Works beat Rene Tharpe, also in two hours 75 62, but Terri Gaskill had to go three sets and over three hours to dispatch Erin Boynton, who played an excellent match. Jenny Klitch/Kim Jones and Works/Marianna Hollman advanced to the doubles final.

    The 70s final is set between Betty Wachob (who beat Sue Kimball in three sets) and Carol Clay (who dispatched Charleen Hillebrand).  Wachob/Hillebrand beat Delfausse/Kimball in the 70 doubles final today.

    The 80s final is set between Carol Wood/Inge Weber, while the doubles was won by Weber/Dorothy Wasser over Wood/Kathy Langer.

    In the 40s, there’s a round robin for singles, with Sophy Ronan from Canada so far undefeated. In doubles, Jenny Klitch/Andi Piski take on Canadians Ronan/Paula Mylisevek in the doubles final which should be a good match. Piski is a seriously good player (#1 for Auburn in tennis in former days).

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    Tomorrow will be warmer (88!) and windy (26mph!) with a slight chance of rain (20%). All in all some good tennis today and more to come tomorrow.

    Results: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=185079

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/ctyxYzJKrZmd5Rbb8

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  • BallenIsles Grandes Dames Starts Today: Note Parking Alert!

    BallenIsles,  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    From Tournament Director Trish Faulkner: PARKING ALERT!! THIS YEAR YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARK AT THE SPORTS COMPLEX HOWEVER YOU MUST USE VALET PARKING (NO TIPPING) ALL PARKING SPOTS ARE RESERVED FOR MEMBERS ONLY.PLEASE CAR POOL IF YOU CAN. PARKING PASSES MAYBE PICKED UP AT TOURNAMENT DESK; Also, note that players may not use the pool or member lounge, but may use fitness (after 11, for a fee). For more information click here.

    The Valet parking attendants are in front of the sports complex!

     

    This is the first Cat II tournament of the year and has a very strong draw in women’s 40/50/60/70 & 80, including current world champion Inge Weber (W80), current US #1 (and former world champion) Brenda Carter (W70), Multi world champion Diane Barker (W60), US 50s doubles champions Shelly Works and Marianna Hollman and top Canadians Paula Mysilvecek/Sophie Ronan (W40D; though Paula is also an American).

     

    Draws can be found here: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185079#&&s=6

     

    I play tomorrow singles and doubles (with Pat Purcell, St. Louis, MO).

     

     

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