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  • 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 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 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 or POSTPONED
    Jan 17-24
    West Coast Super Senior Grand PrixThe Club at Sterling Oaks
    Naples, FL
    Clay2ITF Seniors 700

    POSTPONED to April 1-11
    Wilson 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 14-18Bocage Clay Court ChampionshipsBocage Racquet Club
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Clay2
    May 5-9Atlanta Senior Invitational ChampionshipsCherokee Town & CC
    Atlanta, GA
    Clay2
    May 10-1655 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 13-17Southern Senior Men's Clay Court ChampsRiver Hills Club
    Jackson, MS
    Clay3
    May 15-2050 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    May 19-23Pacific Coast Senior & Family ChampsBerkeley Tennis Club
    Berkeley, CA
    Hard3
    May 26-30Marin 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 3-635 IndoorsMaine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club
    Brunswick, ME
    Indoor Hard2
    June 9-13ED Rhawn LBC InvitationalLouisville Boat Club
    Louisville, KY
    Clay3
    June 24-27Jack Dorsey Memorial Senior ChampsWheeling Oglebay Tennis Club
    Wheeling, WV
    Clay3
    July 1-440, 45, 80, 85 & 90 IndoorsEagle Tennis Club
    Eagle, ID
    Indoor Hard2
    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 12-15Midwest Clay/BCCTC Senior OpenBeavercreek Clay Courts TC
    Beavercreek, OH
    Clay3
    Aug 23-2965 IndoorsLife Time Fitness
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Indoor Hard2
    Aug. 24-29El 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 21-24Texas 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
    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
    Dates: Aug. 16-23
    Location: Germantown Cricket Club
    Philadelphia, PA
    50TBADates: Nov. 5-11
    Location: Peachtree City Tennis Center
    Peachtree City GA
    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 3-8
    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 3-8
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: July 23-26
    Location: Agawam Hunt
    Rumford, RI
    85TBAMay 3-8
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    90TBAMay 3-8
    Laguna Woods TC
    Laguna Woods, CA
    Dates: Aug. 23-27
    Location: Longwood Cricket Club
    Chestnut Hill, MA

  • 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


  • 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. 


  • 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

  • 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 Cancels 2020 Young Seniors & 2020 Super Seniors World Championships

    Click here for more information.

    From the ITF Website: “(updated 14 July). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ITF Seniors (50-55-60 years), the ITF Young Seniors (35-40-45 years) and the ITF Super-Seniors (65-70-75-80-85 years) World Team & Individual Championships will not be held in 2020.

    These events will be held at the same locations in 2021 as they were scheduled to be played in 2020.

    The dates for the Seniors World Team Championships are confirmed to be April 25-May 8 2021 in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    I hope everyone is staying healthy and playing tennis near home. Hope to see you next year!


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

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

    I have included below excerpts related to SENIOR tennis only:

    USTA Statement on Event Cancellations – July 14, 2020

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

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

     

    The following events have been canceled:

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

    Adults

    • Men’s 65 USTA National Indoor Championships

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

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

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

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

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


  • 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)


  • USTA posts List of Super Senior International Team Applicants

    Here is the link to the list of players who applied for the USTA Super Senior teams. The event is scheduled for Oct 11-16 in Mallorca, Spain. So far this event is still on the ITF schedule. Team announcements will be made on July 30th.

    For more information go to the USTA Senior International page.


  • USTA National Senior Women’s Clay Courts (35/45/55/65/75/85/90) Cancelled for 2020; Will Resume in 2021

    Sue Bramlette, the tournament director for the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships (NSWCCC) in Houston, Texas, after consulting with the COO of the Houston Racquet Club (HRC) and the membership director of the HRC has concluded that the HRC will not be able to host the NSWCCC in 2020.

    There were a number of issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic that would or could impact the hosting of the tournament this year.

    The HRC plans to host the tournament in 2021.


  • USTA Update May 26: No National Play before August 1; Sections Can Resume Play if Local Conditions Allow

    Note that several sections, including NorCal, SoCal and Florida have suspended USTA play till July 1st.

    USTA Statement on Suspension of Events

    May 26, 2020
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    Update on Suspension of Play and Event Changes – May 26, 2020

     

    The USTA recognizes that the coronavirus has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. Because of that, it will be possible for people to return to playing tennis safely in some cities and states sooner than in others.

    At present, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders have been lifted or modified in some communities, and some are phasing tennis back in as a safe, or in certain cases, an “essential,” activity.

    Beginning June 1, the suspension of USTA Sanctioned products and events noted below will now be at the discretion of the USTA Sections and local health authorities. These USTA Sanctioned products and events include:

     

    • Adult and Junior Tournaments

    • USTA League

    • USTA Junior Team Tennis

    • USTA Social Leagues

    • Team Challenge

    • Team Tournaments

    • USTA School Programs

    • Tennis on Campus

    • Wheelchair Tennis

     (Emphasis added)

    The safety and well-being of all players and event personnel remains the first and foremost consideration of the USTA. All players should check their USTA Section homepage to determine when these USTA Sanctioned products and events will resume and under what conditions. In all cases, the USTA highly recommends that all players and facilities adhere to the “Playing Tennis Safely” guidelines, as well as all local health and safety regulations when returning to play.

     

    Please note the additional national suspensions below that are still in effect across the country: 

     

    All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, all Adults Category 2 and Category 3 tournaments, all Wheelchair L1 – L3 events, and all USTA Pro Circuit events will align with the same calendar as the ITF and be suspended through July 31. The ATP has also suspended events through July 31, while the WTA has suspended select events in July. In addition, the USTA has made the decision, separately, to cancel the 2020 National Clay Court Championships scheduled for July 11-19, and which would have taken place in seven cities across three states.

     

    “The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the tennis landscape, and it is our goal to ensure that the sport is able to be played in a safe and healthy fashion at the parks and facilities throughout the country once the pandemic subsides,” said Patrick Galbraith, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “One of the greatest aspects of this game is that it fosters a true community, and we look forward to the time when we can return to our local courts and use tennis to unite us all, once again.”  

     

    The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.

     

    In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020: 
     

    • USTA League National Championships

    • USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships

    • USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships
    • USTA Zone Team Championships

    • USTA National Team Championships
     

    For more information on the cancellation of the USTA League National Championships and USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, please visit the FAQ.

     

    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., is currently closed to the public. The facility’s Indoor Tennis Center was converted to a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients, while Louis Armstrong Stadium was utilized as a commissary to facilitate the creation of meal packages that were distributed to patients, workers and New York City school children. 

     

    The USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through June 7.

     

    Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.

     

    * The USTA Medical Advisory Committee includes: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA and USTA Board Member; Dr. Brian Daniels, MD, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and Medical Director, US Open; Dr. Mark Kovacs, Senior Director of Sports Science and Health, Cleveland Cavaliers; Dr. Bernard Camins, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Mt. Sinai; Mike Rodriguez, USTA Senior Director and US Open


  • ITF extends suspension of international tournaments through July 31 | ITF

    This includes all senior tournaments.

    The International Tennis Federation has extended the suspension of all ITF tournaments through to July 31 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
    — Read on www.itftennis.com/en/news-and-media/articles/itf-extends-suspension-of-international-tournaments-through-july-31/


  • Recent Category I Champions

    Husband/Wife Grass: 100: Kathy/Paul Settles; 120: Mai Ichikawa Abel/Brent Abel; 140: Dean Corley/Randi Reznik

    50/60/70/75/80 Hard Mixed: 50: Pat Crow/Tracie Currie; 60: Jonathan Fears/Shannon Carney; 70: Kathy Bennett/Jimmy Parker; 75: Suella Steel/Dean Corley; 80: Wilbur Jones/Roz King

    40 Hard Court/Father/Son/GF/GS: M40S: Francisco Clavet; M40D: Ross Duncan/Simon Chen; W40S: Hiromi Sasano; W40D: Debbie Spence Nasim/Tracie Currie; Mxd: Spence Nasim/Duncan; F/S: Bruce & Bruce Man Son Hing; GF/GS: Ethan Smith/James Stelson

    Men’s 60/75 Grass:  60S: Mark Vines; 60D: Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen; 75S/D: Jimmy Parker (with Ken Robinson)

    Husband Wife Indoors: Open: Kathy/Trung Nguyen; 100: Kathy/Paul Settles; 120: Peggy Kirkeeng/Michael Sperling; 140: Dean Corley/Randi Resnik

    30 Clay: WS: Charlotte Sikora; WD: Katrina Barnes/Marissa Chapin; MS: Christian Guevara; MD: Kriegler Brink/Cameron Nash; Mxd: Guevara/Abika Sperl:

    Father/Son Clay: Sr: Brett/Jerry Morse Karzen; SSr: Scott/P Estes; 80+: Alan/Robert Croll

    Men’s 35 Clay: S: Rodrigo Pacheco; D: Darrin Cohen/Ryan Sablan

    W90Grass: S/D: Rita Price (with Jane Lutz)

    M/S, F/D Clay: FD Open: David/Karly Friedman; SrFD: Steve/Jordan Vaughn; SSr FD: Julia/Richard Cohen; 80+ FD: Sheldon/Chance Fechtor; M/S: Caryn/Jordan Krasner; Sr M/S: Kyle/Anni Collette

    Women’s 35-85 Hard: 35S:Laura Graff; 35D: Jennifer Lyons/Julie Shapiro; 45S/D: Dina McBride (with Debbie Nasim); 55S: Fran Chandler; 55D: Rainy Miller/Shelly Works; 65S: Tina Karwasky; 65D: Andrea Barnes/Kandy Chain; 75S/D: Carolann Castell (with Heather Fiscalini); 85S/D: Margaret Canby (with Rose Austin)

    Men’s 75/80 Clay: 75S/D: Jimmy Parker (with Ken Robinson); 80S: Lester Sack; 80D: Wilbur Jones/William Woflf

    Men’s 60/65 Clay: 60S: Dan Waldman; 60D: Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen; 65S:Fred Robinson; 65D: Stanley Mescon/Alan Turner

    40-70 Mixed Clay: 40: Ben Cook/Liz Kotz; 50: Garth Thomson/Laurie Yarbrough; 60: Shannon Carney/Jon Fears; 70: Ann Bradley/Bernie McGuire

    M/D Clay: open: Michelle/Caitlyn Williams; Senior: Sheila/Nicole Chiricosta; SSr: Brenda Humpheys/Shelly Stillman Scott

    Men’s 55 Clay: Erik Luxembourg; D: Scott Works/Willie Alumbaugh

    Men’s 50 Clay: S: Oren Motevassel; D: Johan Hoegstedt/Fredrik Skoglund


  • ITF Postpones 2020 Seniors World Championships to 2021; (Young Seniors & Super Seniors Remain on Calendar for Now)

    23 April 2020


    ITF Statement regarding ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships


    In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ITF has suspended all Tours, including the ITF Seniors Tour until 13 July 2020, aligning with the ATP and WTA Tours respectively. This includes the postponement of the ITF Seniors (50-55-60 years) World Team & Individual Championships which had been scheduled to take place In Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, USA from 26 April to 9 May 2020.


    The ITF has been working with the host organiser, venues, event partners and independent travel advisors in recent weeks to identify a safe and viable date to reschedule the event in 2020. Protecting the health and well-being of players, officials, guests, club members and local communities has remained the priority.


    Due to the ongoing global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not been possible to achieve the criteria set for the event to be rescheduled in 2020, and as such the ITF Seniors (50-55-60 years) World Team & Individual Championships will not be held in 2020.


    The 2021 ITF Seniors (50-55-60 years) World Team & Individual Championships will therefore take place in Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, with the precise dates to be announced in due course.
    The ITF will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation alongside tournament hosts and partners, with the aim of resuming ITF tournaments as soon as it is safe to do so.


    The ITF Young Seniors (35-40-45 years) World Championships scheduled for 13-26 September 2020 in Umag, Croatia and the ITF Super-Seniors (65-70-75-80-85 years) World Championships scheduled for 11- 24 October 2020 in Mallorca, Spain both remain on the 2020 calendar.


    If you have any queries, please contact the ITF Seniors Department by email – seniors@itftennis.com

    The USTA has posted a link here regarding the postponement to 2021.


  • USTA Suspends Play Through May 31; ITF Suspends Play Through July 31st

    For future USTA updates click here.

    The publication of the National Standings list has been suspended along with tournament, league and other USTA programs until at least June 1st, 2020.

    The entirety of the April 13th post from USTA.com is posted below.

    Update on Suspension of Play and Event Changes – April 13, 2020

    Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee*, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events through May 31. This includes:\

    • Adult and Junior Tournaments

    • USTA League

    • USTA Junior Team Tennis

    • USTA Social Leagues

    • Team Challenge

    • Team Tournaments

    • USTA Schools programs

    • Tennis on Campus

    • Wheelchair events

    Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 31.

    All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, all Junior, Adult and Wheelchair L1 – L3 events, and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through July 12. The National Clay Court Championships, slated to begin on July 11, will proceed as scheduled, at this time.

    “The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the tennis landscape, and it is our goal to ensure that the sport is able to be played in a safe and healthy fashion at the parks and facilities throughout the country once the pandemic subsides,” said Patrick Galbraith, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “One of the greatest aspects of this game is that it fosters a true community, and we look forward to the time when we can return to our local courts and use tennis to unite us all, once again.”  

    The determination has also been made to suspend the calculation and publication of the National Standings List (NSL) for Adult, Junior and Wheelchair play until further notice. The NSL published on March 18 will serve as the most current until tournament competition resumes.

    In addition, to ensure that play taking place at local facilities will be the focus once the pandemic subsides, the following events will be canceled for 2020: 
     

    • USTA League National Championships

    • USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships

    • USTA Junior Intersectional Team Championships

    For more information on the cancellation of the USTA League National Championships and USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships, please visit the FAQ.

    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., is currently closed to the public. The facility’s Indoor Tennis Center has been converted to a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients, while Louis Armstrong Stadium is being utilized as a commissary to facilitate the creation of meal packages that are being distributed to patients, workers and New York City school children.

     

    The USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 31.

     

    Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.

     

    * The USTA Medical Advisory Committee includes: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA and USTA Board Member; Dr. Brian Daniels, MD, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., and Medical Director, US Open; Dr. Mark Kovacs, Senior Director of Sports Science and Health, Cleveland Cavaliers; Dr. Bernard Camins, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Mt. Sinai; Mike Rodriguez, USTA Senior Director and US Open Security.
     


  • Trish Faulkner, BallenIsles Country Club, Retirement Ceremony

    Trish Faulkner has been a part of the BallenIsles Country Club since its inception 25 years ago. Today marked the end of a remarkable run as the tennis director for the septuagenarian.

    The BallenIsles Country Club was going to give her a big send off but the Coronavirus interfered, so instead here is a You Tube link to her retirement ceremony which included a listing of some of her accomplishments (6 time Wimbledon participant for one along with being a Master USPTA professional).

    Trish will remain a part of the Palm Beach Gardens community and is looking to spending more time with their two children and three grandchildren.

    Here is a link to the video and a few photos from it.


  • Knee Meniscus Rehabilitation with Erin Boynton & Eric Wong (Coach E) & Precision Movement (Avoid the Knife Series)

    Erin Boynton, you may know is a terrific tennis player, top ranked Canadian in her age division and getting better every year). She’s also an orthopedic surgeon who has worked with the WTA at the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto, the Blue Jays baseball team and more. She’s a friend (and occasionally a foe on the court!) of mine. I have always found her advice to be helpful and reassuring. This is not a paid post.

    Dr. Boynton and Eric Wong have combined to create a knee rehabilitation program which senior tennis players (among others) could find useful in lieu of surgery or when rehabbing from surgery.

    To read more about this program, click here.

    AVOID THE KNIFE: Meniscus Program

    The AVOID THE KNIFE Meniscus Program is specifically designed for those with a recent or past meniscus tear who:

    • Are looking to avoid surgery
    • Require surgery and want to optimize their outcome
    • Have had surgery and want to ensure return to full function

    Please note that although I am an advocate of the work of Dr. Boynton and Coach E (this is not a paid post) I have no medical background. Please consult your medical team before beginning any new exercise program.


  • USTA Extends Suspension of USTA Sanctioned Tennis Events

    April 1, 2020

    USTA has suspended ITF sanctioned Senior events till July 13, 2020.

    USTA has suspended tournaments and programs including leagues which are not ITF sanctioned till June 1.

    The full statement from USTA.com is below:

    Updated Statement – March 23, 2020: 

    Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus and Wheelchair events, through May 3.

    Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.

    All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through June 7.

    Both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 3. Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.


  • 2020 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships are Postponed to 2021

    From the ITF website: https://www.itftennis.com/en/news-and-media/articles/2020-itf-seniors-world-championships-dates-locations-information/

    2020 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships

    *POSTPONED*

    Updated April 23, 2020: Postponed till 2021, dates TBA

    Location

    Team Championships: Boca Raton, Florida, USA

    Individual Championships: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

    Dates

    As of 17 March 2020, the ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships is postponed as a precautionary measure linked to the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus on the event.

    Every effort will be made by the host organisers, USTA and ITF to reschedule the event for a later date in 2020 provided a safe, viable date can be identified. Further updates relating to this will follow in due course.

    Venues 

    Team Championships: Boca Raton, Florida, USA

    Individual Championships: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

    Fact Sheet

    The fact sheet for both the Team & Individual Championships are available below should they be helpful to you in contacting hotels in the City. They will remain until the end of March for this purpose.


  • Bermuda Breeze Tournament: Now a Super Cat II & ITF Grade 1: March 30-April 5, 2020

    Due to Coronavirus this tournament is postponed, new dates TBA

    The popular Bermuda Breeze tournament is back as an ITF Grade 1 in 2020!

    To enter or go to the tournament website click here.


    To further inquire about the tournament, please contact the following individuals:

    General inquiries, Draws, Start dates, player benefits, etc.
    Patrick Singleton- patricksingleton@coralbeach.bm


    Accommodation, Coral Beach Club amenities, things to do in Bermuda, Transportation
    Kelly Stockley- kellystockley@coralbeach.bm


    Finding a doubles partner, warm up hits, lessons, Player Parties, tennis clinics for players
    Neal Towlson- nealtowlson@coralbeach.bm

    • Location: Coral Beach & Tennis Club
    • Surface: Clay
    • Deadline to enter: March 15, 2020


  • Fort Lauderdale (Jabour) ITF Grade 1/USTA Super Cat II Women’s Tennis: Day 1

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    In 2020 the USTA scheduled the Palm Beach Gardens (for even age divisions) and Fort Lauderdale (for odd age divisions) back to back. The Fort Lauderdale tournament began today at the Lauderdale Tennis Club, an old fashioned, tennis-centric club surrounded by condominium buildings named for historic tennis players (Lenglen, Tildon etc.).

    This week I’m playing my first 65s tournament. Last year I played the 55s, so I keep looking for my name in the 55s…it’s not there this year, though Shelly Works, the woman I played in the final is the second seed again this year. (Jenny Klitch is the top seed.)

    I played Miriam Morey from North Carolina. She’s a professor at Duke in NC ( From the Duke website: “The general focus of Dr. Morey’s work is exercise and aging. All of her research examines how physical activity, exercise training, or physical fitness influence”). Miram plays at the same club where Wendy McColskey, the #2 seed here is a member. She’s a quick counterpuncher, and after adjusting to the wind we had some good rallies but I came out ahead. I play Helga Immerfall next in the quarters.

    There were no close matches in the 65s and all the seeds won. The seeds in other singles divisions had byes and in doubles, the seeds are playing tomorrow for the most part.

    The 85s draw, though only 6 players, is quite strong with Burnett Herrick, Judy Smith, Lucille Kyvallos, Margaret Canby, Esther Williams and Laurie Leach all playing. Smith beat Canby and Williams beat Leach today. All are enthusiastic about the thought of the ITF holding the Women’s 85 Cup in Mallorca this fall.

    Draws can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=245910#&&s=7Draws13


  • Palm Beach Gardens Grandes Dames ITF Grade 1/USTA Super Cat II Saturday, Day 5

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    Jenny Klitch went three for three in Palm Beach Gardens, winning the 50 singles & doubles (with Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian) on Friday and adding the 40 doubles title (with Andi Pliski) on Saturday, beating the impending rain. The 40s final was a three-setter with the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center pro Tara Pressley and Julie Axlerod giving the defending champions a strong challenge, taking the second set 62 before Klitch/Pliski won the third 62. There were a lot of spectators cheering despite the overcast skies.

    Susanne Clark, unseeded, won the 80 singles without dropping a set, beating her doubles partner, Grace Woo in the final. Clark/Woo finished second in doubles, beating the #2 seeds, Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick in two tight sets. The top seeds, Inge Weber/Dorothy Wasser, won the 80 doubles title, winning all three matches in straight sets.

    Kathy Zanon/Ann Jacobs were tied at 2-2 in the third with top seeds Abbi Neuthaler/Kim Jones when the rain stopped the match under the Friday night lights. When they returned Saturday Jacobs/Zanon won the third set 63 and advanced to the final against #2 seeds Aimee Norris/Anne Frautschi. Frautschi/Norris came out of the gates strong, winning the first set 63, but Jacobs/Zanon played a nearly perfect final two sets winning 62 in the third to claim the 60 doubles title. Jones/Neuthaler finished third.

    Click here to see all photos

    Click here to see draws.