Regional Closed Championship: Second Highest ITF Grade Tournament after ITF World Championships
New for 2012: The ITF has authorized a Regional Closed Championship. It is open only to competitors from Canada and the USA according to the eligibility rules of Tennis Canada and the USTA. A player may participate in one Regional Closed Championship in a calendar year.
This is a 210 point ITF Senior tournament authorized for the men’s 35-85 and women’s 35-80 divisions in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Tournament Sites interested in hosting this event must notify the USTA Adult Competition department and the ITF must approve the
All players participating in a Regional Closed Championship must have an IPIN and must have paid their annual IPIN fee. A White Badge or higher ITF referee must be used.
The tournament must be run using ITF Senior rules. To view the 2012 ITF Senior Regulations, click here: http://www.itftennis.com/media/107842/107842.pdf Appendix II particularly refers to the Regional Closed Championships.
This event can be divided into Seniors (35-55) and Super Seniors (60-85). If also sanctioned by the USTA, ITF Senior Regulations are to be used when they differ from USTA rules.
Advantages of this tournament:
Top players will be attracted to this event since it is the highest grade ITF tournament in North America
It will attract Canadians which will give it an international flair
It could be a USTA ranking tournament
It will offer singles, doubles and mixed doubles, and have men and women together, making it more social than most USTA tournaments