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Getting Started in the USTA Pro Circuit - Men

May 25, 2008 01:28 PM

Welcome to the USTA Men’s Pro Circuit. To give you a better understanding of your upcoming endeavors as a professional tennis player here is an explanation of how the USTA Men’s Pro Circuit works.

We have two types of events on the USTA Men’s Pro Circuit: Futures and Challengers.

1. FUTURES
Futures are professional tournaments ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 in Prize Money. They are stand-alone events and are not linked together. Computer ranking points are awarded for each individual Futures event and will be posted on the ATP rankings list two weeks after completion of each event. You must reach the round of 16 of the Main Draw to earn one point.

The draw sizes for $10,000 Futures is 32 Main Draw, 128 Qualifying Draw and sometimes 64 Quali draws.
The draw sizes for $15,000 Futures is 32 Main Draw and 64 Qualifying Draw.

2. CHALLENGERS:

The next level of competition is the Challenger level with prize money ranging from $25,000 to $50,000. Challengers build a bridge between the Professional Tennis tours allowing players to earn more points per round and further improve their world rankings. The Men’s Challenger Circuit consists of approximately 22 events spread throughout the year. The draw sizes for Challengers are 32 Main Draw and 32 Qualifying draw.

ENTERING A TOURNAMENT

Any player who has an ATP World Ranking must enter the events in writing by the entry deadline. Acceptance into the Main Draw is determined by the player’s rank.

Any player who does not have an ATP World Ranking does not have to enter in writing, however must appear in person to sign-in for Qualifying.

ITF
International Tennis Federation
ATP
Association of Tennis Professionals
All Entries into USA Futures must be sent to the ITF office in London 14 days prior to the Monday of the Tournament Week.
Contact:
Suzanne Hibberdine
Tel:011-44-208-392-4682
Fax: 011-44-208-392-4777
All Entries into Challengers must be sent to the ATP office in Florida 21 days prior to the Monday of the Tournament Week.
Contact:
Erika Green
Tel: 904-285-8000
Fax: 904-285 5966


SIGNING-IN FOR QUALIFYING:

You must be physically present to sign-in for Qualifying at Futures and Challengers.
You CANNOT sign-in over the phone.

Qualifying sign-in for Futures takes place from 4 –7 p.m. the day before Qualifying play.

Qualifying sign-in for Challengers takes place from 7-9 p.m. the day before Qualifying play

All information regarding Qualifying Sign-in such as date and location is provided on the tournament Fact Sheet. This tournament fact sheet also gives important details such as which airport to fly into, at which hotel to stay, Wild Card events, transportation, and directions.

Acceptance into Qualifying is determined by a player’s rank. We have a system of merit that we go by and this list determines who makes it into the draw.

ATP
National Rank
No rank
(If more people have signed-in than spots available, there is never a guarantee that a player will be accepted into the draw).

If you have any sort of proof of an international ranking from your federation, we strongly advise that you bring it with you to the Qualifying sign-in.

Once you have signed-in for Qualifying you must wait until after the USTA Supervisor has made the draw and the schedule of play to find out whether you will be playing.

ENTRY LISTS:
To verify your status on a tournament’s entry list you may call us at the USTA Circuit office in New York. You may also call the ITF Circuit office in London for Futures entry lists and the ATP in Florida for Challenger entry lists. Entry lists are also posted on our website. *Remember entry lists for a Futures is available 2 weeks before the tournament date and entry lists for Challengers are ready 3 weeks before the tournament date.*


PRIZE MONEY and AMATEUR STATUS:
Players receive their due prize money at the tournament site. If a player leaves the tournament before picking up his prize money, his check will be forwarded to him by the USTA Supervisor or by the USTA Circuit office.

If you plan on attending college or are currently attending college, please be advised that accepting prize money is against the policy set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Student-athletes may not accept prize money based on place finish, however if you claim Amateur status, you may apply for partial reimbursement of expenses incurred during the tournament. The NCAA has approved the system of reimbursement the USTA has set in place for amateurs.

An OFFICIAL USTA AMATEUR REIMBURSEMENT FORM must be completed by the amateur and returned to the USTA Supervisor. The Supervisor then determines the amount of reimbursement based on the system in-place and a check is made to the player. (Please ask the Supervisor if you would like a detailed explanation of how Amateur Reimbursement is calculated.)


WILD CARDS:
You may place a request to be selected as a Wild Card entry into a tournament. All USTA Wild Cards are decided at the USA Tennis High Performance office in Key Biscayne, FL. Requests must be made on the WILD CARD REQUEST FORM. Please contact Elke Juul at 305-365-8782 for information regarding your requests.

GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:

Website: www.procircuit.usta.com
Fax on Demand: 201-461-8536

Website & Faxback includes:
Tournament Fact Sheets
Calendars
Address lists
Entry/Withdrawal Forms
Wild Card Request Forms
Important Player Notices


USTA Circuit Office:
Danielle Gooding - 914-696-7277
Julio Echavarria - 914-696-7274
Fax #: 914-696-7178

Address:
USTA
70 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, NY 10604

We hope this helps you understand better your upcoming endeavors in becoming a professional tennis player. If you have any questions, we will be glad to walk you through this over the phone. The USTA Tour Supervisors are also on site at tournaments to answer any questions you have.

Good luck.

Danielle Gooding

 

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