Question A: I am 42. I met the minimum play requirements in both the 35s and the 40s and had a strong record in both. Can I be considered for both teams?
Answer : Yes, your 35s record would be considered for the 35s and your 40s record for the 40s. Your 35s record would be considered for the 40s but wouldn’t carry as much weight. Your 40s record would be considered for the 35s, but would not carry much weight.
Question B: I had a win over the top player in the 40s but it was in a 35s tournament. Is this win considered when selecting the 40s team?
Answer: Yes, but not as strongly as your results in the 40s.
Question C: The date the teams will be selected has been announced to be July 1st. Last year I played a Category I National, the dates of which were June 27- July 1st, even though it actually was finished June 30th. Will this tournament count as being played within 12 months of the selection date?
Answer: Yes, any tournament which has posted dates which include the selection date will be considered as meeting the minimum play requirements regardless of when the actual date the tournament finished.
Question D: I am ranked #2 in my age division and met the minimum play requirements. Should I be packing my bags?
Answer: Hold off on packing your bags till after the announced selection date. Ranking is not a factor in team selection. The Committee considers wins and losses, results on the surface of the upcoming Cups, recent results and other factors listed in the guidelines.
Question E: My partner and I won a Gold Slam in doubles and are ranked #1. Like the Bryan Brothers we are ready for doubles action on a Cup team. Should we book our flights?
Answer: Unlike Davis Cup, Senior International teams cannot bring any extra singles players to substitute in case of injury. Senior International teams must have three strong singles players. A maximum of one doubles only player per Cup team may be selected.
Question F: I hold a US Passport and a Swedish Passport. I have lived in the USA since I was 18. I have not represented Sweden for 5 years. I am 35 now. I have not represented the USA in international competition. Am I eligible to play for the USA?
Answer: You must notify the USTA Adult/Senior Competitive Play department that you want to play for the USA, at least four months prior to the first day of the next Cup competition. If you don’t notify the USTA Adult/Senior Competitive Play department in time then you will not be able to represent the USA until the following year.
Question G: I have a green card and have applied for USA citizenship. I hold a Brazilian passport. I have not represented Brazil in the past 36 months. I have lived in the USA continuously for more than 24 months. Can I represent the USA?
Answer: You must notify the USTA Adult/Senior Competitive Play department that you want to play for the USA, at least four months prior to the first day of the next Cup competition. The USTA will notify the ITF and request a waiver. If the ITF grants the waiver you may play for the USA.
Question H: I beat everyone on the team 5 years ago and though I haven’t played them since, I know I would dust them. Should I have made the Cup team?
Answer: The only results considered are those from January 1-December 31 of last year and January 1 up to the announced selection date this year. You can file a request for review within 7 days of the selection date if you believe you should have been selected based on your play last year and this year up to the selection date. You can file a national grievance within 30 days of the selection date.
Question I: I won a Category 1 national singles championship in the past 12 months. I heard that winning a singles national guarantees a spot on a team and offsets the first round losses I had at the other nationals. Is this true?
Answer: Winning a national championship does not guarantee a spot on a team. Your overall record will be considered.
Question J: I will be 60 next year but am still doing well in the 55s. Can I be selected to the 55s and 60s team (played at different times) in the same year?
Answer: Yes, if you meet the minimum play requirements and have a good enough record in the 55s and 60s.
Question K: I should have been selected to a Cup team. I beat someone who was selected during the time period and had a better record. Can I appeal?
Answer: You can file a request for review within 7 days of the selection date if you believe you should have been selected based on your play last year and this year up to the selection date. You can file a national grievance within 30 days of the selection date if your request for review does not change the team makeup.
Question L: If I file a request for review or national grievance, I heard that I’ll never be considered for selection again.
Answer: Filing a Request for Review or a National Grievance has no impact on future Cup selections.
Question M: I received a letter asking if I was interested in playing on a Cup team. Does that mean I should buy a ticket and pack my bags?
Answer: No, a minimum of eight letters per age division are sent out and there are only four players per team.
Question N: Who selects the teams? I heard that the Chair personally selects all 80 players.
Answer: No one person selects all 80 players. Each team is researched primarily by one or two members and all subcommittee members vote on who should be selected to each team. Any Committee member including the chair, who received a letter of inquiry does not vote or receive information about that team.
Question O: My friend should have been selected to a team. Can I file a request for review or Grievance on his/her behalf?
Answer: No, your friend must file.
Question P: Everyone knows that Player A cheats. We all talk about it but nothing happens. Player A was selected to a team. Doesn’t this violate the Sportsmanship paragraph?
Answer: File a grievance.