Junior Competition

Changes for 2011 to USTA National Junior Tournaments & Rankings

 

The USTA has adopted changes to national junior tournaments and rankings that will become effective January 1, 2011.  These changes will impact all junior players who compete in national tournaments and who seek a national junior ranking.  Below is a summary of the changes.

To quickly locate information on the tournament type or ranking policy, click on the topic in the list below:
USTA National Championships
USTA National Opens
USTA Interscholastic Championships
USTA Regional Tournaments
National Junior Rankings & National Standings Lists

For information on the rationale behind the changes to national junior tournaments and rankings, click here:
Rationale for Changes Made to National Junior Tournaments and Rankings

USTA National Championships
National Open Qualifiers: The number of players qualifying for a USTA National Championship from the immediately preceding USTA National Opens will decrease from the top three finishers to the top two finishers from each, a total reduction from 12 to 8 National Open qualifiers.
Wild Cards: The maximum numbers of Wild Cards that may be awarded will increase - from 4 Wild Cards in a draw of 128 to 8 Wild Cards; and from 8 Wild Cards in a draw of 192 to 12 Wild Cards.
Draw Sizes - 14s Divisions: Draw sizes at all USTA National Championships in the 14s divisions will be 128 in singles, 64 in doubles (previously the Clay Courts and Hard Courts were 192 singles/96 doubles).
Draw Format - 14s Divisions: The singles draw format at the USTA National Championships in the 14 divisions will be a Compass Draw.  The doubles draw remains single elimination.
Sanction Period: The USTA National Championships in the 14 and 12 divisions will last no longer than 6 days.

USTA National Opens
Draw Sizes: Draw sizes at all USTA National Opens will be reduced from 64 to 32 in singles and from 32 to 16 in doubles.
Selection Process:  The selection process will change as follows as a result of the draw size reduction:  Up to 4 players per draw selected from the next-younger division that are ranked in the top 100 on the most-recently published National Standings List; up to 28 players per draw from the National Standings List of the division of the tournament; remaining vacancies and ordering of alternates remains the same.
Alternates:  The alternate ordering process will change as follows as a result of the draw size reduction:
• Players in positions up to 300 from the National Standings List of the division used to select players into the tournament;
• Players not already placed on the alternate list in positions up to 200 from the National Standings List of the next-younger division used to select players into the tournament;
• Players not already placed on the alternate list whose names appear on the National Standings List of the division used to select players into the tournament;
• Players not already placed on the alternate list whose names appear on the National Standings List of the next-younger division used to select players into the tournament; and
• The remaining entrants in an order determined by lot.
Feed-in Championship:  The singles Feed-in Championship will be played through the semifinals; no finals match will be played.
Sanction Periods: Tournaments will last no longer than 3 days.  With the exception of the USTA National Open held after Thanksgiving, all tournaments will be sanctioned for a Saturday-Monday date block.  The date blocks for the 2011 USTA National Opens will be:
• February 26-28, 2011
• May 14-16, 2011
• July 2-4, 2011
• November 25-27, 2011

USTA Interscholastic Championships
The USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18 Interscholastic Championships (East/West) will be eliminated from the National Junior Tournament Schedule.

USTA Regional Tournaments
Eligibility: Participants in USTA Regional Tournaments will need to meet the same US citizenship or certain alien eligibility requirements as in all USTA Junior National Championships.
Number of Tournaments, Sanction Periods & Draw Sizes:  Four times each year 8 concurrent USTA Regional Tournaments will be held in each age division.  Each group of these USTA Regional Tournaments are referred to as "Segments."  Tournaments during the traditional school year will last no longer than 3 days and will be sanctioned for a Saturday-Monday date block.  Tournaments held during the traditional summer vacation will last no longer than 4 days and will be sanctioned for a Saturday-Tuesday date block.  The date blocks for 2011 and draw sizes for each segment are as follows:
• Segment #1 - January 22-24, 2011: 32 singles FIC Draw; 16 single elimination doubles draw
• Segment #2 - July 9-12, 2011: 64 singles FIC Draw; 32 singles elimination doubles draw
• Segment #3 - September 3-5, 2011: 32 singles FIC Draw; 16 single elimination doubles draw
• Segment #4 - October 29-31, 2011: 32 singles FIC Draw; 16 single elimination doubles draw
Feed-in Championship:  The singles Feed-in Championship will be played through the semifinals; no finals match will be played.
National Ranking Level:  All Segmented USTA Regional Tournaments will be designated as Level 3 National Ranking Tournaments.
Other USTA Regional Tournaments:  From time to time, the USTA may sanction other non-Segmented USTA Regional Tournaments.  The draw size, date block, ranking level, selection process and other tournament requirements may differ from the Segmented USTA Regional Tournaments.  One example is the National Doubles Tournament that will be held in August 2011.

National Junior Rankings & National Standings Lists
"Best Of": The maximum number of singles National Ranking Tournaments and Doubles National Ranking Tournaments that will be considered for national ranking and for the National Standings List has been reduced from the best of 8 of each to the best of 6 of each.
New National Ranking Tournament: The USTA Jr. Team Tennis Advanced Division National Championship will be designated as a Level 5 National Ranking Tournament.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the USTA Junior & Collegiate Competition Department - jrcomp@usta.com

 
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