Information on Junior Competition in Your Area
The USTA is divided geographically into 17 Sectional Associations. Each Sectional Association has its own staff and website where information can be found on junior competition that is taking place in your area.
USTA National Tournaments: What Are They? How Can I Play Them?
Updated July 2010
Each year the USTA sanctions five different types of national tournaments designed for not only the top level juniors in the country, but also those who have achieved some success in their Sectional Association and desire to enter tournaments where they can play juniors from other parts of the country.
2013 National Junior Tournament Schedule (NJTS)
The NJTS includes a description of the various national tournaments, an overview of many of the rules related to playing national tournaments, and a comprehensive calendar of all national schedule tournaments.
USTA National Ranking System
The USTA uses a points-based system to rank players and publish weekly standings lists. View a description of the ranking system, including ranking point tables for all national tournaments.
Friend at Court - Tennis Rules & Regulations Handbook
Each year the USTA publishes Friend at Court
, a book that includes not only the USTA Regulations, but also the ITF Rules of Tennis and "The Code," the players’ guide for matches when officials are not present. It is highly recommended that each junior tennis family have a copy of this publication as a reference. You can purchase the easy-to-carry Friend at Court
by calling toll free, (800) 677-0275.
Eligibility for USTA National Junior Tournaments
Players must meet certain eligibility requirements to play in USTA National Junior Tournaments and the requirements differ by tournament type. View a complete description of the various requirements.
Entry Fees, Withdrawals, and Entry Fee Refunds at USTA National Junior Tournaments
Updated January 2011
A player should never enter a tournament they do not intended to play. Players are only entitled to receive an entry fee refund in certain circumstances.
View the entry fees for USTA National Junior Tournaments
View more information on withdrawals and entry fee refunds
Seeding at USTA National Junior Tournaments
Effective January 2013
View a description of the seeding criteria and procedure for non-team and non-international tournaments.
Match Formats Approved for 2013
Effective January 2013
The USTA has determined the match formats that will be used at tournaments on the National Junior Tournament Schedule in 2013.
Entering Concurrent Tournaments
The USTA Regulations prohibit a player from being entered, when entries close, in two or more tournaments if any part of the tournaments overlap, unless
each Tournament Committee understands the situation and concurs in writing
. There are two exceptions to this rule on the national junior level. Both the USTA National Championships and the USTA National Opens allow for a player to enter more than one age division, however it is important to understand the consequences of this decision.
Wild cards may be applied junior players to play in all USTA National Championships, as well as some of the USTA Regional Tournaments, and the ITF Junior Tournaments and USTA Pro Circuit tournaments that are held in the United States. View a complete description of the wild cards available, including deadlines, application forms and rules.
Withdrawals, Walkovers, Defaults and Retirements
Updated January 2009
Everything you need to know about withdrawals, walkovers, defaults, and retirements and their impact on rankings under the Points Per Round Ranking System.
Medical Release Form
The United States Tennis Association requires a signed medical release covering all entrants in national USTA tournaments. The release must be signed by the entrant and also the parent or guardian of any entrant who is a minor.
How to Use the TennisLink Tournament Registration System
View information on how to use the TennisLink Registration System. It is recommended that all first-time users read the tutorial in its entirety before registering for a tournament.
USTA Anti-Doping Program
The USTA is committed to ensure fair and drug-free competition. Individual athletes bear the ultimate responsibility to choose for themselves to compete fairly and drug free. Participation in USTA tournaments constitutes consent to be tested for drugs. Use of banned substances and doping methods is cheating and may result in penalties including suspension and permanent disqualification. The USTA has developed a program of eduction, testing, research, penalties and rehabilitation.
The Role of Parents in Junior Tennis
Updated October 2009
Parents play an integral role in the development of a tennis player. In the Coaching Education area of the site, there are a number of new parent education resources that are now available with the latest information on "Understanding the Role Parents Play in Junior Tennis Success."
Tennis: Tips for the Nutrition Advantage
by Page Love, M.S., R.D., L.D Sports Nutritionist, Nutrifit and Nutrisport Consulting and USTA Sport Science Committee (Atlanta, GA)
The competitive tennis season is also held during the warmer months where a high heat index and hot court surfaces are common environments. These conditions make tennis players targets for dehydration and heat illness. The tennis training diet should be focused on high-energy foods and adequate hydration, timed appropriately before and after multiple competitions. View guidelines to help develop successful nutrition and hydration practices for players.
Hydration Tips for Tennis Players
Review information on fluid intake before, during and after play. The poster was prepared by the USTA Sport Science Committee.
Practical Information for Playing in the Heat
When preparing to play in hot weather, it is important to have a plan well in advance to help organize and implement your strategy for playing in the heat. These guidelines, prepared by the USTA Sport Science Committee, will help to reduce the risk of heat illness while enhancing your performance.