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Campus Showdowns: What are they?

  • One-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals and adults. 
  • The tournaments are run on college campuses, with the college coach acting as the tournament director. Both ITA Membership and USTA Organizational Membership are required.
  • Draws are usually compass draws for both singles and doubles, with matches being one set with a tiebreak at 5-5, although format and scoring is at the discretion of the director. 
  • Events can be men’s, women’s or coed. 
  • Entry fees are kept low to provide access to full range of players. Generally, entry fees run $10 for singles, $5 for doubles and $15 for both.
  • No officials needed.
  • These tournaments are non-sanctioned, non-ranking events.

The role of the USTA:

  • Provide staff support to handle questions and paperwork.
  • Coordinate dates with USTA sectional staff liaison.
  • Promote events on the USTA.com College Tennis page.
  • Connect college coaches to sectional staff to promote events on USTA section websites.

The role of the college coach: 

  • Serve as tournament director taking entries and making the draw(s).
  • Promote the event to the local tennis community and section.
  • Ensure the events are run according to NCAA, NAIA and/or NJCAA rules.
  • Provide the facility and the balls.

Benefits of these events:

  • COMPETITION: Giving junior and college players opportunities for more competition – on their college campuses AND within NCAA rules.
  • EXPOSURE: Getting more American junior players on college campuses – giving them a taste of college life and a chance to compete against college players.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH & ADVOCACY: Helping build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.

View the latest  2015-16 Campus Showdown schedule.

College coaches looking to host events, click to access the registration form as well as guidelines for hosting.


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