Adult Cup and Team Events
Each year, USTA Eastern and USTA National provide opportunities for players to benchmark their ability level through a series of regional and national team competitions. These events are some of the most historically prestigious and longest running team-based competitions in the nation. The USTA’s most illustrious team event, the Davis Cup, began as an Intersectional competition between top-level teams of east coast players and west coast players.
An invitation to play in a sectional team event is an honor extended by the section to its best adult players. Participation in these events gives the player an opportunity to contribute to the legacy of each competition as well as build camaraderie throughout their sections and the country.
The location of each cup rotates on an annual basis amongst the participating sections. The respective section not only hosts competition but also a welcome dinner and reception. Some competitions may be local with nominal expense to the player. Other events may require travel and lodging.
Certain Intersectional events will count toward a National ranking.
Eligibility and Team Selection
Players must be USTA Eastern members in good sectional standing, and frequently represent the highest ranked players in the particular age division of the competition. Current tournament results, recent team participation, and compatibility with team captain and other players are also considered. The rigorous selection process for team members enables qualified players the opportunity to engage in the highest level of team competition.
Available Events and Descriptions
Date of event: May/June
The Church Cup was established 1918 as men’s competition between the Eastern, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic and New England sections of the USTA. The Church Cup is traditionally held on grass and consists of three singles and three doubles matches in each round. The Church Cup is a Men’s Open competition.
Date of event: June
The Sears Cup was established 1927 by two female players, Hazel Wightman and Eleanor Sears. The Wightman Cup became a competition between the US and Great Britain, while Sears leant her name to the women’s competition between Eastern, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic and New England.
Date of event: May/June
The Addie Cup was established 1981 and named after former Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie. This is a senior women's event between Eastern, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic and New England. Those in the 40 and 50 age group play four singles and two doubles matches, while teammates in their 60s play two singles and one doubles match.
Date of event: May/June/July
Established 1986, The Talbert Cup is a Men’s 35 competition named after former Davis Cup champion two-time US Open runner-up Bill Talbert. It is played between the Eastern, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic and New England sections. Six singles and three doubles matches are contested over the course of the event.
Date of event: July/August
The Atlantic Coast Cup (ACC) consists of separate competitions between players in 45, 55, and 65 age division. Participants compete for one of Eastern, Middle States, Mid-Atlantic and New England sections. The format for the Atlantic Coast Cup consists of four singles and three doubles matches per round.
Date of event: October/November
The Women’s Intersectionals event is a National Women’s team competition for players in the 35, 45, 55, and 65 age groups. The format of the competition consists of three singles and two doubles matches per round.
*Dates are approximate and subject to change.