Team Selection Guidelines
January 1, 2017
Players will be selected for ITF Cup teams based on the following guidelines:
1. Application Deadline. Any player who wants to be considered for team selection must complete the application for Senior Cup Team Consideration posted on www.usta.com. The application deadline for Senior Cup Team Consideration must be at least one month in advance of the selection date. Selection dates differ for ITF Young Seniors, Seniors and Super Seniors Teams. Application deadlines and selection dates will be posted on www.usta.com.
Only players who plan to meet the Minimum Tournament Play requirements should apply for consideration. Top players from younger age divisions who will be aging up are encouraged to apply to the age division to which they are aging up. Players who fail to complete the application for Senior Cup Team Consideration by the published deadline will not be considered for the team selection.ADVERTISEMENT
2. Eligibility List. The names of players who have completed the application for Senior Cup Team Consideration and who have met the Minimum Tournament Play requirements will be posted on www.usta.com as a Preliminary Eligibility List within three days of the Application Deadline.
Corrections: If you believe your name is omitted from the Preliminary Eligibility List in error, or there is data missing or incorrect on your player record, you must contact Robert Gorden within five days from the date the Preliminary Eligibility List is published. The Final Eligibility List will be published on that date, as posted on www.usta.com.
Note: The USTA reserves the right to contact additional players if a team cannot be filled by players on the Final Eligibility List.
3. Citizenship, ITF Regulations. All tennis players must be in good standing with the USTA, be a U.S. citizen, have a current valid U.S. passport, lived in the United States for 24 consecutive months and not represented any other country during the period of 36 months immediately preceding the event.
A player must have a U.S. passport unless a waiver has been obtained from the ITF. If a player is not a U.S. citizen or has dual citizenship and has applied for a USTA team, the player must notify the USTA Adult Tennis department at least four months in advance of the event. A player must have an IPIN (www.itftennis.com/ipin) in order to play on a senior international team.
4. Team Makeup. Each team will consist of four total players, at least three of whom are strong singles players and at least one of whom is a strong doubles player.
5. Physical Condition. Players must certify that they are in good health and are prepared to undertake the extensive travel and strenuous physical exertions that will be required of team players. Any player who develops a health/physical problem that could prevent them from competing at any level required by team play at any time up to the date for travel should contact the USTA Adult Tennis department office immediately regarding their physical condition. Failure to do so will be considered poor sportsmanship for future team consideration.
In the case of a selected player who must withdraw from the team due to injury or illness, a medical certificate from a health professional must be submitted to USTA staff, in accordance with ITF Seniors Regulations.
6. Age Division Considered. A player may only be selected for one cup team in each calendar year.
7. Minimum Tournament Play. A minimum of one USTA Category I National Championship is required to be played in singles or doubles in the age division for which a player is seeking selection within 12 months prior to the posting of the Final Eligibility list on USTA.com.
In the case of a player aging up from a younger age division into an older age division, the minimum requirement to play in one USTA Category I National Championship in singles or doubles can be met in the younger age division. Meeting the minimum play requirement does not mean a player will be selected to play on a cup team.
8. Records Considered. A player’s record will be considered for the 24 months prior to the Final Eligibility lists published on www.usta.com. In the case of a player replacing a previously selected player, only information up to the date the Final Eligibility list is posted will be used. The dates the Final Eligibility lists are posted (which determines the time period for which results are considered), vary annually depending on the scheduled dates of the ITF World Team Championships.
Significant direct and indirect wins and losses against players and teams during the selection time period (as defined in the previous paragraph) will be considered. NTRP results shall not be included.
Results in sanctioned tournaments, including team events that earn ranking points, will be considered. Results from different age divisions are considered. The following are the most important criteria without regard to priority:
- Results from USTA Category I National Championships
- Results on the surface of the competition
- Results in the age division being considered (or in the case of a player aging up, results in that player’s actual age division)
- Recent results
- Length and strength of a playing record
9. Sportsmanship. Players selected for International Cup Teams must be in good standing with their national association. Exemplary sportsmanship is expected from every team member. The following are examples of poor sportsmanship which could prevent a player from qualifying for an International Cup Team:
- Disqualification or default by a USTA or ITF certified referee or umpire for poor conduct while participating in a USTA or ITF sanctioned event
- USTA warning or suspension by any USTA district, section or national grievance committee related to a player’s poor conduct
- Written grievances filed and verified by an ITF Official, Tournament Referee, USTA Representative, or USTA Cup player relating to playing on a Cup team
- Suspension from play by the ITF under the Code of Conduct of the ITF Seniors Regulations
10. Selection Date. Notice of the timeline of the selection process including the selection date will be published at www.usta.com not later than five months prior to the selection date.
11. Team Selections. Players selected for teams will be posted on the USTA.com website within one day of the date of the team selection. Due to withdrawal, injury or official grievances, cup members are subject to change up to the starting date of the competition.
12. Grievances. Any player who feels an error was made in the selection process may file a grievance with the USTA Grievance Committee. That player may do so by sending a letter outlining the details of the grievance sent by first class, certified, or registered mail. It should be sent to the Grievance Chairperson, c/o USTA Office of the General Counsel, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York 10604, within thirty (30) days following the date on which the alleged grievance occurred. No appeals or requests for review will be considered by the USTA Senior International Team Selection Group.
To contact the USTA Adult Tennis department, please click the following link: Michael Hughes