February 7, 2017
USTA Southwest holds many junior tournaments each year. As a USTA member, you have access to many of these sanctioned events throughout Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso County in Texas.
In tournament tennis, the sky is the limit. Whether you are aiming for a Section ranking, a national ranking, or just looking to get in some good exercise and competition while making new friends, USTA tournament tennis is for you.
There are many different tournament distinctions and caliber of play, and they are based on age and level. Participation at many of the top-flight events are based on rankings, but there are also plenty of local and novice tournaments that are open to the new competitor.
To keep plugged in to tournament news and updates going on in USTA Southwest, please send your email address to USTA Southwest Junior Competition Manager Nicole Fintell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 289-2351 x 106 and you can added to our junior newsletter database.
For a complete listing of tournaments and to enter events in USTA Southwest, please visit http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments and use the dropdowns to search for 'USTA Southwest' , 'Junior Divisions' to scroll through the listing of all events held.
For a breakdown of the types of tournaments held locally, Sectionally and nationally, check below:
LEVELS OF USTA JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
Level 1 - USTA National Spring Team Championships, USTA National Spring Tournament (Easter Bowl), National Sweet 16, BG 14&16 Intersectional Team Events, USTA National Clay Court Championships, BG 18 National Team Championships, USTA National Hard Court Championships
Level 2 - National Selection Tournaments (February, October, and November), BG 12-16 Zonal Team Events
Level 3 - National Selection Tournaments (May), National Warm-up Tournaments, Southwest Junior Closed, and Phoenix Junior Master Championships
Level 4 - Closed and Open USTA Regional Tournaments (February, October, and November), USTA Southwest Section Master Series
Level 5 - USTA Southwest Section Challengers
Level 6 - Local Tournaments, supersets, and shootouts
Level 7 - Entry level tournaments (without ranking points awarded)
National Tournaments/Southwest Section - All national tournaments on the USTA National Jr. Tournament Schedule that have a “level” distinction and use the Tournament Data Manager (TDM) software will count in a players standing/ranking. Players must notify the Junior Player Development Manager if they play in one of these events. National Championships, National Opens, Copper Bowl and National Team events will automatically be included.
Combined Rankings - USTA Southwest and USTA National Singles and Doubles Standings will use a Combined Ranking. This combined ranking will be based on a player's best Six (6) tournaments played in the last twelve (12) months. This combined ranking will use 100% of a player’s singles points and 25% of a player’s doubles points.
Contact info needed when entering tournaments - Tournament directors do not have access to phone numbers and email addresses of the tournament participants UNLESS the player re-enters their contact information at time of event registration. This means that if a player does not enter their phone and email information each time they register for a tournament, the tournament director will not be able contact them for any reason, including withdrawals, defaults, byes, rain delays, etc. Your cooperation will ensure that tournaments can continue to communicate necessary information to you.
Age eligibility: Please note, most tournaments are age division play. To determine your age elibility for a tournament, please consult the listing below:
2016 Age Eligibility for Southwest Junior Tournaments
10s: Birth dates in 2005 until first day of the month of 11th birthday; all birthdates in 2006 and younger
12s: Birth dates in 2003 until first day of the month of 13th birthday; all birthdates in 2004 and younger
14s: Birth dates in 2001 until first day of the month of 15th birthday; all birthdates in 2002 and younger
16s: Birth dates in 1999 until first day of the month of 17th birthday; all birthdates in 2000 and younger
18s: Birth dates in 1997 until first day of the month of 19th birthday; all birthdates in 1998 and younger