Junior Competition News: May 2022
May is National Tennis Month
Join us in celebrating National Tennis Month this May! We’re hosting dozens of junior tournaments and hundreds of free play days. We can’t wait to see you on the courts! 🧢🎾👟🌳📚🌈☀️🍬🌷
Midwest Closed Level 3 Championships: June 25-30, 2022
The Midwest's most prestigious junior tournament is quickly approaching! And new this year for BG16s-18s, the Midwest Section will award the singles winner of each age division a spot into the new Level 1 Battle of the Sections tournament held July 31-August 3. Registrations are now open for the Midwest Closed, so be sure to use the links below and sign up today!
Midwest Closed BG12s-14s: Court One Athletic Club (Western Michigan)
Midwest Closed B16s-18s: Grand Rapids Racquet & Fitness (Western Michigan)
Midwest Closed G16s-18s: In the Zone (Western Michigan)
Battle of the Mississippi Level 2 Intersectional: July 15-17, 2022
Three USTA sections - one traveling trophy. It's the Battle of the Mississippi - a Level 2 Intersectional team tournament with USTA Midwest, USTA Missouri Valley and USTA Northern! Players will love this mixed dominant duo format. Midwest brought the trophy home in 2021, and we'd like to keep it here! The registration links and locations can be found below, and the deadline to register is June 15.
Battle of the Mississippi BG12s-14s: Midland, MI (Midwest)
Battle of the Mississippi BG16s: Rogers, MN (Northern)
Battle of the Mississippi BG18s: Edmonton, OK (Missouri Valley)
USTA National Championships
This summer also brings with it some of the biggest USTA Junior Level 1 National Championships. The National Clay Court Championships take place throughout July 9-17 and the USTA National Championships throughout August 4-14 (start and end dates dependent on age division). Interested in how to qualify? You can find information on entries and selections here. To find tournament locations and registration information, please click here.
With all of these exciting tournaments coming up, we wanted to re-establish various expectations and policies that we have in place for players and parents to ensure good sportsmanship and quality tournament experiences for everyone involved.
- Midwest Dual Entry Policy: Players are allowed to register for multiple age divisions or tournaments unless otherwise stated on a tournament homepage, but please be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the document to avoid any suspension point penalties.
- Play and Complete Expectation: All players are expected to play and complete the entire tournament. Any player who withdraws without an acceptable reason is subject to the Suspension Point System (2022 FAC pp. 113-117).
- Suspension Point Regulation Change: Effective as of May 1, 2022, this change states that a player can be assessed suspension points and/or Code Violations when they, the player, or anyone associated with the player engages in unsportsmanlike conduct.
This spring and summer are already filled with tons of junior tournaments! Check out the recap below, and be sure to check out ALL upcoming tournaments that are open for registration by clicking the button below. Use filters to find events by gender, age, level, distance and format. If registration is open, you'll be able to sign up for the divisions you want to enter.
• District Closed Championships
• District Team Cup NEW registration deadline: May 22, 2022
• Midwest Closed
• Battle of the Mississippi
Junior Team Competitions
Twelve juniors were nominated to represent the U.S. in the qualifying rounds of the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas (16-and-under) and the ITF World Junior Tennis (14-and-under), the world’s premier junior team competitions. The events took place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Nikita Filin of the Chicago District was nominated for the Junior Davis Cup, and Maya Joint of Southeastern Michigan was nominated for the Junior Billie Jean King Cup. After the final day of play, both teams won and advanced to the respective event finals later this year!
Junior Davis Cup – BOYS 16s
USA def. Mexico 3-0
Alex Razeghi (USA) d. Andres Delgadillo (MEX), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
Nikita Filin (USA) d. Santiago Portugal (MEX), 6-1, 6-2
Alex Razeghi (USA) / Nikita Filin (USA) d. Santiago Portugal (MEX) / Igancio Ruiz (MEX), 6-7(5), 6-3, [10-5]
Junior Billie Jean King Cup – GIRLS 16s
USA def. Dominican Republic 3-0
Mia Slama (USA) d. Maria Castano (DOM) 6-1, 6-1
Maya Joint (USA) d. Maria Gell (DOM), 6-1, 6-1
Maya Joint (USA) / Iva Jovic (USA) d. Rosario Elmudesi (DOM) / Maria Gell (DOM), 6-4, 6-1
Junior Development Training Camp
Three of our juniors attended the U23 Junior Development Training Camp at the National Tennis Center and it was a great opportunity for them – a chance to test their tennis knowledge and make friends! Xander Frost, 15 years old from Kalamazoo, Michigan said, "I definitely learned a lot during my time at camp. I have a more structured idea of what things I need to work on to improve my tennis." We thank Xander, Mathias Krodel and Hannah Exline for sharing their camp experiences!
Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships
There’s been a lot of fun college competitions to be had lately! Late last month, the USTA's National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships were in play with a total of 12 college teams competing at the USTA National Campus! It was the event’s fourth year running and both the University of Michigan (runner-ups last year) and Michigan State University competed!
Tennis on Campus (Toc) National Championships
Also at the USTA National Campus last month – the 2022 TOC National Championships! Midwest had eight teams representing! Of course, they did not disappoint. The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish placed among the best, with The Ohio State University winning the Silver Bracket and the University of Notre Dame winning the Bronze Bracket.
Want to see some fun photos from the 2022 TOC National Championships? We’ve got them on Facebook – pictures from all eight Midwest teams who competed.
A reminder to send in your scholarship applications! We have several opportunities to earn funding. Just visit our website at usta.com/midwest/grants. The deadlines to submit are May 15 and September 15.
Newsletter Now Online
Now for the first time, you can also find our Junior Competition Newsletter on the USTA Midwest website! Playtracker tips and more will be added monthly.
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