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Missouri Valley / St. Louis

New Year, New USTA St. Louis Tournaments

Josh Sellmeyer | January 31, 2021

 

With the Jan. 1 implementation of new systems for tournament registration and standardized tournament structure, we know parents and players have questions and concerns. We’re here to help!

 

For any of your questions pertaining to the new systems, please click here. 

 

Read through this article or read on for assistance with your tournament needs, including searching for and signing up for upcoming events. Additionally, please make sure your contact information is up to date so tournament directors have your most recent info on file.

 

Information regarding 10 & Under tournaments as well as local junior tennis contacts is also available within the link. Contact information for USTA customer care is located at the bottom of the page.

 

Play Tennis is the new home for locating tournaments for junior, adult and wheelchair players. Users can search for tourneys by entering a ZIP code or city. Additionally, users can set date parameters to help refine their search.

 

From here, users can further adjust their search by filtering for distance from the inputted ZIP code (within 50 miles, 25 miles, etc.), level of play desired, gender and age range. Other optional filters include event type (singles, doubles, team), court location (indoor or outdoor) and section/district.

 

Though there is not currently a phone application available for registration, Carobeth Kelly — USTA St. Louis junior competition coordinator — noted there is a stream of enhancements being made to the new system.

 

“Feedback from parents, players and tournament directors is helping the USTA to improve this product with changes coming out weekly,” Kelly said.

 

Kelly said when registering for a junior tournament, parents have run into issues with their child not being set up or associated with the parental account. If this occurs, users can contact the USTA  Customer Care team at 1-800-990-8782 or visit http://customercare.usta.com/ for assistance in resolving the problem.

 

Another noteworthy change is the simplified, nationwide USTA Junior Tournaments structure. For an in-depth overview of these changes, click here.

 

“Everyone — even if they’ve only played a Level 7 tournament just one time — can find themselves (if they won a match) on the National Standings List. And that’s new,” Kelly said.

 

As far as upcoming junior tournaments for the USTA St. Louis district, Kelly said the series of indoor events at Sunset Tennis Center is a great opportunity for players to compete during the winter months. Sunset is hosting a Level 7 tournament for boys and girls  Feb. 5 as well as March 5. Additionally, Sunset has Level 6 events Feb. 19-20 (boys) and Feb. 26-27 (girls).

 

The full list of upcoming local junior tournaments can be found here.

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