USTA 18s, 16s National Championships to be held in August
US Open wild cards and USTA gold balls will be up for grabs this summer, as the 2020 USTA 18s and 16s National Championships are set to be held as scheduled, Aug. 7-16.
The girls’ 18s event will be held at its traditional location of Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, while the boys' 18s event will move to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., for 2020 (see update below for details). The singles champions at both events will recieve a main-draw wild card to the 2020 US Open, as is tradition.
The 16s events will also move to new locations to alleviate spatial constraints and accommodate social-distancing protocols. The boys’ 16s event will move to the Mobile Tennis Center (Mobile, Ala.) and the girls’ 16s event will be played at the Rome Tennis Center (Rome, Ga.). The 14s and 12s divisions’ events have been canceled.
The singles draw for all competitions will be reduced from 224 players to 128 players, with information regarding the doubles competition to be announced at a later date. Additional information with respect to the player selection process can be found on the individual tournament websites below.
The events will adhere to a comprehensive safety plan that includes enhanced sanitization measures and mandatory face coverings, with the exception of on-court players and officials. Players will be limited to one guest and the events will have no additional spectators.
The health and safety protocols were developed in conjunction with the USTA Medical Advisory Group and comply with local and state agencies governing each of the four tournament sites.
Last year's 18s singles champions were Zachary Svajda and Katie Volynets. Previous boys' winner include Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and Michael Chang. On the women's side, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport and Sofia Kenin headline a star-studded list of former champs.
**June 17 update**
Following Monday’s announcement, the USTA was notified by officials at Kalamazoo College that the school would no longer be able to serve as the host facility of the 2020 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships, citing concerns from school leadership as to whether or not the college could effectively execute safety protocols mandated by the USTA. Despite the more than 70 years of history of hosting this premier event in Kalamazoo, the USTA unfortunately had no choice but to seek an alternate location in order to successfully host the 2020 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in the safest possible manner.
The 2020 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships will now be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 7-16. The USTA looks forward to returning to Kalamazoo in 2021.