As of January 1, 2021 the USTA is instituting a nationwide change to the junior tournament schedule. In Texas that means no more Challenger, Champ or SuperChamp tournaments. Instead, there are now 7 levels of tournaments, ranging from Intermediate (Level 7) to Nationals (Level 1). The entire country will now have the same system and players may play in other states and have tournaments (with exceptions) which count toward their ranking.
In addition to Levels 1 – 7, there will be non ranking, entry level tournaments for players of ALL ages.
As a guideline, a Challenger Level player might sign up for a Level 7, 1 day tournament or a Level 6, 2 day tournament. A Champs level player might sign up for a Level 5 or 6 tournament. As your child plays more tournaments, it will become more obvious which levels are appropriate. For Levels 6 and higher, the highest ranked players who are registered will get in to the tournament. A “Closed” Tournament is only for Texas players. An “Open” Tournament allows players from any Section to register.
To sign up for a tournament, go to: playtennis.usta.com. At the top put in your Player Category (Junior 18), Location (zip code) and Date Range. Hit “Search” and tournaments will be listed. You can filter the results by scrolling down and putting in gender, age range, distance and event type. Rankings can be found on the same website.
Both Orange Ball tournaments (for 10 & Under players) and Green Ball Tournaments will be listed on playtennis.usta.com.
Two excellent links which provide greater detail about the new system include:
In addition to USTA tournaments, there are now tournaments under the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system. The UTR system is a global rating system that promotes fair and competitive play across the tennis world. It was devised in order to encourage and facilitate matches between similarly rated players. This led to the development of a truly “universal” rating system and methodology—now called the Universal Tennis Rating System– that is based on principles not found in other tennis rating systems. All players, regardless of age, gender, geography or skill level are rated on the same scale between 1 and 16.50 based on actual match results. Tournaments are for all ages and genders.
For more information and to sign up for a tournament, please see the UTR Events page.