Competing USTA 2008

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by tntmail, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. tntmail

    tntmail Rookie

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    Advise Please :-D
    I want to start competing in the USTA in 2008. Age 40s
    Can you guys give me some input?
    Do I just start at the first USTA tournament in Jan?
    Any Gotchas?
    Many tournaments say open to all USTA members and some annotate Ranked
    but still say open to USTA?
    FYI: Florida

    Thanks,
    TNT
     
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  2. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

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    I'd get on a league team. In Florida, there are thousands and you shouldn't have problem finding one. Then try some weekend tournaments. Do you play at all? What level do you think you are?
     
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  3. tntmail

    tntmail Rookie

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    I play in a casual men's league once a week at my club and work out with a tennis ball machine about 5 times a week. Also taking lessons.

    All in an effort to get my game solid by the end of Dec.

    Not real sure about level yet but if I guessed I would say 2.5 in my progress.

    I don't think this league is USTA, just a weekly group. Not sure if it matters for that.

    I have picked out a Jan and Feb tournament to enter and am going to see a tournament this next weekend.
     
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  4. Topaz

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    Most clubs have pros that will give you an actual, verified rating...that way you will have a better chance at getting on a team at your level, and not having to wait a season to switch if you rated too high or too low. Just a thought...
     
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  5. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

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    USTA league play is far different from casual weeknite club play and will mirror USTA tournament play more so than your men's group. The pro you are taking lessons from should be able to direct you and also give you some idea about your NTRP level. Pros have not given actual, verified ratings, to my knowledge, in about 5-6 years. They may guide you about where you can self-rate yourself. I've never seen a USTA tournament with 2.5 men's division but maybe they have them in Florida. If not, enter at the 3.0 level. This will give you a good idea about where your leve of play fits in. Good luck and have fun.
     
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  6. Topaz

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    Really? Wow...we still have some actual verifiers in this area, though the most common thing for people is to self-rate and then go from there.
     
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  7. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

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    Yep, it's true. It may have been as long ago as 10 years. I hope no one is paying for their services.
     
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  8. Diver

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    tntmail,
    I am partially through your predicament. I am in process of getting on a USTA league team. I would start by going HERE and choosing your region.
    Contact the coordinator who can put you in contact with a few team captains. While doing that, I would use the USTA standard self-rate which you can find HERE.
    Once on the USTA leagues, you can better establish your ratings for the 2008 season.


    Chris
     
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  9. tntmail

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    Wow thanks. I think I'm actually a 3.5 and maybe a 4. LOLs. According to the below since I was number 1 single in HSchool cant be below 3. :grin:
     
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  10. Diver

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    Glad I could help....I finally got to contribute to this wonderful community,
    where I have gained a lot of insight and help :grin:
     
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  11. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    If in doubt, rate low. You can always play up. If you find you rated too high, you're stuck.

    Cindy -- wishing she was paid for every time she was able to talk someone out of rating too high
     
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