I live in northern california. I'm not a member of the USTA, but I want to start participating in tournaments and stuff even though my coach advises me not to because he says there's a lot of sitting and waiting around involved. Whether or not that's true, I think participating in a tournament or two will help me grow as a player and give me some new experiences. So, where or how do you guys think I should start. I know of a place in an adjacent town that holds tournaments. Anyway, I assume my first step is to join the USTA, right? Advice, directions? Help?! Oh, and in terms of cost, how much does it cost to play in tournaments and such. Local ones.