Mens Open tournaments or U18s

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U18s or Open

  1. U18s

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  2. Open

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  3. Mix it up

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  1. T1000

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    So I'm in a transitioning period where I'm 18 and going to college next year. I don't know whether to play U18 tournaments for the summer or to go to Mens Open. I've played a couple Open tournaments and pretty much found that I'm not as strong as the other players and that they have more experience. They don't make as many dumb shot choices as juniors so you really have to make them hit a bad shot. I've only won one match in six tournaments but every guy I've lost to is ranked in the top 30 of the section. I'm ranked 126 in mens open but I'm ranked 56 in U18s and have a lot more success. I'm thinking of finishing out July in the 18s and try to get in the top 30 and then play two mens open before I go to college. What do you guys think?
     
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  2. Breaker

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    U18s, getting your ranking up there and showing good results is better for getting into the college team than losing consistently at Open level (I'm assuming you're playing in college next year), and imo it will improve you as a player more and get you prepared for the level of player you'll likely be facing in your first and second year.

    Also be sure to play a ton of doubles!

    edit: though your idea of playing an Open tourney or two before going is a good one to see where your level is.
     
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  3. GetBetterer

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    ^ This.

    Open tournaments do help you get some good experience against tougher opponents though.
     
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  4. maverick66

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    Both. Play your last jr tournies and play against kids you might see next year. But play big opens to play against kids you can guarantee you will be playing against next year. In my experience mens opens unless there is a big prize money will be about the level of the average college player. So it will be good for you to get matches in against them.

    Also for the college coach that you might be trying to impress. A win over a kid in college who he can see where he placed in college matches will be worth more than a win over a jr player he has no idea who it is.
     
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  5. Breaker

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    ^^ Actually both of those could work too, it's really up to you. In my experience in the 18s the top guys went on to play at top unis (a few to Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Dayton) so I didn't really go for the Open level tournaments - not to mention I probably would have embarrassed myself more often than not!

    If you're confident enough that you can get wins the Open tournaments could be good as maverick says.
     
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