Senior Tournaments

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by dthomas, May 18, 2012.

  1. dthomas

    dthomas Rookie

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    I have noticed over the past few years that the number of seniors signing up to play in some of the smaller USTA tournaments is decreasing in numbers. One tournament on the clay in Sedona had very few seniors signed up for playing singles in the age groups this year compared to a few years ago. Also, a tournament at Avila Beach in California that once had draws of 8 to 12 men in the various age groups for singles has only of few guys signed up. It seems the only tournaments drawing large numbers these day are the bigger national tournaments. I was wondering if it is because of the economy-the cost or just less interest in tennis???
     
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  2. nickarnold2000

    nickarnold2000 Hall of Fame

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    Or maybe people are too overweight and lazy to play. They're taking up golf instead! :confused:
     
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  3. Xisbum

    Xisbum Semi-Pro

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    Just played my first age division tournament, and only 2 other guys signed up for the 65 singles. Only 2 teams signed up for the 65 mens dubs, and no one signed up for 65 mixed. Tournament was at a swanky country club, it was promoted locally, and it was named for a well-known tennis player/advocate.

    Now we have to wait until October for another local tournament, while surrounding states and other parts of this state have several spread throughout the summer. I call that a lack of local leadership. Disappointing.
     
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  4. goober

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    Down economy is part of it. Tournaments are a poor bang for you buck. You pay $30-50 and you may only play one match.

    Some TD are unresponsive to the needs of the players and generally run poor tournaments. When economy is down and there many other options, people won't return if they don't like the way you run things.

    I think the overall interest in tennis is about the same as flex leagues and regular team leagues seem to be doing fine.
     
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  5. robby c

    robby c Semi-Pro

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    Leagues are taking all the courts in my area.
    Spring Adult league was 14 weeks; crazy long.
    Summer Mixed is beyond crazy. Players often sign up for 6.0,7.0, and 8.0 Mixed. 3 nights a week.
    Fall is Combo and Singles leagues.
    All the smaller tourneys have been weeded out. Only the big tournaments at the largest clubs have survived.
    Robby C
     
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  6. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    Are the seniors dying?
     
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  7. goober

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    Yes every year it occurs. Sad but true.
     
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  8. mntlblok

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    Fatness

    Nah, us fat guys can still play doubles. I think it's the economy. And, the plethora of league play may have *something* to do with it, but it's mostly the 4.5 and above folks who enter age group tournaments, anyway. After all, yer probably going to have to beat some teaching pro's, usually, in order to win the thing. It's rare that any women sign up for them at all, with a few exceptions.

    Kevin
     
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