USTA NTRP tournaments and the workday

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Vilgan, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Vilgan

    Vilgan New User

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    Hi all!

    Getting back into tennis after a long period away (probably a low 3.0 now). The idea of playing in a USTA tournament sounds like a lot of fun. However, they seem to typically be scheduled on Friday through Sunday. As someone that works a typical M-F schedule, how easy is it to participate without taking a day off? I haven't seen a schedule for any posted, so I have no clue what a typical day to day schedule for a 3 day NTRP tournament might be.

    Would love to be able to participate without missing work. Taking 2 hours out during the day to play might be a possibility as well. Would be a bummer to need to take a Friday off anytime I wanted to play in one though as vacation days are very precious things.

    I emailed the club hosting the next one near where I live with these questions as well, but trying to get a general feel. Any information greatly appreciated! :)
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    Lately it seems that tournaments I have entered that officially start on Friday or even Thursday don't start for me until saturday morning.

    I have a feeling though that this is because of reduced entries. If your draw has 8 or less entries that's only 3 rounds. Play 2 rounds on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

    Any more than 8 entries and you may find yourself playing your first match friday.


    Still the best thing to do is to contact each tournament director and explain that it is hard to take a day off and ask if they can accomodate you either with a night match friday or by not starting until saturday.
     
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  3. Sumo

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    All the ones I've played that had Friday matches started them after the work day.
     
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  4. t135

    t135 Semi-Pro

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    Yeah, after 5 or 5:30 pm. Adult rec players have to work for a living usually.
     
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  5. spinorama

    spinorama Rookie

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    If you are nearby and work 8-5 you will be fine, usually the earliest is like 5:45. Let me caution you with one thing: the disadvantage of 1 weekend tournaments vs. 2 weekend tournaments is that you might have to play back to back matches. I just had to go through this, and it was GRUELING.
     
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  6. IA-SteveB

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    Same here. I have never had a match before 5:30 on a Friday, but travel still had me leaving work early. I would drive up to two hours away to play sometimes.
     
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  7. jdubbs

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    A little piece of advice is just to email the tournament director a few days before and tell him you're working, can you please have the match Saturday?
    They hem and haw, but it always worked for me.
     
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  8. SpitFire

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    I wouldn't put too much thought into it. I think it's in the tournament template or something. Every tournament I've played so far says that and they've ALL started on Saturday.
     
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  9. eastbayliz

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    Friday matches usually don't start untill after 6pm. Check out tennislink on usta.com for the tournament you are interested in and they will list the tourney schedule. I have had alot of fun participating in tournaments but have also lost in the first round everytime! This can get expensive. I am now finding some tennis partners to hit with during the week so that I don't have to depend on the tourneys to get play in. Good luck to you!
     
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  10. Spokewench

    Spokewench Semi-Pro

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    Most tournaments in my area start at 12:00 on a Friday. I have a flexible job so I can usually get off to participate. If you do not, you can contact the Tournament Director and sometimes they will try to accomodate your schedule and not have you play on Friday. It is worth a try to contact the TD
     
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  11. ian2

    ian2 Semi-Pro

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    Check tennislink listing for the tournament you are interested in. Often there will be a comment specifying the earliest start time on weekdays. Saturday and Sunday matches could be anytime, from 8 am to 9 pm (or later). If there is no such comment, call/email tournament director and ask them (nicely) not to schedule you before 5 pm or whatever... they don't have to accommodate your schedule but usually will try.

    Where I am, most tournaments don't schedule matches before 5 pm on weekdays but bigger/busier ones might have 4 pm start time. Open level draws are an exception, especially if there is prize money: early round matches are often scheduled during the day on the weekdays. Not that it's OP's concern, or mine :)
     
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