Originally Posted by MomTennis
Agree completely. Just got home from 14 Zonals in Cary. Great experience for the kids including lots of good matches including one to three three set matches everyday. Leaving in four days for Hard Courts and didn't do Clay Courts because of the time commitment and added cost - as a working parent couldn't take three weeks off in a span of six weeks. The team atmosphere was wonderful for the kids - to see the boys pulling for the girls and the girls pulling for the boys was great but wish it was at a different time of year - the tournament calendar is so full from the end of June through early August - moving the Zonals to third week in August and moving Hard Courts up a week would be my suggestion.
What amazes me is the vastly different experiences at tournaments. Compare your post to the very last post in the "Emira Stanford" thread below.
One person went to a tournament and said they had the best experience with a great atmosphere. Another went to a tournament that sounds like junior tennis purgatory.