Originally Posted by MarTennis
We know that national tournaments aren't the only way to go pro because scores of amateurs world round become pros without coming to play any USTA tournament first. High class, animalistic tennis can be had without any national tournaments. I have no major dog in this fight for larger or status quo national tournaments. It just does not figure in any equation I have for my children and this sport. We would be playing as a family, striving and sacrificing for this sport regardless.
The only ITF summer tournament is the Grass Court Championships and that is the first week in June when half the players in the country are taking their final exams. I wish we had summer ITF tournaments again. The competition would do the USTA some good.