[QUOTE=Alohajrtennis;7073226]Yes, the people who designed these changes have this weird notion that are all these 'national players' who don't play there sectional events, and that weakens the sectional competition, so by blowing up all the national tournaments(national, opens, regionals) and restricting access based on sectional quotas these kids will be forced to play in there sections, that will make sectional play tougher, and that will make tennis look less expensive compared to other sports, so tennis will then be able to attract more elite athletes. Seriously, they really think this.
The whole logic chain falls apart rather easily, starting with the fact that these national only players who don't play sectional events are few and far between, and the reason they don't play there section is not because they have too much money and want to waste it flying all over the place or don't want to, but because they don't have enough challenging competition in there sections.[/QUOTE]
And I would say they don't even live in their section most of the time.
I think what is going to happen is we are going to have two very separate and distinct groups going forward in the country if these changes go through for 2014.
The better players will leave the USTA national system, and just play ITFS.
Ironically, parents will be spending more money flying their kids to ITF tournaments.
And some parents will also be spending more money with these strange regions as it appears no one consulted a map.....