Praying the UTR system catches on for Tournaments

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
I'm a grad student that played d3 undergraduate, still trying to play competitively. My district (MidAtlantic) has very few tournaments for adults this time of year, even including unsanctioned events, the closest ones are often 3 hours away by car. Between 4.5 or Open events, I might be able to get in 2 or 3 tournaments before the new year... while the juniors can do a ton... it'd be great if the junior events and adult ones were blended for both equal competition and more local opportunities.
 

OrangePower

Legend
Can you describe the UTR system?
It is conceptually similar to NTRP. It works on a scale from 1 - 16, and is calculated in a similar fashion to NTRP, in the sense that it considers match game scores rather than just win/loss.
However where it differs is not so much in the calculation, but in that all scores / matches are considered regardless of age or gender. So that means a junior, adult male, and adult female with the same UTR should all be competitive with one another. So in effect increases the pool of potential competition.
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
I'm a grad student that played d3 undergraduate, still trying to play competitively. My district (MidAtlantic) has very few tournaments for adults this time of year, even including unsanctioned events, the closest ones are often 3 hours away by car. Between 4.5 or Open events, I might be able to get in 2 or 3 tournaments before the new year... while the juniors can do a ton... it'd be great if the junior events and adult ones were blended for both equal competition and more local opportunities.
Can you use the UTR system to FB message or Instagram juniors to hit with in between tournaments? Are you near the JTTC in College Park? Lot of good juniors there-son has played dubs with one of them. Maybe some day UTR will add a contact option so players could contact each other if both opted in, but you could probably find most juniors on Instagram. My junior son enjoyed playing some college players this summer, and several were recent grads or guys out a year. Do keep up your tennis; it is amazing how unfit players can get in a couple years if they dont play. Son was telling me about one guy who played in the lineup for an ACC team, graduated about 3 years ago, gained 30 lbs, and was losing to juniors at Men's opens. Yet there are other guys out of school ten years that can still play competitively vs current college players-of course those guys are usually academy pros or assistant college coaches.

I too hope for more local men/junior/college tourneys as they are cheaper-shorter, commutable so no hotels. If there are academies near your grad school, ask if there are any international players training during a gap year. Those guys can't compete in tournaments after 6 months, so they could be looking for college level practice match play. The guys with lower SAT scores or TOEFL come over here, train some, improve their English and test scores, and try to find a roster spot 6 months to a year after their graduation.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
I've seen firsthand a lot of the guys that I played very high level HS with (We all could've played d3, our #1 could've gone low end d1) get awful very quickly because they didn't touch a racquet for a few years. The #1 returned after 3 years of not playing and would've struggled to make the lineup of a weaker overall HS team, when he'd been an individual state champion.
 
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