I'm fairly confused as to how the USTA works. I have lurked on this part of the message board trying to learn how the USTA works, but I still can't quite grasp how it all works out. Do i need to be on a team to play in a tournament? how do i find a team? If I'm 19, would i end up playing in juniors or adults? these are just a couple of questions that I'd like to have answered so i can get the hang of how the USTA and its tournaments work. in addition, are there any tournaments in NYC (or in that area, because i like about an hour from NYC) that i could simply enter in and play in? i would rate myself at a 3.5 or 4.0 player i guess, although i'm not sure. this summer i want to play as much tennis as i possibly can, and since i'll be working, i'd like to know the dates that i need to have off so i can play in tournaments.