Tournaments; NTRP Events versus Age Division/Opens

5sets

Semi-Pro
Curious to know everyone's thoughts on which events they like to play. A few years ago I would enter any tournament around to get as much matchplay as I could, but noticed a lot of strong players don't play the NTRPs as they don't really validate bragging rights because there's always another level above. So I've just been focusing on Opens as it's mostly full of 4.0plus anyway. What are things like in your city/region?

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Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
Tournaments are quite variable. You will enter some open events where everyone is 5.0+ and some where 4.0s are commonly seen in the draws. You just never know.
 

Nacho

Professional
Curious to know everyone's thoughts on which events they like to play. A few years ago I would enter any tournament around to get as much matchplay as I could, but noticed a lot of strong players don't play the NTRPs as they don't really validate bragging rights because there's always another level above. So I've just been focusing on Opens as it's mostly full of 4.0plus anyway. What are things like in your city/region?

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Your talking about adult tournaments right?

I like playing my age group, and usually just the Cat I and II's. I may get a fluff match hear or there but for the most part I know I am going to play the best competition for my age group. I am a 5.0 NTRP so I don't see many of those level tournaments (Mostly NTRP are geared to rec players in USTA leagues) so I stick to the big national tourney's

On the local level I may enter an open tournament for the fun of it, depends on how much time I have and who is in there.
 

5sets

Semi-Pro
Adult tournaments yes. Around here we have Open which is 'open' to anyone but mostly 5.0s play, I like playing in these. NTRP 5.0 tournaments are rare all over, at that point everyone just plays Open.

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J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I play open, would play age group nationals or if there was a decent local draw.

Local age group is weak, I could be #1 25s, 30s, and 35s locally.

Local opens can be weak or strong, money tournaments are usually strong.

J
 
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