Who will play American Collegiate Invitational this year at US Open?

jcgatennismom

Professional
Anyone seen the list or will it not be decided until mid August? I know 8 guy and girls play, and the winner will get a WC into US Open 2019 Qualifying or MD depending on his/her level next year. Tom Fawcett beat one of the Redlicki bros in the finals last year so he should be getting quali WC this year.
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
The ACI has been cancelled. Very disappointing.
in case others have not seen the zootennis tweet, there is the text of the announcement of the cancellation: '
“Because of the reallocation of resources needed to provide American college players more opportunities to assimilate to professional tennis in 2019 and beyond, the decision was made to discontinue the American College Invitational at the US Open. While the ACI served as an opportunity for top American college players to experience playing at the US Open, the USTA and USTA Player Development are establishing ways to best support American college players and their progression into pro tennis as the ITF implements its Transition Tour beginning in 2019, including more wild card linkages for American college players into Transition Tour events based on their performances in major collegiate tournaments. “

It may sound reasonable, but it is hard to trust the USTA. Every time USTA gets a good new hire, e.g. Brian Boland or Steven Armitaj who started the College Match Days and facilitated the USTA Collegiate Circuit. the creative and innovative guys leave in a year or two. It is ironic that USTA says it will help college players get WCs into circuits based on performance in major collegiate tournaments. USTA already has failed to include results of the 3 main individual college tournaments in the USTA PD top 500 report which is sent to ITF to selct Quali players after those with ATP points have been selected. See http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/Top500/ for details. It's August 2018, and USTA PD has yet to include even the fall 2017 All American and Indian Wells results on the March and June reports it sent to the ITF, and the NCAAs is missing from the June 21st ITF report. There are some All Americans without national rankings while the report manages to include results from 11 junior USTA national and ITF tournaments each year. The ranking list is also supposed to include results from Futures but no Future results have been included since April 23 Vero Beach Futures, and 4 fall circuit tourney results were not entered until 7/28/18. I hope USTA PD can get missed college and spring/summer circuit college results in soon and submit an updated report to ITF (can only send 4 a year) so college players who should have points from Quali/college matches won wont miss out on getting in Fall Futures (registration for some fall futures end in 20 days). This fall Quali draws are still 64 so maybe 15-16 randomly ordered unranked players will get in (a UTR 10 2-star HSer could be 100 spots ahead of a uTR 13.5 college player). However come 2019, Quali draws are only 24 so few ranked players will get in and no alternates unless via WC. In the recent Champaign Quali draw, 16 players had ATP points (even in Quali), 34 were ranked, and the other 16 were unranked (some were recipients of 8 Quali WCs). 350+ players register for each US Future, and there are usually still 70-100 on the alternate list the day before Quali sign in. Unfortunately due to omitted or late entry of tournament results into tennislink by USTA PD, some of those alternates are players who should be ranked, and due to UsTA PD omissions they may miss out on playing Qualis this last year before Transition Tour changes.
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
USTA PD has replaced the American College Invitational with a tourney in Orlando in mid Dec where the top 8 US college men and women can compete for a WC to a Challenger MD (see college10s2day retweet). So what-that's not even worth an announcement. College plays get WCs to Challengers all the time, e.g. Rybakov, Blumberg, and Ayeni got WCs to Binghamton. Look at any challenger, esp challengers on college campuses, and there are probably 3-4 current college players who got in MD on WC-no trip to Orlando required. USTA PD thinks it is a big deal they are offering one WC? They are replacing a tourney that promised a WC to US Open MD or Quali with an opportunity for one player to win a single Challenger WC? That is not supporting college tennis. The scary thing is we dont know what this Transition Tour will look like-not many details except Challengers will be 48 draw (up from 16) in MD with only 4 Qualifiers (down from 32) playing for 2 MD spots. I hope TDs next year will still have a few Quali and/or MD WCs to give out to top college players. Otherwise why would they even bother to host tourneys on campus? In addition host sites will have to raise more $ as they have to provide hotel rooms for all 48 MD players.

https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/atp-challenger-tour-2019-significant-revamp
 

epaige

Rookie
USTA PD has replaced the American College Invitational with a tourney in Orlando in mid Dec where the top 8 US college men and women can compete for a WC to a Challenger MD (see college10s2day retweet). So what-that's not even worth an announcement. College plays get WCs to Challengers all the time, e.g. Rybakov, Blumberg, and Ayeni got WCs to Binghamton. Look at any challenger, esp challengers on college campuses, and there are probably 3-4 current college players who got in MD on WC-no trip to Orlando required. USTA PD thinks it is a big deal they are offering one WC? They are replacing a tourney that promised a WC to US Open MD or Quali with an opportunity for one player to win a single Challenger WC? That is not supporting college tennis. The scary thing is we dont know what this Transition Tour will look like-not many details except Challengers will be 48 draw (up from 16) in MD with only 4 Qualifiers (down from 32) playing for 2 MD spots. I hope TDs next year will still have a few Quali and/or MD WCs to give out to top college players. Otherwise why would they even bother to host tourneys on campus? In addition host sites will have to raise more $ as they have to provide hotel rooms for all 48 MD players.

https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/atp-challenger-tour-2019-significant-revamp
American kids keep demonstrating they want to play team sports. Only chance they get at a high level for tennis is college. USTA should do everything it can to promote college tennis. Look at Wimbledon: Isner, Anderson, McDonald.
 
American kids keep demonstrating they want to play team sports. Only chance they get at a high level for tennis is college. USTA should do everything it can to promote college tennis. Look at Wimbledon: Isner, Anderson, McDonald.
Team tennis tournaments through the USTA (or another organization) would be cool. You sign up as a team (maybe 5 kids?) and then take on other teams in a tournament format. This is popular with adults - these types of events need to be created for kids.
 
Team tennis tournaments through the USTA (or another organization) would be cool. You sign up as a team (maybe 5 kids?) and then take on other teams in a tournament format. This is popular with adults - these types of events need to be created for kids.
Check out JTT (Junior Team Tennis). It is not everywhere but it is in a lot of places. Most format for JTT is boys' and girls' singles, boys' and girls' dub, and one mixed dubs. Each team usually has at least 4 boys and 4 girls. JTT has State, Sectional, and National playoff format like the adult leagues. For the older kids, some state will do single gender team where it is one singles line and two dubs lines but those leagues currently stop at the State level.
 
Check out JTT (Junior Team Tennis). It is not everywhere but it is in a lot of places. Most format for JTT is boys' and girls' singles, boys' and girls' dub, and one mixed dubs. Each team usually has at least 4 boys and 4 girls. JTT has State, Sectional, and National playoff format like the adult leagues. For the older kids, some state will do single gender team where it is one singles line and two dubs lines but those leagues currently stop at the State level.
Thanks. It would be great if there were a lot more junior team tennis events.
 

Tennis Sam

Rookie
I need to listen to more of these, but the Cracked Racquets interviews of former collegians now on tour make a spectacular case for playing college tennis. JC Argone said something to the effect that he has never felt pressure like the pressure to clinch in college. Nothing at the pro level has come close. Really disappointing USTA is dropping the ACI from the Open.

Will UTR help alleviate the changes the ATP is making to the tour starting next year? I head the ATP changes will somehow be bad for college tennis too, but I'm not exactly sure why.
 

Nacho

Professional
I just shake my head every time I hear of these kinds of things....Really a bummer for college players, one more reason for them not to play college tennis
 

Nacho

Professional
Does everyone think that the NCAA's might now consider a move of the individual tournament to the fall, now that there aren't entries to the US Open? Thus creating a true fall tournament season and a spring team season? Remember in the past this was why they didn't move the May individual NCAA's because of the conflicts for the USTA and the US Open. A separation of the team and individual event seems like a good alternative to the current format, or at least a conversation again
 
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