Will adult tournaments ever make a comeback?

nyta2

Professional
Man they are up to $110+ the bridge toll and hour drive! That's why metro men's matches suck.

I might be able to do some in summer when I don't have to miss so many weekend lessons.

J
yeah winter tourneys are always most expensive.
i’m injured atm (elbow), but if you went i’d have entered and served underhand :p
definitely hope there will be more tourneys this summer. utr really seems to be making an effort.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
yeah winter tourneys are always most expensive.
i’m injured atm (elbow), but if you went i’d have entered and served underhand :p
definitely hope there will be more tourneys this summer. utr really seems to be making an effort.
Heal up and let's get you some serve lessons this summer at my club. Maybe even stream them to TW.

J
 

penpal

Semi-Pro
What exactly is the appeal of a tournament? Paying a ton of money for just a couple guaranteed matches, while wasting a whole day or half day? I don't get it.
My wife and I like to travel to tournaments that are maybe 2-3 hours away, and in places we like to visit. We live in Colorado, so this includes places like Breckenridge, Carbondale (near Aspen), Denver, etc. If we lose in the first round, no big deal, we'll just spend the rest of the weekend doing fun stuff in the area. So, win or lose, the tournament becomes a mini-vacation.

Me being the penny pincher of the two of us; however, I also do enjoy the thrill of trying to get my money's worth out of the tournament. I usually consider two matches as breaking even. Any more than two matches and the tournament is a rousing success :)
 

Matthew ATX

Semi-Pro
What exactly is the appeal of a tournament? Paying a ton of money for just a couple guaranteed matches, while wasting a whole day or half day? I don't get it.
Ton of money is obviously relative. I am a working class service industry dude, and $80 or so for two draws for a weekend of tennis isn't a ton of money to me. I quite often feel like the poorest person in the scene when I pull up to a parking lot full of Teslas in my beat up Honda Fit, but I do understand that there are people who can't even afford what I can, so I won't judge here.

But if a day or two spent with friends watching and playing tennis is a waste of time to you, then yea, you don't get it and tournaments are not for you.
 

Matthew ATX

Semi-Pro
Competition.
And this, of course. I may play three matches in a whole league season, and depending on the lines I play, maybe I get to play a couple of the heavy hitters in the city once. In a tournament, if I make a good run, I can play some of the best doubles pairs in the state all in one weekend.
 
The good news is that 4.5 tournaments are full of 4.0s.

J
I'm outside Columbia, SC so that's not really a hotbed of tennis activity, relative to say Charlotte or Atlanta or Florida where I grew up. I played growing up after school. Never good enough to play in college, at least where I went which was a huge D1 school but I maybe could've hacked it at a smaller school had I really invested myself in it which I never really did in middle school or high school. Anyhoo, didn't pick up a racquet in a meaningful fashion for close to 20 years. Started back and signed up as a USTA 3.5. As it is now I can still only play about once a week between my schedule and the lack of people to play with in the small town I live in. There are some rock solid dudes but getting them out is tough, especially in the winter. No interest in appealing up as most of the guys here play 3.5 so if I want to do team that's the only way and since I don't get to play a ton I am still pretty inconsistent. Flashes of brilliance followed by 'WTF was that?!'. My plan was to just level up naturally but I just turned 40 so all these guys played 40+ and Covid wrecked last season so I am still in limbo.

We played in a 3.5 men's tournament back in November. Made the final and lost. Still sticks in my craw but on Saturday I stuck around and watching the 4.0 and 4.5 brackets and, to me, it really didn't look that much different. Everyone just looked 4.0ish to me, including some of the 3.5s. The 3.5 guys maybe didn't look quite as polished but on the court in a match setting I'd think they were all pretty indistinguishable with a few exceptions. I have seen some guys on Tennis Troll and stuff too that are 4.0 or 4.5 and I kinda SMH. I mean, you are what the system/formula says you are but yeah, I dunno.
 
For me, it was getting out of the house to an unfamiliar court playing unfamiliar players. I guess it reminded me a little of my youth when I was always going to swim meets or baseball tournaments. I never minded waiting around for games or my events because I enjoyed socializing. I get tired of playing with the same people in the same places since I live in a community with a small tennis population. I stopped playing USTA when I was only entering one local tournament, which makes it too expensive when you factor in USTA membership just to play and the entry fee.
This for me. I work in hospitality so it's nice for me to get a weekend off and fully invest in the tennis. Just chill, hangout, whatever. I like league too but weekend tournaments when I am normally pulling my hair out at work are a very nice change of pace.
 
Ton of money is obviously relative. I am a working class service industry dude, and $80 or so for two draws for a weekend of tennis isn't a ton of money to me. I quite often feel like the poorest person in the scene when I pull up to a parking lot full of Teslas in my beat up Honda Fit, but I do understand that there are people who can't even afford what I can, so I won't judge here.

But if a day or two spent with friends watching and playing tennis is a waste of time to you, then yea, you don't get it and tournaments are not for you.
This all day long.
 

giantschwinn

Semi-Pro
Just want to say, an UTR organizer can make the format whatever he wants. He can do fast4 or 6 game regular scoring with deuce. It's all up to him. If you don't like the format, get players to tell him. The organizer has a lot of flexibility to tailor it to whatever people want.
 
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