October 2017 I Issue 5
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2018 MV Junior Schedule
Most Asked Questions about UTR
Catching up with Olivia Hauger
Q&A with Coach Chris Young
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2017 FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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Questions, concerns and comments from parents, players and coaches are typically my topics when writing blogs. Recently, I have noticed there seems to be a lot of people that don't understand how a draw is actually constructed. I fielded a call about a week ago from a parent that assumed that her daughter had to play the number one seed first round because her ranking was low. This couldn't be any further from the truth. Lets start from the beginning.
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One of the first thing a tournament director (TD) will do is form his or her tournament committee. Some tournaments have certain requirements to be eligible to play a particular event. Typically these tournaments are set up as a Tournament Director Selection Process. This means the administrator of the event will manually select those that are eligible once the deadline closes. Once selected, the players credit card will then be charged. If the event is open to anyone, the players card will be charged as soon as they register. Once players have been selected, the tournament director and referee now have their entry list appear in the tournament management on-line program called Tournament Data Manager (TDM).
Type of Draw
Each district, section or national tournament has a certain draw type required by the rules that are regulated by their governing body. The tournament director and referee will set up these draw types within the TDM system (Example: Feed in Consolation through the Quarterfinals).
You will want to check with the tournament on which type of seeding criteria will be used. Some sections might use the most recent standings list while others might use a rating system.
Number of Seeds
3-11 players: 2 seeds
12-23 players: 4 seeds
24-47 players: 8 seeds
48-64 players: 16 seeds
As you can see in Table 6 (USTA Friend at Court), each seed is placed on a specific line. For example on a 16-draw, seed 1 on line 1 and seed 2 on line 16. You will notice that after seeds 1 and 2, that the remaining seeds are in groups. Seeds 3-4, 5-8 and 9-16. Lines on the draw are reserved for these groupings. For example, in a 32-draw, lines 9 and 24 are reserved for seeds 3 and 4. These two seeds will be drawn randomly for one of these two lines. There is a misconception that seed 4 automatically should be placed in the top half of the bracket. This is not the case! I have received a few calls from parents that submit a complaint that the tournament director and referee made the draw incorrectly because the number 3 seed was in the top half. Seed grouping lines are randomly drawn.
Creating the Draw
As stated before, each district or section has their own specific set of rules. One of these rules might be separating certain players from playing each other in the first round. For example, separating players from the same city. TDM has the ability to separate the players automatically once the TD and referee define the criteria in the system. The draw is now ready to be made. Before the invention of TDM, you can imagine the amount of manual work that had to be completed prior to making the draw. All the TD and referee has to do now, is click a button. Boom! The draw is now ready for the TD to schedule the tournament. Lets take one step back and take a closer look on the specifics when the "button" is pushed in TDM.
1. The system determines the size of the draw (or example, 8-draw, 16-draw, etc.)
2. The seeds will then be placed on the appropriate lines. See Table 6. Remember, players are randomly chosen for specific lines within their seeding group (Seeds 3-4, 5-8, etc.). In Figure 6 of USTA Friend at Court, you can see where the seeds can end up. So a good example, a player that is seeded 8 in a 32 draw, can be randomly drawn on lines 5, 13, 20 or 28.
3. Byes. Where do they go? Seeds are awarded a Bye first and then the remaining Byes are distributed so that the total numbers of byes are evenly distributed by quarters and halves.
The draw is now made and the Tournament Director is ready to schedule the matches. Easy as that!
The Process of making the draw
by david Minihan, USTA Oklahoma Executive Director
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Friend at Court by going to www.ustashop.com
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Name: Alexa Powers
Started playing: 6th grade
Favorite player: Alex Zverev
Favorite shot: Backhand down the line
Best tennis Memory: Winning 5th at state at #1 doubs
Why I love tennis: It brings family, friends and the community together. It's a sport that can offer that and you don't have to be a pro to play!
Name: Owen Fellrath (age 10)
Started playing: 4 years old-
Favorite player: Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer
Favorite shot: Approach
Best tennis memory: Summer team tennis 14's- team made it to sectionals in Topeka, KS
Why I love tennis: It's fun and I meet a lot of new friends
Name: Zachary Quattro- 12 Yrs old
Started playing: 5 years old
Favorite player: Rodger Federer
Favorite Shot: Inside out
Best Tennis Memory: Winning Little Mo Regionals
Why I love tennis: It's fun, make lots of friends & keeps me disciplined.
Whether your junior player is a budding star, or a recreational player who simply loves to get outside, USTA Oklahoma has something to keep them engaged and active. From Junior Team Tennis to Junior Tournaments, all ages and levels have an opportunity to fall in love with the sport they can play for a lifetime.
Name: Alex Richards
Started playing: 2010
Favorite player: David Ferrer
Favorite shot: Backhand
Best tennis Memory: Zonals
Why I love tennis: I love the competition
Name: Mia Dunagan
Started playing: 2013
Favorite player: Serena Williams
Favorite shot: Backhand
Best tennis Memory: Winning my first tournament that moved me up to champs
Why I love tennis: Because it challenges me both mentally and physically every day. Plus I've made so met so many great people through tennis.
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Name: James Quattro
Started playing: 4 years old
Favorite player: Rafael Nadal
Favorite shot: Inside out
Best tennis Memory: Winning 2nd at the Little Mo Nationals
Why I love tennis: I love to be competitive, win & make lots of fun memories with my family
Name: Ben VanLandingham
Started playing: 6 years old
Favorite player: Jack Sock
Favorite shot: Backhand
Best memory: Practicing with my dad and playing in tournaments
Why I love tennis: I’m always smiling and happy when I’m on a tennis court
Level: I’m getting ready to move from 12U Challenger to 12U Champs
Courtesy of USTA Player Development
The chances of a young adolescents taking negative feedback and construing it as positive feedback is an extremely tough skill that most adults struggle to master.
In the performance coaching world, when working with young adolescent players, there is no doubt we, as coaches, need to be tough on our players to foster certain character qualities to help them prepare for the tough situations they will face come match time. However, the way we provide feedback, both verbally and non-verbally, needs to be on the spectrum of POSITIVE COACHING.
A book called, “How Children Succeed,” discusses the positive correlations between sensitivity to emotions and showing love and affection to children’s self confidence, curiosity, dealing with setbacks, calmness and fostering resilience.
Building a “safe space” to train develops the ability to feel comfortable failing. At a recent conference, William Mival, a director at the Royal Academy of Music where world-class musicians attend, talked about creating this “safe space.” He explained their goal was to create an environment where trust and talent can grow and be nurtured through support. He urges his students to “fail and fail better again,” as they wade through the complexities of their musical skill set. “Failure is the key to eventual success.”
In an individual sport like ours, we have to be aware of the fragility of the players as they go through key physical and emotional growth stages. We have to understand the particular complexities of our sport, aligned with growth and development, and still have the skills to create this environment for the emotional well-being of the child. A fear of failure is often displayed in young tennis athletes. The research shows that this mindset is often developed by strict or overly demanding parents, demeaning siblings or friends and failures that can cause embarrassment or ridicule. All these lead to negative thoughts when attempting new challenges. This fear of failure only continues to grow and keeps adding up as a child matures.
Once a reasonable level of trust has been developed in a safe space, we can challenge our players and tune in on their areas of focus in the training environment. If we cannot make our players uncomfortable and get them to question themselves, then that talent level can become stagnant. During this phase of training, players will likely struggle with the execution. However, with a foundational level of support, trust and safety, the player can keep trying without the fear of failure.
We can apply the same theory in the parenting world. Parenting is tough business. As you delve into the many different books that tell you about parenting strategies, it is absolutely evident that there are many contrasting styles of parenting. There is no manual that tells you how to parent, and there certainly is no manual on how to navigate a child who is demonstrating a level that may be considered high-performing.
Helping the parents of high-performing juniors understand some of the intricacies of character development within the sport is important for the mental and emotional growth of the child. It can lead to happier lives and more enjoyment of the sport, which only continues to produce a growth mindset.
In Sweden, three professional football (soccer) teams went about tackling “misbehaving” parents. Here are the findings:
“One in three children had considered quitting the game because of what the survey called “over-engaged” parents. Of the 1,016 adults who answered the survey, 83 percent said they had seen parents who were pushing their children too much or criticized referees and officials loudly.”
They developed a “Football Code” for all parents to read, sign and abide by in spreading the message.
The code reads as follows: “I, as a parent, will do everything I can to support my child, other children, club staff, referees and parents in training and at games – through positive involvement.”
“The response has been incredible. More than 1,600 parents have signed up to the code, and more are doing so by the day”.
If we refer back to the “How Children Succeed” book referenced earlier, it talks about the ability to affect change in a child’s behavior. By behavior, this can refer to physical, mental and/or emotional behaviors.
The observations were based on working with the parent or parent figure in an after-school program and not always directly with the child. The program worked with parents in implementing strategies to encourage positive behaviors in their child. The social worker applauded the parents when they made encouraging comments to the child, and warm, nurturing support was proved to be extremely positive in impacting the child. The Swedish study combated this issue by going to the potential source, and that is learned behaviors from the parents. If you can impact the parent, it will impact the child.
I’m sure many of you have seen the following banner that went viral a few years ago.
The banner was placed around sport facilities across the world, and as seen here, the USTA Southwest Section created a banner and sent it to facilities around their section to promote positive parenting behaviors.
The point of this is not to tell parents how to parent their child; the point is to create programs to support parents through the process of nurturing a high-performing athlete. We must work together to enhance the character qualities we, as coaches, know help give an athlete the best chance to compete. Learning independence falls under this category, as well.
Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children/players as they go through adolescence are the ability to make decisions and to make choices. Making choices enables the young adult to problem solve and to work on solutions that we know are critical to the long-term development and success of the player.
To conclude, promote a process-focused training environment built around trust, where it's safe for the player to fail when working towards their objectives. Implement programs to work with parents on encouraging behaviors in the “safe space” at home that develop a growth mindset and express consistent messages from the court to home. The potential for growth and improvement is much greater when it comes with secure attachment from the parents and coaches.
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By Johnny Parkes,
Manager of Player ID and Development
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CATCHING UP WITH...
Booker T. Washington to Cal Berkley
USTA Oklahoma caught up with former top ranked Missouri Valley junior and former Australian Open quarter-finalist. Olivia Hauger, a Junior at University of California did a Q & A to let us catch up with her college career.
When did you start playing tennis?
I started playing tennis when I was about 7 or 8. My grandparents both played tennis and wanted me to give it a try so I started taking lessons and going to drills. I played a number of sports growing up in addition to tennis including soccer, golf and basketball. I am lucky to have parents that recognized the value of sports as a tool that can be utilized to learn and grow as a child.
My favorite player is Roger Federer. His class and the way he carries himself on and off the court is outstanding. I respect how he continues to challenge himself by continuing to compete even after all of the success he has had.
How do you like Cal?
Cal has been one of the best decisions of my life. The University has provided me with a unique opportunity to compete for one of the best schools in the country, while earning an education at one of the best universities in the world. The competitive environment has allowed me to excel with like-minded, motivated individuals surrounding me for support. The support of my team, coaches and athletic community has been crucial to my success.
What is the main difference between USTA junior tennis and college tennis?
The main difference between USTA junior tennis and college tennis is that in college your efforts contribute to the success of the team. As a junior, I had a great group of people that were essential for my success including my parents, coaches, friends and teachers. In college, my actions combined with the efforts of my teammates contribute to the success of Cal Women’s Tennis. This team aspect makes match days fun and exciting.
Walk us through a typical day at college?
A typical day starts with breakfast then either weights or conditioning with the team at 8 a.m., followed by about three hours of class from 9 to 12. Team practice is at 2:30, so I have a couple hours to grab lunch and do homework or meet up with study groups. Next, I go to practice from 2:30 to 5:30. After practice, I eat dinner. Some days, I may have an event from 7 to 8 like Golden Bear Advisory Committee, which meets to discuss Cal student-athlete life and community outreach opportunities. Depending on how much work I have that week, I may study again, then go to bed to recover and recharge for the next day.
Favorite thing about college tennis?
My favorite thing about college tennis is waking up and realizing it is a match day. Match days are special because we get to see our dedication and hard work take effect. The energy during a team match is unlike any other feeling. Winning matches and achieving goals are what make the sprints in the morning worth it, and doing it for the team is incredibly rewarding.
What are some of your best accomplishments in tennis recently?
My favorite memory so far is clinching the final match to win the 2016 National Team Indoor Championship against UNC to achieve the number one ranking in the nation. Last season, I held the team-high of seven clinches to win team matches. More recently, pre-season national rankings were released on September 12th. I am currently 11 in doubles and 75 in singles. I am looking forward to competing in the 2017 Riviera/ ITA Women’s All-American Championships next week.
Coach Chris Young is the Head Women's Tennis Coach & Director of Tennis at Oklahoma State University. In his seven years at the helm, Coach Young has transformed OSU into a national tennis power as he now holds a 115-61 record with the Cowgirls. During his time in Stillwater, Young has led the Cowgirls to unprecedented success, as shown by the team’s back-to-back trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, five-straight trips to the NCAA tournament and most recently, the 2016 season which brought the program’s first Big 12 Championship in 13 years and an NCAA Runner-Up finish.
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When recruiting a player, what type of things do you look at?
The important thing for me is that players have a passion for tennis. The demands at the college level are very great, so it is important that players enjoy the sport and are able balance the academics and tennis demands appropriately.
Another important element is how coachable the player is and how willing they are to work with the coaches and players on the team. How do they handle adversity and their level of competitiveness on the court.
What UTR range of a player do you typically recruit to or is UTR a factor?
The UTR has become a very valuable tool to measure the level of players. It is a very accurate tool in many situations to measure the ability of players. Our team has traditionally been above 11.0 to be in our lineup, however we have also been able to take players with a lower ranking and help them improve to this ranking if they fit the qualities we are looking for, they have a strong work ethic, and a potential for their games to develop.
What type of attention do you give to your players' nutrition?
Nutrition and sleep are two very important elements in the training process and are two things that can easily be effected by the transition to college and a new environment. We have a nutritionist on campus that helps our players and we give them some good education while traveling with the team.
What type of strength training would you recommend for younger players?
Tennis specific strength training is extremely important. We have a great program and a strength coach who has been with me for 10 years. Things are constantly changing so it's important to adapt to new trends and help the athletes train specifically for the movements they will experience on court but overall it's becoming more important in our sport to become a better athlete as the game continues to become more physical.
If you had to choose one shot for a junior player to focus on in preparing for college tennis, what would it be?
The serve and first ball are two shots that are not practiced enough but extremely important. Serve and return will happen on every point so being able to start the point is critical.
What advice would you give junior players that have goals to play collegiate tennis?
I think it is very important for junior players to have specific goals and understand the level they need to achieve to compete in college tennis and for the universities they desire. There are so many different levels and many wonderful opportunities at each level, so an understanding of what it takes is important. I would advise players to take control of the process for themselves and not rely on others to make the decisions for them.
q & a with coach chris young
Game Set Match Article/Pics
Fri, Sep 15 Napa Valley Tournament Napa Valley, Calif.
Fri, Sep 15 Midland Invitationals Midland, Texas
Fri, Sep 22 Tiburon Challenger Tiburon, Calif.
Fri, Sep 22 Alabama Four-in-the-Fall Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Fri, Sep 22 Fountain Valley Pro Futures Fountain Valley, Calif.
Fri, Sep 29 ITA All-American Tulsa, Okla. TBA
Thu, Oct 19 ITA Central Regional Championship Minneapolis, Minn.
Fri, Oct 27 Birmingham Futures Birmingham, Ala.
Sat, Oct 28 Charlottesville Challenger Charlottesville, Va.
Thu, Nov 02 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, Calif.
Tue, Sep 19 ITF Lubbock 25k Lubbock, Texas
Thu, Sep 21 Oracle ITA Masters Malibu, Calif.
Fri, Sep 22 Rice Invitational Houston, Texas
Sat, Sep 30 ITA All Americans Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Thu, Oct 19 ITA Regional Championships Lawrence, Kan.
Wed, Nov 01 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, Calif.
Fri, Nov 03 Arizona State Fall Invite Tempe, Ariz.
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OU Fall schedule
Sep 17 Lubbock 25K Lubbock, TX
Sep 24 Stillwater Pro Tennis Classic Stillwater, OK
Sep 30 ITA All-American Championships Pacific Palisades, CA
Oct 19 ITA Central Regional Championships Lawrence, KS
Nov 1 ITA Fall Championships Indian Wells, CA
Sep 8 Silverado Invitational Napa Valley, CA
Sep 15 USA F31 Futures LaGuna Niguel, CA
Sep 22 John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic LaFayette, LA
Sep 30 ITA Men's All-American Tulsa, OK
Oct 7 USA F33 Futures Houston, TX
Oct 19 ITA Central Regional Minneapolis, MN
Oct 28 Charlottesville Challenger Charlottesville, VA
Nov 1 Oracle ITA National Fall
Championships Indian Wells, CA
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OSU Fall schedule
Tulsa Fall schedule
Sep 22 ITF 25K Stillwater, OK
Oct 6 ORU Invite Tulsa, OK
Oct 19 ITA Regional Championships Lawrence, Kan
Nov 3 SMU Invite Dallas, TX
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Sep 8 Silverado Invitational Napa Valley, CA
Sep 22 Drake Invitational Des Moines, Iowa
Sep 30 ITA All American Championships Tulsa, OK
Oct 9 Houston Futures Houston, TX
Oct 16 Harlingen Futures Harlingen, TX
Oct 19 ITA Regionals Minneapolis, Minn
Oct 30 Birmingham Futures Birmingham, Ala
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by David Mullins, www.davemullinestennis.com
There is this kid I know who is a talented soccer player. He trains twice per week with his club - two hours at a time. On the weekend, he and his teammates get to the grounds an hour early to prepare for their league or cup match, and sometimes they may have up to four games over a two-day period. All the players are very technically sound and understand how the game should be played. The team has three coaches who trawl the sidelines during the games criticizing, correcting, reinforcing good plays, congratulating successful and unsuccessful attempts, but they all appear to be a little on edge throughout the duration of the match. Last week there was a scout from Manchester United watching his team and taking notes. The kid recently got promoted to this group after some solid performances for the second team. He feels a lot of pressure to play even better to prove that he belongs on this team and is desperate to keep his spot. In the process, his game and confidence has suffered a bit as he adapts to the faster tempo, becomes more fearful of making errors, and plays to keep his position rather than playing to develop. He was very upset after a recent training session as he felt like he made too many mistakes, and some of his basic skills were eluding him. The established players on the squad were getting frustrated with him, and the coach did little to encourage his teammates to be more supportive as he makes this transition. He appears to be losing some of the love he had for the game when he first started. In a few weeks, they will travel overseas to play against some of the top clubs in Europe.
The kid is actually my 11 year-old son!
Does anyone else think this is a bit crazy? Overzealous coaches, professional scouts, trips to central Europe, a deep focus on winning versus development - all for a group of 11 year olds who should be purely focused on their love for the game and figuring out what they need to do to continue to improve. I find myself very conflicted about whether he should continue in this system or not. I know it would break his heart not to have these opportunities, but would that decision prevent him from being soured from the game he loves later in his teenage years?
On the one hand, I am thrilled that he is going through this mild adversity and is forced to work out how he will get his confidence back, improve his self-talk and learn to stay present rather than worrying about failure. There are a lot of lessons to be learned, but does it all have to be so serious at the age of 11?!
What has this all got to do with tennis, you ask?
Well, I am seeing the same things happening in tennis. I get emails from parents asking about their 10-year old kids and how much they should be playing per week to put themselves in position to get a top college scholarship one day. As a college coach, I got to see the "final product" of years of coaching, sacrifice and hard work. I got to see firsthand if what we are doing is working or not.
My conclusion is that all this investment of time and money, more professionalized development structures and increased expectations is not benefiting these children in the ways we are hoping it would. Despite better facilities, increased competitive pathways, and more educated coaches, the level of tennis I see is only marginally better than what it was two to three decades ago. There is more depth in the college game, but I don't see a significant improvement at the top levels - and I don't see the type of improvements I once saw in college players over a four-year period because they have already played so much by the time they set foot on campus.
stop the madness
Junior Team Tennis:
Junior Tournaments: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/play-as-a-member/missourivalley/mvjrdistrictinfo.html
Champs and Challenger link: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/missourivalley/okchampsandchallengers.html
Adult Leagues: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/play-as-a-member/missourivalley/DistrictAdultLeagues.html
Adults Oklahoma: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/play-as-a-member/missourivalley/DistrictAdultLeagues.html
About us (Oklahoma): https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-usta/who-we-are/missourivalley/ustaoklahoma.html
About us (Missouri Valley staff): https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-usta/who-we-are/missourivalley/mvaboutus.html
Tulsa 40's 3.5 Women - Gina Tuell &
Monique Martinez (Captain)
10 Oklahoma Teams Win Section Championships and Head to Adult Nationals in Orlando, Florida
HEADED TO NATIONALS
OKC 18s 4.5 Women-Laura Grooms (Captain)
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Tulsa 40's 4.5 Women Laura Grooms &
Krista Parham (Captain)
Tulsa 18's 5.0 Women -Jennie Howard (Captain)
Tulsa 55's 3.0 Men Brett William &
John Schissel (Captain)
OKC 55's 8.0 Women-Susie Hurst (Captain)
Tulsa 55's 6.0 Women - Michelle Bryan (Captain)
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Tulsa 18's 3.5 Women - Laura Bailey (Captain)
OKC 40s Mixed 8.0 Billy Little (Captain)
OKC's 40s Mixed 7.0 Thagard/Casey (Captain)
GOOD LUCK OKLAHOMA TEAMS!
Tulsa 40s Mixedm 6.0 Casandra Celestain (Captain)
Tulsa 40s Mixed Mike Pearson (Captain)
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OKC 40s Mixed 6.0 Thagard/Rankin (Captain)
Former USTA & Oklahoma State University player Lisa Barry Berg sat down to chat about her love for tennis. Berg was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and made her mark early in her career.
One of your favorite things about tennis? I love all of the joy and happiness I get when on the court. Whether it is playing my "old lady" Wed. morning doubles with a bunch of ex college players or teaching, I still get a lot of satisfaction. I feel like I am still learning new teaching techniques everyday and those little kids make me smile with their questions and comments. Tennis is truly a sport of a lifetime and the lessons learned can be used on and off the court forever.
Where did you play growing up? I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I played in Okla., the Missouri Valley and then Nationally. My coach was Mr. Holden and we learned on his backyard court that he built himself with asphalt and chicken wire fences. The lights were hanging from the trees over the court, maybe that is why my lob is one of my best shots.
Where did you play in college? I played at Okla. State University 1974-1978. Even though Title IX began in 1973 (I believe), there were no scholarships there until the year after I graduated. What a difference now. I loved all four years, the camaraderie and team spirit was my favorite part.
What were some of your best accomplishments in tennis? Wow. I was ranked #1 in doubles and #2 in singles nationally in the 12's. I took a few years off and then started up again prior to college and was still able to compete. My graduation year at OSU (1978), I received a nice honor of Most Outstanding Athlete at OSU. Another honor would be being inducted into the Okla. District Hall of Fame in 2007.
What do you do know? I am the Director of Tennis at Rafael Racquet Club in San Rafael, CA. I have been here exactly 28 years and I call it my home away from home. Prior to coming to Marin County, I taught in Hawaii for 8 years. The first three were in HIlo, Hawaii (where Mr. Holden mentored me with the local kids) and then 5 years at the Hyatt Regency in Kanaapali, Maui. I worked with a lot of the local kids there as well as a bunch of celebrities and fun vacationers.
Do you have kids that play or did play and where? Yes, Conor is 26 and playing some Futures now. He has been traveling to some far away countries (Turkey, Portugal, France, etc.) to try and get some ATP points. His highest ranking last year was in the 900's. He played college tennis for University of New Mexico. He had great success there winning All Conference awards three of his four years in doubles and one year in singles. He and his partner were ranked as high as 40 or so in doubles.
Hadley is 21 and a senior at University of South Carolina. The SEC Conference is something else. Very tough. She and her partner were All Americans her sophomore year in doubles (she has played #1 primarily while there). She had something like an 18 match win streak last spring in singles. She has played some ITF (pro tourneys) and was fortunate enough to get the wildcard into the Volvo Open (WTA event) in the spring of 2016 by winning the qualifying tournament. I cannot believe she is a senior. My biggest thrill is that they both love the game and have had college coaches that are the most caring not only about their tennis but about their lives and character as well.
Have you and your kids played USTA tennis? Of course. USTA is what it is all about. When I started it was called USLTA. United States Lawn Tennis Association. The USTA continues to get people out on the courts no matter what age they are. I have totally embraced the red, orange, green ball system for the "little people" They can actually rally right off the bat. It keeps kids in the game and with Jr. Team Tennis they stay in the game. On the flip side, I enjoy watching and coaching the senior players as well. They truly play for the LOVE of the game. They play, hang out and enjoy lunch or a drink and then go home and come back the next day and do it again.
where are they now...
2007 Oklahoma Hall of Famer
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Lisa Barry Berg
USTA Oklahoma is thrilled to announce the addition of two outstanding individuals to our team! Sarah Jane Gillett will serve as Executive Director of the USTA Oklahoma Foundation, using her passion for the game and years of experience to help bring the foundation to new heights. Joining her is Carmen Bond, who will serve as the USTA Oklahoma Foundation’s Director of Development. Together, they will work to raise funds, increase public awareness, and establish grant engagement for the foundation.
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USTA Oklahoma Foundation Hires bond and gillett
The foundation is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
To carry out and support organizations and programs that enhances the lives of people through tennis and education. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adults, people with disabilities, and others with special needs through tennis and educational programs that are based on health, fitness, character-building and self-improvement and to carry on other similar activities permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code of 1954, and as may be amended.
Sarah Jane Gillett
Sarah Jane Gillett is bringing her experience as a practicing attorney and lifelong tennis player to her role as USTA Oklahoma Foundation Executive Director. Spending a number of years practicing law Sarah Jane wanted to devote her career full-time to non-profit organizations. Tennis has been a major part of Sarah Jane’s life, having played USTA Jr. tennis, high school tennis, college tennis and now as an adult. Sarah Jane lives in Tulsa with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Natalie and Sophia.
Carmen Bond’s passion and experience make her a natural for her position. An outstanding fundraiser, Carmen serves on the board of New Life Ranch and recently raised funds for philanthropic organizations and political campaigns. She is an avid tennis player, active in her church and even uses her background in musical theater to teach voice lessons. Carmen lives in Edmond with her husband, Donnie, and two daughters, Ellie Grace and Hattie.
What is the USTA Oklahoma Foundation?
The USTA Oklahoma Foundation provides financial support to many worthwhile tennis programs across the state. These programs include the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Network, OKC First Serve, Fields & Futures and many other organizations.
Not only does the USTA Oklahoma Foundation support tennis programs but it also maintains along with USTA Oklahoma district the Oklahoma Tennis Hall and works on numerous projects to preserve the history of tennis in Oklahoma.
If you are interested in learning more about the USTA Oklahoma Foundation, please contact Vance McSpadden at email@example.com.
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2017 JUNIOR TEAM
To join a league, contact
Michelle at 918.381.6690
To become a USTA member, go to usta.com
For more information on Oklahoma's junior circuit, contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Physical Activity Council
CERTIFIED OKLAHOMA OFFICIALS
2017 OKLAHOMA LEAGUE TEAMS THAT QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
TO QUALIFY FOR CHAMPS
We are here to help you! Please contact with any questions you might have at email@example.com
Contact Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Junior Team Tennis
OKLAHOMA LEAGUE PARTICIPANTS
TOTAL U.S. TENNIS PARTICIPATION GROWTH FROM 2015-16*
Oklahoma needs more officials! If you are interested,
contact Dean at email@example.com
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Started Playing Tennis: I was 3. I feel in love with tennis when I was 5. I haven't been off the court since
Favorite Tennis Player: Roger Federer for the men's and Simona Halep and Madison Keys for the women's
Favorite Food: Grammy's Lasagna
Pre-match Ritual: I listen to music while stretching. I warm up and then I go off by myself and read motivational quotes until I play.
Favorite thing about playing tournaments? I love the competition and the high level of all the competitors. I get to go to all these amazing places and compete. Tennis is my life.
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FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017
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2018 Missouri Valley Junior Schedule
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Remaining 2017 Oklahoma Junior Schedule
The 2017 tournament schedule is now on the online searchable schedule! Finding a tournament can often be a little confusing. Here is how to find a tournament in five simple steps!
1. Click here for searchable schedule page
2. Define Month/Year
3. Define by Juniors or Adults
4. Specify Missouri Valley - Oklahoma
5. Hit Search and you are there!
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Oklahoma Junior Pathway
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Players ages 7-16 that has NET experience and has graduated the 10 and under Smasher circuit will start playing the Challenger circuit. These players are normally at the intermediate level. Their goal is to earn 375 points which will qualify them for the Champs circuit.
Players ages 7-10 that has NET experience and is ready to work through the progression from Orange to Green ball.
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Finding a Tournament
Players ages 6-18 that has never played a tournament should play the NET circuit
The Champ circuit is for players ages 7-18 and qualified through the Challenger & Smasher circuit. (17-18 year old players do not play the Challenger circuit.). Champ players are eligible to play any champ tournament including District Championships and Future Qualifiers. All tournaments earn Missouri Valley points.
Three Oklahoma Teams Wins Section Championships and are Headed to JTT Nationals in Orlando, Florida
14U intermediate and advanced divisions will take place Sept. 21-24. 18U intermediate and advanced divisions on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Both will take place this year at that USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. Good Luck to our Oklahoma teams!
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
"The players love having fun, playing together as a team. They play doubles, singles & get to play co-ed!"
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TENNIS PRO AT SOUTHERN HILLS,
How long have you been coaching Junior Team Tennis?
I have been running the Junior Team Tennis Program at SHCC for the past 5 years. We have been able to grow the sport of tennis through Junior Team Tennis. We started with one team 5 years ago, and this Summer we had six teams.
What aspects do you like about Junior Team Tennis?
I like the team structure and the fact that every game you win counts. It keeps the kids more focused in their matches. This applies for the older kids, 12&up. For the younger ones, it is a great opportunity to gain real and competitive match experience. The relaxed atmosphere definitely takes away pressure for the ones who have little to no experience.
Favorite thing about District Championships?
To compete and measure your team against other teams that you usually don't come across in your local league. Being able to coach the kids and influence them positively in their matches. JTT in Summer is the main event of the year. It's great to see these kids work hard towards making it to the playoffs each year. It's fun to see how they all have improved in the past 5 years.
Any other comments about Junior Team Tennis?
JTT is a great way to combine boy's and girl's tennis in a competitive format with the chance of advancement in Summer all the way up to Nationals.
918-688-4408 for more information!
Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall Seasons!
Questions that I hear all the time are “How often should I get my racket restrung?”, “Why do my strings feel dead?”, “What strings are best for me?”, and “Why do my strings break so fast?” I will address these questions here in my short blog!
How often should I get my racket restrung?
I’ve always advised that the player restring the racket as many times per year as they play per week on average. If you play 3 times a week, you should restring your racket a minimum of 3 times per year. Over time, the rackets will lose their tension as the string stretches and you lose the most tension after just a few times playing.
Why do my strings feel dead after they were just restrung?
I heard this twice just yesterday! If your racket is strung at 60 pounds and it’s been a year since you’ve restrung it, you are likely used to your current tension (somewhere between 45-50 pounds). Once it’s restrung at 60, it feels “dead” as there is not as much power now. Higher tensions of stringing are for control and lower tensions are for power. For most players, they will begin to fly the ball and lose control if they don’t restring their rackets consistently.
What strings are best for me?
This depends totally on the player and what you are looking to get out of the strings. It basically breaks down to whether you want durability or playability. If you frequently break strings, you may choose a durable string. The durable strings (polyester) won’t have as much feel as the playable string. If you don’t frequently break strings (once a month), I recommend not using polyester. It’s tougher on the arm and you don’t get as much feel.
Why do my strings break so fast?
Assuming it’s not a mis-hit (where the ball can pinch the grommet and pop the string), there are many reasons strings can break quickly. A player who hits a lot of spin will break strings quicker as will a player that hits the ball extremely hard. The type of racket and type of strings is also a factor. Strings come in different gauges of thickness (15-19). Standard is 16 gauge and anything with a higher number is thinner and will break quicker. Also, if you play with a racket with a wide string pattern, these strings will move more and therefore break quicker!
Talk to your local pro about the best strings and tension for you!
by Marc Claude', USPTA
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In fact, Luxilon ALU Power stands out from the crowd because it’s hard to break but it also does an excellent job maintaining tension which helps extend the overall life of the strings.
By Emmy Tigert,
First Serve OKC Foundation- Executive Director
USTA Oklahoma- Diversity & Inclusion Chair
James Blake to Speak at
“Raise Your Racket”
On October 27, James Blake will be speaking at the First Serve OKC’s second annual “Raise Your Racket” fundraiser. The evening’s events will take place at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center on the indoor courts and are expected to draw a crowd of over 300 tennis enthusiasts and supporters. Mayor Mick Cornett will also be speaking in support of increased opportunities in tennis for all youth in Oklahoma City.
As tennis players, we know James Blake as one of the highest ranked U.S. male tennis players of his generation, reaching a career high ATP World Tour #4. Many of us also remember seeing him appear on ABC News two years ago when he was mistakenly arrested, taken to the ground, and handcuffed for twelve minutes on the streets of New York City while he was en route to the US Open. The event led Blake to set up a fellowship with the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, to help victims of police misconduct navigate the administrative grievance process. He also recently released his second book, Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together.
Currently in his role as President of the USTA Foundation, Blake works to increase diversity in in the sport of tennis. Overseeing a budget of $5.4 million, the USTA Foundation provides funding and support to over 500 “National Junior Tennis and Learning” chapters in the United States. These NJTLs are nonprofit organizations with the common thread of breaking down socioeconomic barriers to entry and advancement in tennis. First Serve OKC is a local NJTL chapter, with a mission of strengthening the lives and enhancing the character of Oklahoma City youth through tennis and education.
The NJTL model was first conceived by Arthur Ashe in 1969, and was later adopted by the USTA Foundation in the early 2000s. Ashe believed that for every hour a young tennis player spent on the court, one hour should also be spent in the classroom. After retiring from professional tennis, Ashe worked to ensure that the effects of segregation that once precluded him from competing at the highest level were not an obstacle to any other individuals in the United States.
Blake is a natural champion for the USTA Foundation and the NTJL model, as he grew up in a multi-racial home, trained at the Harlem Tennis Center, and later went on to play for Harvard University. The dual focus on tennis and education exists in some form in every NJTL program. At First Serve OKC, students are engaged in nutrition, literacy and STEM tutoring in the summer, while the year-round program focuses more specifically on the many life skills that our sport teaches.
NJTL programs like First Serve OKC would not be able to positively impact lives without the support of the tennis community. We invite you to raise your racket on October 27 in support of the First Serve OKC Foundation. Tickets to the event are available at firstserveokc.org. For more information, feel free to contact Emmy Tigert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-640-3317.
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By: Bill and Matt Previdi
Whatever situation you find yourselves in, have a great understanding of what the right shot is to neutralize your opponent to take away their advantage or to increase the advantage you already have.
1.) Never panic or get tight regardless of how bad things might look.
2.)Try to read the situations and understand what your next move should be.
3.) Be decisive. Don’t hesitate of vacillate.
4.) Know they can’t win every point but as long as you make your opponents earn every point they understand that they will be fine in the long term.
THE BEST ( AND SIMPLEST) DOUBLES ADVICE YOU WILL EVER GET!
FOCUS ON POSSIBILITIES, NOT PROBLEMS
If you’re like us, you’ve heard a lot of different theories, techniques and tips about being a great doubles player or team. Many of them are very good and help you to continue your quest to reach the next level, but every once in awhile you get a tip that changes everything you do on the court. It changes where you hit the ball, it changes how aggressively ( or not aggressively) you hit, it changes your mindset and it relaxes you because you realize that everything you need to do to be successful, you are perfectly capable of doing.
Here it is: Keep Hitting Set-ups and the point will end itself. WOW! Take a minute and think about it because it’s amazing in it’s simplicity and effectiveness. Here’s another way to say it; Hit every shot like it’s your next to last shot. Don’t be in a rush to end the point.
Now let us explain what it means; Every situation you find yourself in, there is an appropriate shot to hit to “set up” the point. For instance, if you just served down the middle, the next set up is to volley wide. If the receiver gets out there to get the volley, there will be a hole between the partners. Hit the next ball there. If the partner covers that will leave their side open, etc. The likelihood is that you won’t have to hit that many shots because they may not get one of your shots or they may miss but the idea is that you just keep hitting the right shots over and over and things will work out fine.
There’s no need to force things or be over aggressive. The key is to hit the ball with the proper amount of aggression for the situation you’re in. Higher balls, more aggressive and hit them faster than they came. Low balls, look to neutralize and get the advantage for yourself.
Here’s another way to say it; Keep trying to make your opponents miss! If you hit set-ups you will keep putting your opponents in negative situations where they could easily miss. If they don’t miss and you keep gaining an advantage, you might wind up hitting a winner. The key is, you don’t go for winners. They occur organically.
Here’s the kicker. If you don’t miss and keep hitting set-ups, how are your opponents going to win points? They will have to hit winners or great shots. Do you really think the players you play are capable of hitting enough great shots to beat you? Of course not! They need your help to win and you must refuse to give them that help.
What does this mean as far as our practice and training? Here’s the plan for success in doubles matches:
1. Every practice you have, every drill you do must include serve and return of serve.
2. You need to practice early point situations enough times to make the shots and choices automatic.
3. Your partner needs to know what you’re going to do in every situation ( and vice versa). This comes through repetition of point situations.
Doubles is a team sport and it’s imperative that you and your partner are working together to be on the same page but once you both understand how to set up points, your play will become much more consistent and much less of a roller coaster ride that depends on making spectacular shots.
The next time you play a match, be mindful of how many times you lose points because of being overanxious to hit a great shot instead of continuing to set up the point. Take note of how many free points you give your opponents because of a lack of a coherent plan which leads to poor indecision and poor decisions. You will realize that your biggest obstacle to your success in doubles matches is your own team, not the people on the other side of the court. The good news is that it is an obstacle you can easily overcome if you follow our plan.
Courtesy of: http://www.theprevidisystem.com/
Sportsmanship at its Best
By Jackie Finn
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There are many things that distinguish the game of tennis from other sports, but none is more noteworthy than the need to call your own lines and keep your own score. These elements are the epitome of fairness, and they lie at the very heart of the game – and at the very soul of USTA League competition.
USTA League, however, is not alone in emphasizing sportsmanship and a spirit of fair play. It is an integral part of the USTA at every level, from juniors to the senior divisions of adult leagues and tournaments. As USTA President CEO Katrina Adams emphasized, “We are doing our utmost to inspire fair play and sportsmanship at every level of play.”
At the highest level of competition for league players, the USTA League National Championships, there are only roving officials at tournaments to settle disputes, and in regular League matches it is up to the players – and the players only – to call their own lines and track their own score. In essence, players rely on each other to uphold the rules and play the match fairly.
A league coordinator out of Pacific Northwest Section recalled, for example, an act of sportsmanship witnessed during an Adult 18 & Over Playoff match that really made an impact.
“I had a player that had to make a difficult call on herself on match point during playoffs on Sunday,” said Elece Fiocchi.“They were in a third-set tiebreaker, and the team match was split 2 and 2, so this was the deciding match. At 8-9 in the tiebreaker, the player had a great get on a drop shot and hit it back for a winner, but they touched the net.
“I am not sure that the opposing team even noticed, but instead of claiming the point, the player raised her racquet and said, ‘I touched the net, that’s your point.’ Instead of being tied 9-9, they lost the individual and team match. This story is an amazing example of honesty and true sportsmanship on the tennis court.”
Fostering good sportsmanship is a key initiative for the USTA. Junior players take a sportsmanship oath before competition, and the USTA celebrates those who uphold it by giving out sportsmanship awards at junior tournaments, the Junior Team Tennis National Championships, Tennis On Campus National Championship and even at the US Open (honorees include Bob and Mike Bryan, Roger Federer and Venus Williams).
This year, the USTA plans to take it one step further. To continue the recognition, pins celebrating sportsmanship will be given out this year during local USTA League play through the national championships.
Tennis and sportsmanship go hand in hand,” said Jeff Waters, managing director of USTA Adult Tennis, “and we’re really excited to introduce the pins as another way to recognize players for demonstrating good sportsmanship on the court.”
Moreover, many USTA League players are not only players; they are role models – for their kids and for the next generation of players who get their start on local courts, watching the adults and learning how to play the game the right way. Because as USTA League players know – great sportsmanship makes for the best competition.
Courtesy of usta.com
Sportsmanship on and off the court is one of the most important aspects of tennis. Be courteous to those around you – don’t yell out in the middle of a point or go onto someone else’s court to retrieve a ball when their point is in play – and always be honest in making line calls. If you’re not sure if the ball is in or out, give the benefit of the doubt to your opponent.
If there is a disagreement between you and your opponent on the score, go back to the last score that you both agree upon or spin a racquet to decide which score to accept.
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The Tulsa tennis players love a well organized party. LaFortune has been hosting a large fundraiser event for 5 years and the event just keeps getting better and better. Chairman for the "Game, Set, Match Event," Paige Cole, and Co-Chair Regan Leake had a vision to bring a big name to the event this year. They landed TWO big names, plus their dad, Wayne, and their amazing band! They entertained for over 9 hours. The clinics were all sold out, including Adult drills, a Special Needs drill, and a Junior drill. Then to top off a perfect day the Bryan Brother's played an exhibition match with four highly ranked outstanding Junior players from Tulsa. Those Juniors were Nathan Han, Pierce Rollins and Vanessa Ong from the Trent Tucker academy and LaFortune's own, Reagan Miley.
The attendees showed up in all kinds of vehicles, some rented limousines. They dressed in Retro tennis attire. The event ended by moving to the indoor courts for a fabulous dinner, and then a auction led by Wayne Bryan. Finally, the Bryan Brother band played for 1.5 hours. The dancing started before they had finished the first stanza! The day was absolutely phenomenal! A great way to kick off Phase 4 Capital Campaign to add 3 more indoor and 3 more outdoor courts to the amazing facility at LaFortune!
Bryan Brothers at LaFortune Fundrasier
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UTR is the “metric system” of tennis, worldwide. UTR rates every competitive tennis player—regardless of age, gender, or nationality—on a 16-point scale with two decimal places. It is by far the most accurate and reliable index of tennis skill available to players, coaches, tournaments, and federations.
Here are some questions you may have about UTR rating. If you need additional assistance, please contact us.
Is UTR based on matches won and lost?
The rating system does not take into account who won or lost the match. Instead, it looks at the percentage of games won in each match, and the ratings of both players.
What is the impact of playing opponents rated lower than I am?
Playing against lower-rated opponents does not necessarily hurt your rating. In fact, in some cases, it could boost it. It depends upon the percentage of games you win and how much lower the opponent’s UTR is than your own. If the opponent is rated too far below you and you win the match easily by winning a high percentage of games, it won’t lower your rating, because that is the expected outcome. It can actually even raise your rating if you win a higher-than-expected percentage of games. However, if you play a close match against that opponent, that could lower your rating.
What is the impact of playing against opponents rated higher than I am?
Playing against higher-rated opponents does not necessarily lower your rating and in some cases can actually improve it. Here again, it depends upon the percentage of games you win, and how much higher the opponent’s rating is. If the opponent is rated too far above you and wins the match easily by winning a high percentage of games, it won’t hurt your rating, as it is the expected outcome. But your rating can get a boost if you end up playing a close match. On the other hand, such a match can lower your rating if you end up not winning a high enough percentage of games.
What is the ideal level of competition that will help me improve my game?
UTR’s research, which learning theory experts have confirmed, indicates that those who play the majority of their matches against players close to their level (i.e., rated within 1.0 UTR of their own rating) tend to improve fastest. Since your rating is based on the percentage of games won and your opponent’s rating, you should always try to win as many games as possible, even if you are losing the match. See also: How to Move up One UTR Level.
Do unfinished or incomplete matches count towards UTR?
The UTR system does use unfinished or incomplete matches for ratings calculations in cases where a match winner is declared, and at least four games were won by either player before the match was stopped.
I had some great results added to my record, so why did my UTR go down?
Our rating system calculates its ratings based on the last 30 matches played within the past 12 months. That makes it hard to predict exactly how a player’s rating will change after a few matches, because as new results (beyond the 30 on record) come in, older results fall out of the equation. If a player has three great results added to the equation, but three older results that were equally good or better fall out of the equation, then the player’s rating will stay the same, or maybe even drop slightly.
How often are results added to the system?
Match scores are added to the system on a weekly basis, generally within a few days of the completion of the event. If you have played in a UTR-eligible event and don’t see the scores on the UTR system after seven days of the event completion date, please let us know at www.universaltennis.com/contact
What events count towards my UTR?
The number and scope of tournament match results imported to the UTR database is growing each week. We currently bring in scores from the following sources:
ATP and WTA
ITF Pro and Junior Circuit (U18)
US College (as posted on ITA site)
USTA: Junior Tournaments (12-18, yellow ball), Junior Team Tennis, Adult Tournaments (Open and NTRP)
US High School
Tennis Europe Junior Tour
LTA: Aegon British Tour, Junior (12U-18U, Grade 1-7)
Tennis Australia: Junior and Australian Money Tournaments
Tennis Canada: Adult and Junior (U12-U18)
Confederação Brasileira de Tênis (Brazil Juniors)
Polski Zwiazek Tenisowy (Polish Junior and Open)
Bulgarian Tennis Federation
College Showcases – Various
Ten-Pro Global Junior Tour
Maureen Connolly Brinker “Little Mo” Tournaments
How are defaults and walkovers treated by the rating system?
Since our rating system is based purely on match scores, defaults or walkovers do not enter the UTR calculation..
Are 8-game pro sets and “4-game set” matches used for ratings?
Yes. The UTR system utilizes 8-game pro sets and 4-game mini sets for ratings calculations, but these shortened matches receive less weight than a best 2 out of 3 set match.
Can my rating be changed if it doesn’t look accurate to me?
A computerized algorithm automatically generates the ratings. They cannot be altered manually. We are able to add or edit incorrect or missing scores on your record, which may impact your rating. Duplicate player profiles may also impact a player’s rating. Our Team can merge duplicate player profiles, when these instances are reported to us at www.universaltennis.com/contact.
Courtesy of www.universaltennis.com
The Most-Asked Questions about UTR
FAQs and replies that will satisfy your curiosity
Stillwater Pro Tournament Classic
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Alexandra wozniak (can) def. Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 7-5, 6-4
Jaksic (srb)/whoriskey (usa) def. Dart (GBR)/Mestach (bel) 4-6, 6-4, 10-3
The Stillwater Pro Tournament is a $25,000 prize money professional women’s tennis tournament, part of the USTA Pro Circuit with a qualifying singles draw of 64 players, main singles draw of 32, and main doubles draw of 16 teams.
$25,000 USTA Pro Circuit, Collegiate Series event, Sept 24 to Oct 1
Westwood Tennis Center and Oklahoma City Tennis Center were host sites for the USTA National Dominant Duo Level 3 September 23-24. Players all across the country came to play this new and unique format. The two-day event featured teams of two's that played in a compass draw.
University of Oklahoma will be hosting a USTA Pro Circuit tournament the weekend of November 13th
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USTA Oklahoma Annual Meeting will take place at Oak Tree Country Club November 18, 2017
Missouri Valley Calendar of events & meetings. usta.com
On October 27, James Blake will be speaking at the First Serve OKC’s second annual “Raise Your Racket” fundraiser. The evening’s events will take place at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center on the indoor courts and are expected to draw a crowd of over 300 tennis enthusiasts and supporters. Go to http://www.firstserveokc.org/
event/raise-your-racket/ for more information.
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Go to www.usta.com to the searchabel schedule to view the 2018 junior tournament schedule
Junior Team Tennis
Junior Team Tennis is in full swing. 2018 season will be announced soon. Contact Casey at email@example.com to learn more!
EDC Orange Combine
Oct 1 Oak Tree
Oct 8 RH91
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a ticket to the USTA Oklahoma Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet
Mixed Leagues begin October 1
MV Jr. Tourney
OK Annual Meeting
Awards & Hall of Fame
Text USTAOKADULT to 84483 to receive
USTA Oklahoma Adult League alerts
Text USTAOKJUNIORS to 84483 to receive
USTA Oklahoma Juniors alerts
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