2015 Tournament Dates: July 31-August 09

Tournament Information

• Singles (draw of 192) with Feed-In Championship
• Doubles (draw of 96)

• USTA National Championship Entry Regulations
The USTA Regulations now allow a player to enter more than one age division of a USTA National Championship. If you want to play the Nationals in Kalamazoo, but aren't sure if you'll be accepted, you may now enter up to two age divisions. In the past, players had to decide which division to enter at the time of entry and if they entered and didn't get into the older division, they were left playing no tournament at all.

When Tournament selection is done, players will be first selected for the 18's and then for the 16's division. If you are selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo, you will not be considered for selection into the younger age division you entered. If you are not selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo, you will only be considered for selection into the 16's division and you will only be eligible to be an alternate in the younger age division, but not in the older division. Additionally, a player may not enter one division in singles and a different division in doubles at sites where two divisions are held. This is an important thing to consider before entering - if you enter two divisions, are not accepted into the older division, you can be considered for the 16's and if not selected, you can be considered to be an alternate in the younger division only.

Eligibility: Boys' 18 - Born September 1, 1996 or later
Eligibility: Boys' 16 - Born September 1, 1998 or later

Entry is open to professional players

Entry Fee: $118.75 singles / $119.26 doubles (Per USTA rule: Entry fee will be refunded only if player withdraws before Entry Deadline)

• Singles Entry - Online Registration begins Thursday May 21, 2015

Tennis Link Registration  Tournament ID # 850001015

Online Registration closes Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:59 A.M. EDT

• USTA, Medical and Media Supplemental Release Form

USTA, Medical and Media Release Form must be filled out by parent/guardian and be turned in to Player Registration at Markin Tennis Center when player registers at the Nationals. Parents who are not traveling with their player may download the pdf file and fax or send in to the Nationals office before the tournament begins. Mailing address and fax number are listed at the bottom of the form. Note: There will be a web-provider removal fee if you request removal of your photograph in the future.

College Coach Contact

Players will have to make their own contact arrangements with College Coaches before they go through register at the Nationals.

• Wild Cards:

If you are not endorsed by your section and/or have other issues that keep you from being selected into the event (i.e., low national ranking but high ITF ranking), you may apply for a Wild Card entry. Up to 8 Wild Cards may be granted for the Nationals in both 18s and 16s.

All applicants must be eligible to enter a USTA National Championship, be in good standing with the Sectional Association, and may not be under suspension by the USTA. Wild card consideration is given to players who were unable to meet their section's requirements for endorsement to USTA National Championships. Applicants are not required to submit timely entries into the tournament to be considered for a wild card.

Submit the USTA National Championship Wild Card Application. Go to usta.com and search wild card. Scroll to USTA National Championship Wild Card Request Form and fill out online form.

• Withdrawals                                                                                                                     

Before Entry Deadline 

Before entries close, a player may withdraw from a tournament. A withdrawing player's credit card has not been charged and therefore no further communication between the withdrawing player and the tournament is necessary.

After Entry Deadline

After entries close, players are instructed to immediately contact the tournament if they need to withdraw. Bona fide reasons for a withdrawal are illness, injury and personal circumstances. 

All withdrawals for reasons other than illness, injury and personal circumstances or withdrawals for any reason without the proper written notification are actually defaults and Code of Conduct Reports will be completed for each defaulting player even though an alternate may take that defaulting player's place in the draw.

Per USTA rule: Withdrawals after the entry deadline will not be refunded.

Written Notification Requirements for Withdrawals

In order for a withdrawal to be bona fide and, if after the draw is made or after play starts, coded as "Withdrawal" or "Walkover" on the drawsheet, the player must fulfill the following written verification requirements::

   • Injury or Illness Written Verification Requirement: If the player is not playing because of injury or illness, the player shall deliver written verification of the injury or illness from a medical professional to the Referee no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament. If a tournament ha a trainer on site, it is recommended that the trainer be asked to provide the written verification on site before the player leaves the tournament.

   • Personal Circumstance Written Verification Requirement: If the player is not playing because of a personal circumstance, the player shall deliver a written description of the situation no later than the last scheduled day of the tournament and the Referee shall determine whether the situation is a personal circumstance.

• National Tournament Alternate List

The National Tournament Alternate List will consist of the top 35 players in each age division of the singles.

The List is used to replace withdrawing players as described above. The order of the players on this list is determined by using the National Standings List used to do the selection immediately after the entry deadline. The National Tournament Alternate List will be posted to the USTA TennisLink Home Page. As withdrawals that effect the National Tournament Alternate List occur, it will be revised on the TennisLink website. Players accepted into the draw from the National Tournament Alternate List will receive a telephone call from the Tournament Director.

• Payment of Entry Fee by Players Accepted into the Draw After the Entry Deadline

Players who are accepted into the draw after the entry deadline have not yet paid the entry fee. This includes Wild Card recipients and players accepted because of the withdrawal of another player who was originally accepted into the draw. Such players accepted after the entry deadline will be asked to pay their entry fee by check or credit card prior to beginning play in the Tournament. Checks may be made payable to Kalamazoo College - Nationals and should be sent to: Mark Riley, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. To pay by credit card, call the Tournament Office: (269) 337-7343.

• Tournament Registration - Boys' 18s and Boys' 16s

Players must report to Markin Racquet Center (corner of Academy and Catherine Streets) on the campus of Kalamazoo College to register for the Tournament during the following times (Kalamazoo is located in the Eastern Time Zone) - registration is open to both age groups:

Thursday, July 30 from 10:00am - 7:00pm  18s Doubles Sign in closes at 4:00pm

** 18s Player Meeting: 5:30-6:00pm at corner of Catherine & Academy Streets

Friday, July 31 from 7:30pm - 5:00pm  16s Doubles Sign in closes at 4:00pm

** 16s Player Meeting: 5:30-6:00pm at corner of Catherine & Academy Streets

Saturday, August 1 - Registration for late arrivals only

Registration for Doubles will be held at the Markin Racquet Center. Teams who have previously registered for the Doubles Championships on line MUST RECONFIRM their partnership during the Doubles Registration period.

• Doubles Events

Players Eligible to Enter Doubles Event: The following players are eligible to enter the Doubles events of USTA Nationals Championships:
     • Singles Players
     • Singles Alternates 
     • Players with Doubles Only endorsements

• Doubles Registration

Players are urged to sign up for doubles when they complete their tournament registration. Each player is responsible for finding his own doubles partner. The doubles draw officials will do no pairing of players. Teams entering doubles are categorized in three priorities: Priority 1: A team consisting of players who are in the Singles tournament or are National Open Doubles Qualifiers; Priority 2: A team consisting of 1 player in Singles and 1 not in Singles; Priority 3: A team consisting of 2 players not in Singles. Priority 1 teams are guaranteed in the Doubles Draw; Priority 3, from past experience, have little change of getting in the Draw. Deadline for 18 doubles entries is Thursday, July 30 at 4:00pm EDT and deadline for 16 doubles entries is Friday, July 31 at 4:00pm EDT. 
• Match Formats:

All matches will be the best of 3 tiebreak sets. The Boys’ 18 singles final may be best of 5 tiebreak sets.  

• Tournament Singles FIC will feed in losers through the quarterfinals.

• Format: There will be a playoff for 3rd and 4th place in singles and doubles. Play in the FIC and playoff matches is mandatory.

Main Draw Singles (including play off for 3rd& 4th place): best of 3 Tiebreak Sets, except that finals of The USTA Boys' 18 Nationals (Kalamazoo) shall be the best of 5 Tiebreak Sets.

Feed-In Championship; Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets with a 10-Point Match Tiebreak Set in lieu of a 3rd set.

Doubles Matches: The Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets shall be used in the semifinal, final, and playoff for 3rd place. All other doubles matches shall use the Best of 3 Tiebreak Sets with a 10-Point match Tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd Set.

• US Open Wild Cards
Singles Wild Cards
Boys 18 Singles Champion - Singles Main Draw: US Open* and Junior US Open**
Boys 18 Singles Finalist - Singles Qualifying Draw: US Open*
Boys 16 Singles Champion - Singles Main Draw: Junior US Open

Doubles Wild Card
(Players must play with the same doubles partner to receive the doubles Wild Card)
Boys 18 Doubles Champions - Doubles Main Draw: US Open* and Junior US Open**

* Per Grand Slam rules, players under the age of 14 will not be eligible for entry
** Players must be age eligible by ITF Rules to receive the Wild Card for the Junior US Open 

• Sportsmanship Awards
The Nationals will present the USTA Sportsmanship Award. Each participant will be invited to nominate up to three players for the Tournament Committee to consider for the Sportsmanship Awards. You have been involved in tournaments with these players all year and are in a good position to bring to our attention those players worthy of consideration for these awards. The winner of the USTA Sportsmanship Award will receive a commemorative plaque from the USTA.

Three sportsmanship trophies are given each year. The Dr. Allen B. Stowe Award is presented in Boys 18s; the Bobby Kaplan Trophy is awarded in Boys' 16s; and the Wes Richards Feed In Trophy winner is named from players in the consolation tournaments.

• Match Start Times
At the end of each day, pPlayers can find their start times for the next day on the large draw board at Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College or by visiting www.ustaboys.com - click on sidebar item SCHEDULES and on the Match Times tab.

Players are solely responsible for checking their own start times.

Start times with the prefix “S” will be played at the host site, Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College. Start times with the prefix of “W” will be played at the co-site, Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University.

• Dress Code
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and dress in a manner consistent with being a participant in “The Nationals.”

• Water and Ice

For your information, water is available on all courts at both tournament locations, bring your own water cooler and ice if you want it. If you'll be using the local practice courts, bring your own cooler with water, as most don't have fountains.

• Practice Courts

Practice times will be scheduled for the Stowe Stadium courts beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 29. Practice courts must be reserved in person to allow all participants an equal opportunity at reserving court time – no telephone reservations will be taken. Reservations may be made at the Stowe Stadium Tower on a first come - first served basis. One player alone may not reserve a court; both players who wish to practice together must sign in together. Practice time blocks are for one hour per day. If vacant courts are available they will be assigned on a standby basis, first come - first served. Coaches may hit with a player, but will be asked to share a court if needed. During the tournament, the indoor courts at Markin Racquet Center are used as warm-up for players with scheduled matches. If there are available courts, they will be assigned on a first come – first served basis. Players with scheduled matches will be given priority.

• Trainers, Doctors and Dentists
Trainers, Doctors and Dentists will provide continual medical coverage throughout the entire tournament. Trainers will be on duty an hour before the first match until the finish of the last match each day. At Stowe Stadium, trainers are located at the court level of the Tower and will call for a tournament doctor if necessary. Trainers will be at or near the tournament tent at WMU Sorensen Courts. In case of an emergency, any Tower Official will help contact a tournament physician. If you need to withdraw from the Tournament for medical reasons, you must come to the Tower to have the Official Referee sign your withdrawal form. Failure to do so will result in suspension points.

• Tournament Director: Mark Riley 269.377.3940 (cell)

• Tournament Main Site: Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College

Location: 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Map

• Tournament Co-Site: Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University

Location: 1900 N Dormitory Road just North of Corner of W Michigan Ave &
N Dormitory Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Map

NOTE: Due to construction on the WMU campus located off Dormitory Rd, limited parking will be available. There will be FREE PARKING in the ramp adjacent to the upper courts. All other metered campus parking spots require payment. We suggest that players, coaches and parents utilize the Tournament Shuttle that runs from 8am until the last match of the day between the Radisson Hotel, Stowe Stadium and Sorensen Courts at WMU.

• Pet Policy

We cannot allow pets inside Stowe Stadium due to public health laws. We welcome ADA-qualified service animals that are specifically trained to work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
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