2016 Entering Both Age Divisions


2016 Eligibility: Boys' 18 - Born September 1, 1997 or later
2016 Eligibility: Boys' 16 - Born September 1, 1999 or later

Entry is open to professional players.

The USTA Regulations allows 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.

Players will be first selected for the 18's division and then for the 16's division. Players selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo will not be considered for selection into the younger age division. Players not selected for the 18's Nationals in Kalamazoo will be considered for selection into the 16's division. Players not selected for either age division are only eligible as an alternate in the 16’s division.

Additionally, a player may not enter age one division in singles and a different age division in doubles. 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.


 

2016 Singles Alternates


Alternate List: The Tournament Committee shall prepare an alternate list of those endorsed players not accepted into the singles main draw. Alternates shall be ordered using the National Standings List used to accept players into the draw to fill remaining vacancies.  Late entrants who are eligible for selection shall be listed below these players by the date and time on which the late entry is made.  If multiple late entries are received at the same time, they shall be ordered by lot.  Late entrants are not ordered by position on the National Standings List.


Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made: The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who withdraws or is otherwise removed but was accepted as part of a Section’s quota with the next player on that Section’s endorsement list.  If no players remain on a Sectional Endorsement List, the player shall be replaced with the highest remaining alternate.  The Tournament Committee shall replace a player who was NOT accepted as part of a Section’s quota with next highest remaining alternate.


Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made: Winner of designated Sectional Ranking Tournament accepted into The USTA National Championships. The Tournament Committee shall replace a winner of a designated Sectional Ranking Tournament accepted into The USTA National Championships with the next player on the Sectional Endorsement List from the winner’s Sectional Association. If no players remain on a Sectional Endorsement List, the player shall be replaced with the highest remaining alternate.


Replacement of Player Before Draw is Made: All other players. The Tournament Committee shall replace a player accepted from a Direct Acceptance List; a wild card recipient; an endorsed player accepted from the National Standings List used to accept players into the draw pursuant to Regulation XIII.D.5.; and a player accepted from the alternate list with the highest listed remaining alternate.


 

2016 Doubles Events Eligibility

 


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

Players are urged to sign up for doubles when they complete their tournament registration. All players (including alternates) must have applied for entry into the tournament by the July 7, 2016 11:59am EDT deadline. 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; 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 chance of getting in the Draw. Deadline for 18 doubles entries is Thursday, August 4 at 4:00pm EDT and deadline for 16 doubles entries is Friday, August 5 at 4:00pm EDT. 


 

2016 Selection Process


1. Winner of May/June Sectional Championships - The USTA National Championships (Hard Courts) ONLY. Age eligible players who win the singles event at each May/June Sectional Championship shall be selected for the same division of The USTA National Championship.  Note that Sections are required to hold their Sectional in either May or June.   

 2. Players on Direct Acceptance List - BG18 and 16 Divisions of USTA National Clay Court Championships and The USTA National Championships (Hard Courts) ONLY.

• 18 Divisions.  Up to 32 players shall be selected in the order in which their names appear on the list.

• 16 Divisions.  Up to 16 players shall be accepted in the order in which their names appear on the list.

See below for information on how the Direct Acceptance List is created.

 3. Players within Sectional Associations’ Quotas.  Junior players not previously selected who are on the Sectional endorsement lists, within the established Sectional quota, and who have submitted timely entries shall be accepted in the order determined by the Sectional Endorser.

4. Additional Endorsed Player if Winner of May/June Sectional Championship does not enter The USTA National Championships. If the winner of a Section’s May/June Sectional Championship does not enter The USTA National Championships, the highest listed player not previously selected on the Sectional Association’s Endorsement List shall be selected for The USTA National Championships.

5. Endorsed Players on National Standings List.  The Selection Process shall fill remaining spots in the draw, except for those reserved for Wild Cards, with endorsed players who have submitted timely entries and appear on the most recently published National Standings List.

 6. Wild Cards.  The Tournament Committee shall accept those junior players granted Wild Cards by the USTA Wild Card Committee - up to 8 wild cards may be granted for each USTA National Championship.  Wild Card recipients do not need Sectional endorsement and timely online entry is not required; however the Sectional office must approve of a player’s Wild Card application. https://usta.fairplayams.com/AMS/public/sites/tennis/usta/ustaRequestWildcard.aspx

7. Additional Endorsed Players on National Standings List.  The Tournament Committee shall fill remaining spots in the draw with endorsed players who have submitted timely entries that remain on the most recently published National Standings List.


 

2016 Direct Acceptance List

 


The USTA Junior Competition Department shall publish to www.USTA.com a Direct Acceptance List for the Boy’s 18 & 16 Division on May 1 of each year. The Direct Acceptance List for each tournament will appear on the Selection Process page that is reached from a tournament’s TennisLink Tournament Home Page. http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=169571#&&s=4

The May 1 list for the USTA National Clay Court Championships is NOT the list to be used for The USTA National Championships, although it will appear on the Selection Process page of The USTA National Championships TennisLink Home Page. The Clay Court May 1 list may include players that are not age eligible for play in The USTA National Championships. The Direct Acceptance List for The USTA National Championships will be published within 5 days after the entry deadline for the USTA National Clay Court Championships.

Sectional Endorsement is NOT required to be on a National Championship Selection List and players on the list do not count against a Sectional Association’s quota

Each list shall consist of players who are age eligible for the subsequent USTA National Championship as follows:

Boys’ 18 Divisions. The Direct Acceptance Lists in the Boys’ 18 divisions ONLY will include the following players:  

Players listed in positions 1 through 16 on a National Standings List of the division that shall be published on May 1;

Players not previously listed who have an ATP singles ranking of 800 or better or who have a WTA singles ranking of 600 or better as of May 1, which players shall be listed in the order of their ranking; and

Players not previously listed who have an ITF ranking of 100 or better as of May 1, which players shall be listed in the order of their ranking.

Boys’ 16 Divisions. The Direct Acceptance Lists in the Boys’ 16 divisions ONLY will include the players listed in positions 1 through 16 on a National Standings List of the division that shall be published on May 1. 


 

2016 Wild Cards


Wild Cards The Tournament Committee shall accept those junior players granted Wild Cards by the USTA Wild Card Committee - up to 8 wild cards may be granted for each USTA National Championship. Wild Card recipients do not need Sectional endorsement and timely online entry is not required; however the Sectional office must approve of a player’s Wild Card application.

https://usta.fairplayams.com/AMS/public/sites/tennis/usta/ustaRequestWildcard.aspx


Wild Card Playoff Tournament

One of the 8 wild cards for the 2016 USTA Boys’ 18 National Championships (Kalamazoo) will be awarded to the winner of a wild card playoff tournament to be held in Arlington, TX July 29-31. This 64-player, single elimination, non-ranking tournament will offer the last chance opportunity to one boy and one girl to earn a spot in the tournaments.  For information and to register go to:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170934