As the Tournament Director, I extend a warm welcome on behalf of Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, and the hundreds of members of this year’s Tournament Committees. We hope your visit to Kalamazoo will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Congratulations on being one of the top tennis players in your age division in the United States. You have worked hard to earn the right to play in the USTA National Championships, and you deserve to have a tournament conducted for you in a professional manner. We will run a tournament that is fair to all competitors. In return, we expect that you will conduct yourself in a professional manner, adhering to proper and courteous standards of decorum. Have fun, play hard, and good luck to each of you.
Mark Riley • Tournament Director
A WORD FROM THE REFEREE ... The modern game of tennis and the rules by which it is played have changed little since its inception in early nineteenth century England. In 1989, Colonel Nick Powel wrote “The Code”. This was not a set of rules of the game, but rather a set of standards of fair play, an attitude if you will, by which all competitors should abide. It is in that context that I would remind everyone who is involved in this national championship to see their role as well. Parents, relatives, friends, and coaches should see themselves as integral parts of this event and act according to the spirit if not the letter of “The Code”. Each person has a specific but different role in completing this event successfully. Players play matches, parents parent, coaches coach, and officials officiate. If everyone fulfills their specific role as they should (according to “The Code”), we will have a successful team effort in completing this event.
As the referee I am ultimately responsible for all outcomes in this tournament. If any coach, professional, or parent observes anything which, after careful thought, disturbs you, then take it up at once with me directly or one of the deputy referees who represent me (chair and line umpires are prohibited from interacting with the public). Be assured that I will use my best judgment in handling all situations and will attempt, above all, to be fair and correct in every decision I make insofar as it is humanly possible. Please enjoy your time here.
Darrell Davies • Referee
• 2021 Player Selections
• COVID Guidelines
All players who are selected for the tournament must submit a photo of their vaccination card if the player is vaccinated. Vaccination cards should be submitted with player's first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org by JULY 26, 2021.
All players, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to complete a symptom check via the app "Campus Clear" and show that they have completed the questionniare in order to gain entry. Players will also be required to give their name and phone number for contact tracing once per day, per site.
If a player is NOT vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated (completed shot schedule based on manufacturer and 2 weeks post last shot), a player will be required to obey the following COVID guidelines & testing requirements:
1 - Upon arrival, player must receive an antigen test prior to picking up their player gift at Stowe Stadium. More information will be sent to all players on this process.
2 - Player must be masked at all times, except for during competition. If play is moved indoors, players can remove their mask only during competition. Exception: Unvaccinated players must be masked during competition at Markin Racquet Center.
**Please note: These testing requirements are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines. Please continue to check ustaboys.com for COVID updates.
Players - TEXT a SELFIE to 269.350.3072 by JULY 26, 2021
• Dress Code for the Nats
All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and dress in a manner consistent with being a participant in “The Nationals.”
• Tournament Balls
Wilson US Open Extra Duty balls are the official tournament ball.
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• Racquet Stringing Available
Stringing will be provided by Solinco and available for players at Stowe Stadium. The Stringer tent will be located in Stowe Stadium Parking Lot and will be set-up mid-afternoon on Wednesday, August 4 throughout the tournament.
• Hitting Partner
Casey Johnson is available as a hitting partner and can be reached at (920) 946-5417.
• Used Tennis Balls
Used tennis balls are available at the main ticket booth at Stowe Stadium beginning Sunday, August 8 for $5/dozen.
• Mandatory Player Meeting Information
Use Match Tennis App to check in at the appropriate tournament desk no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled match start time and to report your final match score. We use Match Tennis App as our main player communication platform in conjunction with Serve Tennis, as needed. Make sure all your mobile contact information is current and accurate to use this platform efficiently.
You must be registered for the tournament prior to play.
You must participate in all events you register for. Only a referee can authorize a withdrawal, and only for a bona fide injury, illness, or personal circumstance according to USTA rules. A “default no show” for a match, may result in you being defaulted from all your remaining matches. “No show” players are assessed 5 suspension points. Notification after the fact does not satisfy USTA protocol for withdrawing. You must notify the referee prior to your next round match.
The alternate entry list will be posted at the Stowe Stadium tower by 7:45am. Friday.
All main draw outdoor matches will be chaired by USTA certified chair umpires. Line crews may be used on Stowe Stadium courts 1, 2 & 3 in late round main draw matches. Ball runners may be used on those same courts. Feed-in matches will have roving umpires.
A 5 minute warm up will be used for all matches. Up to 10 minutes is allowed in for change of venue of ongoing matches.
All main draw singles matches will be best of 3 tiebreak sets, regular scoring (18’s final is best of 5 sets) with a mandatory 10 minute rest after split sets (after 3 sets in 18’s final). A 10 pt. match deciding tiebreak will be used in lieu of a full third set in all feed-in singles matches up to 3rd place play offs and in all doubles matches up to the semifinals. No-ad scoring will be used in all doubles matches. A mandatory 3 min. rest will occur after split sets in all matches that use a 10 pt. match deciding tiebreak.
Code violation sequence is: point, game, default. All code violations translate into suspension points. Suspension points can be assessed for post match and off court behavior as well.
Wilson extra duty balls will be used for all matches. 3 new balls will be used for two sets. A new can will be used for full third sets. Ball changes at 7 & 9 will be used beginning with all semifinal matches. New balls are not issued for match tiebreaks.
Appropriate tennis attire is required on court at all times. Shirts must be worn on court at all times including practice times.
Electronic devices: Prohibited during play and considered “coaching”. Smartwatches must be removed. PAT devices may be used if they are an integral part of the racket. No external sensors around the court are allowed however.
Video Capture of match play: Private video capture of match play is permitted only at the Loy Norrix site. No private recordings may be made at Stowe Stadium or WMU. Tennis Analytics will be capturing that action which will be made available to you.
If you are defaulted for behavior in one event, it can be grounds for defaulting you from all your remaining events.
Coaching is not permitted at any time during play. Coaching is only permitted off court during rest periods or suspension of play.
The USTA reserves the right to conduct random drug tests throughout this event. Alcohol is a drug. This event exercises a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol by players.
Listen carefully to all public address announcements. Remain on court when play is “stopped”. Leave the court only when play is “suspended”. Consult the tournament website www.ustaboys.com or Serve Tennis for specific resumption information.
Clean up after yourself following matches and practice, especially at off site locations.
Fill your water jugs before you go out to court. Bottled water (in jugs) is available on court.
Covid Protocol: You must display your player I.D. badge at all times at playing venues. You will not be permitted on court without it clearly displayed for the officials. All players are required to adhere to Covid protocols detailed on our website.
Trainers and medical staff are always on duty during play.
You must be evaluated by our medical staff before seeing the referee for permission to withdraw from future matches due to injury or illness. See item #3 for details. This would also include any retirements.