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
Players - TEXT a SELFIE to 269-815-8817
• 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.”
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Grip tape and tennis products.
Products include premium tennis strings, racquets, grips, apparel and other accessories.
• Racquet Stringing by Tennis Connection
Stringing for players, shoes & clothing. Call Brian LaPorte at 616.262.6968 for your stringing needs. The Stringer tent will be located in Stowe Stadium Parking Lot and will be set-up mid-afternoon on Wednesday, August 2 throughout the tournament.
• Used Tennis Balls
Used tennis balls are available at the main ticket booth at Stowe Stadium beginning Sunday, August 6 for $5/dozen.
• Mandatory Player Meeting
- Players must check into the appropriate tournament desk no later than 15 minutes prior to scheduled match start time. We do not use “no sooner than” scheduling and it is not the tournament’s responsibility to find players.
- All Main draw, outdoor matches will be chaired by USTA chair certified umpires. Indoor matches may be roved. Line crews will be used on cts. 2 & 3 at Stowe beginning with the main draw quarterfinals. Ball runners will work matches on cts. 1, 2 & 3 at Stowe.
- Only appropriate tennis attire is permitted on court at all times, including practice. You must wear a shirt at all times while on court.
- You will have a 5-minute warm-up. Up to 10-minutes warm-up will be allowed with a change of court venue.
- All Main draw singles matches will be best of three tie-break sets (except the 18’s final which will be best of five tie- break sets). There is a mandatory 10 minute rest period after split sets in all Main draw singles matches. A deciding 10 pt. match tie break will be used in lieu of a 3rd. set in all feed-in singles matches up to the 3rd. place play-offs and all doubles matches up to the semifinals including play offs for 3rd. place. A mandatory 3 minute rest will occur following split sets when a 10 pt. deciding match tie break is used.
- Use of any electronic device during a match is prohibited. Turn off your cell phone prior to arriving on court.
- If you are defaulted for behavior in one event, it can be grounds for defaulting you from all your remaining events.
- You must participate in all events you registered for. The referee is the only person that can authorize a withdrawal, and only for a bona fide injury, illness, or personal circumstance according to USTA rules. If you are a “default no-show” for a match, you may be 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 SEE the referee PRIOR to your next round match.
- The alternate entries list will be posted at the Stowe Stadium Tower by 7:45 am. Friday morning.
- Coaching is not allowed at any time during play. Coaching is permitted only off-court during rest periods.
- Wilson US Open, heavy duty balls will be used for all matches.
- All players must be registered for the tournament before play.
- The USTA reserves the right to conduct random drug tests throughout this event. Alcohol is a drug. We exercise a zero tolerance policy with regard to all drug use.
- Listen carefully to all public address announcements for instructions about suspension of play due to adverse weather. Remain in the court area unless directed otherwise. Rain plan information is at 269-337-7079 with details on-line at www.ustaboys.com.
- Next match” information can be found on line.
- Please clean up after using practice courts, especially off-site locations.
- Fill and supply ice to your water jugs before you arrive at your match so you begin with cold fluid. We have iced bottled water in jugs on court for you during matches. We do not supply iced water prior to matches.
- Code violation sequence is: point, game, default. All code violations convert into suspension points. Suspension points can be assessed for behavior following a match on or off the court as well.
- Three balls will be put into play for all matches and three new balls will be used for full third sets. The 18’s final will use a 7 & 9 ball rotation. No new balls are issued for 10 pt. match tie breaks.
- Check the back of your player name badges for instant access to important contacts. Otherwise, consult the on line “Red Book” and the tournament web site for contacts and information.