Competition, Tournaments on the Rise in Middle States

The US Open may have wrapped up earlier this month, but USTA competition isn’t close to ending.

IMG_6306After a summer filled with junior tournaments, USTA League championships and a two-week home stand from the Philadelphia Freedoms, tennis fans in Middle States may be searching for the next big match to focus on, or the next event to sign up for. Luckily for them, there are plenty of options.

Opportunities are currently available in Jr. Team Tennis across the Section, and USTA League teams are already beginning to fill for the winter season. On top of that, adult tournaments are on the upswing across Middle States, giving players of all ages and abilities a chance to show off their game.

“Adult tournament participation is on the rise,” said USTA Middle States Adult Competition Coordinator Mary Wurtz. “It’s amazing competition and fantastic tennis, at every level. As more people realize how much more opportunity there is to compete and players start to understand how much fun tournament play is and how it can improve their tennis, tournaments will only grow more.”

Nothing shows that more than this past summer in Middle States. The historic Cryan tournament in New Jersey featured more than 500 total entrants across a multitude of divisions, producing one of the most successful and well-attended local tournaments in New Jersey tennis history. Just one week later, the competition continued at the Aronimink Golf Club. There, top-ranked players competed, putting on a show for hundreds in attendance each night. Players in the draw included Punch Maleka, Nathan Healey and top junior Chad Kissell, among others.

DSC_3966Both tournaments followed the US Open National Playoffs in Middle States in June, which featured nearly 130 players – each vying for a shot to advance into the US Open. Other tournaments, like the West Virginia Open, kept the calendar filled only a weekly basis.

The high-level play didn’t end with that. Interdistrict and intersectional competition has been in full swing all summer, and continues this week with the Walker Cup at Lancaster Tennis & Yacht Club.

All of this competition serves as a chance for fans to see longtime rivalries, hard-hitting competition and passion. It also shows the opportunity all players have to compete in similar formats, as junior and adult tournaments are available for players of all ages and levels. Whatever the season, there is always a chance to compete.

For more info on adult competition in Middle States, click here.

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