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|Whether you are new to
the sport or a seasoned veteran, USTA Colorado offers
numerous opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels.
Tournament Play in Colorado
We hope that you take the opportunity to enter
one of the more than 150 Colorado events that take place each year. Entering
a local tournament provides an opportunity for you to test your skills, meet new
people, and supplement your everyday social matches and weekly league play.
Tournaments exist to provide a meaningful and inspiring experience to all
entrants, with lots of good competition so that everyone will continue to play
and enjoy the game.
Finding the right tournament
If you're new to tournament tennis, you may not
be completely familiar with the various types of events offered, or how one
format may be more to your liking than another. Some events cater to the
seasoned pro, and some to the recreational player, so take the time to read
through this summary and acquaint yourself with the different types of formats
that you're likely to encounter this year. Use our
Find a Tournament search for a locate this year's tournaments.
Colorado State Rankings
Each year the CTA Ranking Committee ranks all junior, senior and adult
players who meet the minimum requirements.
Ranking requirements are
available online and in the
Big Book of Colorado Tennis.
adult / senior, and
wheelchair rankings are also available online and in the
Big Book of Colorado Tennis
Jason Colter with any tournament
Picking the events you want is very similar to
picking out products at the store. You probably have four or five choices in an
item you want. Do you rely on price, quality or some other factor? Maybe you're
willing to pay more for a product that lasts longer than others you've tried.
Similarly, look for tournaments that will provide you with the best value for
your dollar. But also consider your present state of fitness - you may want to
enter an event that offers less match play if you are “getting your feet wet”
for the first time.
Intimidation vs. Accommodation
Of course, the majority of tournaments are the
traditional single-elimination events. But many players have found this format
too intimidating. If you're one of these players, or if you are new to
tournament tennis, here's a number of possibilities that will introduce you to
both tournament play and a whole host of new friends and acquaintances.
• One-day tournaments - great for sites which desire to minimize the impact of
non-resident or non-member usage of a facility. Great for the player who wants
to meet (they have the whole day to socialize) new players, and who has a more
relaxed view of the game. Be sure to check out the many benefit tournaments in
the state, which may offer multiple matches and divisions. The added bonus is
that the event helps to benefit a charity.
• Events that utilize a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. These events are
more likely to run on-time, thereby minimizing the likelihood that players show
up for a match and wind up sitting around for an extended period of time waiting
until that epic match from an earlier round finally ends.
• Round Robins - guarantee players multiple matches as they play against all
other players in their flight. Take the best players from each group and
re-group them. Repeat step one. Take an hour for lunch!
• Single NTRP events (i.e. only 3.5) where singles and doubles are required.
• More “feed-in” events where any player who has lost a first, second, or later
round match is “fed” into a draw that was started with all the players defeated
in those early rounds. Essentially, as you progress through this second
tournament you play players who have lost in the main draw. Anything where the
number of matches for all players increases!