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How does one get ranked/seeded within the USTA as a 20-something?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2716points) September 1st, 2008

Looking to break into professional tennis; am 27 and am finding it difficut to find information on tournaments for someone in their 20s; where to train, how to work your way up, earning points, etc?

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marinelife's avatar

This is a tough row to hoe. You are too young for Adult division play and rankings (30), and too old for most paths to the pros.

The place to start would seem to be USTA membership. Then find a coach with professional experience to evaluate you and guide your course.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

I saw the same information…seems a little odd that because of my age I would be ruled out a bit…

marinelife's avatar

@JC It is not clear that you are ruled out—just that it will not be easy. You have to start with the USTA since they are the governing body.

Good luck.

chutterhanban's avatar

Like Marina said, you have to get a USTA membership first. Once you leave 18’s, which you clearly have, you get ranked as a 3.5, 4.0, etc. The trend today is to play in leagues where you join a team and play other teams in your ranking around your area. For instance, my dad plays on a “3.5” team stationed out of a club in Indianapolis. This summer he would travel to surrounding clubs/courts to play the other teams.

Hope that helps. And if I need some accreditation, I’ve been playing and teaching tennis for about 6 years now, so I’m at least not steering you in the wrong direction!

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