Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) announced the new UTR National Championship Series on Monday, revealing more than 70 events throughout the United States for junior, high school and college tennis players.
“The UTR National Championship Series gives players the opportunity to compete in safe, high level local tennis events, continue to develop their game, and have their scores count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating,” reads the UTR press release on its site.
There will be more than 2,000 matches played across 20 locations, including New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts. The player field will be broken into three divisions, High School, Juniors and College, with space being limited to the top 16 players by UTR in each respective division, with the division winners at each host site being recognized as UTR National Champions.
“The UTR National Championship Series gives young players who are eager to get back on the court a new opportunity to participate in local, high level competition that counts globally for their Universal Tennis Rating. Due to the global health crisis, players have been unable to compete for a few months, and many events have been canceled,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO. “Our partner sites are committed to following their local health and safety guidelines, while offering a fun, competitive environment for players to get back to competition, showcase their skills and return to the game they love.”
The College series will run from July 8 through August 2; the Juniors will run from July 15 through July 27; and the High School divisions will be played from July 29 through August 2.