What’s happening with the proposed (ill-planned) changes to the USTA Super Senior doubles leagues? + a note about ITF rankings.
First the rankings… Larry Turville, Florida tennis officiando (and unbeatable singles player) writes:
George, Thought it might be worth mentioning that players who wish to have a ITF ranking should get their PIN numbers before Oct 1st. Before Oct 1st the PIN is free and after costs something (I think $20). Pretty much only the Nationals next year will be ITF at a Level 3.
No More 60 doubles….
As reported on April 21st (“Your Tennis Shop is Closing”), the USTA, in their infinite wisdom, is eliminating the 60 Super Senior Doubles League and National Championship category … in favor of having a 55 and 70’s groupings, starting in 2013.
My understanding is that the New England region will NOT even offer the 70’s category.
Does anyone know the status of this poor move in Florida or other parts of the country?
Is this poor idea reversible?
For a fuller reminder of the excellent dialogue we had on this subject, please check the earlier posting. Some facts supplied then by former USTA board member Jack Moter were:
Adult 55 and Over: 3 doubles matches (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0); national program
Adult 70 and Over: 3 doubles matches (6.0, 7.0, 8.0); Strongly encouraged at Section and Local levels. Will become National Program (i.e. offer a National Championship) when the division meets the minimum criteria established by USTA League Committee (approximately 20,000 players and implemented in at least 12 Sections)