“In several other sports such as Swiming and Track, those who participate at a high level in the adult age groups of 40 & up are called ‘Masters’ and 60 & up are ‘Grand Masters.’ The idea is to consider name changes not for NTRP levels but for open tournaments such as the FL SSGP Circuit or National Level events. Even in tennis at the Maccabiah Games in Israel coming up the age groups are designated Masters and Grand Masters. I believe we should adopt this for the sport of tennis in the US and worldwide. Question for your readers – which would they prefer, the current Senior and Super Senior or Master and Grand Master?
“In tennis, if you are 40 do thing of yourself as a Senior? Most people think of senior tennis as old people lucky to get some exercise. Masters Tennis has a whole different connotation. Why do you think golf changed it’s name from the Senior tour to the Champions tour? If we are to give our level of tennis the recognition it deserves, then why not give it the right name to go with it?”
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And, on the recent changes in USTA doubles league ages, Larry writes:
“The USTA recently changed the age for league player from open, 50 & up, and 65 & up to the current open, 40 & up, and 55 & up. They also changed the names for open, senior, and super senior to open, adult, and senior. This is a good move as now the ages as well as the levels are more even. However, I have heard from a bunch of 65 & up saying ‘what happened to us?’ The answer is there are currently not enough players in that age group to justify National team Championships. The good news is that most sections are offering the 65 & up leagues and because of that soon the numbers will be there to offer Nationals.
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