Next week is the pre-season CAT II tournament held on Longboat Key (Sarasota, Florida). I am playing both 70 singles and doubles, with Mr. Dartmouth Tennis, Chuck Kinyon; but am somewhat baffled by the seeds.
The seeds came out on Wednesday (and the full draws will be out on Friday). In singles, with the likes of Jody Rush, Jimmy Parker and Fred Drilling playing, I had hoped (if there were eight seeded players) that I could squeeze out a #7 or #8 seed.
In doubles, with those guys AND Hank Irvine/Evert Jonsson playing – and probably four seeded teams — I didn’t think Chuck and I would be able to get a seed.
In doubles, we DID get the fourth (and last seed); and that was over the team of Rich Tarantino and Paul Veltman, who beat us last year at World Tennis.
In singles, there ended up with a large draw of 44 players; so there were SIXTEEN seeds given out. And I did not get one! That was especially surprising, since I have winning records vs. three of the players who did get seeded.
How is it Done?
I would have to assume that in my age group that they went strictly by the USTA tournament points; because the three that I mentioned above, all play a lot of tournaments during the year. And that rationale is fine with me.
But I know for a fact, in another age group, people were called and asked “Who should we seed?”
So, how is it done? And how should it be done?
For example, Jimmy Parker had been out with an injury last year; so when he first came back, it would have been foolish to go strictly by points and not seed an outstanding player like him. So where does “human intervention” begin and end?
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