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What's New in The Midwest in 2012
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier
What's New in The Midwest in 2012   2012 has brought many new changes for junior competitive tournament players. National USTA has made significant changes to the tournament schedule which have reduced opportunities for many. Meanwhile, the Midwest USTA has responded to the requests of players and parents with several notablechanges: • Midwest now "owns" the elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5); this should ensure more consistent standards for tournaments, including:
o No matches starting before 8am
o 12 hours guaranteed between matches from one day to the next
o For 14s, 12s, and10-and-Unders, no matches start/resume after 9pm
o For 16s and 18s, no matches start/resume after 10pm
• Efforts made to better distribute elevated tournaments (Levels 1-5) geographically (53% in Michigan and Ohio, down from 71%)
• All events begin on Saturday
• There are elevated tournaments during all holidays, so less school is missed
• New 2-day 32-draw tournaments added
• Many more doubles added, most with a one-match consolation
• All are Feed-In Consolation
• Boys and Girls 10s compass draws added
• Concurrent events of different levels held on same weekend, allowing players to sign up for both Let us know your thoughts on these changes....join our Facebook community!  
USTA College Information Session at the ACC Tournament High school players, parents, and coaches are invited to attend a College Information Session hosted by the USTA on Saturday April 23rd at the ACC Championships, held at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary NC.
Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier Changes in the Tar Heel Qualifier We have found information about the 2011 Tar Heel Qualifier changes posted at on since the first of the year but know that some folks are still just finding out. We encourage you to make a regular stop at from time to time as that as forum is used to distribute the most information. But, in case you have not visited the site or have and have questions, please read the following.
What is the Southern Closed Tournament? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

We have included a list of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the USTA Southern Closed tournament.  Be sure to read the full article as we have included an example of a utility to help you determine the probability of you or your child being endorsed by your state.

The Southern Closed tournament encompasses the top junior players from all nine states of the southern section. These states include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

When and where is the Southern Closed held?

The Southern closed is held in the middle of June at different areas for each age division.
The 2010 locations break down as follows:

Age Location Age Location
10's Lexington, SC 16's Rome,GA
12's Cary, NC 18's Little Rock, AR
14's Macon,GA

How will the selections be done?

The quota spots and alternates will be selected and ordered by the Junior Selection Committees in your respective state. The selection committee will base the selections primarily on the most recent update of the Standings List for your state calculated with the up to date results of the 2010 Qualifier. The Junior Selection Committee will also use all available match data including head to head results which may or may not agree with the order of the Standings List. The Junior Selection Committee retains the right to adjust if necessary.

How will I know if I made it as a competitor?

The Selections will be posted on your state's USTA website by Sunday, June 14th at 5pm. All applicants should check the individual tournament site for selections/alternates on June 15th after noon. also provides an applicants utility for members to view and sort all applicants by their state, sectional or national ranking.  This utility can help you determine the probability that your child will make the selection list.  Here is the list for the entries to the 14's age group. The Ranking is based on the Southern ranking list.  If you wish to view another age group or state ranking list for your section, sign-up for our 30-day trial by clicking here.

Applicants List

SAMPLE LIVE DATA..Click on an arrow to view applicants.
Click Here to sign-up for a FREE Trial & view full version

Southern Boys' & Girls' 14 Closed "Nike Junior Qualifying Event" (6/19/2009)

View on USTA

What requirements are there to apply for the Southern closed?

It is mandatory that all players applying for selection into the Southern Closed tournament play the qualifying tournament in their respective state.  For example a player from Alabama must play in the Alabama Junior State Qualifying Championship to be considered.  All players must also enter the Southern Closed in their age division prior to the deadline.  Waivers are granted only for special circumstances.

How many players will my state endorse?

The table below lists the number of players each state may endorse based on their age division.

State 10's 12's 14's - 18's
AL 5 10 12
AR 3 5 7
GA 20 40 42
KY 4 8 10
LA 4 8 10
MS 4 9 11
NC 12 24 26
SC 6 13 15
TN 6 11 13

If I am not selected by my state, can I still be selected as a competitor?

Yes, Southern players who have not been selected by their state but are on the endorsement list may be selected by the southern section as alternates. There are spots for 14 players in the 14-18's age division to be placed as alternates based on their Southern ranking.

Can I play doubles if I am not a singles competitor?

Possibly, you can be selected as a doubles competitor even if you are not selected as a singles competitor if the doubles draw is not full and you are on the state endorsement list.

Where can I find additional information?

Please post comments and questions here and we will do our best to respond quickly.  You can also view detailed information on the USTA Southern website by clicking here.

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