The inaugural Oracle ITA Junior Masters regional tournaments, which are scheduled for 12 sites around the United States, are just under a month away from beginning and according to event organizers, there's still time for interested boys and girls across the country to register.
The Oracle ITA Junior Masters is part of Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's plan to help strengthen American tennis. Universal Tennis and its Universal Tennis Ratings, will be powering the event and providing the selections for the regional tournaments.
The 12 Oracle ITA Junior Masters regional tournaments will take place in August and September, feature the NCAA Division I no-ad scoring and a 16-player compass draws for boys and girls that participate. The winners of the regional events will proceed to the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters, held October 13-16 in Malibu, California, and hosted by the Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine University. The regional winners will receive up to a $750 travel/hotel stipend to play in the Masters Championships in Malibu.
In announcing the inaugural Oracle ITA Junior Masters in May, ITA Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Russell, said: "In expanding our partnership with Oracle, we are excited to add a series of tournaments for American junior tennis players that progress from regional level-based play to a high-level national championship in Malibu, California. We are also pleased to be working with Universal Tennis, with selections for the regional events to be made using the Universal Tennis Ratings, and the tournaments being administered by Universal Tennis at www.events.universaltennis.com."
Eric Butorac, ATP Player Council president, accomplished doubles specialist and former Division III star at Gustavus Adolphus College, said, "I'm a huge fan of level-based play and UTR. I am thrilled that the ITA, in partnership with Oracle, has expanded the reach of the Oracle ITA Masters into the world of American juniors. I hope that large numbers of junior players will enter the regional events, with the hope of earning their way to Malibu."
Cleveland Regional (Aug. 13-14): Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
New York Regional (Aug. 13-14): SPORTIME Randall's Island, New York, NY
Atlanta Regional (Aug. 20-21): Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA
Austin Regional (Aug. 20-21): Austin Tennis Academy, Austin, TX
Portland Regional (Aug. 20-21): West Hills Racquet Club, Portland, OR
Jacksonville Regional (Aug. 20-21): University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Boston Regional (Aug. 27-28): MIT, Cambridge, MA
Tyler Regional (Aug. 27-28): University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler TX
Los Angeles Regional (Aug. 27-28): La Habra tennis Center, La Habra, CA
Memphis Regional (Sept. 3-4): Racquet Club of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Kansas City Regional (Sept. 10-11): Plaza Tennis Center, Kansas City, MO
Phoenix Regional (Sept. 10-11): Scottsdale Ranch Park & Tennis Center, Scottsdale, AZ
The dates and host sites, along with registration links, for the Oracle ITA Junior Masters regional tournaments are also listed at the UTR Events site, http://www.events.universaltennis.com