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2024 INFO COMING SOON

 

      

We would like to welcome all players and collegiate coaches to the 57th anniversary of the USTA BOYS’ 18 & 16 NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS hosted by the City of Delray Beach (July 7 - 14, 2024). this prestigious event consists of over 400 of the top-ranked Boys 18s & 16s in the United States and will create two highlight television shows, one for each event (B18 & B16).

 

WILDCARD FOR BOYS 18 SINGLES. The Boys 18 Singles Champion will receive a U.S. Open Junior Main Draw Wildcard.

SITES OVERVEW. Weather pending.

  • The Boys 18s Event will take place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center & an alternate site in Boca Raton (15 min away).
  • The Boys 16s event will take place in Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & _______________  – only 10 minutes from each other).
  • The Boys 18s & 16s events are approx. 40 minutes from each other.
  • The final three days of the event, the Boys 16s will join the Boys 18s at Delray Beach Tennis Center.
  • Click for match & practice site locations.

 

Click here for draws/times and click here to view the 2024 Player Handbook listing local restaurant favorites, things to do in the area, match/practice site info, etc. We look forward to hosting you at one of the premier amateur sporting events in the United States and feel free to call the tournament office @ 561.330.6003 if you have any questions. GOOD LUCK!

 

DOUBLES INFO / DEADLINE

 

DOUBLES DEADLINE (Tue., July 2, 2024 @ Noon EDT). All singles players may play doubles….Even if you registered with a partner online, you must still re-register by emailing the doubles pairing to [email protected].

If you know your doubles team, please e-mail the team/division to Adam Baron at [email protected] by the deadline. Important: make sure we reply back to you to confirm receipt of the e-mail. If we do not hear from you before then, we will NOT place you in the doubles draw. If you do not have a partner, and would like to be paired with another player, please email [email protected] (make sure you receive an email confirmation) — we will do our best to pair you with another player (with a similar ranking).

  • Players may only play doubles in the same division as they are playing singles.
  • Boys 18s & 16s Doubles begins on Sunday, July 7, 2024. Doubles begins no earlier than Noon daily.
  • Seeding: Based upon National Individual Doubles Seeding List
  • Inviting / Accepting a Doubles Partner (When Registering). Click here

 

DRAWS POSTED + TV HIGHLIGHT SHOW + PRESS RELEASES

 

  • Draws & Schedule posted by Fri., July 5, 2024 @ 6pm.
  • Player Registration & College Expo… Click here for info.
  • TV Coverage: Two highlights shows will be produced and televised, highlighting each event (Boys 18s & Boys 16s). Televised Highlight Shows:

 

IMPORTANT: MANDATORY FORMS + CHECK-IN

 

  • Mandatory Forms: Please check in 20 minutes before your match time as ALL PLAYERS must submit the following and show their confirmation emails to the Site Director or they will be unable to participate  (USTA Medical ReleaseEvent Release & Waiver Form and Event Contact Form).
  • Check-in For Matches. Make sure to view the Site Abbreviation on the Draws & check in 20 minutes before your match time. Matches will be called at 10 minutes before your match time, allowing us to have you on-court AT your match time.

 

 

IMPORTANT: SAFETY PROTOCOLS + PROTOCOL FOR WEATHER ISSUES

 

Weather: For updated weather details and/or possible match delays, we will communicate / update the USTA Serve Tennis Event website with any new times/schedules. Draw times will only be changed in the evening (if applicable), not during the day.  Serve Tennis website page.

  • Be prepared to play up to 3 matches per day if there are weather issues.

 

CHECK-IN: All players must check in (in person) at the on-site Tournament Desk at least 15 minutes early. We will send your matches to the courts 10 minutes early. This is to reduce your time on-site, as well as for the daily matches to stay on schedule.

 

DURING MATCH

  • Raise your Racket to get the attention of a tennis umpire.
  • No Coaching is allowed.
  • Players should clearly verbalize the score at the start of each point.
  • The Server should clearly call out the score loudly before every point.

 

COMPLETION OF THE MATCH

  • Leave the court promptly, clean up your trash and take your belongings with you.
  • Pick up your used tennis balls and drop them in the used balls box at the Tournament Desk

 

SPORTSMANSHIP & ETIQUETTE:

  • Good Sportsmanship is expected from a players and guests
  • Players should NEVER spit on the court.
  • Inappropriate and unsportsmanlike language, bullying and taunting will not be tolerated and will be coded.
  • Spectators who display inappropriate behavior may be removed from the tournament area for the remainder of the tournament. Thank you for your
    cooperation.
  • Players are NOT allowed on the other side of the net, even if invited by their opponent.
  • If you need a ball mark inspection, then ask a tennis umpire for help.
  • The USTA Point Penalty System, Lateness Rule and Junior Tournament Regulations are in effect.

 

 

EVENT INFO

FORMAT – SINGLES (Ad-Scoring): 192 players per division, Feed-in event which includes the losers through the quarterfinals and a playoff for 3rd/4th Place. Main draw  and 3/4 playoff format is the best of 3 Tie-Break sets, regular scoring. Consolation format is two tie-break sets with a 10-point Match Tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.

FORMAT – DOUBLES (No-Ad Scoring): 96 teams per division, Single Elimination, includes a playoff for 3rd/4th  Place. Best of three tie-break sets used in the Semifinals, Final and 3rd and 4th Playoff. All other doubles matches shall use the best of 3 tie-break sets with a 10-point match tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set… Doubles 1st round will take place on Day 1, not before Noon.

WEATHER UPDATES: Will be communicated via Serve Tennis Software.

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COACHING

  • All matches that consist of Best of 3 tiebreak sets will receive a 10-minute rest period* after splitting sets. The players may leave the court and may receive coaching.
  • All matches that consist of 2 tiebreak sets with a 10-point match tiebreak will receive a 3-minute rest period after splitting sets. Coaching is allowed at the fence with the coach on the outside of the fence.
  • *When play is suspended for 10 minutes or more during the 2nd set, only a mandatory 3-minute rest period will be taken.

 

Surface: Clay Courts

National Ranking Level:  Level 1

Tournament Ball: Wilson Regular Duty

Tournament Facebook Fan Page: Click here

USTA Program GuideClick here

Hitting Lessons/ClinicsClick here

Lateness Penalty per USTA Rules: .01 – 5 minutes (1 game & loss of toss); 5:01 – 10 minutes (2 games & loss of toss); 10:01 – 15 minutes (3 games & loss of toss); 15:01 minutes or more (Default)

Officials. We will have roving officials (ratio 4:1) and will chair the following matches: Quarterfinals – Finals (Singles) and Semifinals – Finals (Doubles).

National Ranking Points BreakdownClick here

Match warm-up: Match warm-ups will be 5-minutes unless advised otherwise.

 

Coaching.

  • All matches that consist of Best of 3 tiebreak sets will receive a 10-minute rest period* after splitting sets. The players may leave the court and may receive coaching. It is the responsibility of players to be back and ready to play within 10 minutes.
  • All matches that consist of 2 tiebreak sets with a 10-point match tiebreak will receive a 3-minute rest period after splitting sets. Coaching is allowed at the fence with the coach on the outside of the fence and the player on the inside.
  • *When play is suspended for 10 minutes or more during the 2nd set, only a mandatory 3-minute rest period will be provided.
  • Rest period between matches: Up to 90 minutes and up to 2 hours if the prior match lasted 2 or more hours.
  • USTA Sportsmanship Award in Honor of Jeff Rothstein. A sportsmanship award will be distributed to one Boys 18s and one Boys 16s player.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: YourGameFace will be offering a Digital Set of Match Photos by request. Let them capture this moment in your players tennis history. See Samples on Instagram: @yourgameface. Cost is $150 for a digital set of action photos from one match. (Normally 200-300 photos).

  • 4 WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR THE DIGITAL ACTION PHOTOS:
      1. Click this online Order Form – https://square.link/u/2YedPFY1
      2. Text YourGameFace cell phone:  214-543-5437
      3. Visit the Photo-Tent at the main site.
      4. Scan this QR code with your phone camera.

 

 

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STRINGING & ATHLETIC TRAINERS

 

STRINGER ($20 per racket): Pro Circuit Stringing will be based at the Wyndham Boca Raton (1950 Glades Road, Boca Raton), c: 678-428-3649.   Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & BallenIsles will also have a Stringer on-site ($20 – $25 per racket)

TRAINER: Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the official provider of athletic training services for the event. Baptist Health’s Sports Program Operations Manager, Zachary Mendez, and the Baptist Health team are synonymous with maintaining healthy amateur and professional athletes in the Tri-County area. The Baptist Health program provides state-of-the-art therapy and performance technology for specific treatments and recovery sessions and will be available before, during and after the event to address players’ needs. Getting started is as easy as emailing Zachary at [email protected] or calling him directly at his office, (561) 765-3243 (primary number) or cell, (954) 790-1426. We encourage you to consult with Zachary and his team on their programs that assist players with achieving maximum performance pre-match, during-match, post-match and between tournaments.

 

Athletic trainers will be located at the following venues on the following dates 30 minutes before matches begin until matches have completed. Reminder: If seeing a trainer at a site other than his match site, it is the player’s responsibility to be ready to play at his match time at his match site.

  • Sunday, Day 1: Boys 18s (Delray Beach Tennis Center, Boca West Country Club) & Boys 16s (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & BallenIsles)
  • Monday, Day 2: Boys 18s (Delray Beach Tennis Center, Boca West Country Club) & Boys 16s (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & BallenIsles)
  • Tuesday, Day 3: Boys 18s (Delray Beach Tennis Center, Boca West Country Club) & Boys 16s (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & BallenIsles)
  • Wednesday, Day 4: Boys 18s (Delray Beach Tennis Center, Boca West Country Club) & Boys 16s (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center & BallenIsles)
  • Thursday, Day 5: Boys 18s (Delray Beach Tennis Center) & Boys 16s (Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center)
  • Friday, Day 6: Delray Beach Tennis Center (B18s & 16s)
  • Saturday, Day 7: Delray Beach Tennis Center (B18s & 16s)
  • Sunday, Day 8: Delray Beach Tennis Center (B18s & 16s)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  • Amendment to Suspension Points: Click here
  • USTA National Jr Ranking System Overview: Click here
  • Inviting/Accepting a Doubles Partner: Click here
  • Selection: A player may be entered in up to two age divisions of USTA National Championships when entries close. The USTA will select players for these divisions in the following order 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s. If a player is entered in two age divisions and is selected into the older division, that player shall not be eligible for selection into the younger division. If a player is not selected for the older division, that player is eligible for selection in the younger division and is eligible to be an alternate in the younger division, but not the older division.
  • Click for Seeding Criteria for USTA National Championships
  • Click for Doubles Selection Process
  • Click for Quota for USTA National Championships
  • Click for Entering Two Divisions
  • Click for Eligibility for USTA Events
  • Click for Entry Refund Policy (no refunds after Player Selection)
  • Click for Selection Process (16s & 18s)
  • Junior Competition Rules & Regulations. Click here.
  • Wildcard Application: Click here for information about applying for a Wildcard. Deadline: No later than five days after the tournament entry deadline.
  • ITF College Connect. Click here for info about.
    • Junior players now have access to a new college candidate awareness feature called College Connect on their private USTA profiles.
    • Thanks to the USTA’s partnership with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the ITA’s recent adoption of the ITF World Tennis Number (WTN) as the official global rating system of college tennis, College Connect allows junior players within a specific ITF WTN rating range to explore college tennis playing opportunities and even compare their skill levels to current college players!

 

ALTERNATE INFORMATION

 

Singles on-site alternates need to check-in on Day 1 & Day 2 and be ready to play.

- B18: Check in at Delray Beach Tennis Center, (check in by 8am);

- B16: Check in at Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center; (check in by 8am).

- They must also have transportation to immediately go to another site, if required.  Only the players that have 1st round byes may potentially be replaced by an on-site alternate on Day 2.

 

Doubles on-site alternates:
Day 1: B18 sign in @ Delray Beach Tennis Center by 1:30pm… B16 sign in @ Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center by 1:45pm.
Day 2: B18 sign in @ Delray Beach Tennis Center by 1:30pm…B16 sign in @ Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center by 1:45pm.

Replacing a Singles Main Draw Player Before Draw is Made (Tuesday prior to the event): The tournament committee shall replace a player who was accepted as part of a Section’s quota with the next player on the Section’s endorsement list. The tournament committee shall replace a player who was NOT accepted per the above, with the next highest remaining alternate (National Standings List).

Replacing of Singles Main Draw Player After Draw is Made, but Before the Completion of the 1st Round: The tournament committee shall replace a player after the draw is made, but before the completion of the 1st round with the highest listed remaining alternate…No players are replaced in the draw after the completion of the 1st round. For example, a player who wins their 1st round, but cannot play their 2nd round due to injury, will NOT replaced with an alternate.

On-Site Alternates: Players on the published alternates list that sign in on-time, will be chosen based on their position on the National Standings List used for player selection.

 

 

HOST SPONSOR

City of Delray Beach (Host City) is a beach lover’s destination with one of America’s most beautiful seashores and we hope you’ll have some time to take a stroll along the warm surf. We invite you to take a leisurely walk along Atlantic Avenue, enjoy the galleries, boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Click for things to do in Delray Beach.

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Baptist Health is the official healthcare partner for the USTA Summer Smash Open and will be providing medical services for our players. As the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, Baptist Health has 12 hospitals, more than 26,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health is ready to stand by you, through all of life’s moments. Tap into healthcare from anywhere with Baptist Health’s PineApp mobile app.

DIAMOND SPONSOR

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 348 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 149 BMW motorcycle retailers, 121 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW products is available to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwusa.com.

WITHDRAWALS – REFUNDS

 

There are no refunds after the entry deadline. If a player needs to withdraw, please call us as soon as possible so the next alternate can make travel arrangements.

 

EXECUTIVE STAFF

 

Ivan Baron, Tournament Director

Adam Baron, Executive Director & Doubles Coordinator

Mark Baron, Tournament Chairman

Jax Kenney, College Expo & Registration Director

George Baxter, Head Referee

Elad Yair, Player Relations

Site Directors: Charlotte Cramer, Trish Faulkner, Lynne Salas, Janet Sprague