We would like to welcome all players and collegiate coaches to the 57th anniversary of the USTA BOYS’ 18 & 16 NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPShosted by the City of Delray Beach (July 9 – 16, 2023). 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 & BallenIsles Country Club – 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 here for draws/times and click here to view the 2023 Player Handbooklisting 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 4, 2023 @ 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 9, 2023. 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 + SPECIAL EVENTS, TV HIGHLIGHT SHOW
Draws & Schedule posted by Fri., July 7 @ 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:
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.
DO NOT PLAY:
If you are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
If you have been in contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Everyone should wash their hands throughout the day.
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.
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
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
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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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.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO:
VIDEO. SwingVision is excited to bring the pro tennis experience to the 2023 USTA Boys 16s-18s Clay Court Nationals! The SwingVision team will be onsite in Palm Beach Gardens and the Delray Beach location to record matches using SwingVision, an app that leverages A.I. to provide real-time shot tracking and video analysis using just an iPhone. Players that use this promo link to create an account and start a free 45 day Pro will be given first priority to have their match recorded. You can also sign up at the registration on Saturday, July 8th. For additional details, email [email protected]. SwingVision Recording Schedule.
Palm Beach Gardens: 7/12 and 7/13
Delray Beach Tennis Center: 7/14, 7/15, and 7/16
PHOTO SERVICES: 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).
Match warm-up: Match warm-ups will be 5-minutes unless advised otherwise.
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.
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)
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
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 Connectallows 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!
All on-site singles 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 Centerby 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.
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.
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