2016 USPTA Surface Championships Begin in Memphis with Indoors
Once again, Memphis, Tenn., will play host to the USPTA Indoor Championships to start the 2016 calendar year for the USPTA Surface Championships. This three-day tournament takes place March 18-20 at the Racquet Club of Memphis and is open for registration to USPTA-certified Professionals through March 11.
The Racquet Club of Memphis is home to 10 indoor courts and 16 outdoor courts, and is the only private club in the world to host a professional ATP men's indoor tennis event – the Memphis Open in February.
Total prize money for the tournament is $4,700 and will feature events in the following categories: men's and women's open singles and doubles competition, men’s 35 singles, and men's 45 singles and doubles.
Participating players are eligible to receive tournament favors such as bags, badges, T-shirts and towels. On Saturday night, March 19, players will be treated to a catered player party in the ballroom of the facility beginning at 7 pm.
As an added convenience for tournament players and guests, the official tournament hotel – the Doubletree by Hilton on Sanderlin Avenue in Memphis -- is located 50 yards from the tournament site. The rate is $109/night, and the hotel offers free transportation from the airport to the hotel.
As a benefit to certified members, the surface championships provide an opportunity to play against other USPTA Professionals, showcase skills, and win prize money. Members who play in the surface championships have the opportunity to play their way into the USPTA Master’s Invitational, which will be held in September at the 2016 USPTA World Conference in Indian Wells, Calif. This tournament, which replaces the International Championships, gives USPTA-certified Professionals an added opportunity to showcase their skills and earn a portion of the $7,500 prize money, which is the largest amount awarded of all the USPTA tournaments.
Players receive points in both the main draw (if they win at least one match) and in consolation play (if it is offered). In consolation matches, a player or team advancing by default will receive credit for a win as long as that player or team does not default the next match. Doubles players will receive individual rankings.
The USPTA Surface Championships are open to all USPTA-certified Professionals in good standing. To see the current rankings or learn more about ranking rules, sanctioned tournaments, and tournament regulations and requirements, go to uspta.com/tournaments.
2016 USPTA Surface Championship Schedule
USPTA Indoor Championships
March 18-20, 2016
Racquet Club of Memphis
USPTA Clay Court Championships at TOPS’L
May 14-16, 2016
TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort
Miramar Beach, Fla.
USPTA Masters Invitational
Sept. 25-29, 2016
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, Calif.
USPTA Hard Court Championships
Nov. 4-6, 2016
Hollytree Country Club
Visit uspta.com/tournaments for more information.
About the USPTA
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and promotes a greater awareness of the sport.