The #19 player in the country last year was not selected as a seed at the B18 National Championships in Kalamazoo. He was passed up by USTA PD players who were ranked below him along with numerous wildcards.
Next year the USTA JCC has stated that the Super Nationals will be 128 draws and that they will be awarded 16 wildcards. It’s not too hard to look like your program is working when you are hand picking 1 out of every 8 players. It’s not hard to get to the top when somebody is paying for all your travel expenses, food, clothing, equipment, and onsite private coaching. There is nothing wrong with it being a 128 draw, as they are suggesting if they went ahead and had a 64 draw qualifier for 8 spots. The USTA PD does not need or deserve to have the 16 wildcards.
This may sound like it is coming from a parent whose child is not a top player. Our son was ranked #1 in the Midwest in the 14s, 16s, and the 18s. He was ranked as high as #9 nationally and was a Blue Chip player for 3 years. All while attending public school, working with his coaches and sleeping in his own bed.
Read the whole letter – HERE
Editor’s Note: The writer states “There is nothing wrong with it being a 128 draw, as they are suggesting if they went ahead and had a 64 draw qualifier for 8 spots.” I am in favor of a Main Draw and Qualifier for the national events.