EVENT INFO

We would like to welcome all players and collegiate coaches to the 54th  anniversary of the USTA BOYS’ 18 & 16 NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS hosted by the City of Delray Beach (July 10 – 17, 2022). this prestigious event consists of over 440 of the top-ranked Boys 18s & 16s in the United States and will create two highlight television shows, one for each event (B18 & B16).

Click here for draws/times and here to view the 2022 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!

Televised Highlight Shows; aired on Stadium College Sports

 

IMPORTANT: MANDATORY FORMS + CHECK-IN

 

  • Please 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.
  • Mandatory Forms: CHECK-IN & FORMS:**IMPORTANT** Please check in 20 minutes before your match time as ALL PLAYERS must submit the following (USTA Medical ReleaseEvent Release & Waiver Form and PIM Contact Form) with parent/guardian signature or they will be unable to participate in the event! DO NOT SUBMIT THESE FORMS TO OUR OFFICE PRIOR TO CHECK IN. Bring all three with you and turn them into the Site Director before your 1st Rd match.
  • Daily Check-in For Matches. Please check in 20 minutes before your match time & make sure you check in at the correct site (view Site Abbreviations on the Draw)

 

IMPORTANT: SAFETY PROTOCOLS + PROTOCOL FOR WEATHER ISSUES

 

Click for the Event Safety Rules

Weather: For updated weather details and/or possible match delays, we will communicate messages via Serve Tennis and update the Serve Tennis Event website with any new times/schedules. Draw times will only be changed in the evening (if applicable), not during the day.  Be prepared to play up to 3 matches per day, esp. if there are weather issues. Serve Tennis website page.

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

Vitacost.com, Inc. is an online retailer of health and wellness products, providing an award-winning experience to customers through its website, www.vitacost.com.  Vitacost.com features affordable pricing and speedy delivery on nearly 40,000 items, including dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs), hard-to-find specialty foods, organic body and personal care products, pet essentials and sports nutrition products. In addition, Vitacost.com strives to motivate, educate and inspire healthier living for customers by creating and curating thousands of helpful tips, expert articles and recipes.  Vitacost.com is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

VITACOST.com would like to offer all participants and their families with the following discount for Vitacost products.

 

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform.

WILDCARDS AWARDED

 

The below-listed wildcards will be awarded to the finishers of the 2021 Boys’ 18 National Clay Court Championships. 

Boys’ 18 Singles Champion – 2022 US Open Juniors Main Draw Singles Wild Card

Boys’ 18 Singles Finalist – 2022 US Open Juniors Qualifying Singles Wild Card

Boys’ 18s Singles Champion and Finalist – Complimentary entry into the Pre-Qualifying Survivor Wildcard Event (winner receives a Qualifying Wildcard into the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com: ATP 250 Event) held annually in November.

 

 

DOUBLES INFO / DEADLINE & SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Player Registration, College Expo, etc… Click here for info.

DOUBLES DEADLINE (Friday, July 1, 2022). All singles players may play doubles. If you know your doubles team, please e-mail the team/division to Adam Baron at abaron@YellowTennisBall.com 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 abaron@YellowTennisBall.com (make sure you receive an email confirmation)– we will do our best to pair you with another player (with a similar ranking).

  • Match Tennis App. If you are looking for a doubles partner, this software assists players in communicating with other players (that also register) about doubles. Click for Match Tennis App website.
  • Players may only play doubles in the same division as they are playing singles.
  • Boys 18s & 16s Doubles begins on Sunday, July 10, 2022. Doubles begins no earlier than Noon daily.
  • Seeding: Based upon National Individual Doubles Seeding List

 

EVENT INFO

 

TV COVERAGE : Two highlights shows will be produced and televised, highlighting each event (Boys 18s & Boys 16s).

FORMAT – SINGLES (Ad-Scoring): 224 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, regular scoring.

FORMAT – DOUBLES (No-Ad Scoring): 112 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.

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Provided by YourGameFace. To sign up for action photos or make an appointment, call 214-543-5437.

Draws Posted: Friday, July 8, 2022 @ 5pm.

Surface: Clay Courts

National Ranking Level:  Level 1

Tournament Ball: Wilson Regular Duty

Tournament Facebook Fan Page: Click Here 

Player Handbook: Click Here

USTA Program Guide: Click Here

Hitting Lessons/Clinics: Click here

VITACOST.com “Player of the Day” Featured E-News Blasted (Beginning 7/11 through 7/18)

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 Breakdown: Click 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:

After a best of 3 tiebreak set singles match, players will be offered two hours of rest when the next match is a best of 3 tiebreak set singles match.

After a best of 3 tiebreak set singles match, players will be offered at least 60 minutes of rest when their next singles or doubles match is played with a match tiebreak in lieu of the 3rd set.

After any match played with a match tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set, the players will receive at least 60 minutes of rest.

 

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FACEBOOK: Tournament photos featured on event’s Facebook page

VIDEO, STRINGING & ATHLETIC TRAINERS

 

STRINGER ($18 per racket): Pro Circuit Stringing will be based at the Renaissance Hotel Boca Raton (2000 NW 19th St., Boca Raton, FL 33431), 678-428-3649.  

TRAINER: MRP Certified Athletic Training (MRPATC) will be providing athletic training services throughout the event. MRPATC’s Mike Petracrca and his team have been maintaining healthy ITF, USTA, ATP and WTA players in Palm Beach County since 2015. If you have specific treatment needs or questions pre-event, during tournament or post-event, we encourage you to email Mike or call him at (603) 978-1261. If you desire athletic training services during the event, please go to a site where a trainer is scheduled (see below or check with the tournament desk). You are still responsible to be ready to play at your scheduled match location and time. PLEASE READ PROPER HEAT ACCLIMATION & HYDRATION OVERVIEW AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO ARRIVAL and MATCH RECOVERY PROTOCOL DURING THE EVENT. We look forward to working with you and good luck!

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.

  • Sun, 7/10/22 – Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton Racquet Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Indian Spring Country Club
  • Mon, 7/11/22 – Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton Racquet Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
  • Tues, 7/12/22 – Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton Racquet Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
  • Wed, 7/13/22 – Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton Racquet Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center, The Oaks
  • Thurs, 7/14/22 – Boca Lago Country Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Fri, 7/15/22 – Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Sat, 7/16/22– Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Sun, 7/17/22 – Delray Beach Tennis Center

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

USTA National Jr Ranking System Overview 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).

Wildcard Application: Click here for information about applying for a Wildcard. Deadline: No later than five days after the tournament entry deadline.

Junior Competition Rules & Regulations. Click here.

 

ALTERNATE INFORMATION

 

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 Boca Lago Country Club; (check in by 7:25am)). They must also have transportation to immediately go to another site, if required. The USTA regulation states that the sign-in closes 15 minutes prior to the first match of the day for that event. 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 1pm… B16 sign in @ Boca Lago Country Club by 1pm.
Day 2: B18 sign in @ Delray Beach Tennis Center by 1pm…B16 sign in @ Boca Lago Country Club by 1pm.

Replacing a Singles Main Draw Player Before Draw is Made (Wednesday 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.

 

EXECUTIVE STAFF

 

Ivan Baron, Tournament Director

Mark Baron, Tournament Chairman

Adam Baron, Site Director & Doubles Coordinator

John Butler, Director of Marketing, Operations & College Expo

Marlena Hochberg, Media Director & Site Director

Jeff Rothstein, Head Referee