The USTA Junior Competitive Tennis Council has mandated a strict enforcement of the Florida Residency Requirement for USTA Florida Level 3, 4, & 5 tournaments, endorsement to USTA National events, and Intersectional and Zonal teams.
Endorsement – is USTA’s fancy word that means a player’s documents are in order and will be listed on the Florida Tentative Ranking and/or Florida Endorsement list. This means – they can and will be considered for selection in the Level 3, 4, & 5 tournaments.
Simply put: for any tournament other than L7’s and L6’s; USTA Florida requires all players to verify and comply with USTA residency and eligibility rules.
Any and all junior players, who want to play in Level 3, 4, and 5’s must submit their docs and be approved by the USTA Florida office 3 weeks before the start of the level 3, 4 or 5
The documents include but are not limited to:
- Player’s Birth Certificate or Permanent Resident Card. Visa’s are not allowed.
- Notarized Declaration of Domicile or Court Verified Proof that the player’s parents live and work in Florida
- USTA Membership Number
- USTA Endorsement Processing fee
Preparing, Submitting and Approval
Parents and players have both admitted that USTA doesn’t exactly make this endorsement process fun or easy. However they have provided all the necessary forms and paperwork and made it readily available on their site.
Dominating your local Level 7’s and Level 6’s is the best way to earn maximum ranking points if you’ve never entered into a L5 or above.
A players top 8 singles results and top 8 doubles results are combined to create a player’s singles ranking. These results are commonly referred to as “Best 8” Doubles points are counted at 25% worth towards a player’s singles ranking. These scores over a 12-month period comprise the ranking or standing. The 12 month period is a “rolling 12-months” meaning if a tournament was played 13 months ago it would NOT COUNT towards that player’s “Best 8”.
USTA typically publishes updated rankings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and when needed for Level 3, 4, & 5 selection
For more details see page 5 of the current USTA Florida Ranking Tables