Tennis NSW is excited to announce that it will launch a new tournament series for our elite tennis players across Sydney and surrounding regions this week, utilizing the Universal Tennis Rating System.
The Tennis NSW State Series will commence on 4th July with Gosford Tennis Centre to be the first venue to host this event. The State Series will enable competitive match play opportunities for the top 32 tennis players in New South Wales, with prize money on offer.
What is unique about these events is that they are the first of its kind in NSW, with the introduction of Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). UTR is the most accurate global index of tennis skill available to players. UTR rates every tennis player regardless of age or gender. This allows for players to understand their level of skill and performance better and allows tournament organizers to ensure that players are matched based on level based play. Over 1.6 million players from across 200 countries have a UTR, including our very own World No.1 Ash Barty.
The Tennis NSW State Series will be sanctioned by Tennis NSW and will operate out of various affiliated clubs and venues across Metropolitan Sydney and Surrounding regions over the coming months, with each match having $45 prizemoney on offer.
Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson says, “With the current temporary suspension of all TA sanctioned tournaments, then the team here have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to put something in place for our high performing tennis players.
We have been watching the growth of UTR for some time and now feels like the right time to make full use of it in delivering a new competitive experience for our players across NSW”.
The NSW State Series NSW State Series events will not have any age eligibility restrictions in place. Eligibility will be solely on a players UTR being within the parameters of 10+ for Men and 8+ for Women.
The NSW State Series events have been established to cater for competitive tournament play incorporating limited draw sizes, venue compliance against the NSW Government Public Health Orders and in line with the current Tennis NSW Community Play Guidelines.
Prior to the staging of any event, all hosts are required to meet the current TNSW Community Play Guidelines as well as complete and submit their TNSW COVID-19 Safety Plan.
To enter events and find club resources head to – https://www.tennis.com.au/nsw/news-and-events/events/universaltennisrating/tennis-nsw-state-series