This June Tennis NSW launched a range of competitions and tournaments in partnership with Universal Tennis Ranking (UTR). The UTR is a rating system that allows skill level based competition to ensure that players are maximising their matches to become the best tennis competitors they can be and to encourage fair play.
UTR Pro Series Sydney
Three events were held in Phase 1 (27 June – 23 July) and proved a great success. Player feedback was positive throughout the event and all players were thankful for the opportunity to be back on the court participating in competitive matches and gaining valuable prize money. The success of the event and the uncertainty of international travel has meant that players are staying in Australia and therefore we have extended the Pro Series for a further three events which will run from Sunday 9th August – Wednesday 2nd September to ensure players are getting adequate and meaningful time on court.
NSW State Series
With the JT and AMT tournaments on hold, Super Series events have been a good opportunity for players to get on court. They begun in July at Nepean with 25 entries – the highest men’s UTR was 11.52 and the Women’s was 8.93, quality players.
Event two was held at Sydney Olympic Park in conjunction with the Pro Series event and attracted 36 entries with the highest male player rating of 12.06 and female of 7.31.
Event three was held in Gosford this past weekend and attracted a total of 38 players and the highest number of entries into the Women’s event so far. The highest men’s UTR was 10.94 with the women’s being 9.36.
NSW State Series participation has increased by an additional 65.7% from event one to event three. Tennis NSW has paid out a total of $5,310 in prize money and provided the venues with around $4,000 in revenue by providing an avenue for a return to competitive play.
Since Tennis NSW launched the Super Series in July we have facilitated over 60 events in metro and regional areas.
The positive feedback being received from Players and Parents is around the level-based play and competitiveness of matches.
The Tennis NSW team is looking to add a number of new dates to the Super Series calendar taking us to October.
We also facilitated the inaugural UTR Women’s Pro League – a team’s based competition held at Sydney Olympic Park which ran over eight weeks. This competition is an exciting prelude into the upcoming Tennis NSW Premier League, commencing in October.