Chicago’s Sorry USTA Tournament Scene

If you’re a regular reader of the Four5 Project (and who isn’t?) you’ll know that I have been spending most of my time in Chicago for the last few months.  I’m spending the weekend here for the first time in a while and am going to play in a USTA tennis tournament so I can actually get out and play.  I have a couple people that I get out and hit with when I’m here, but not as frequently as I would like.

In researching tournaments here in Chicago, I found it interesting that participation in USTA tournaments is incredibly low.  There are tournaments around the Chicagoland area almost every weekend, but some draws are cancelled because only 2 people will sign up – and some tourneys are cancelled altogether.  This is surprising to me because Tennis is pretty big here – at least it was when I was in High School.  And this is the 3rd largest market in the country.  How could little ol’ Denver be attracting more people than a huge market like Chicago?  Same can be said about Texas.

So my question is: what is the USTA doing about this?   Most of the tournaments are held over a weekend, which I prefer, but maybe people would participate more if they were more spread out and played on weeknights, like they do in Colorado?  Maybe it’s a marketing problem and people don’t know about the tournaments?

How is the tournament scene in your area?  What would you do to make it better?

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tennis, go-karts, blogging, turkey sandwiches.

Posted on June 8, 2012, in tournaments and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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