Universal Tennis (MyUTR.com) announced the launch of its first-ever UTR National Championship Series and Fila will serve as the official apparel and footwear sponsor. The Series is a new initiative for young players to compete in high-level local tennis events, continue to develop their game during this global health crisis, and have their scores count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).
The UTR National Championship Series features over 20 locations with more than 70 events and 2,000 matches across the United States, including California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The series will be divided into three divisions: high school, juniors (14’s & 16’s) and college, with events beginning July 8th and running through early August. Space is limited to the Top 16 players by UTR in each division and winners of each host site will be nationally recognized by Universal Tennis as the first ever UTR National Champions.
All UTR National Championship Series events will be organized based on a World Cup-style format, where groups of players will compete in round-robin stages and will advance to the next round based on their results. Winners of the collegiate and junior UTR National Championships will be eligible to receive prize money. The junior series will be live-streamed for college coaches on MyUTR.com to help support summer recruiting efforts.
Besides being the official clothing sponsor, Fila will provide prizes for all winners across the three divisions and work with Universal Tennis to create unique apparel and footwear offerings for all participants of the National Championships, as well as the broader UTR community.
● College: July 8 – August 2
● Juniors Boys & Girls (14s & 16s): July 15 – July 26
● High School: July 29 – August 2
Players, coaches and parents can learn more and sign up for their local UTR National Championship Series event at MyUTR.com.
The new UTR National Championship Series is part of Universal Tennis’ Play Locally. Count Globally. initiative which offers tennis players of all levels the ability to compete locally with safe, 1:1 matchplay and have their scores count globally towards the Universal Tennis Rating. As travel restrictions continue across the United States and worldwide, local play has new meaning. When scores count for UTR, local play has global impact.