2013 USA Men’s Team Selection for Antalya

2013 U.S. Senior Men’s Cup teams for antalya 2013

Italia Cup – Men’s 35
Stuart Duncan, Aliso Viejo, CA; Captain
Mark Tepes, Medford, NJ
Gabriel Venter, Blue Ash, OH
Justin Touchstone, Weston, FL
Tony Trabert Cup – Men’s 40
Martin Barba, San Diego, CA
Carsten Hoffman, Newport Beach, CA
Neel Grover, Laguna Beach, CA; Captain
William Quest, Ventura, CA
Dubler Cup – Men’s 45
Jeffrey Tarango, Manhattan Beach, CA
Eoin Collins, Houston, TX
Mario Tabares, Miami, FL; Captain
Kelly Ward, League City, TX
Fred Perry Cup – Men’s 50
Rill Baxter, Sarasota, FL
Michael Tammen, Portland, OR; Captain
Vallis Wilder, Fort Worth, TX
Ken White, Elma, NY
Austria Cup – Men’s 55
Mark Vines, Lynchburg, VA; Captain
Sal Castillo, San Antonio, TX;
Wesley Cash, Chattanooga, TN
Peter Markes, Austin, TX

2013 US Team Selection Guidelines

The Senior International Competition Selection Committee will select the strongest teams to represent the United States and the USTA in the ITF Senior and Super Senior World Team Championships based on the following guidelines:

Wins and Losses

Significant direct and indirect wins and losses against USTA players and teams in the same age division (or in the case of players new to the division, against players and teams in the immediately younger age division) in the previous calendar year and in the current calendar year up to the player(s)’ selection will be considered. Only results in USTA senior tournaments and ITF senior circuit events will be considered. NTRP results shall not be included.

Results in Category 1 National events are more important than other events, results on the surface of the competition are more important than results on other surfaces, and recent results are more important than earlier results. Results from a different age division may be considered but will be less important than results in the age division being considered. Both length and strength of a playing record will be considered. Wins and losses, not rankings are used in selecting the USTA Senior International Teams.

The selection time period for which results are considered varies annually depending on the scheduled dates and location of the ITF World Team Championships.

Minimum Tournament Play

The following play is REQUIRED: A minimum of two Category 1 National Championships or one Category 1 National Championship and one of the following: A Super Category 2 Tournament; the Women’s Intersectionals; the ITF World Individual Championships in a player’s actual age division. These tournaments must be played during the previous calendar year through the current calendar year up to a player’s selection to a team. (In the case of a player moving into a new age division, this requirement can be met by combining play in the two age divisions.)

One Category I National Championship must be played within the 12 months prior to a player’s selection to a team.

These are minimum play requirements only. Meeting the minimum play requirements does not mean that a player will be selected to play on a Cup team.

Sportsmanship

Players selected for International Cup Teams are representatives of the United States and the USTA. A record of exemplary sportsmanship is expected from every team member. The following examples of poor sportsmanship could disqualify a player from qualifying for an International Cup Team:

  • Disqualification or default by a USTA or ITF certified referee or umpire for poor conduct while participating in a USTA or ITF sanctioned event.
  • USTA warning or suspension because of poor conduct by any USTA district, section or national grievance committee.

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 A grievance filed and verified by an ITF Official, Tournament Referee, USTA Representative, or USTA Cup player while playing on a Cup team. The grievance shall be received in writing by the USTA.

 Suspension from play by the ITF under Section V (Code of Conduct) the ITF Seniors Regulations This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

Physical Condition

The player must certify that he/she is in good physical condition to play singles and/or doubles. Any player who is not in good physical condition to play singles and/or doubles at any time up to the date for travel should contact his/her Team Committee Representative and the Adult/Senior Competition Department immediately regarding his/her physical condition. Failure to do so will be considered poor sportsmanship for future team consideration.

Team Makeup

Each team shall consist of at least three strong singles players and one combination of players which results in a strong doubles team.

ITF Regulations

If a player is not a citizen or has dual citizenship and is interested in being considered for a USTA team, the player must notify the Senior International Competition Committee at least four months in advance of the event. A player must have a USA passport unless a waiver has been obtained from the ITF. A player must have an IPIN (www.itftennis.com/ipin) in order to play on a senior international team.

Selection Time Frame

  • Letters sent to prospective players: Letters of inquiry (asking if a player is interested in playing on a Cup team) shall be sent to prospective Cup players no later than four weeks prior to the published selection date. The Committee reserves the right to send letters to additional players up to the selection date if additional tournament play or information comes to the attention of the Committee. A minimum of eight letters of inquiry per cup team shall be sent initially.
  • Selection Date: Notice of the selection date will be published at http://www.usta.com/SeniorInternational not later than six months prior to the selection date.
  • Receipt of Letter: Any player who has not received a letter of inquiry within three weeks prior to the Selection Date may contact the Committee Chair or Adult/Senior Competition Department if that player believes he/she should have received a letter. The rationale for receipt of the letter shall be stated.2
  • A player (Applicant) may request a review of his/her non-selection to a team to the Adult/Senior Competition Department.
  • The request for review shall be in writing using the Request Form.
  • The Request Form must be sent via email, fax or US Postal Mail to Adult/Senior Competition Department.
  • The Request Form must be received within seven calendar days after the published selection date.
  • Absent good cause shown, requests not received within seven calendar days after the published selection date are barred. The only recourse shall be filing a grievance with the National Grievance Committee.
  • The chair of the Senior International Competition Committee or his/her designee shall designate a subcommittee to review the request (“Review Subcommittee”). The Review Subcommittee shall consist of three individuals appointed by the Chair/designee, none of whom may be a member of the Subcommittee which initially selected the team. The Chair/designee shall appoint one of the members to be the chair of the Review Subcommittee.

o The Applicant shall be notified of the decision of the Review Subcommittee in writing (via email).

o If the Review Subcommittee upholds the initial selection, the Applicant may file a grievance with the National Grievance Committee.

o If the Review Subcommittee overturns the initial selection, then the Selection Committee shall convene to revise the selections accordingly. Players sent a letter of inquiry shall then be notified of the change. If a player is removed from a team as a result of this process, then the player removed may immediately file a grievance as outlined above with the USTA Grievance Committee.

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