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Sanctioning & Administration

special notice

Starting in January 2021, the USTA will begin using new Competitive Structures for both Junior and Adult Tournaments.

  • Click here for information on the Junior Competitive Structure Changes.
  • Click here for information on the Adult Competitive Structure Changes.


Click here to view upcoming and past recorded workshops hosted by USTA National staff members. You can also check for any updated features in Serve Tennis by clicking here

Click here for the Customer Care Online Help Center with information for Serve Tennis providers, including helpful articles and instructional videos.

USTA Southern Webinar Series – JTT, Junior Circuit, Net Generation, & Team Challenges This webinar series gives insight into how to run these events, best practices, and creative ideas on how to execute and market to your local community. Recordings are located in each folder from each session as well as helpful documents and presentations.


Benefits of sanctioning

  • Ease of registration for players
  • Player attraction—tournament posted on USTA SC Website and Serve Tennis
  • Use of Serve Tennis platform, which processes entries and gives real-time web updates of draws & scores for participants
  • Players earn USTA National Ranking Points
  • Online registration makes it easy for TD’s to handle the entry fees—direct deposit.
  • Sanctioned USTA SC Tournaments will abide by the current USTA South Carolina Junior Tournament Criteria or current USTA SC Adult Tournament Criteria as well as the USTA Junior and Adult Tournament Sanction and Schedule Policies which can be found below under the Administration section.

Tournament Applications

2023 USTA SC Tournament Sanctioning Updates:
Tournament applications must be submitted online using the tournament application process through Serve Tennis. Level 7 tournaments and USTA Junior Circuit events can be added to the schedule at any time during the year.  If you need a refresher on how to submit tournament applications in Serve Tennis, please see the instructional links below. Please reach out to Amanda Morelli (morelli@sctennis.com) with any questions.

2024 National Junior Tournament Sanctioning Instructions

Click here for more information on the 2024 National Junior Tournament Sanctioning Process. Please reach out to jrcomp@usta.com with any questions. The deadlines to submit a tournament renewal or new bid are as follows:

  • L1 – January 15, 2023
  • L2 – January 15, 2023
  • L3 – May 1, 2023

2024 National Junior Level 5 Tournament Sanctioning Instructions

Click here for more information on the 2024 National Junior Level 5 Sanctioning Process. The deadline to submit tournament applications to the USTA South Carolina office is July 31st, 2023. Please be advised that providers must fill out the supplemental bid form as well as submitting the tournament application in Serve Tennis. 

NEW – Team Tournaments – Click here to learn more about team tournaments! Tournament providers now have the capability to sanction team events in Serve Tennis. Currently these team formats are available in Serve Tennis:

  • Brewer Cup 
  • College Format
  • Dominant Duo (Same Gender)
  • Dominant Duo (Mixed Gender)
  • WTT (World Team Tennis)
  • Gold Team Challenge
  • Custom Draw Format

Contact Amanda Morelli at morelli@sctennis.com if you are interested in hosting a team tournament in 2023!

Safe Play Compliance for All Tournament Directors – All tournament directors regardless of hosting junior and/or adult tournaments will need to complete the Safe Play process. To complete the Safe Play process, go to www.usta.com/safeplay and click Get Safe Play Approved. If you are new to the USTA, you can create a new account. If you already have a USTA account (membership, Net Generation or TennisLink), enter your credentials and click Log In. Upon creating or logging into your account, the landing page will display your status or prompt you to complete missing steps. There are four steps you need to complete: (1) Personal Information; (2) SafeSport Training; (3) Safe Play Policy Acknowledgement and (4) Criminal Background Check. Tournaments cannot be sanctioned if the Tournament Director is not Safe Play approved.

NEW – Dual Tournament Director/Referee RoleWe are happy to announce that the Tournament Director/Referee Dual Role initiative was launched on October 1, 2021. This role supports USTA events by providing you, as the Tournament Director (TD), the opportunity to serve as both the TD and Referee at L7 Adult, L7 Junior and/or L5 Wheelchair events after completing a required online course. After completing your course, you will be ready to begin your dual role as the TD/Referee at L7 Adult, L7 Junior and/or L5 Wheelchair events! If you need assistance throughout the registration process, please contact our LRC support team at ustalrc@eskillz.com. Please email officiating@usta.com if you have any questions.

Interested in Hosting a Level 7 Junior or Adult Tournament? Click here for more information on how to get started!


USTA SC Sanctioned Tournaments

The resources below are for SC Tournament Directors submitting sanction applications for 2023 junior and adult Level 5 Closed, Level 6, and Level 7 tournaments.

USTA Adult Tournament Manuals

USTA Southern Grand Prix Events

  • Click here for more information about sanctioning 10U Grand Prix events.

USTA Southern Sanctioned Tournaments

USTA National Sanctioned Tournaments

Match Tennis App Virtual Tournament Desk 2.0

All tournament directors/staff and referees will need to participate in the new Match Tennis App Virtual Tournament Desk 2.0 training prior to hosting their tournament in 2021. The most recently recorded training  can be accessed through the link below. More trainings will be held throughout the year with additional updates as they continue working on the app. Match Tennis App has proven to be instrumental in practicing social distancing and following safety guidelines during COVID-19.
Tournament Director Video Tutorials:
Player/Parent/Coach Helpful Links: 


*NEW* USTA Southern Match Scheduling and Player Rest Requirements

Applies to Closed and Open L3, L4 and L5 events sanctioned in USTA Southern Section. 

Player Rest Requirements

  • Any time of the year: Doubles followed by singles – A minimum of 30 minutes is required between the completion of the first doubles match of the day prior to starting singles play.
  • During the months from May 1 to October 1: Singles followed by singles – Players shall be given a minimum of two hours rest between the completion of the first singles match of the day and the start of the second singles match of the day.
  • During the months of October 1 to May 1: Singles followed by singles – Players shall be given a minimum of 90-minute rest between completion of the first singles match of the day and the start of the second match of the day. 
  • Singles followed by doubles – Players shall be given a minimum of one hour rest between any singles match (first or second of the day) and a doubles match.

NOTE: If player’s match is longer than two hours, during the months of May 1 to October 1, they may request (in person) more time from the referee. Time extension may not be guaranteed.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather and changes in scoring formats, the referee and Tournament Committee are not bound by the above scheduling increments and rest requirements. However, at a minimum, the rest between the end of the first singles match and the beginning of the second singles match should be equal to the time on court that day for the first singles match. This should also apply to any additional singles matches scheduled in that the subsequent match rest period should be equal to the duration of the previous match.