Picking the Right Tennis Tournament

Tennis is an invigorating sport for all ages. The back and forth is a challenge of physical prowess and accuracy, encouraging power, endurance and fast thinking all at once. It is as much fun to play as it is to watch, which is why tennis tournaments are such an enjoyable pastime. Whether you are interested in participating or simply cheering on the best, here are five things to look for in a local New Jersey tennis tournament.

1. Age. Tennis is a sport that is well suited for the very young and the very old. Most tournaments are designed either for adults or juniors, but even then, age variations will range widely. Junior players are often divided into more nuanced brackets in order to promote equity in the matches. In these cases, age ranges may be chosen by every two or three years. Some tournaments may feature younger children up through high schoolers, but many are geared toward pre-teens and teenagers. Adult tournaments often have fewer age restrictions, allowing for more diversity in the bracket.

2. Gender. In most cases, tennis tournaments are gendered events. Some may specifically be for boys or girls, but the vast majority of tennis tournaments will have separate brackets for each gender. These brackets may compete at the same time, but sometimes these brackets are also separated by date or location, depending on the overall size of the event.

3. Type of match. Tennis can be played in doubles or singles. Pairs competition usually involves two players who have practiced competitively together. A tournament may feature both types of competition. However, it is also possible for the tournament to focus solely on one or the other. Smaller tournaments are more likely to have a singular focus while broader competitions will probably include brackets for both types of matches.

4. Affiliations. Every tournament is put on by a sponsor. In many cases, the sponsor may be a local tennis club. However, various tennis organizations may also act as sponsors to the event. The sponsor will often dictate what players are eligible. In some cases, players may have to be members of certain organizations. For example, State Tennis Tournaments will only feature junior players who are actively competing through a New Jersey school.

5. Court. There are many tennis courts in New Jersey, but not every court is made the same. Tennis courts are made from different materials, including clay, grass and hard surface. These surfaces will impact the style of play, and some players and spectators will have particular preferences when it comes to the type of surface. In New Jersey, hard surface courts are the most common.

No matter what the preference may be, there are ample choices for New Jersey tennis tournaments. Most tournaments are in the spring and summer, and the length of each tournament will vary depending on the size of the venue and the number of players involved. Use these criteria to check out a tennis tournament coming soon near you.