USTA Girls' 16s & 18s Nationals

Tournament Entry


The entry process for the 2017 USTA Girls' 16s & 18s National Championships must be done online through the USTA TennisLink registration system. Entries open on June 1.


The TennisLink page for the 2017 tournament is http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581.

The tournament ID is 650001617. 


Refund of Entry Fee if Withdrawing from the Tournament
Entry fees are refunded only if a player withdraws before the entry deadline. This is a USTA rule. 

Important Form to Submit Before Traveling to the Tournament

USTA Medical/Media Release Form:
No player will be allowed to start a match without this form, signed by a parent or legal guardian, on file with the Tournament Committee. You may download it and fill it out prior to the tournament and mail it to: 

    Liz Blum
    733 H Ave.
    Coronado, CA 92118

or fax it to 619 996-2023. 


Option to Enter Up to Two USTA National Championships
The USTA Regulations allow a player to enter more than one age division of a USTA National Championship. If you want to play in the Nationals in San Diego, but aren’t sure if you will get in, you may enter up to two age divisions. When tournament selection is done, players will be selected for the 18s USTA National Championship first. If you are selected for the 18s Nationals, you will not be considered for the 16s.

If you are not selected for the 18s, you will be considered for the 16s division. This is an important thing to consider before entering. If you enter two divisions and are not accepted into the older division, you can only be considered for main draw and alternate status in the younger division.  Although you can enter two divisions, you cannot play in two divisions in the Nationals. You will be selected for one division only, and if you plan to enter doubles, you must play in the age division of your singles entry with an eligible partner. In other words, you cannot play singles in the Girls' 16s and doubles in the 18s.

Selection Process

USTA National Championships: Singles Selection Process
 - USTA website

There will be a Direct Acceptance List for both the G16s and G18s. The USTA will publish this list approximately 12 weeks before The Nationals. Players on the Direct Acceptance List will gain automatic entry and will not count against their Section's quota. The lists will be ordered as follows: 

Girls 16s
Up to 16 players will be selected as follows:
Players listed 1-16 on the 16s National Standings List (NSL) published on May 1, 2016.


Girls 18s
Up to 32 players will be selected in the following order:

  • Players listed 1-16 on the 18s National Standings List published on May 1, 2016; followed by
  • Players not on the 18s NSL who have a WTA ranking of 600 or better as of May 1, 2016
  • Players not on the 18s NSL who have an ITF ranking of 100 or better as of May 1, 2016.


Wild Cards
If you are not endorsed by your Section and/or have other issues that keep you from being selected into the event, you may apply for a Wild Card entry. Up to 8 Wild Cards may be granted for the Nationals in the 16s and there are up to 7 Wild Cards in the 18s.

All applicants must be eligible to enter a USTA National Championship, be in good standing with their Sectional Association, and may not be under suspension by the USTA.  Wild card consideration is given to players who were unable to meet their section’s requirements for endorsement to USTA National Championships .  Applicants are not required to submit timely entries into the tournament to be considered for a wild card.

Submit the USTA National Championship Wild Card application.  Applications MUST be filed separately for each National Championship and submitted online no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time five (5) days after the entry deadline for the tournament for which the Wild Card is sought.  Early application is strongly encouraged. THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR DOES NOT HAVE THE APPLICATIONS.  

Once the application deadline has passed, the USTA will confirm that the applicant is in good standing with her Sectional Association. Shortly thereafter, the Wild Card Committee will meet to determine the wild card recipients.  Only those players selected to receive wild cards will be notified.

Playing Doubles 
Players should sign up for doubles when they complete their tournament registration in TennisLink. Each player is responsible for finding her own doubles partner. Players should speak with their prospective partner to confirm the partnership prior to registration.  All players selected to participate in singles are eligible for doubles. Remaining spots in the draw will be filled with alternate or doubles-only endorsed teams.  Players who find a partner after the entry deadline should email the information to Liz Blum at liz@blums.com.

Players must confirm their partnership during player registration at the Barnes Tennis Center (BTC), as follows:

  • Girls 16's participants should confirm their doubles registration on Friday, August 5th by 2 pm. 
  • Girls 18's participants should confirm their doubles registration on Saturday, August 6th by 2 pm.


"Looking-for-a-partner" list: If you wish to play doubles and are without a partner, there will be a "looking-for-a-partner" list at the doubles check-in desk on both registration days.