How To Qualify In Southern California

The NTRP National Championships are national adult tournaments that leverage the NTRP rating system as a way to create level-based competition in the 18 & over and 50 & over age groups.


March 31, 2019 – Action during the USTA NTRP National Championships 18 & Over Men’s & Women’s 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 Singles at Academia Sanchez-Casal in Naples, Florida.

Each year, NTRP National Champions are crowned in men’s and women’s singles and doubles at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 levels in both 18 & over and 50 & over age groups, as well as at the 5.0 level in the 18 & over division.

Learn more below about how you can qualify for the 2020 NTRP National Championships.

Advancement and Selection Process

The USTA Southern California Section has three allotted spots per division available to Southern California players in the NTRP National Championships. Southern California’s quota is 3 players in each singles division and 3 two-person teams in each doubles division. Divisions are men’s and women’s 18 and over 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 singles and doubles and men’s and women’s 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 singles and doubles.

To play in the 2020 NTRP National Championships, you must be endorsed by the section and you must register for the tournament. (Alternate spots may be available, please reach out to Maria Goldberg if you would like details)

The Southern California section is allotted 3 slots in the each of the Men and Women’s 3.0/3.5/4.0/4.5/5.0 Singles and Doubles events in both the 18 and Over Event and 50 and Over Event. (There will be no 5.0 divisions at the 50 and Over Events)

  • The first slot will be offered to the highest ranking player in the 2019 Year End NTRP Rankings.
  • The second slot will be offered to the person with the most points in the 2019 Year End Grand Prix Point Rankings.
  • The third slot will be offered to the winner of the 2020 SoCal NTRP National Qualifier. (See below for details)

Should the number 1 player on a Ranking list choose not to participate in the 2020 National Championships, the spot will be offered to the next player in line. Should the same person qualify on more than 1 list, the NTRP Ranking list results will take precedence over the other two. If the same person or team is ranked #1 in both the 18 & Over and 50 & Over categories, the player(s) must choose which tournament he or she would like to participate in and cannot play both events at that level.

Additional Notes on Advancement Process:

  1. Self-rated players and players with 0.0 rating will not be eligible.
  2. A tie in ranking points will be broken by the following:
    1. Winner of more head to head matches in ranking tournament play;
    2. Highest winning percentage;
    3. Winner of the most number of matches;
  3. Players in the Adult 50 & Over Division must have turned at least 50 in the calendar year 2019.
  4. Tournament Registration site will be made available to players, players will be responsible for online tournament registration.

NTRP Validation

All of the following ratings will be accepted:

  • 2019 or 2020 Year End Computer Rating (or “C” rating).
  • If you do not have a 2018 or 2019 Year End Computer Rating, you may qualify with your 2017 Year End Computer Rating.
  • 2018 or 2019 Year End Tournament Exclusive Rating (or “T” rating)
  • Self-ratings (“S”) and Mixed ratings (“M”) do not qualify.
    – *If a player has a “T” rating, but then self-rates, we will allow that player to play using their “T” rating, even though that “T” rating is not published anymore.

Player’s Responsibility in National NTRP Championships:

When you accept entry to the National NTRP Championships, it is your responsibility to appear. If you decide to withdraw before the entry deadline, please withdraw from the tournament online and inform the USTA Southern California office immediately so that another player can be added to the event. If it is necessary for you to withdraw from a tournament after the entry deadline, please notify the tournament director and USTA Southern California office immediately.

Questions in regards to this tournament or the selection process can be sent to Maria Goldberg; Rules are under the direction of the Adult Competition Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee may adjust the rules to meet the USTA Guidelines as necessary. Their decision is final.


The SoCal NTRP SoCal FAST4 National Qualifier will be held in January (Location and Dates to be announced) The Qualifier will use the SoCal Fast4 Format. Under SoCal FAST4, all Sets will be No-Ad scoring and each set will be to 4 Games with a Tie Break at 3 All. The Tie Break will be to 5 points, with sudden death at 4 all. Matches will be 2 out of 3 Tiebreak Sets in a round robin format feeding into a single elimination bracket. (The Tournament Director reserves the right to change the format as/if needed.)

The event will be for Men/Women Singles and Doubles at the 3.0/3.5/4.0/4.5/5.0 NTRP levels. (The Tournament Director reserves the right split divisions/age levels) Advancing players may not be eligible for the National Tournament if they don’t have a valid computer rating.

Entries will be open on or about November 1st.

Questions should be referred to Maria Goldberg at