The American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) has released the tournament schedule for the 2015-16 season. For an overview of local, regional and select national tournaments view our "tournaments" page.
PT League - Summer Session #2 Finale: Reverse Draw Tournament
The second summer session will conclude Thursday, September 10. A "Reverse Draw" tournament will be held from 7pm to 11pm that night. There will be beer, water & pizza for all participants. Click for complete details and sign up.
Cincinnati to host APTA Mixed Nationals this Year
Cincinnati has been selected to host the national mixed doubles tournament this year. Two events, the Husband/Wife Nationals and the open Mixed Nationals will be held March 18 to 20. This is a major event every year with 64 draws in each event. Top ranked male and female players participate. The tournament will need local support to fill out the draws. As with all APTA tournaments, there are multiple backdraws and each team is guaranteed at least three matches. Any player playing at a d-1 level or higher in Cincinnati should plan to play in at least one of the events. More info: APTA Mixed Nationals
Cincinnati's "Midwesterns" Awarded Elite Grand Prix Status
The APTA has created a new elevated tier of tournaments for the 2015-16 season. Five tournaments were selected to be a part of the Grand Prix Series. Among other things, these events will have a guaranteed multiplier of at least 3.25 for men's events. All of the women's events will be rated 4 with the exception of the Midwesterns which will be guaranteed a 2 rating. Each tournament can still be rated higher based on the competitors, but the "guaranteed" points is new for APTA events. The Midwesterns new status will give a significant boost to the women's event, which has traditionally been rated a 1. The points will now be doubled and should help attract a larger, more national field. The men's tournament has been one of the highest rated tournaments for the past few decades. It is above 3.5 most years, so the new rating system won't make a huge difference. But, the new designation should help to keep the Midwesterns one of the top national events. Click for a detailed explanation of the new Grand Prix Series.