On the USTA national junior circuit, Tier One Tennis organizes three events each year. The Boys & Girls 18’s Rocky Mountain National Open Denver, CO which in 2012 completed its 11th year. The TennisPlaza Cup located in Coral Gables, FL is going into its 7th year in 2013 and the Copa Badia also in Coral Gables, is entering its 2nd year in October of 2012. These events count for valuable national ranking points which players accumulate while honing their games against the nation’s best players.
Below are some tournaments we have run:
Rocky Mountain National Open
On the junior circuit, Tier One Tennis organizes the Boy's 18's Rocky Mountain National Open. This event brings together sixty-four of the nations best juniors to compete for valuable ranking points and three spots into Kalamazoo. This July will be the 5th year that TOT will run this tournament, and the first year that it will be held on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder; to be held July 1-5, 2006. Former champions include Clancy Shields ('05), Paul Koenke ('04), Jamie Friedman ('03), and Denis Zivkovic ('02).
Keys Gate Open
The first Keys Gate Open saw Romanian Razvan Sabau take home top billing in the men's $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger held November 1 - 7, 2004 at the Keys Gate Tennis Club in Homestead. The tournament saw players from thirteen countries around the world, with the top seeded Kim ranked #108. Upsets were abundant in the first and second rounds, as seeds Alex Bogomolov Jr, Paul Goldstein, Glenn Weiner, Jeff Salzenstein and Hugo Armando all were defeated. Justin Gimelstob was forced to pull out in the second round due to injury. Besides world class tennis, the Keys Gate Open held events through the week long event. A ladies night comprised of drills taught by the pro players, a kids day with an on-court clinic, and a school field trip with a demonstration and a Q & A session with some of the professional players were all part of the nine day tournament.
Past champions of the men's $50,000 Challenger include British Arvind Parmar, who in 2003 defeated hometown favorite Jeff Salzenstein, and American Brian Baker, who in 2004 swept both the singles and doubles. The 2004 field was one of the strongest of any Challenger in the U.S. With all eight seeds ranked in the top 200, the depth was just phenomenal. But tournaments are not played on paper. Four of the top eight seeds lost in the first round and by the semi-finals only sixth seeded Rik de Voest (RSA) was still alive. University of Miami standout Todd Widom reached the semi-finals before falling to Hippensteel 6/7, 3/6. Widom fought his way through the qualifying draw and then won three more matches in the main draw.