Since 1943, the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship has taken place in Kalamazoo, establishing itself as a very well-respected tournament both nationally and across Southwest Michigan. The USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship presents the champion from both doubles and singles the opportunity for an automatic bid to the main draw at the U.S. Open. Kalamazoo has hosted several prestigious tennis players over the past 77 years and as always, we look forward to witnessing incredible, young talent again in 2019!
Though witnessing over 500 boys go for the gold is the main purpose of this two-week event, there are also many other reasons to visit Kalamazoo for the tournament.
Check out our other top 5 reasons to attend the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship:
1 – Blueberries and Cream
Have you ever heard of Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream? Well, here in Kalamazoo we have a similar tradition except with a twist… Blueberries and cream! Southwest Michigan is full of blueberries this time of year and when you add cream to this fresh fruit it becomes a delicious treat. We may be bias, but we think this is worth the trip! Join us at the Boys’ National Pro Shop August 2nd – 11th and we’ll let you be the chief umpire of the ultimate match… Strawberries vs. Blueberries.
2 – Kids Day
In years past Kalamazoo has held an exhibition match at Boy’s Nationals, however this year we wanted to give back in a special way to the incredible community of Kalamazoo and the dedicated individuals that make this tournament possible year after year. Therefore, we will be hosting our first ever Kids Day on August 1st from 1 – 3 PM at Stowe Stadium. Presented by the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo Tennis Staff, all kids 5-18 are welcome to join in on the fun, games, food, music and prizes. Kids are encouraged to wear athletic footwear and bring a racquet. No racquet? No problem! We will have one ready for you!
3 – Finals Weekend
Finals weekend! Don’t miss out on the chance to witness history as the tournament comes down to its last few matches. 16s and 18s Doubles Semifinals start on Friday, August 9th at 2:30 PM. Followed by 16s and 18s Singles Semifinals on Saturday, August 10th starting at 9:30 AM. Sunday, August 11th is finals day with 16 Singles Finals at 11:30 AM followed by the 18 Singles Final starting at 1:30 PM.
4 – Box Dinners
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7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (5) over 3 hours for my first match today. my phone was blowing up the entire match to find out a good friend passed away early this morning. I guess only the good die young in their 20s. 3rd one in 2 years. and then this was the lunch of choice for us today i guess. meh can't be picky with free lunch tho
Box Dinners from Millennium Restaurant will be available from 5–6pm at Stowe Stadium. The cost is $10.00 per person which includes a box dinner, beverage and admittance to the stadium. In order to accommodate your request, reservations are required by Friday, August 2nd. Please complete the online group reservation form with payment: https://www.kzoo.edu/usta/tickets.php. Orders can also be made by calling the Tournament Office: 269-337-7343.
5 – Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in getting involved with the tournament? Lucky you, there is always a need for new volunteers and we would love for you to help! There are a variety of volunteer positions available – to learn more about getting involved please visit our website and complete the Registration Form. After completing the form, Sue Delsi, Volunteer Coordinator, will be in touch with you regarding next steps!
We hope you can make it to Kalamazoo College August 2-11th!
For any tournament questions, be sure to visit ustaboys.com
Are you a player or parent of a player? Check out our guide for Things to Do While in Town For USTA!