6:14am9:03pm EDT
Feels like: 57°F
Wind: 4mph NW
Pressure: 30.05"Hg
UV index: 0

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on July 16th, 2021
Join us in Kalamazoo August 6-15 for the 2021 USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championship!


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 78 years and as always, we look forward to witnessing incredible, young talent again in 2021!


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’ Nationals August 11th – 15th 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, Kids Day at the Nats will be held on Friday, August 6th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Bronson Park in front of City Hall. 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! They’ll 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. View the match schedule here.


4 – Witness The Rising Stars of American Tennis



Over the past 78 years, Stowe Stadium has been the playing field for many American tennis greats including Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe, Michael Chang, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Stan Smith and many others have all played at the USTA Boys’ Nationals.


You’ll be able to witness history being made by the rising stars of American tennis right in the heart of Kalamazoo, MI.


5 – Volunteer Opportunities


Interested in getting involved with the tournament? There is always a need for new volunteers and we would love for you to help! All volunteer opportunities for the 2021 tournament are filled but submissions are still welcomed and encouraged for 2022!

There are a variety of volunteer positions available – to learn more about getting involved please visit the USTA website and complete the Registration Form. After completing the form, Sue Delsi, Volunteer Coordinator, will be in touch with you regarding next steps!


Tickets are now available for purchase for the 2021 Boys’ Nationals! Individual Patron’s are invited to purchase reserved seats for the 10 day event. General admission tickets, both pre-sale and walk up sales, will only be available for Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, August 13. Semi Finals and Finals tickets are also available for purchase. To purchase tickets visit the USTA Boys 18 & 16 National Championship’s website.


If you’re unable to attend the tournament in person, daily livestreaming of matches on courts 1-3 at Stowe Stadium will be available on the USTA Boys’ Nationals Facebook Page.


Are you a player or parent of a player? Check out our guide for Things to Do While in Town For USTA!