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

Posted on July 30th, 2019

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 2020!


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


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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 7th – 16th and we’ll let you be the chief umpire of the ultimate match… Strawberries vs. Blueberries.




2 – Kids Day


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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 Thursday, August 6th from 1 PM – 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. The match schedule is as follows:

  • 16s Doubles Semifinals – Friday, August 14th at 12 PM 
  • 18s Doubles Semis – Friday, August 14th at 3:30 PM 
  • 16s Singles Semifinals – Saturday, August 15th at 9:30 AM 
  • 18s Singles Semifinals – Saturday, August 15th at 11 AM 
  • 16s Double Finals – Saturday, August 15th at 1 PM 
  • 18s Double Finals – Saturday, August 15th at 2 PM 
  • 16 Single Finals – Sunday, August 16th at 11:30 AM
  • 18 Single Finals – Sunday, August 16th at 2 PM 




4 – Dinner at the Nats


Pre-order a dinner provided by Millennium Restaurant Group to enjoy while watching the 18 Doubles Quarterfinals. Dinners may be picked up between 5:00-6:00 pm behind the Acker Lane Main Ticket Booth.

To enjoy a box dinner, contact Emily Fink-Craig to pre-order by Friday, August 7 at (269) 337-7343 or ecraig@kzoo.edu. Cost is $10 for box dinner, beverage and admittance. 




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 7th-16th!


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!