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Anyone planning to play Challengers / Futures?

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 04:15 AM
As I said already, I want to try a different future every year, so I think this year I might opt for the 10K in Vero Beach (Fl) at the end of the month. :cool:

I register to the online service at the ITF and it's very good. You can update your biography, and enter / withdraw tournaments in a simple click. You can also pay your fines. :devil:

Auscon
04-06-2005, 04:18 AM
Yes, I do plan to enter a Future, but my plan is seriously flawed due to the fact that I cant really play

good luck to you STF

Chloe le Bopper
04-06-2005, 04:20 AM
Good luck. Hopefully you do at least as well as last time :D

Speaking of which, how is the brat doing these days? :devil:

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 04:23 AM
I'll prove the haterz wrong I'm sure. It's clay, even if I never played on clay (except one time with a 6 year old guy who held the racket like if it was a baseball bat), it's my favourite surface.

No idea. I don't think he played a tournament recently.

Chloe le Bopper
04-06-2005, 04:25 AM
Too bad for him. Maybe he went back to preschool.

Are you going to watch any tournaments this summer?

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 04:28 AM
I'm boycotting MSN btw, just taking a break from it.

A couple of things happened since a month, it's sort of crazy and complicated. I haven't been able to do what I want, but I'm doing something for sure until my bus pass expires at the end of the month. Houston, a 10K, something, as long as I get to see tennis for at least 2 days it's going be cool.

This summer, only Montreal. Not interested to see the women in Toronto. U.S. Open, probably qualies for 2 days.

jole
04-06-2005, 04:34 AM
Are those of you trying futures just heading to quallies and entering as non-ranked?

Chloe le Bopper
04-06-2005, 04:36 AM
I'm boycotting MSN btw, just taking a break from it.

It's okay, I figured you had just gotten a life ;)

A couple of things happened since a month, it's sort of crazy and complicated. I haven't been able to do what I want, but I'm doing something for sure until my bus pass expires at the end of the month. Houston, a 10K, something, as long as I get to see tennis for at least 2 days it's going be cool.


Sounds good.

This summer, only Montreal. Not interested to see the women in Toronto. U.S. Open, probably qualies for 2 days.[/quote]

Yeah, I doubt I'll make Toronto either. I might try Montreal for a couple days, I will have to see. I won't make plans until a few weeks before. It depends on how many hours I get in the summer. I can't get a loan to pay for my course this summer so I'm out almost 600 bucks that I had been counting on :p And then I have a grand that I'm going to drop on applications and the LSAT this summer/fall. Blaaah.

If I can't make Montreal I will make the USO though. Hopefully qualies and the first couple of days, but it depends where I stay.

How much does it cost you to enter a 10k? How's your serve holding up!

Chloe le Bopper
04-06-2005, 04:37 AM
Are those of you trying futures just heading to quallies and entering as non-ranked?
Where do you get these avatars?! You've captured Jim in all his glory :hearts:

jole
04-06-2005, 04:39 AM
Where do you get these avatars?! You've captured Jim in all his glory :hearts:

Jimbo is like a diamond in the rough, that's all I've got to say.

El Legenda
04-06-2005, 04:43 AM
i would but i dont feel like getting bagel'd

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 04:43 AM
Are those of you trying futures just heading to quallies and entering as non-ranked?

Yeah, you need a national ranking for the first US futures of the year but after there are free spots for most 10K, so you can just enter as a non-ranked player.

This year they ask for an IPIN, I think you need contact your federation or something to get it. I think you might need to have a certain level of play to get it. Luckyly I have one because I already played one future but otherwise I doubt I would have been able to get one. :o

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 04:50 AM
It's okay, I figured you had just gotten a life ;)

Yeah, I doubt I'll make Toronto either. I might try Montreal for a couple days, I will have to see. I won't make plans until a few weeks before. It depends on how many hours I get in the summer. I can't get a loan to pay for my course this summer so I'm out almost 600 bucks that I had been counting on :p And then I have a grand that I'm going to drop on applications and the LSAT this summer/fall. Blaaah.

If I can't make Montreal I will make the USO though. Hopefully qualies and the first couple of days, but it depends where I stay.

How much does it cost you to enter a 10k? How's your serve holding up!

No, I didn't get a life, I'm just not on msn. ;)

It's 30US to enter. And my serve is the same, sometimes it's ok, sometimes it sucks, but when it matters, it always sucks.

jole
04-06-2005, 04:51 AM
Yeah, you need a national ranking for the first US futures of the year but after there are free spots for most 10K, so you can just enter as a non-ranked player.

This year they ask for an IPIN, I think you need contact your federation or something to get it. I think you might need to have a certain level of play to get it. Luckyly I have one because I already played one future but otherwise I doubt I would have been able to get one. :o

Well, while they do try to make an effort to only have serious players sign-up for an IPIN, anyone who intends to play a professional tournament (quallies included) can use one.

And yes, that is basically the case about the US challengers. The ones in the first of the year are very competitive, and quite often even the quallies are totally filled with ranked people.

Professional tennis isn't my main aim, however in the future I would like to play in some futures if I can get my game where I would like it. With that said, I have no intentions in bothering (or bothering with it much) if I don't have my game where it could be. Every week I see people on draw sheets losing like it's going out of style in futures quallies, and often this is in much less competitive areas than US and some European futures.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:00 AM
anyone who intends to play a professional tournament (quallies included) can use one

Yeah, but do you automatically get it if you ask for one, that's what I wonder.


And yes, that is basically the case about the US challengers. The ones in the first of the year are very competitive, and quite often even the quallies are totally filled with ranked people.

Professional tennis isn't my main aim, however in the future I would like to play in some futures if I can get my game where I would like it. With that said, I have no intentions in bothering (or bothering with it much) if I don't have my game where it could be. Every week I see people on draw sheets losing like it's going out of style in futures quallies, and often this is in much less competitive areas than US and some European futures.

Well obviously there's no point doing the whole US Future circuit (or partly) if you don't have the game, but it's fun to play at least one just to get the experience to play against someone who's really good.

jole
04-06-2005, 05:05 AM
Yeah, but do you automatically get it if you ask for one, that's what I wonder.



Well obviously there's no point doing the whole US Future circuit (or partly) if you don't have the game, but it's fun to play at least one just to get the experience to play against someone who's really good.

Hmm, I'm pretty sure they give the benefit of the doubt to people, but I suppose if they have record of someone as being some club player hack then they might be not as willing.

Scotso
04-06-2005, 05:10 AM
I'm really lousy and out of shape, but I still plan to someday play some events :D

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:10 AM
Hmm, I'm pretty sure they give the benefit of the doubt to people, but I suppose if they have record of someone as being some club player hack then they might be not as willing.

Anyway, let's not fool ourselves, 99,9% of players playing qualies of futures will never be in the top 200, so a couple of hacks playing 10K for fun is not really a big deal.

Now if hack players would start to play qualies of ATP tournaments, that would be another thing, but anyway you must have a ranking to play an ATP tournament.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:10 AM
I'm really lousy and out of shape, but I still plan to someday play some events :D

What area are you living?

Blah, I'm fat and it doesn't stop me to play some.

Scotso
04-06-2005, 05:15 AM
I live in Virginia.

Wanna play doubles? I'm 100x better at doubles than singles.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:21 AM
There's no qualies for double. :(

I know nothing about Virginia, when I travel, after Washington I fall asleep and when I wake up, it's North Carolina. ;) But I wanted to stop in Richmond on my way back, it looks like a nice city.

I'm not sure if there's any future in Virginia, but there's one in Buffalo or the 3 in Canada.

Scotso
04-06-2005, 05:38 AM
Well I've been to the futures events in Texas. There are three in a row in Feb.-Mar. in a small area. Those would be nice to play.

Scotso
04-06-2005, 05:39 AM
Maybe we can get a WC into the doubles draw :wavey:

Scotso
04-06-2005, 05:39 AM
I'd love it if I could convince Matej Bocko to play with me! :D He plays with Manchini or whoever who isn't any better than me.

Chloe le Bopper
04-06-2005, 05:40 AM
Since when did you get fat?

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:43 AM
Well I've been to the futures events in Texas. There are three in a row in Feb.-Mar. in a small area. Those would be nice to play.

Yeah but you need a national ranking to play those. :mad: It's only mostly for tournaments between April and September that non-ranked players can enter.

niko
04-06-2005, 05:47 AM
Anyway, let's not fool ourselves, 99,9% of players playing qualies of futures will never be in the top 200, so a couple of hacks playing 10K for fun is not really a big deal.

Now if hack players would start to play qualies of ATP tournaments, that would be another thing, but anyway you must have a ranking to play an ATP tournament.
Just out of curiosity how much you have to pay for 10k future?

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:48 AM
Since when did you get fat?

Since always. :wavey:

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:49 AM
Just out of curiosity how much you have to pay for 10k future?

30 US.

niko
04-06-2005, 05:54 AM
30 US.
Are you serious? I don't mean to bother you, I'm coaching my son who is 9 years old and I have no idea of what expences I may face eventually, but I was told that to play in the circut we looking at 60k a year if it's a right figure.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 05:58 AM
Are you serious? I don't mean to bother you, I'm coaching my son who is 9 years old and I have no idea of what expences I may face eventually, but I was told that to play in the circut we looking at 60k a year if it's a right figure.

lol well I thought you asked about the fee to enter one tournament, not the cost of playing the pro circuit yearly.

The fee to enter one tournament is 30$, but yeah, if you take account of everything (hotels, transportation, coach, ...), it's very expensive. I can't say an exactl number but 50K a year is probably a minimum.

niko
04-06-2005, 05:58 AM
30 US.
Another question if you don't mind, I may sound silly. 10k future means you pay $30 to get 10k.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 06:01 AM
Another question if you don't mind, I may sound silly. 10k future means you pay $30 to get 10k.

10K is the total price money of the tournament. The tournament winner probably wins something like 2000$. You don't get any money unless you qualify, which means you have win 3 or 4 matches to win money.

niko
04-06-2005, 06:01 AM
lol well I thought you asked about the fee to enter one tournament, not the cost of playing the pro circuit yearly.

The fee to enter one tournament is 30$, but yeah, if you take account of everything (hotels, transportation, coach, ...), it's very expensive. I can't say an exactl number but 50K a year is probably a minimum.
You understood me right I asked about the fee.

niko
04-06-2005, 06:04 AM
10K is the total price money of the tournament. The tournament winner probably wins something like 2000$. You don't get any money unless you qualify, which means you have win 3 or 4 matches to win money.
That's not too bad< for some reason I thought that 60k was just the fee.

SanTaureau Fan
04-06-2005, 06:04 AM
You understood me right I asked about the fee.

Ok well, it's 30US each tournament. I'm sure if someone told you about 60k, he was talking about the total cost to be a pro player, not the fees to enter tournaments.

niko
04-06-2005, 06:07 AM
10K is the total price money of the tournament. The tournament winner probably wins something like 2000$. You don't get any money unless you qualify, which means you have win 3 or 4 matches to win money.
Of course it's a wishfull thinking, but if you get rid of a coach and win lots of money then it shouldn't cost a lot. :)

niko
04-06-2005, 06:16 AM
Ok well, it's 30US each tournament. I'm sure if someone told you about 60k, he was talking about the total cost to be a pro player, not the fees to enter tournaments.
Thanks a lot for being helpful! :)

CooCooCachoo
04-06-2005, 07:28 AM
Yes, I do plan to enter a Future, but my plan is seriously flawed due to the fact that I cant really play

good luck to you STF

:lol: :yeah:

ae wowww
04-06-2005, 09:21 AM
I've got my ipin, but need to wait until April 15th for my national ranking. Then I can probably enter one. They're much easier to get into in the States than over here, so my doubles partner and I might fly across the Atlantic!

ae wowww
04-06-2005, 09:27 AM
To get into doubles main draw, all I have to do is ask someone at Sutton that I know with a sweeet ranking if they would, I pay for their travel expenses-and bang, I've got my first point :p

KarstenBraasch#1
04-06-2005, 10:52 AM
Pfffff I envy you. :(

There are hardly any Futures around here, but to be honest I wouldn't play one anyway, at least as long as I don't do work-out and doesn't look like a tennis-player at all. :o No, I'm not too fat, rather too skinny without muscles. ;)

Last year I played in the B-competition of the regional Championships, and I lost in both maindraw and consolation. :o So I guess I should work on that first before going to a higher level. :p

SwissMister1
04-06-2005, 02:16 PM
I've seen quite a few players who have the money/connections to an airline that fly all over the world to get into challenger draws - Australia and South America seem to have the easiest ones to get into.