SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
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Saint Mary’s College – Korth Tennis Complex
1928 St Marys
Moraga, CA 94575
WHAT IS THE HERB CUP?
This one-day event has been hosted by USTA NorCal for 12 years as an invitational event only. The Herb Cup is named in honor of Peter Herb, who was the Executive Director of USTA NorCal for 40 years, and his family. He was extremely creative and was responsible for many innovations in both junior and adult tennis. He introduced the concept of having different levels of play for juniors and then extended that to adult tennis.
The event features the top eight NorCal junior players in doubles in the 18, 16, 14, and 12 divisions. In each division, four doubles teams compete against each other in a unique round-robin format. Each team plays the other three teams for exactly 40 minutes, recording how many games each team loses when time is called. After three rounds, the doubles team with the least amount of games lost is the winner.
Each player will receive a NorCal 2019 Herb Cup sweatshirt and player gifts for participating in the event. Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the event. There is no entry fee for this event.
WHY IS DOUBLES IMPORTANT?
Doubles improves the major components of the singles game, namely the serve, return, volley, and forward movement which is something that is seldom worked on in singles. You will also develop softer hands and quicker reflexes around the net making you a well-rounded player. Playing doubles forces you to pick your shots as they are open. Instead of just hitting the ball to the other side of the court you must hit a cross court, ally, or lob thus making you work on placing your shots and see them when they're open.
UNUSUAL FORMAT OF TIMED MATCHES
We want to run the entire event in just a day. In today’s lifestyle, this works best. Rather than having kids spend eight hours playing two or three matches, with hours of waiting, the kids get to play three matches within five hours, with 40-minute break in between matches to talk over strategies and hang out with friends while other divisions play. Every new round is a new opponent, with the air horn pressed to signal the end of each period and all matches will have to stop once it’s blown. It’s important to innovate and try new formats.
Players are selected manually by the tournament director after the close of registration.
Entry to this tournament is by invitation only. Only USTA members can register online if available.
In the future, you can jump straight to this tournament by entering the tournament identification number: 500053619 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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