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Thank you for applying to be a Tenacity Cup Player!

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in playing in the Tenacity Cup, taking place at Longwood Cricket Club on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Thank you for submitting your application. Here’s what will happen next:

A. If a team Captain has already recruited you to be a member of their squad, please complete the Player Agreement that will be emailed to you. The next step is to visit this link and establish your personal fundraising page. Building your personal page takes less than 10 minutes. If you need assistance setting it up, we’re here to help! Feel free to contact Brandon Andrusic at brandonandrusic@tenacity.org.

B. If you are not already working with a Captain, the Tenacity Cup Player Council will review your application to try to match you to an open spot on a team. The Tenacity Cup Player Council tries to ensure that each team has a balance of playing abilities and fundraising capabilities, so please understand that placement on a team is not guaranteed.

The Tenacity Cup is going to be a very special day of camaraderie, tennis, and fun – it’s the tennis, education, and business communities coming together to empower Boston youth.

We’re so pleased you are interested in helping us support such an important need – helping Boston youth dream big, work hard, and achieve great things.

If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact Brendan McCue at (617) 756-1145 or email brendanmccue@tenacity.org.

Warmest wishes,

Brendan McCue
Development Director

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tenacity Cup is a tennis and fundraising competition to support Tenacity programs. Competitive and fun play will be designed for teams and players of all abilities. Teams will be comprised of adult recreational players, elite players, and Tenacity students. There will be two flights of six or eight teams. The flights will vie against each other to win the Tenacity Cup while raising money and awareness for Tenacity.

Longwood Cricket Club, with its beautiful grass courts and elegant clubhouse.

Each of the two flight divisions will have six or eight teams that play intra-divisional round-robin sets to determine a flight winner. Flight winners will square off in the semi-finals. Semi-finals winners will face each other to determine the Tenacity Cup champion.

Each team will be led by a captain who will help recruit and rally team members. Teams will have six doubles pairs comprised of one elite pair, four pairs of amateur players, and one pair of Tenacity students.

Grand Slam Cup team schematic

Matches will be eight game pro sets with no-ad scoring.

Below are some guidelines to help determine your likely playing level based on NTRP guidelines. We are asking players and captains to categorize themselves as A level, B level, C level, or D level based on the following: A level is 4.5 to 5.0; B level is 4.0 to 4.5; C level is 3.5 to 4.0; D level is 2.5 to 3.5.

  • 2.5 Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
  • 3.0 Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.
  • 3.5 Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
  • 4.0 Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
  • 4.5 Starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
  • 5.0 Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.

The Tenacity Cup fundraising goal is $1,100,000 and the Boston tennis, business and philanthropy community can do it! Teams will compete on the court, but the real competition is to see which team spreads the word the most, attracts the most donors, and sets the highest bar for funds raised. Team captains and players rally together as a team and also compete individually in the fundraising arena. Team captains commit to raising at least $5,000 and players commit to raising at least $2,500 each. Most importantly, teams are challenged to raise as much as they can to support the 6,000 Boston youth that Tenacity serves. Each team should feel great about raising at least $50,000. But the mission is worthy of much more. And, more is needed to reach our goal of $1.1M that funds the in and out-of-school programs we deliver year-round to kids that depend on them.

Teams, captains and players have individual online fundraising pages through which friends, family and colleagues can donate. Tenacity helps captains and players set up their pages and provides tools like email templates and social media tools that captains and players can use to engage their networks.

Grand Slam Cup peer-to-peer fundraising

There are many ways to support the Tenacity Cup:

  • Make a donation or donations to players, captains, and/or teams
  • Become a lead event sponsor, flight sponsor, or team sponsor

Every effort will be made to have the tournament run as planned, however, in the case of active rain the day of the tournament or unplayable conditions caused by recent rain, alternative formats and/or activities may need to be substituted. Tenacity staff will be in close touch to keep you apprised. There is no rain date.

Fundraising Guides

Captain Fundraising Guide

Player Fundraising Guide

Elite Player Fundraising Guide

Presenting Sponsor

New Balance Foundation
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