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USTA stands for United States Tennis Association. If you are planning to play any sanctioned USTA tennis tournaments you need to be a member in order to compete. It doesn't matter if you are playing junior (youth) or senior tournaments, to be eligible for a ranking a USTA card is a must. Membership costs around $15 for juniors and about $35 for adults. Other than being able to play tennis tournaments a USTA membership offers other benefits like advanced ticket purchase opportunities for tournaments, plus travel discounts to Grand Slam Tournaments.