*Inactive members cannot enter any tournament draws. Likewise, any members who are “not in good standing” and have not paid their annual dues in full are ineligible to enter tournaments draws.
*Any member is precluded from entering more than 4 tournaments.
*Tournaments will only be scheduled if there are a minimum of 4 players/teams signed up.
*If you sign up for a doubles tournament you must have a partner and sign up as a team.
*Winners of any “B” event cannot enter the same “B” event for a period of 3 years.
*All matches will be played with new balls to be provided by the loser.
*Matches are scheduled with “play-by” dates and a Tournament Chair has been appointed for each tournament who will be responsible for decisions in case of problems, delays, etc. If players are experiencing scheduling problems, they must first contact the respective Tournament Draw Chair. If the scheduling issue cannot be overcome, the players may contact the Director of Tennis/Head Professional or Tennis Committee Chair after that.
*There will absolutely be no extensions to the play-by dates for any draws until the semifinals (final 4 of a draw). There will be no exceptions to this rule. Matches that are not completed by the play-by date should be forwarded by email to the Director of Tennis/Head Professional and Tennis Committee Chair. The Director of Tennis/Head Professional and Tennis Committee Chair will then default one player/team at random (via impartial coin-flip). Starting with the semifinals, the respective Tournament Draw Chair may consider an extension for play-by dates if a reasonable extenuating circumstance is determined. The tournament draws will be started earlier than historically has been the case to allot extra time to facilitate scheduling the early round matches.
*For the purposes of problems arising in match scheduling or rescheduling, these tournaments draws are considered to be the same as typical all-in-one weekend tournament. If a date and time has been agreed upon by all players involved in a match and one player becomes unable to play, for any reason, then that player/team should default. The opponent(s) of the unavailable player should not be contacted or consulted regarding the possibility of rescheduling the match. The respective Tournament Draw Chair may be contacted for an opinion.
*Players/teams not making themselves available for play before match deadline will be defaulted. In the event the Tournament Draw Chair cannot determine the player/team who is at fault, both players/teams are defaulted unless all involved agree to a coin toss to determine which player/team progresses to the next round.
*Considering there are match deadlines, members who expect to be away for an extended period should consider not entering. The same logic holds for players who don’t have much flexibility in their playing days or times. As noted above, there will be no special concessions for “school vacations”, business travel, etc.
*The first point of the match must be played 10 minutes after the designated start time. If match play is delayed beyond 10 minutes because of lateness of one player/team, the other player/team is entitled to the win by default.
*If on-time player/team elects not to default the late player/team, they may play the match by counting the number of games won at the end of the reserved court period. Finish playing the game in progress at end of reservation period. If number of games won is tied then a 12 point tie-break (first to 7 points by 2 points) is played. Please be cognizant of members waiting to play on your court.
*The 10 minute warm-up is not practice. Balls should not be hit as winners but rather kept in play and directed to opponents. Serves are taken simultaneously and may not be returned unless the receiving player has finished taking practice serves and the serving player agrees.
*Courts for match play may be reserved four days in advance and will be given priority when assigning court time. Reservations for tournament matches are limited to one match per day per player/team.
*If the match cannot be played at the time reserved for it, the reservation will be forfeited to a member on the waiting list. If the court goes unused, court fees will be charged to the players/teams originally reserving the court.
*Semi-finals and Finals will be played BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FULL SETS with two back-to-back court reservation slots being booked for these matches. All prior round matches will be an 8 GAME PRO SET with a 12 POINT TIE-BREAK PLAYED AT 7-7.
*Semifinals and Final rounds are best 2-of-3 sets (with a Coman 10-pt tiebreak in lieu of a third set). The Coman tiebreak procedure is identical to the regular tiebreak procedure except that the players change ends after the first point and then after every four points. First to win 10 points in the Coman tiebreak by a margin of 2 points, wins match. Please note that tiebreaks in Sets 1 or 2 should be the first to win 7 points by 2 points.
*As all these tournament matches are un-officiated matches, the USTA Rules of Tennis for Un-Officiated Matches will be adhered to at all times. Here is a link to that publication: