Rules, Regulations, and Format


  1. Entries MUST BE RECEIVED by February 28, 2018..
  2. Tournament and dinner fees must accompany the entry form.
  3. All events are open to senior players who are, or will reach the minimum age of 50 by December 31, 2017.
  4. PLAYERS WILL BE LIMITED TO TWO EVENTS. A player may not play in the same doubles event with two different partners.
  5. Submit one form per event. Multiple forms may be mailed in one envelope & multiple fees may be combined in one check.
  6. Players are expected to be as accurate as possible regarding their playing level. If you have played on a team within the past two years, you must enter the tournament “at or above” that rating. Players may not play at a lower rating, but may play at a higher rating.
  7. Players between ages 50 to 64 must play in events by rating. Players ages 65 & over may play in events by age and/or rating.
  8. CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY FOR CONFLICTING COMMITMENTS SUCH AS: APPOINTMENTS, WORK, TRAVEL, COMPANY & OTHER TOURNAMENTS. ALL SCHEDULING CONFLICTS MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THIS ENTRY FORM. While there is no guarantee, we will try to accommodate your request. If your request can’t be accommodated, you will be notified and refunded. Once the draw has been posted, there will be NO CHANGES or REFUNDS.
  9. “Round Robin” format is used. Players are guaranteed two matches.
  10. The DRAW will be posted at the R.H. Johnson Tennis Complex on Sunday, March 19th by 1:00 p.m.
  11. Players will be informed by phone of their initial match start time.
  12. It is the player’s responsibility to obtain starting times for subsequent matches. Players should arrive 30 minutes before their start time. Matches may start early if courts are available and all players are present.
  13. USTA membership is not required; however, USTA Rules and Code of Conduct will be used, including point penalties.
  14. Players will be subject to default if unable to play within 15 minutes after their scheduled match time.
  15. Matches are determined by the best of 3 sets, regular scoring, with a 7-point tie-break at 6-all. In lieu of a third set, a 10-point tie-break will be used. The Coman tie-break will be used for all tie-breaks.
  16. If you would like to play doubles but do not have a partner, please email us at  Include your name, phone #, level, age & in which event(s) you are interested in playing. If players are available, you will be contacted.





PROCEDURE: Each team shall play every other team in their group in the Round Robin.

DETERMINING THE ORDER OF FINISH: The team that wins the most matches is the winner. If two (2) teams are tied, then the winner of their head-to-head match is the winner.

If three (3) or more teams are tied, the Referee shall use the following steps in the order listed to break all ties. The Referee shall break as many ties as possible using a given step before using the next step. These steps are:

  • the head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving just the tied teams;
  • the team with the highest percentage of sets won of all sets completed;
  • head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the teams who remain tied;
  • the team with the highest percentage of games won of all games completed;
  • the head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the players who remain tied;
  • the team with the highest percentage of sets won of sets completed among teams in the group under consideration;
  • the head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the teams who remain tied;
  • the team with the highest percentage of games won of games completed among the teams under consideration;
  • the head-to-head win-loss record in matches involving the teams who remain tied;

If the Referee has applied all the steps and a tie still cannot be broken, the Referee shall use a random drawing among the remaining tied teams to determine their order of finish.

A 10-Point Match Tiebreak played in lieu of a deciding final set counts as both one set and one game for the purpose of determining the order of finish. If the players play out the 3rd set or any portion thereof, it will still count as only one set and one game.

DEFAULTS, WITHDRAWALS, WALKOVERS, AND RETIREMENTS. A team is credited with a win if the opposing team withdraws; creates a Walkover; retires; or an official defaults the opposing team.

When breaking a tie, only completed sets count as sets won and only completed games count as games won. A team who is defaulted for any reason other than lateness shall not play in subsequent matches and may not be declared the winner of the Round Robin. A team who is defaulted, retires, or creates a Walkover shall finish lower than every team who has an identical match record.

All scores of completed matches, sets, and games shall be retained for determining the order of finish.



  1. Follow USTA rules and the Code
  2. Match times are posted on the bulletin board. It is the responsibility of each player to confirm their match dates and times
  3. If you assigned court is available before your posted start time, you may warm-up in advance
  4. There may be other courts open for warm-up before your match start time, please check at the court assignment table
  5. Warm-ups should be kept as short as possible – less than 10 minutes
  6. The score keeping device on the court should be used. It is the responsibility of both sides to ensure that the score is correct
  7. All matches are the best of 3 sets with regular add scoring
  8. A 7-point tie-breaker will be played at 6 all
  9. Change sides after a set tie-breaker
  10. When sets are split, the third set will be played as a 10-point match tie-breaker
  11. All tie-breakers will follow the Coman system
  12. Odd game, change of sides rest is limited to the traditional time of 90 seconds
  13. A 2 minute rest or bathroom break may be taken at the end of each set
  14. There are no breaks or rest time between even games or on the changeover during a tie-breaker. EXCEPTION: For safety reasons, on hot days, a player may take a quick drink between games or during a tie-breaker changeover
  15. Both players (singles) or 1 player from each team (doubles) is to report the score to the court assignment table immediately after the match
  16. Used balls are to be returned to the court assignment table after the match

3 Matches in 1 Day Policy

  1. No one will ever be required to play 3 matches in 1 day
  2. Based on updated scheduling practices, there should be no need to schedule any player for 3 matches in the same day
  3. In extenuating circumstances like a rain out, players will be allowed to play a 3rd match on the same day if all players agree. If at least 1 person does not want to play a 3rd match they have the following options:
  4. If it is early in the tournament, they may agree to play on a different day
  5. If there is a day available where no player would end up playing 3 matches, & the opposing players choose not to play, then those players would forfeit
  6. If this occurs on a Sunday & the player who would play 3 matches in the same day does not want to play, they may play on Monday. If all 4 players are not available to play on Monday, they may:
    1. Play a 10 point tie-breaker on Sunday if all players agree, otherwise,
    2. Flip a coin