New Formats For Sanctioned NTRP Tournaments

The world today is a very busy place for active people – and that includes tennis players.  The SCTA realizes that time is a precious commodity, and there are plans to move away from two-weekend tournaments to more one and two day tournaments.  It is hoped this will encourage more people to stay with competitive tennis, and it could also serve as a good way to introduce new players to the tournament scene.

Tucson1119_0649_editThe new Strategic Plan has as one of its goals increasing Adult tournament play. One of the ideas involves including – New Format Tournaments for NTRP players to be included in the schedule. A tournament in this category can be expected to be only one or two days, and that will mean competitors will play at least two matches against players at a designated NTRP level.  The SCTA cannot specify which New Format a particular division, in a particular tournament, will be using because everything depends on the numbers of entries within a division.

Here are some examples:  If there are 12 players, they might be divided into 2 flights of 6 and each player would play against each other player in his/her flight on the first day (5 matches), with the flight winners coming back for a Playoff on the second day; or if there are 8 players, the Tournament Director might play a compass draw, again offering multiple matches for the players; 4 players could play a round robin or a double elimination; 3 players would play a round robin.

Since the goal is to play multiple matches in a day, short formats will be used.  These could include one set, one pro set, 2 short sets (to 4 instead of 6) and a TB, or any variation that the Tournament Director thinks should work for the event.  The idea is that the players would play a number of different opponents (no more “one and done”), meet new people and have a bit of time to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere, and be done in a relatively short time.  It is important to know that all matches will count toward ranking.

We invite players to enter a New Format Tournament, and invite a friend to come along and be introduced to tournament tennis and have a day of fun competition.

Any club or facility that is interested in offering a sanctioned New Format Tournament may contact Annette Buck at the SCTA office (abuck@scta.usta.com) and a date will be arranged.  It is hoped that this becomes popular among the players, and that it leads to increased participation in NTRP tournaments.

The SCTA welcomes feedback from Tournament Directors and players.

Annette Buck
Director of Adult & Senior Tennis

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