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ANN ARBOR AREA COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION 
 2019 City Tournament: Doubles Rules and Registration Information
Matches will be played at University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center and Pioneer High School.


AGE, RESIDENCY, & MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

Age: Except for the Open division, BOTH player must be at least 18 by the end of the calendar year.

Residency: Players must be Washtenaw County residents, with the following exceptions:

(1) AAACTA members (you may reside outside Washtenaw County and still play in the tournament if you are an AAACTA member),
(2) Open division players (players in this division are not required to be Washtenaw County residents nor AAACTA members), and
(3) one member of a doubles team (at least one member of a doubles team must be a Washtenaw County resident).

Membership: We encourage all players to join AAACTA to show support for local tennis and to take advantage of the discounted entry fees for members.
MATCH SCHEDULING: All players should report to their tournament site on the designated play date 15 minutes before the start time RAIN or SHINE, unless the tournament website says otherwise. DEFAULT TIME IS 10 MINUTES AFTER THE START TIME (when a court is available). Warm-up is limited to 10 minutes. Players should be prepared to play two matches a day. Matches scheduled for weeknights will start no earlier than 6:00pm.

FORMAT: Matches in the 9.0 and Open doubles divisions will be best 2 of 3 sets. A 10-minute break is allowed between the 2nd and 3rd sets.

All other divisions will use a Match Tiebreak (first to 10 by 2) instead of a third set. There is a 2-minute break between the 2nd set and the Match Tiebreak.

In all divisions, at 6-6, a Set Tiebreak (first to 7 by 2) will be used. All tiebreaks (both Set and Match Tiebreaks) will use the Coman (USTA league) format (click here for the procedure).

TENNIS BALLS: A new can of USTA-approved balls will be provided by the tournament for each match.

RAIN POLICY: All players should report to their tournament site on the designated play date 15 minutes before the start time RAIN or SHINE, unless the tournament website says otherwise or the Tournament Director emails players. The Tournament Director will determine whether or not to delay matches or to reschedule. If the Tournament Director determines that a match may be played on an indoor court due to weather, all players will be responsible for any court fees. However, the cost of any final matches that must be moved indoors will be paid by AAACTA.

ENTRY FEES: Doubles: $33 per player ($28 for AAACTA members). Tournament fees are nonrefundable. Players will receive a T-shirt or tote. Trophies will be awarded to the finalists in each division.

DRAWS: Draws will be available from a link on AAACTA's website at least 24 hours before the start of play. Players are responsible for checking the draws for their match start times and locations. Events with an insufficient number of entries may be cancelled or combined with other events at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Players will be notified in advance if this is done. Large draws may require weeknight first rounds, with every effort to avoid conflicts with USTA schedules.

LEVELS OF PLAY: The tournament is divided into divisions according to USTA (NTRP) ratings and age. The Tournament Committee requires USTA ratings for USTA players and intends to obtain other similar information regarding non-USTA rated players and reserves the right to move players to a more appropriate division. Misrepresentation of level of play may result in disqualification. Details of criteria for each level are provided here. Doubles events use combined ratings of both participants, rounded up. For example, 3.5 and 4.0 = 8.0.

Doubles divisions: 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, Open, Senior (50+), and Super Senior (60+).

Players can play in the Senior and Super Senior divisions regardless of rating.

TENNIS PLAYER AND SPECTATOR ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES: This is a community tournament, and camaraderie and fair play is our first priority. Assisting with rules or line calls is not allowed. If players require assistance during the match, they should raise their racquets and wait for assistance from a tournament official. Coaching is not allowed at any time.

QUESTIONS: If you have questions prior to the tournament, email our registration guru Dan Fisher.

WAIVER: I grant permission to AAACTA to use any photos or videos taken during the tournament for display on the AAACTA website and for legitimate marketing or promotional purposes.