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ANN ARBOR AREA COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION
2023 City Tournament: Doubles Rules and Registration Information
ENTRY FEES: $35 per player. Tournament fees are nonrefundable. Players will receive a T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to the finalists in each Doubles division.
LEVELS OF PLAY: The Doubles tournament is divided into divisions according to USTA (NTRP) ratings and age (as of end of the calendar year). The Tournament Committee requires USTA ratings for USTA players and requires self-rating for others 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 at here. Doubles events use combined ratings of both participants, rounded up. For example, 3.5 and 4.0 = 8.0.
Doubles divisions: MW 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, Open, and Senior 50+ (both players on each doubles team must be at least 50 by December 31, 2023). Players can play in the Senior 50+ division regardless of rating.
SEEDING: All seeding will be done using the ITF World Tennis Number (WTN). If you have played a USTA match within the last 5+ years, either singles or doubles, you have an ITF World Tennis Number. Click here to find your profile.
FORMAT: Matches in the 9.0 and Open division doubles will be best 2 of 3 sets. A 10-minute break is allowed between the 2nd and 3rd sets.
All other Doubles 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 Match Tiebreak.
In all Doubles 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.
TENNIS BALLS: A new can of USTA-approved balls will be provided by the tournament for each match.
DRAWS: Draws will be available here and 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. Our objective is to conduct all matches in all divisions on the weekend, with a limit of two matches per day per player (with at least one hour rest between matches). Large draws, however, may require first round matches in the Doubles divisions to be played on a weekday, no earlier than 6:00pm.
MATCH SCHEDULING: All players should report to their tournament site on the designated play date 15 minutes before the start time 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.
RAIN POLICY: All players should report to the tournament site on the designated play date 15 minutes before the start time RAIN or SHINE, unless the Tournament Director notifies you otherwise. We reserve the right to cancel in case of rain. The Tournament Director will determine whether to delay, reschedule, cancel, or move matches to an indoor court. All participants will be responsible for court fees for matches moved indoors. However, the cost of any final matches that are moved indoors will be paid by AAACTA.
PLAYER AND SPECTATOR GUIDELINES: As a community tournament, camaraderie and fair play are our first priority. If players require assistance regarding rules during the match, they should raise their racquets and wait for assistance from a tournament official. Coaching is not allowed at any time.
WAIVER: AAACTA may use any photos or videos taken during the tournament for display on the AAACTA website and social media accounts and for legitimate marketing or promotional purposes.
QUESTIONS: If you have questions prior to the tournament, please email Tournament Director Renee Hand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By clicking on the registration link below, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the above rules.
To register your Doubles team, one partner should complete the registration first. The system will send a confirmation email with a link to register the other partner. Once the first partner is registered, you (the second partner) will be able to select them as your partner during the registration process and the system will create the team. Note: only the second partner has to select their partner's name during registration, the first partner does not.
Before registering for the tournament, please read the rules which are available below. Your registration is confirmation that you agree to comply with these rules.
To register your team, the first partner should complete the registration. The system will send a confirmation email to that partner. Once the first partner is registered, you (the second partner) will be able to select them as your partner during the registration process and the system will create the team. Note: only the second partner has to select their partner's name during registration, the first partner does not. If you have trouble registering, please include your USTA number in the email.
AGE & RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Except for the Open division, BOTH players in the Doubles divisions must be at least 18 by the end of the calendar year. If it is necessary to limit the number of participating teams, then priority shall be given to Washtenaw County residents.