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ANN ARBOR AREA COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION
2023 City Tournament: Singles Rules and Registration Information
LEVELS OF PLAY: The Singles tournament is divided into divisions according to USTA (NTRP) ratings and age (as of end of the calendar year). USTA players must play at or above their official USTA rating. Non-USTA players must self-rate using the criteria linked in the following paragraph. 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 here.
Singles divisions: MW 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, Open, Senior 50+ (3.5 and below), and Senior 50+ (4.0 and above). Players in the Senior divisions must be at least 50 by December 31, 2023.
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.
CONSOLATION MATCHES: All first-match losers are invited to a First Match Consolation (FMC) Showdown on Sunday, June 25. FMC participants will play round-robin style, timed matches. Players must register for the FMC after their main bracket match is completed. Depending on participation level, FMC matches may combine tournament division levels. The FMC schedule will be posted on the website on the evening of June 24. The FMC Showdown will be canceled if it rains.
FORMAT: Matches in the men's and women's 4.5 and Open divisions will be best 2 of 3 sets. A 10-minute break is allowed between the 2nd and 3rd sets.
All other matches 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 Singles 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 Singles 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.
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.
AGE & RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Except for the Open division, players must be at least 18 by the end of the calendar year.
If it is necessary to limit the number of participating players, then priority shall be given to Washtenaw County residents.
ENTRY FEES: $40 per player. Tournament fees are nonrefundable. Players will receive a T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to the finalists in each Singles division.