The draw for the summer tournament has now been published.

The draw is now live and will be placed on the noticeboard and below is a link to the LTA Tournament website, direct to the Lowlands draw. If you go to the LTA website then under the section “Compete” then “Find a Competition” and type “Lowlands” in to the search, the tournament will come up.

https://competitions.lta.org.uk/tournament/9016DE9B-8D24-4BFE-BFCE-74B80AF7F925

Please start arranging your matches as soon as possible. The draws have play by dates for each round. Please try and get ahead of the play by dates to give everyone as much chance as possible to schedule their matches. The Men’s Singles has a first round play by dates of 26 June so you need to get organised quickly, if you are involved in this one.

Please make contact with your opponents as soon as possible to arrange the matches. Contact details for all members taking part can be found here: Tournament Entrants 2022.

If you are having problems arranging your matches, contact the referee for each individual event.

Submit your results by using the dedicated tournament email address. lowlandsltc@gmail.com  this comes straight to me and is by far the best means of contacting me for tournament matters.

Martin Lewis

Tournament Director

TOURNAMENT RULES

 

FINALS DAY                        – Saturday 3 September 2022

BACK-UP FINALS DAY      -Sunday 4 September 2022

  1. Tournament Officials & Entry Rules

1.1. The Tournament Committee shall be comprised of Tournament Director / Referee & Tennis Captain

1.2. Entries

         1.2.1. All entries to the Tournament shall be made directly by the individuals concerned by completion of the entry  list on the notice board or by email to lowlandsltc@gmail.com by the stated Closing Date.

1.2.2. Entries which are communicated verbally will NOT be accepted.

1.2.3. All entries to doubles events must state the names of partners. If you wish to enter doubles events but have no partner, please make this clear and we will attempt to pair you with someone

1.2.4. The Tournament Committee shall decide the Seeding in each event

1.2.5. Although Late entries can be accepted in extenuating circumstances (eg New membership), entries shall not be accepted, nor doubles partnerships altered, once the Tournament Draw has been made

1.2.6. To qualify for the Veteran’s events, all players must be  40 years old  by 1 January this year.

1.2.7  We do not wish to restrict the number of events members can enter, however, for Scheduling reasons, no player may play in more than 4 Finals on Finals Day. If this appears possible, the player must choose which event they would like to withdraw from, before completing the semi final matches. If no decision is made then the player will be asked to withdraw from the last played semi final

1.3. Referees Decisions

1.3.1. Each Event shall be provided with a neutral Referee who will be responsible for ensuring that deadlines are maintained and impartial decisions made regarding disputes.

1.3.2. The Tournament Referee may arbitrate in complex circumstances and shall retain right to overrule in disputes

1.3.3. By entering an Event, all entrants agree that they are available to play on the CLUB FINALS DAY and the back-up day. If a player(s) become unavailable for Finals Day and the back-up day, after the draw is made, they must notify the relevant Tournament Referee and withdraw immediately

1.3.4. If a player develops an injury which stops them playing by the round end date or allowed extension (including Finals Day), they must withdraw

1.3.5. If players arrange to go on holiday during the tournament, they must attempt to organise and play their matches BEFORE they depart.

  1. Organising Matches

2.1. Both parties are responsible for arranging matches but whom ever starts the process should offer three dates (at least one to include a weekend between 9 AM – 7 PM – see Court Schedule) within the allotted deadline.

2.2. If an agreed date cannot be reached, then the matter must be submitted to the relevant Referee BEFORE the deadline expirers with suitable evidence of communications between parties.

2.3. At the referees discretion the deadline can be extended by 1 week due to justifiable reasons (eg Work Commitments, mutual unavailability etc..)

2.4. The Tournament Referee reserves the right to scratch any player/pair he considers to have acted in breach of the Tournament Rules. IN PARTICULAR, THOSE FOUND TO HAVE UNJUSTIFIABLY DELAYED THE PROGRESS OF THE TOURNAMENT

2.5. The court surface of all matches shall be decided by agreement between the players in each match or, failing agreement, by toss of a coin.

  1. Match Rules

3.1. Each Match shall be best of three sets. There shall be a tiebreak at 6-6 in every set, including all Final Sets.

3.2. If a player cancels a match appointment without giving at least 12 hours notice , he will be deemed to have lost the match. However, a match CAN be cancelled at less than 24 hours notice due to bad weather conditions and by mutual agreement or due to extenuating circumstances.

3.3. If a player retires during a match, he will be deemed to have lost the match

3.4. If a match has to abandoned (e.g. due to bad weather, loss of court availability), then the match must be replayed in its entirety, unless at least the first set has been completed, in which case the match shall proceed from the point when it was halted.

3.5. If a player is more than 30 minutes late for his match appointment, he will be deemed to have lost the 1st set and after 45 min, the whole match

3.6. All Results must be via email to lowlandsltc@gmail.com

3.7. Apart from the circumstances described in Rule 3.7 above, immediately a participant in the Tournament becomes aware that they will be unavailable on Finals Day, they shall scratch from all Events in which they are entered, and communicate this both to their opponents and to the Tournament Committee at the earliest opportunity

3.8. Subject to their availability, as many Finals as possible shall be presided over by members who volunteer to act as umpires; in the event of a dispute, any decisions made by such Volunteer Umpires must be abided by