Tennis Tourney Basic Concept
Our tourneys are a single elimination format with a consolation bracket. Meaning you are guaranteed at least 2 match-ups. This tourney format will not be played at a single location over a weekend instead players are given 7 to 10 days to play each round's match.
Our tourneys will be mixed gender unless we have particularly strong female enrollment in a city. The tourneys will be singles based until we receive enough response to open it up for doubles. Players will be grouped in brackets with players no greater than .5 of their current TLN League Rating. Meaning Skilled - 3.0 players will be matched with other 3.0 players and at most with Competitive - 3.5 level players. Competitive - 3.5 level players could be grouped with Advanced - 4.0 players but will not have Elite 4.5 level players in their bracket.
We need at least 6 players to make a tourney bracket. If we can NOT reach this criteria then we will refund your entry fee and give you the next tourney for no cost. Our hope is to run multiple skill level brackets for each tourney. We are NOT going to show early enrollment for the tourneys. The EXCITEMENT will be whose going to be in your draw. The 7-day money back guarantee expires as soon as the tourney starts. Tourneys will NOT allow for late enrollment.
Players will be entered into the tourney that associates with their TLN's Player Rating. If a NEW player (Someone whose played less than 5 matches with our service) wants to join the tourney they will agree to be placed in the tourneys highest bracket. (This is admin's discretion) If a player wants to participate in a second draw at a rating higher than their Player Rating they will be allowed to purchase a 2nd entry. The League reserves the right to remove a player from a bracket if it is determined by match results that said player has more likely underrated their playing ability.
Your Schedule and Availability
We give first round opponents two weekends to play the first match and then each following round will have a full week to play the match. Players need to be available to play for at least the first 3 weeks after kickoff. Players with 1-week work trips or week long vacations during the first 3 weeks shouldn't participate in the tourney.
The TennisTampaBay staff will seed 25% of the participants based veteran status (Most number of matches played in their career) with the program. If we have 8 players enrolled we'll seed the top 2 players, 16 players the top 4 players. The rest of the players will be randomly entered into the draw.
We will run a consolation bracket for the players who lost their first match. Seedings for the consolation bracket will be randomly selected by the TennisTampaBay staff. The winner of the consolation bracket will receive at least a $25 Tennis Warehouse Gift Card. Matches need to be played to crown a consolation bracket winner.
Where to Play?
Because the seeding of the tourney is mainly randomize the higher seed will NOT have home court preference. The league strongly suggests you meet half-way to cut the commute in half for both players. We provide an extensive list of tennis courts that have user submitted ratings. If two players need guidance they can certainly email our staff for suggestions.
The preferred playing format for tourneys should be 2 sets with a 3rd set tie-breaker or 2 out of 3 sets. If the two players can't agree the default format will be the 2 sets with a 3rd set tie-breaker. In NYC we will accept 10 game pro set results mainly due to court availability.
This will be our most competitive format. The target audience is for the player who are good sports and love to play competitive matches.
The prize pool will be based upon enrollment in each bracket. A tourney can have multiple brackets. The tourney prize structure is based around our partner Tennis Warehouse (TW).
6 to 8 players: $50 TW Gift Card for the winner*, $25 TW GC for Finalist, $25 TW GC for Consolation bracket winner
9 to 13: $100 TW GC for the winner*, $50 TW GC for Finalist, $25 TW GC for Consolation winner
14 to 19: $150 TW GC for the winner* + Trophy, $50 TW GC for Finalist, $50 TW GC for Consolation winner
20+: $200 TW GC for the winner* + Trophy, $100 TW GC for Finalist, $25 TW GC for 3rd and 4th place, $50 TW GC for Consolation winner
All tourney champions will be receive an entry into the End of the Year National Tournaments at the champions discounted rate.
Cost to Participate
Tourney's have a new cost structure for 2016. First ten players will pay only $19.95. Next ten players will pay $22.95 and any following players will pay $24.95. An extremely low cost way to play competitive tennis.
So Join Page and we'd be happy to get you enrolled into the next tournament.
* If a player doesn't respond to their opponent for the main bracket match they will NOT be placed into the consolation bracket unless we hear from the player.
* A match needs to be played in the consolation bracket for a gift card to be distributed.