PRIZE MONEY TOURNAMENT
This is a prize money tournament. For prize money money break down and more entry info click on the link at the end of this section. In lieu of trophies, cash is awarded to the Champions, Finalists, Third Place and Consolation Winners in each division that has A MINIMUM OF 6 ENTRANTS. If there are less than 6 entries in a division, prize money will be paid to the Champions and Finalists only. All checks will be awarded at the conclusion of the finals in each division.
We seemed to have gotten a lot of requests for info regarding eligibility, and who can play in this tournament. It is an OPEN tournament, so if you are in a vertical position and are drawing breath here on planet Earth, and are a current USTA member of good standing, you can play in this tournament. We have had players as young as 14 register to play, though we don't recommend it, and our oldest has been 84. If you are playing in an age group, you must meet requirements, i.e. - if you want to play in the Mens 45 and Over division, you must be male and at least be in the year of your 45th birthday. And 45 is 45 years old - not a 4.5 NTRP ranked player - for some reason we have had half a dozen emails on that. Thanks.
For this tournament USTA rules will be in effect. It is not an ITA event so no coaching is allowed, and spectators must be courteous - no screaming in the middle of points like in the S.E.C. and Southwest conferences. The three step disqualification procedure will be in effect. USTA Officials will oversee all actions upon the courts. The officials judgement is final, there are no appeals. Profanity or derogatory language will not be tolerated - you will be disqualified.
REGISTER EARLY - NO CHARGES TILL DEC. 21
Please register early, since this is a director selection tournament your credit cards will not be charged until December 21, after registration closes. This helps us plan out the tournament match flow when we have a better idea of what divisions will be large, and how we can fit them all together. We usually have over 150 entries, or more, so doing the draws is very time consuming, takes a lot of time to fit all the matches in.
COLLEGIANS & AMATEURS - FOLLOW REGULATIONS
There is a possibility that college players, or amateurs, will win prize money in this tournament. There were some NCAA / ITA rule changes in 2015 regarding a college players ability to accept prize money up to a certain amount. College players - Make sure that you have your coaches and administrations approval to receive prize money, should you have some coming your way. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW ALL THE RULES PERTAINING TO YOU. High School players - you MAY NOT receive prize money, sometimes there a few participants that play well enough that they might be in a position to receive some. Amateurs - make sure you follow the rules governing you - do not jeopardize your amateur status. Each individual is responsible for heir own eligibility situation, not the tournament.
***** TOURNAMENT FORMAT & THIRD SET MATCH TIE BREAK *****
All divisions will be FMLC (First match losers consolation), so everyone will have at least 2 matches for their money. In order to keep the tournament moving and finish in a timely manner, we will use a THIRD SET MATCH TIE BREAK in lieu of a full third set, if contestants split the first two sets. Match tie break uses the same rules as a set tie break, except for the match winner is the first side to reach 10 points by a 2 point margin.
PIZZA NiIGHTS & TEE SHIRTS
We will have pizza from Papa John's on the first three evenings, for all tournament participants. Yes, there is usually a bit extra for the kids and significant others - just please don't bring the entire neighborhood. LOL. All paid tournament participants will receive ONE tee shirt for playing in the event.
In order to facilitate the seeding process, please email all pertinent past performance information to the tournament directors email address listed above. USTA, ATP, WTA, ITA, ITF, NCAA or any other rankings, or what ever other information you may deem helpful to assist in seeding will be appreciated.
WITHDRAWALS * REFUNDS
Players may withdraw at any before registration closes by using their confirmation number they received when first signing up, and following the instructions on the home page. They will not have been charged. Once the draws are completed and online, there are no refunds.
HOTELS - Within 5 minute drive
Following is a list of all the local hotels within a five minute or so drive from Elysium. The range is from inexpensive to high end, depending on what fills your needs.
WARM UP COURTS
Elysium will open at 8 AM on Saturday morning. There will be a lot of courts available, tournament warm up court rate is $10 per half hour block of time. Please call the Elysium front desk at 614-873-8749 to reserve your block of time with a credit card. There will be times available at the same rate before we begin on Monday and Tuesday at noon. Sunday morning we open at 8 AM I believe. Many thanks.
*** WITHDRAWALS *** REPLACEMENTS NEEDED *** SINGLES *** DOUBLES TEAMS ***
We have some last minute withdrawals due to family emergencies and injuries. We have 2 spots now open in Womens Open Singles and one team in Womens Open Doubles, 1 spot in M35 Singles, 1 in M45 singles and 1 spot in M55 Singles, 1 team in Mens 55 Doubles and Mens 65 Doubles. If you would like to take one of these spots and play in the tournament, please email us as quick as you can at the Directors Email listed above. Please include your CELL PHONE NUMBER and your USTA NUMBER. First players to respond get the spots. Thanks.
START TIMES AND DRAWS
Singles draws are all online, under "Draws" in the section above. Doubles draws are being completed now, and will be online later today. Many thanks to all for your patience, in 30 years of running tournaments, we have never had a system crash like this. Have a great day and see you soon.
$$$ PRIZE MONEY TOURNAMENT $$$ .......... Please note - this
tournament will be held at: Elysium Tennis Club, 7637 Commerce
Place, Plain City, Ohio 43064, Phone: 614-873-8749. It is located
just west of Dublin, Ohio and the Muirfield Village Golf Club, on
the Northwest portion of Columbus, Ohio, where Jack Nicklaus holds
the PGA Memorial Golf Tournament.
Players are selected manually by the tournament director after the close of registration.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members. Entries must be submitted by Monday, December 21, 2015 9:00:00 PM Eastern Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
In the future, you can jump straight to this tournament by entering the tournament identification number: 850148415 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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