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DOUBLES DRAWS TO USE ROBIN-ROUND DRAW METHOD
The doubles will use a Round-Robin draw format in divisions with 16 or fewer entries, except for the 55's. The 55's will use a round-robin if entries are 8 or less. As an example, a division with 16 teams will divide into 4 groups of 4 teams. Each team will play a two out of three set match with a 10-point match tie-break to decide the 3rd set.The team with the best record in each group will advance to a single elimination play-off. This method has been endorsed by the National Senior Men's Tennis Association for tournament play.
Match Format, (COMAN TIE-BREAKS WILL BE USED)Please read for your specific division.
55 to 80 Singles: Regular two out of three sets. Coman tie-breaks used at 6-all.
55 to 80 Doubles: Two sets and a Match Coman TB if needed for the round-robin rounds. The semi-finals and finals will have the 3rd set played out to it's entirety.
85 & 90 Singles and Doubles: Two sets and a Coman Match TB if needed in all rounds.
All Consolations, singles: Two sets and a Coman Match TB if needed in all rounds. In the finals, the 3rd set played out to it's entirety.
LATE PHONE ENTRIES EXCEPTED AS ALTERNATES
Players trying to enter by phone after the website closes will be accepted as alternates only. Only players that would not be seeded players will be accepted as alternates. Call tournament director Sam Vuille at 727-204-9711 to enter as an alternate. You must provide a credit card number and information to charge the entry fee to your card. You will be put in the draw if someone drops out of the draw up to Sunday, Feb. 25.
CHECK IN AT SPCC BEFORE GOING TO ANOTHER SITE FOR JUST YOUR FIRST MATCH
For your first match, please check in or register at the St. Petersburg Country Club tennis courts before going to another site to play your match. Please check-in 30 minutes before your scheduled time. After your first match you may go directly to the alternate site. We need for you to pick up your goody bag and register for the banquet, as well as pay any fees for doubles you may still owe.
SEMI-FINAL PLAY-OFFS SCHEDULED IN ALL MAIN DRAW DIVISIONS
Semi-final play-offs between the two losing semi-finalists will be scheduled in all main draw divisions, singles and doubles. If you lose in the semi's, please let us know if you are NOT going to play this match, so we can notify your opponent. A lot of these matches do not get played because of an injury or whatever. The doubles round-robin play-offs will also have semi-final play-offs.
PRACTICE COURTS AVAILABILITY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ON AVAILABILITY BASIS
This coming Saturday and Sunday, the SPCC tennis courts will be available for practice on a first come first serve basis. If a member is not using a court, you are welcome to use it. There are usually a few courts open Saturday and Sunday morning.
Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30, the courts are reserved for Jr. Team Tennis. You are welcome to play when they are finished until dark.
AT THIS TIME THERE ARE NO PRACTICE COURTS AVAILABLE DURING THE TOURNAMENT.
ALNERNATE SITE ADDRESSES FOR ST. PETE TENNIS CENTER, VINOY, & ISLA DEL SOL
St. Petersburg Tennis Center(SPTCR on draw): 650 18th Ave. S., St. Pete, FL 33705
Renaissance Vinoy Resort(VINOY on draw): 501 5th Ave. N.E., St. Pete, FL 33701
Isla del Sol(ISLA on draw): 6000 Sun Blvd., St. Pete, FL 33715
Racquet Club of St. Petersburg(RCSP on draw): 170 - 47th Avenue N. E.
MATCH SITE DRAW ABBREVIATIONS LISTED BELOW(READ THIS SO YOU WILL KNOW WHERE YOUR MATCH IS)
Matches will be played at these four sites. Sites are listed with their draw code in parenthesis: St. Petersburg Country Club(SPCC), St. Petersburg Tennis Center(SPTCR), Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club(ISLA) AND the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg(RCSP). Maps and directions are available at the SPCC Tennis Shop. Before your first match of the tournament, please check in at the St. Pete Country Club. For your subsequent matches, you may go straight to the site.
Highest Prize Money on the Florida Super-Senior Grand Prix Circuit!!
Players' purse is based on 25% of entry fees plus 50% of net sponsorship revenues from tournament program ads.
YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THE POSTED SIGN UP SHEET TO BE ENTERED IN CONSOLATION. Singles will be offered for first match losers only.
Hotel and Resort Accommodations in St. Petersburg Area
Click on the link at the end of this message to find a list of hotels and resorts. The Days Inn North is holding a block of rooms at the special rate of $70.99/night.
St. Petersburg Country Club providing Monday Lunch
Complimentary lunch courtesy of the St. Petersburg Country Club for player's and their guest will be served from 11:30 to 1:30. Menu is to be announced.
Carrabba"s Italian Grill for Lunch on Wednesday
Complimentary lunch courtesy of Carrabba's for player's and their guest will be served from 11:30 to 1:30.
Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ for Tuesday Lunch
Complimentary lunch courtesy of Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ for player's and their guest will be served from 11:30 to 1:30.
ALSS - Abbreviated Line Sweeping System to be utilized
ALSS - Abbreviated Line Sweeping SystemIn order to speed up turnover time of courts and improve line calling (leaves better mark), the tournament will use as in the past the ALSS. This is where only the service and baselines are cleaned leaving the sidelines uncleaned. The service & baselines are cleaned for depth perception but not needed on sidelines. In turn the ball makes a much clearer mark when line is unswept. This also saves valuable turnover time of courts when there is a full schedule of matches all day using 11 courts (saving approx. 3 minutes per court x 11 x 6 court turnovers = 198 minutes of line sweeping per day or 20+ hours for the week! Once you get used to it you'll wonder why we don't use it all the time (I know not as pretty). Play well & good luck - Larry Turville - Tournament Advisor
BANQUET WITH LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY NIGHT
The banquet will be held in the clubhouse ballroom Thursday. Cocktail hour is 6:00. Dinner is at 7:00. Attire is country club casual, polo shirt and slacks, no shorts. Great door prizes. Complimentary for the player. Players can buy extra tickets for guests at a rate to be announced.
Penn Marathon Ball Will Be Used
Ralph Grieco Photos From 2016
Click on the link at the end of this sentence for Ralph Grieco photos.
Prize Money is 25% of entry fees plus 50% of program revenues.
Tournament Banquet w/ live music Thursday at 6 PM, register by
Thursday PM. Tournament Long Sleeve DriiFit T-shirt.
No Selection Process. All registered players will be selected.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members. Entries must be submitted by Friday, February 16, 2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
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