This tournament is not sanctioned and will not count for ranking by the governing organization.
Sunday Aug 4 3:00 PM Update - RAIN HAS STOPPED AND WE ARE DRYING COURTS...IF YOU WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MATCH YOU SHOULD RETURN TO THE COURTS.
Tennis Fest 2019 will be a charity tennis event to support TEAM LUKE Hope for Minds (https://www.teamlukehopeforminds.org/about-us/).
Tim Siegel is arguably the most accomplished tennis player to originate from New Orleans playing and graduating from Archbishop Rummel High School in 1982, playing collegiate tennis for the Arkansas Razorbacks where he was twice named an All-American, and playing professionally before transitioning to the Head Coach for Texas Tech University for 23 years including 12 NCAA Championship appearances and a No. 19 national team ranking in his final year before retiring.
On July 28, 2015, Tim's then 9 year old son Luke was injured in a golf cart accident sustaining severe head and chest trauma resulting in anoxic brain injury. Luke's injuries were so severe that he is confined to a wheelchair unable to walk or talk and requires around-the-clock full-time care.
Tim and his family have since worked tirelessly to better Luke’s health and in 2017 founded the Team Luke Foundation to offer support to other families dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. Their mission is to bring awareness and provide critical support and assistance to families with children who have suffered an anoxic or traumatic brain injury.
All proceeds raised at this year's event will go to the benefit of the TEAM LUKE Hope for Minds Foundation.
The deadline to enter the tournament is Monday, July 28, 2019 at 11:30pm; based on the number of entries in our 2017 tournament of just under 500 players, we will have to limit certain draws once we reach capacity....in order to ensure your spot ....PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER...REGISTER NOW...if you enter now and later find you are unable to play, you will receive a refund of your entry fee (less the Tennislink processing fee which we do not receive and are unable to refund).
University Tennis Center
6625 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122
The tennis center is located on the stretch of land between Franklin Avenue and Press Drive and is directly across from Maestri Field and First NBC Ballpark.
TOURNAMENT HOURS OF PLAY
Thursday, August 1st - Play begins at 6 pm
Friday, August 2nd - Play begins at 6 pm
Saturday, August 3rd - Play begins at 8 am
Sunday, August 4th - Play begins at 8 am
*Thursday play will be allocated as much as possible to local players in order to facilitate out-of-town players to play on Friday.
*Players should be prepared to play each day of the tournament depending on your draw size.
*Players should be prepared to play multiple matches a day depending on the number of events you have entered and the size of your draw.
*Check-In Time will be 30 minutes prior to your posted match time.
*Once you check-in, you should be prepared to play irrespective of your actual posted match time.
*Please do not leave the Check-In area once you have checked in.
WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE REFUNDS ONCE DRAWS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED FOR YOUR DIVISION.
BASED ON THE EXPECTED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT SCHEDULING REQUESTS.
SCORING AND RULES
Match scoring for Main Draw matches will be the best of three sets with a Match Tiebreak (10 pt) played in lieu of a third set.
Match scoring for Consolation Draw matches will be 8-game pro-sets.
We reserve the right to alter the scoring format as circumstances warrant (i.e. weather delay, time constraints, etc.).
Warm-up is limited to 5 minutes.
The USTA Rules and Code of Conduct will govern all play.
ALL MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED ON HARD COURTS
Satellite locations will be used as warranted for early round matches depending on total draw size for each division.
Additionally, some divisions may be combined as needed based on participation numbers on a division-by-division basis.
No Selection Process. All registered players will be selected.
Entry to this tournament is open to USTA Members, USTA Members who have an expired membership and Non-USTA Members. Entries must be submitted by Monday, July 29, 2019 5:00:00 PM Central Time.
In the future, you can jump straight to this tournament by entering the tournament identification number: 700133119 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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