**** WEATHER CONCERNS ***** REPORT ON TIME *****
If there is inclement weather on Sunday, please report at your scheduled times.
We have all the indoor courts available, so we will continue play indoors.
***** COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY MEASURES *****
Our Summer tournaments will be using the latest, and most up to date, precautions prescribed by the USTA and OHSAA, to help ensure the maximum possible level of safety for all our participants, fans and attendees. Our dominant concern is for the safety of all individuals of every strata that may be in attendance at the tournament.
Elysium is located just outside of Franklin County so the county requirements are not in effect. Our facility is located just into Union County, where population is much more diversely spread due to it being located in a rural area with far fewer people, and it's own set of rules and regulations. Elysium abides by all State of Ohio Covid-19 rules and requirements.
The latest publications form the USTA, OHSAA and State of Ohio will be posted on the wall for review and education.
Players - In Summary:
BRING YOUR OWN WATER, DRINKS, FLUIDS. LOTS. GONNA BE HOT. DO NOT SHARE.
BRING YOUR OWN TOWELS. LOTS - GONNA BE HOT. DO NOT SHARE.
EACH SIDE WILL GET 2 BALLS TO PLAY WITH. USE ONLY YOUR BALLS.
ONLY TOUCH / HANDLE YOUR BALLS. HIT YOUR OPPONENTS BACK TO THEM.
PICK UP YOUR OPPONENTS BALLS WITH YOUR FOOT OR RACKET, HIT THEM BACK.
BRING YOUR OWN SEATING PLEASE. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PROVIDE ANY.
PARENTS AND FANS PLEASE MAINTAIN YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM OTHERS.
PLEASE DO NOT CONGREGATE IN GROUPS BEFORE OR AFTER MATCHES. MAINTAIN DISTANCE.
PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION LISTED ON THE WALL. FOR YOUR SAFETY.
***** ALL ENTRANTS PLAY FOR FREE ****
******* PLAYERS - DR. BERNIE MASTER IS PICKING UP ALL THE ENTRY FEES ******
Everyone - to assist our tennis enthusiasts in our current very trying times, Dr. Bernard Master, is magnanimously, in essence, picking up the entry fees for all entrants in this tournament. Entry fees are zero. We are working on the USTA to drop the player charges also.
To quote the great John Wooden, "Goodness Gracious, Sakes Alive". This is an offer like no other.
***** PRIZE MONEY WILL REMAIN THE SAME ***** PAID AT THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT ******
From all of us, thank you, Bernie.
PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE - PLEASE.
***** PRIZE MONEY TOURNAMENT *****
This is the 43rd edition of the Bernard Master Doubles Classic, a Prize Money Tournament.
The tournament will be held over 2 days - July 11 and 12 at Elysium Tennis Club in Dublin, Ohio, address and map listed above.
There are no trophies awarded for play. All players will receive a specialty gift or custom shirt from Bernie Master as a means of saying thank you for participating in the tournament.
***** PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN *****
PER TEAM PRIZE MONEY -
MENS OPEN DIVISION -
Champions - $ 1,500 ($750 each)
Finalists - $800 ($400 each)
Third Place Team - $400 ($200 each)
Back Draw Champ Team - $200 ($100 each)
ONE CHECK PER TEAM. DIVISION OF TEAM PROCEEDS TO BE FINALIZED BY THE PLAYERS.
PLEASE BRING A MEANS OF PAYING YOUR PARTNER, OR SPLITTING THE AWARD, IF NEED BE.
WOMEN'S OPEN DIVISION -
Payout is for 8 teams minimum. The amounts listed are the amounts to be awarded for 8 teams.
With larger numbers, more than 8 teams, money will be increased proportionately.
With less than four teams, no prize money will be paid to third place teams.
If registration matches Mens Open entrees, the prize money awarded will be equal.
Champions - $400 ($200 each).
Finalists - $200 ($100 each).
Third Place $150 ($75 each).
Consolation Champions - $100 ($50 each).
With over 8 teams, Women's Doubles prize money will be increased proportionately. With over 16 teams, the prize money awarded for women will be equal to the mens payouts.
We frequently have 25+ mens teams playing and only 4 to 6 Womens teams. The tournament just cant afford to offer equal prize money, for a small number of teams. When the number of womens teams registering equals the mens registrations - it will happen.
Mens 35, 45, 55, 60. 65, 70, Womens 35 divisions -
The more people sign up - the bigger the pot. Encourage more people.
Champion Team - 25% of the Age Division Entrants Revenue.
Finalist Team - 15% of the revenue.
Third Place Team - 10% of the revenue.
Consolation Champ Team - 10% of the revenue.
~~~~~~~~~~ FOOD EVENT ~~~~~~~~~~~
We will be putting on the feed bag for all players in the tournament from 11:30 to 2:30 or so.
Burgers, hot dogs, bagged chips and an assortment of "no cal" deserts will be out on display.
We will use all methods possible to ensure everyone has a positive experience with the food.
***** LOCATION *****
Elysium Tennis Club is located on the northwest corner of Columbus, in Dublin, Ohio.
Elysium is 1 mile from the Jack Nicklaus' Muirfiield Golf Club, where The Memorial Tournament is played. We are just 12 miles northwest of the Ohio State University Athletic Facilities. Due to the proximity of Muirfield and OSU there are over 10,000 hotel rooms within a 15 minute drive.
A large list of local hotels is available on the Elysium Tennis Club web site, should you need information on hotels.
The web page link is listed above on the tournament home page.
***** COLLEGIATE PLAYERS ***** HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS *****
Collegiate players make up a huge portion of our teams entering our tournament. We have had many Division I, II and III players compete in the tournament over the past 40+ years.
With the new NCAA / ITA rules you will be able to accept some prize money should you play well enough. Make sure you clear your participation with your schools coaches, your athletic department and director, and your schools NCAA compliance office. We don't want any players getting in a position of worrying about eligibility from this tournament. Make sure you get permission from all the appropriate administrators at your institution before competing.
High school players, that are feeling like they may conquer the world, may compete in the tournament. High School players may not accept any prize money. Just enjoy the experience.
***** TOURNAMENT SPECIFICATIONS, RULES & GUIDELINES *****
The tournament is FMLC - First Match Losers Consolation. So every team will have a minimum of 2 matches.
If needed, should the registration in a given age group be small, it may be combined with another age group, so as to ensure there are enough teams for lively competition.
We will have a food event on Saturday afternoon for all the registered players in the tournament .
This is a PRIZE MONEY tournament. The potential Men's total
prize money is $4,500 and Women's potential is $1,500. The
divisions are of the following: Men's Open, 35, 45, 55, 60, 65 and
70 Doubles, plus Women's Open Doubles.
*** WE NEED A MINIMUM OF 4 TEAMS IN A DIVISION OR IT WILL BE
CANCELLED OR PERHAPS COMBINED WITH ANOTHER AGE GROUP ***. WE WILL
LET YOU KNOW IF THIS HAPPENS. WE NEED A MINIMUM OF 8 TEAMS FOR THE
MEN'S OPEN DIVISION TO RECEIVE PRIZE $ IN THE SEMIFINAL ROUND. The
tournament will start on Saturday morning and end on Sunday, late
PRIZE MONEY PAYOUT IS AS FOLLOWS BELOW. ALL AMOUNTS ARE PER TEAM,
half going to each partner, with the players doing their own
allocations How they wish to split proceeds). ONE CHECK PER TEAM,
so please bring a means to pay your partner if you were to win
PER TEAM PRIZE MONEY - Mens Open Division - Champions - $ 1,500,
Mens Finalists - $800, Mens Third Place Team - $400, Back Draw
Champs - $200.
Mens 35, 45, 55, 60. 65, 70 divisions - Champions - 25% of
Division Revenue. Finalists - 15%. Third Placers - 10%. Consolation
Champ - 10%.
Womens Open Division (minimum 8 teams) - Champions - $400.
Finalists - $200, Third Place - $100. With over 8 entries, Women's
Doubles prize money will be increased, or decreased, accordingly.
With a huge number of registrations, over 16 teams, it will
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 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:00:00 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: 856352920 from the searchable schedule homepage.
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