HRTC Club Championship Rules

The draw

Entry to the draw is based on a player’s RTO handicap at the time of draw. All HRTC members will be entered into their respective championships unless otherwise requested by the member. In all championships, players will be seeded based on handicaps, with qualifiers for the first round being played as necessary.

Eligibility

Handicaps are as published on https://realtennisonline.com at the time of draw. Players may play in any event they qualify for or a lower handicap class. For example, a female member, aged 55, with a handicap of 39.7, is automatically entered into the Class 3, Ladies, and Masters events. And a male member, who turns 27 on 2 February, with a handicap of 20.1, is automatically entered into the Class 2 and Juniors events. Members can choose to enter in a lower class event. An entry fee will be charged for each event.

Class 1 Handicaps 19.9 and below 5 sets
Class 2 Handicaps 20.0 to 29.9 3 sets
Class 3 Handicaps 30.0 to 39.9 3 sets
Class 4 Handicaps 40.0 to 49.9 3 sets
Class 5 Handicaps 50.0 to 59.9 3 sets
Class 6 Handicaps 60.0 to 69.9 3 sets
Class 7 Handicaps 70.0 and above 3 sets
Ladies All ladies 3 sets
Masters Players aged 50 or older at 1 February 3 sets
Veterans Players aged 65 or older at 1 February 3 sets
Juniors Players aged 26 or younger at 1 February 3 sets

Scheduling

Each player is to make every reasonable effort to have each match arranged. The club professional will make at least two attempts to confirm each match with the players concerned. Once a match is confirmed, a player may cancel once without penalty, provided this is done at least 24 hours before the match. On the second such occasion, the player will forfeit the match. Two hours will be allocated for each match, with player’s accounts being billed for two hours regardless of the duration of the match.

Late arrivals

Players must be on court not later than ten minutes after the scheduled start of the match, according to the club room clock. At this time, one game will be awarded to the player’s opponent and an additional game will be awarded to the player’s opponent every three minutes until the player is on court.

Matches

Players are permitted a warm-up period ending not more than five minutes after the arrival of the last player on court. Matches are expected to be played expeditiously, with only short refreshment breaks taken at change of ends. A player may take a break of up to 5 minutes to receive treatment or to replace or repair equipment and clothing.

Uncompleted matches

Matches running into the next court booking may be completed with the consent of the players with the booking. If a match cannot be completed, then it will be continued at a later date. When restarted, the scores start from where the original match left off.

Forfeits

A player forfeits the match if:

  • a player is unable to confirm a time and date of a match proposed by the club professional a second time (see “Scheduling”) or
  • a player cancels a confirmed match a second time or gives less than 24 hours notice (see “Scheduling”) or
  • a player fails to appear on court for a confirmed match within the allowed time (see “Late arrivals”) or
  • the player suspends play or leaves the court for more than 5 minutes for any reason (see “Matches”).

Conduct

Players shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the etiquette, sportsmanship and standards of behaviour expected of the sport. In particular, players must:

  • Ensure that play throughout is expeditious, especially in changing ends and in being ready to serve and receive service.
  • Where a marker is appointed, accept the decisions of the marker without question or protest.
  • Where a match is self-marked, mark chases and strokes in a sportsmanlike manner and accept the call of their opponent with good grace.
  • Exercise self-control at all times.
  • Not behave in any way likely to bring the game into disrepute.
  • Abstain from any form of betting.

Marking

Players will mark their own matches or mutually nominate a marker, except each Club Championship final, which will be marked by the club professional or a marker nominated by the club professional.

Coaching

A player may not receive coaching during a match, except from their partner in a doubles match or from their captain or acting captain in a team match. In team matches, the advice may only be given from the gallery when the players change ends and provided it does not unduly interfere with the natural flow of play.

Disputes

All disputes regarding Club Championship matches will be decided by the HRTC Tennis Committee.

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