Club Championships

Club championship rules

The draw

All championships will be drawn in February each year. A $20 entry fee will be charged per event (in addition to normal court fees). Seeding will be based on handicaps as at 1 February. Events will be filled as follows, based on players’ handicaps or ages as at 1 February:

Class 1 All members 5 sets
Class 2 Handicaps 20.0 and above 3 sets
Class 3 Handicaps 30.0 and above 3 sets
Class 4 Handicaps 40.0 and above 3 sets
Class 5 Handicaps 50.0 and above 3 sets
Class 6 Handicaps 60.0 and above 3 sets
Class 7 Handicaps 70.0 and above 3 sets
Ladies All female members 3 sets
Masters Players aged 50 and above 3 sets
Veterans Players aged 65 and above 3 sets
Juniors Players aged 26 and below 3 sets


To qualify for entry, a player must have been a playing member of the HRTC continuously since 1 February of the previous year. Players may enter any grade above the one they qualify for in addition to their own grade.


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.

Late arrivals

Players must be on court not later than ten minutes after the scheduled start of the match, according to the dedans 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 either the player is on court or the match is forfeited (after 43 minutes).


Two hours will be allocated for each match, with player’s accounts being billed for two hours regardless of the duration of the match. 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.


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”).


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.
  • 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.


Matches will normally be self-marked. If the match is scheduled to be played within normal business hours (8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday), either player may request a marker be appointed by the club professional, which may be the club professional or their nominee. Requests for a marker must be made not later than 48 hours prior to a confirmed match. If a marker is required and is not available for a confirmed match, the match will be rescheduled without forfeit.


A player may not receive coaching during a match, except from their partner in a doubles match.


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