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Tennis Manitoba tournaments in 2017!

Tournament Director: Tennis Manitoba’s Tournament Director Sean Grassie will facilitate all adult and junior tournaments. Sean can be contacted at sean@tennismanitoba.com.

Year-End Championships: As a finale to the summer season, a Year-End Championships will be held in September. The top eight (using the Rogers Rankings) in the men’s Open, 5.0, 4.5, 3.5 and 2.5 singles, and the top four in the women’s Open, 4.5 and 3.5 singles at the conclusion of the Manitoba Open will qualify for the event. A player must compete in at least two Tennis Manitoba adult tournaments in 2017 to be eligible for the Year-End Championships.

Men’s Open Singles Format: Tennis Manitoba will use two different formats in the men’s Open singles division. At the Deer Lodge Classic and Tuxedo Open, four players will gain direct entry into the final 8, with the remaining players playing off for four qualifying spots. The final 8 players will go into two round-robin groups, with the top two in each group advancing to the semifinals. At the WLTC Open, Manitoba Clay Court Championships and Manitoba Open, the final 8 will be a single elimination draw — again with four players gaining direct entry and the remaining players playing off for four qualifying spots.

Juniors in Adult Tournaments: Juniors are not permitted to play in 3.5 and 2.5 events. Open, 5.0 and 4.5 events are open for juniors to play in.

Consolation Draws: A player must register at the draw desk after first match to enter consolations. The consolation draw will be made after all players in an event have played their first match.

Event Limit: A player can enter three events at each tournament, with a maximum of two singles events.

Entry Deadline: Registration deadline for all tournaments is five days prior to the tournament at 11:59 p.m.

Events Schedule:
WLTC Open
All events April 26-30

Deer Lodge Classic
Saturday, June 10 to Thursday, June 15: men’s 5.0 singles, men’s 4.5 doubles, women’s 4.5 doubles, mixed 4.5 doubles, all 3.5 events, men’s 2.5 singles
Monday, June 12: men’s Open qualifying starts
Wednesday, June 14 to Sunday, June 18: all Open events, men’s 4.5 singles, women’s 4.5 singles, wheelchair singles

Manitoba Clay Court Championships
Sunday, June 18 to Thursday June 22: men’s 5.0 singles, men’s 4.5 doubles, women’s 4.5 doubles, mixed 4.5 doubles, all 3.5 events
Wednesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 25: all Open events, men’s 4.5 singles, women’s 4.5 singles, men’s 2.5 singles

Tuxedo Open
Sunday, July 16: start of men’s 5.0 singles, men’s 4.5 doubles, women’s 4.5 doubles, mixed 4.5 doubles, all 3.5 events
Monday, July 17: men’s Open qualifying starts
Wednesday, July 19: start of all Open events, men’s 4.5 singles, women’s 4.5 singles, men’s 2.5 singles, wheelchair singles

Manitoba Open
Saturday, August 12 to Friday, August 18: men’s 5.0 singles, men’s 4.5 doubles, women’s 4.5 doubles, mixed 4.5 doubles, all 3.5 events
Wednesday, August 16 to Sunday, August 20: all Open events, men’s 4.5 singles, women’s 4.5 singles, men’s 2.5 singles
Friday, August 18 (daytime) to Sunday, August 20: Prairies Cup wheelchair singles

Time Restrictions: No time restrictions will be permitted, except in exceptional cases. Consideration will be given to players who cannot make the earliest start time for an evening due to work.

Lateness Penalties: Lateness rules will be enforced. If a player is not ready to play when his/her match is called, the following penalties will be assessed.
Late 5:00 minutes or less — loss of toss plus one game
Late 5:01 – 10:00 minutes — loss of toss plus two games
Late 10:01 – 15:00 minutes — loss of toss plus three games
More than 15:00 minutes late — default
The lateness penalty clock will be started by the Referee after the match is called and a court is available and he/she judges that one or both of the players is not present or available to start the match. Leniency will be given for players coming from work for the first draw of the evening.

Rules of the Court: All tournaments will follow Tennis Canada’s Rules of the Court 2017.

Moving Up Rule: If a player wins three Tennis Manitoba tournaments in the same event (e.g. men’s 4.5 singles, women’s 3.5 singles) in a calendar year or wins four tournaments over the course of two consecutive calendar years, that player can’t enter that event for any Tennis Manitoba tournament in the next calendar year (if a doubles team meets this criteria, both players move up). The tournament committee can use discretion to move a player up if deemed too strong for a category.

Senior Competition: A senior tournament is included in the Tennis Manitoba schedule. The Manitoba Senior Championships will be held July 27-30 at Taylor Tennis Club.

Junior Nationals Criteria: New junior nationals selection criteria for Team Prairies has been adopted to eliminate the Prairie Regionals qualifying tournaments and to encourage more inter-provincial play between Manitoba and Saskatchewan players. Read the full guidelines.

Junior Playing Up Rules: For all Tennis Manitoba junior tournaments, a U10 player can play up only in the U12 and U14 divisions, and a U12 player can play up only in the U14 and U16 divisions. View the full guidelines.

Junior Tier 2: All junior tournaments will offer Tier 2 events for players with little or no tournament experience.

Future Stars Circuit: All junior tournaments will offer  U9 co-ed singles, U10 boys’ singles and U10 girls’ singles Future Stars Circuit events. Orange progressive tennis balls will be used for U9 events, and green-dot progressive tennis balls will be used for U10 events. U9 will play pro-sets to 8 games (tiebreak at 7-7) and U10 will play best two-of-three sets with a super-tiebreak (first to 10 points, win by two) for the third set.

Tournament Schedule: The outdoor season will begin with the WLTC Open (April 26-30) and the Kildonan Junior Open (May 11-14). View the tournament schedule.