Ladies Singles Format:
Ladies singles will be played as a round robin format. There are six entries which means that each lady will play a minimum of five matches. There will be a time allocation of 20 minutes for each match. In between matches, there will be a 10-minute break. A win will be counted as 2 points and a loss as 0. The top four players will go through to the semi-finals whereby the player who came at the top of the table will play against player 3 and player 2 will play against player 4. The two ladies who win their semi-final match will then play in the final. When putting through the top four players, if player 3, 4 and 5 have the same number of points, the top four will be worked out on points difference. A tie-break decider to 7 points may be played in the case of the points difference also being the same.
Ladies Doubles Format:
Ladies doubles will be played as a round robin format. There are four entries which means that each pair will play a minimum of three matches. There will be a time allocation of 20 minutes for each match. In between matches, there will be a 10-minute break. A win will be awarded 2 points and a loss as 0. The top two pairs will play against each other in the final. When putting through the top two players, if player 3 and 4 also have the same number of points, it will be worked out on points difference. A tie-break decider to 7 points may be played in the case of the points difference also being the same.
Ladies Singles and Doubles
Within the 20-minute time allocation, one set only will be played. This means that the players will play first to six games. Each player will take turns to serve every other game. They will score 15, 30, 40, game. If at deuce (40-40), a sudden death point will be played. This means that the next point wins the game and there is no advantage. If it is sudden death deuce, the returner gets to choose which side they would like to receive the serve.
At the end of the 20 minutes, whoever is winning by the most games, wins the match. If a game is unfinished when time is called, the game shall be finished. If it is a tie at the end of the match, (for example 3-3), both players play first to three points, alternating serves. The player who reaches 3 points in this short tiebreak first wins the game overall, (for example 4-3). If the match is finished before the 20 minutes ends, that game is finished. The next game wins and there is no winning by 2 clear points in the games and in the short tiebreak.
In the semi-finals, 20 minutes are still allocated with the players playing a set up to 6 games with sudden death deuce.
The final shall be scored as one set, first to six games with sudden death deuce. There will be no time allocation on this match.
Singles and Doubles
All players are expected to be on their allocated courts on time. We will allow up to 1 minute to warm up before the game. If you are late to your game by more than 5 minutes, then that game will be forfeited and a walkover will be given to the opposing player. The only exception is if you are playing another sport and your next game is scheduled. You will be allowed more time in this case. Gemma/Sophie and marshals will be ready on the tennis court to assist you with administering your games and recording scores. Before play commences, a toss shall be conducted and the side winning the toss shall serve first from the right-hand side. The returner can choose which end they wish to return from.
In every game, the first serve and return is from the right hand side, followed by the left and so forth. If the first serve is out, a second serve is granted from the same side. If the second serve is out, it is the opposing players point. If it is a let and lands in the correct service box, the serve may be retaken. If it is a let and the serve is out, this is granted as a fault and the opposing player wins the point. The serve must be taken from behind the baseline. The server and returner shall stand diagonally opposite service courts. Once the serve is delivered, players alternate hitting the ball until a fault is made or the ball goes out of play. If a player makes a fault and the ball goes out of play, the opponent scores a point and serves again from the alternate service court.
Players must change ends after the first game and then after every two games.
The singles lines are used for the singles matches and the tramlines for the doubles matches. All serves must still land in the service box for both singles and doubles.
It shall be a fault if:
A service is not correct
If in play, the ball:
Lands outside the boundaries of the court
Fails to pass over the net
Is hit twice in succession by the same player
Touches a player’s racket and does not travel towards the opponent’s court
Is hit by the player and the players partner successively (doubles)
If in play, a player:
Touches the net
Invades the opponents court over the net with racket
Deliberately distracts an opponent by any action such as shouting or making noises
Junior Doubles Format and Scoring:
There will be two draws; one for Years 4-5 and the latter for Years 6+.
The two draws will be a round robin and each match will be played as a championship tiebreak, first to 10 points. The pair that get to 10 first win the match. The top two pairs from each draw will play against each other in the final, first to 10 points.
A toss will be conducted to decide who serves first. The returners get to choose which end to return from. Ends are changed after every 6 points.
Please see rules above as they are the same for the junior doubles.
Serving – The player to serve the first point serves from the right-hand side only. Then each player serves for two points from the left then the right.
Player A serves for the first point first from the right-hand side.
Player C serves for the second point from the left-hand side.
Player C serves for the third point from the right-hand side.
Player B serves for the fourth point from the left-hand side.
Player B serves for the fifth point from the right-hand side.
Player D serves for the sixth point from the left-hand side.
Player D serves for the seventh point from the right-hand side.
Player A serves for the eight points from the left-hand side.
Player A serves fir the ninth point from the right-hand side.
The pattern continues…
In case a player cannot continue with the game due to injury or any other reason forfeits the game regardless if they were leading at the time of the incident. Any player that does not turn up on the day or for a match forfeits the game as walkover and the opposing player is awarded 6/0 or 10-0 for juniors.