Welcome to the first European Gay Grass Tournament, Dukes & Dutchesses !!!
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Please read the Tournament Rules below before signing up for Dukes & Dutchesses
• This tournament will be played in accordance with the rules of the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
• By participating in the Dukes & Dutchesses tournament, players agree with these tournament rules.
Registration, costs and withdrawals
• Registration starts on March 1st at 18h00 (GMT +1). Registration closes on June 1st or when the full capacity has been reached.
• Registration is only possible using the online registration form.
• Participants who cancel their participation before or on June10th 2014 will get a full refund of their registration fee (minus banking fees). After June 10th no refunds will be made.
• 1 Event : 100 € - 2 Events: 175 € -
After registration you have one week to arrange payment. After one week you will be moved to the waiting list. Once we have received your payment, you will be moved directly to the main draw, unless the event is full or the maximum capacity has been reached.We recommend to use paypal (step 6 during registration) to secure your place immediately.
Seeding and draws
• Registrations are accepted for a maximum of 2 events. (singles & doubles, singles & mixed doubles or doubles & mixed doubles )
• The tournament is open for GLTA Open, A, B or C players only or national equivalent in case of new participants only.
• In case you participate in 2 events, these can differ only 1 level (e.g. singles in B and doubles in C).
• In the doubles divisions, couples will be placed in the appropriate division based on the rankings of the strongest player.
• For seeding the GLTA ranking list per June 10th 2014 will be used as well as any other relevant information such to be decided by the tournament committee.
• In case a player is participating in a too low level, he/she will be disqualified.
• Substitutes are allowed as long as matches have not started in that event.
Please report to the tournament desk 30 minutes prior to each match!• All matches in the singles main draw will be the best of 3 sets with a tiebreak at 6-6 in all sets. • All early matches in the doubles main draw will be the best of 3 sets with a tiebreak at 6-6. The third set in all events will be played as a super tiebreak (till 10 points with a difference of 2 points) • All semi- and final matches in the doubles main draw will be the best of 3 sets with a tie-break at 6-6 in all sets • Consolation matches are to be played as 8 game pro-sets and no add-scoring, with a tiebreak at 8-8 (see ‘consolation rounds’). • Some events will be played in round robins. For every match you win, you get 2 points. The player with most points is the winner of the round robin. When two or more players have an equal number of points, the head-to-head result counts. If scores are tied, the tournament organisation will count the relative match-points, then set percentage, then the game percentage, then the number of sets won, then the number of games won. If scores are still tied, the winner will be decided by a toss. • Warm up times are limited to 5 minutes. • Report the match results to the tournament desk after the match. • Between matches a 30-minute break is allowed after a main draw singles match and a 15-minute break after a doubles match or a consolation singles match. • If a player is out of the tournament synthetic grass courts at an alternate venue in -sHertogenbosch are offered for free play Ask the tournament desk for directions. • Consolation for all events in singles and doubles (except for Round Robin events) • Men's events start on Thursday 3 July, Women's events start on Friday 4th July
Each participant must officiate at least 1 match during the tournament. That means:
- Check on footwear of the players
- Guidance in case of line call and scoring discussions
- Field officials are not overseeing matches in their own category
- Field officials will not oversee matches of friends
Late arrivals will incur a penalty in accordance with the GLTA rules starting from the moment the match has been announced (and a court is available). Therefore it is your responsibility to arrange transportation, get directions if necessary and leave yourself sufficient time to get to the venue.
We recommend to stay at the holiday houses at the venue to limit your travel time
• Up to 5 minutes: loss of toss and 1 game
• 5 to 10 minutes means: loss of toss and 2 games
• 10 to 15 minutes: loss of toss and 3 games
• More than 15 minutes: default
Balls and courts
• All matches will be played with Dunlop Slazenger balls. Balls will be used for a maximum of 2 matches
• After each match balls must be returned to the tournament desk.
• Consolation match will be played with one-time used balls.
• Consolation rounds are open to all players who loose the first match in any event. There are no consolation matches for the round robin events.
• You need to sign up for consolation rounds. You can sign up at the tournament desk immediately after you lost your first match. Note: If you didn’t sign up, you cannot play in the consolation rounds!
• A new draw will be made for each consolation event. Consolations will start on Friday or Saturday. The definite time will be announced at the desk
• Matches in the consolation rounds will be played as a pro-set. This is a set until 8 games (no-add scoring) with a difference of at least 2 games and a tiebreak at 8-8.
Attire and shoes
• Proper tennis attire is required when on court.
• regular tennis footwear (for clay or hard court) is perfect for play on grass. Though no spikes etc
Do's and don'ts
• Always enter the courts through the appropriate entrance. Avoid disturbing other matches.
• Players shall not engage in unsporting conduct or disturb other players.
• A player is not allowed to receive coaching during a match.
• Do not enlist the aid of spectators in making line calls.
• Wait until players on another court have completed a point before retrieving or returning a ball.
Bad weather/unplayable courts
• In the event that the courts are not playable (wet, rain or other) the tournament committee can decide to continue at on alternate venues and/or changing the match format
• The committee secured an indoor facility in the event of continuous rain or a facility with outdoor synthetic grass in the event that the grass court are too dangerous to play.
• the committee will decide if and when play will be suspended on grass and continues at alternate locations
In case of an unforeseen delay, the tournament organisation may opt for one or more of the following:
• To shorten matches playing sudden death at Deuce. The receiver chooses the side he or she wants to receive serve.
• Sets will be shortened until 4 games with 2 games difference and a tiebreak at 4-4.
• Cancellation of the consolation round matches.
The tournament organisation decides which option will be played. This will be announced prior to the match.
In any situation these tournament rules do not provide answers, the tournament organisation will decide.
Looking for a place to stay during the Dukes & Dutchesses tournament?: At the same venue there are holiday houses for 2 to 8 persons, Special rates (discounts) apply for participants. http://www.libemavakantieparken.nl/dierenbos/
It is a unique stay at the tennis venue (5 min walk) , 2 swimming pools on site and a cosy country style atmosphere !!
Waiver of Liability
• By participating at the Dukes & Dutchesses 2014 tournament and related activities & events, participants agree to waive any & all rights & claims for bodily or emotional injury, injury to their reputation, or any other damage or harms that they might suffer, or any other claims of any nature they or their legal representatives may have against the Dukes & Dutchesses tournament, the tennis venues, the GLTA & its officers, tournament sponsors, or any organization, facility or individual associated with this tournament & the related activities & events. Participants agree to participate at their own risk & the above organizations, facilities, & individuals will not be responsible for any harm, injury or damage that they might suffer. They also release & waive any & all rights to claim damages or remuneration which may arise as a result of references to, photographs, images or likenesses of them which may appear in any publication or other media coverage.