Knockout Tournament Rules and InformationThe London Tennis Knock-out Tournament is a quarterly event. Players who sign up must be firmly committed to play a match every two weeks for the whole period of the event, which lasts 12-15 weeks depending on the draw size. There will be a consolation round for all round 1 runners- up in the main draw, to guarantee all players at least two competitive matches.
The London Tennis Knock-out Tournaments are for men and women sixteen years and over on the start date of the event.
All matches must be played within a 25 mile radius of Charing Cross (use form below to check distance).
LTA rated players are welcome, but an LTA rating is not required to enter the tournament - for information about standards please take a look at the ratings information page - you will need to choose a rating when setting up your membership profile - membership is free and players must be members to enter the event. Players are asked to use best judgement when rating themselves and read the ratings section carefully when choosing a rating.
All players who enter will get FREE British Tennis Membership, to get this please email [email protected] to request it.
Knock-out play formatPlayers are placed into the draw and seeding will occur where LTA, ITN and London Tennis site ranking will be accounted for.
Players may need to travel for some of their matches, although there will be a nominated home and away player in each round of the draw.
There will be two weeks to play each match and there will be a published deadline by which time one of the following must have happened:
- The match has been played and the result entered on the site.
- A walkover has been claimed by one of the players. Please see the section on walkovers below for details of when a walkover may be claimed.
- A message has been sent to the London Tennis admins giving details of when the match can be played, it is however unlikely that extensions will be given.
Trophies and PrizesThe finalists and runners-up of the main draw and consolation round in both events will received trophies. There will also be prize money of £200 for the main draw winner and £75 for the consolation event winner. Runner-up players will earn £100 for the main draw and £50 for the consolation events.
For small draws the prize money will be lower proportionally and draws must be a minimum of 32 players to run.
Arranging MatchesWe strongly urge players to try to complete in fairness to all players.
Both players are responsible for contacting each other using email and all telephone numbers provided. Phone numbers may be displayed to knock-out opponents only.
Matches should be scheduled in the first of the three weeks given to play. Contact with your opponent should be made via the telephone as well as email and online diaries can be used to assist in scheduling matches.
If you have attempted to contact your opponent at least twice, at all listed numbers and received no reply by the end of the first week of play then you may claim a walkover for that match.
BallsBoth players should bring a new can of four tennis balls to the match. You can then toss a coin to open a can. The match winner gets the unopened can and the loser gets the balls used in the match.
Court FeesCosts must split equally between the two players. Club guest fees should be played by the away player up to £6, the rest made up by home player.
Warm UpPlayers should spend a maximum of 10 minutes warming up for the match.
Match FormatBest of three sets with a tie-break at 6-6 in all sets. At 1 set all, if both players agree, the match can be decided by a tie-break to 10 points, by a 2 point margin.
Line callsPlease give the benefit of your doubts to your opponents. Only call the lines on your side of the net.
Unfinished MatchesUnfinished matches can be completed on another date and can be resumed where play has finished to the nearest game, though the match must be completed by the required deadline.
ResultsResults should be entered by the winning player within a day of the match being completed. For matches played on the last day permitted results should be entered immediately or will be inadmissible.
ConductAll matches prior to finals are played without officials, so players must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner both on and off the court. This includes:
- Responding promptly to phone calls/emails from opponents
- Playing matches on time and reporting scores accurately within the given time period
- Notifying opponents in advance when a match cannot be played for any reason
- Arriving on time for matches
- Uderstanding and abiding by the rules
- Refraining from swearing or aggressive shouting
Players who use physical abuse or threaten to use physical abuse or enter false results will be immediately removed from the leagues.
WalkoversTo signify a walkover, please enter the result as a single set match scoring 1-0 to the winner.
Walkovers can be claimed when your opponent:
- Doesn't respond to their opponent's phone calls at all numbers after two attempts, or is unavailable for any reason to play the match during the scheduled three weeks of play.
- Doesn't show up for the match.
- Shows up more than 20 minutes late.
- Doesn't give four hours notice for match cancellations.
- Cancels a rescheduled match at any time.
- Doesn't complete the match.
- Offers you a walkover due to unavailability.