March 14 Update:
Thanks for the wonderful day of tennis yesterday. Appreciate everyone showing up on time for their matches.
Men play first today (ladies, you can sleep in). Please keep all warm-ups to ten minutes.
Don’t forget to mention one of our three sponsors to Michael today. We don’t want to take the door prizes back to Atlanta and would love to give them away.
March 13 Update:
Play starts tomorrow morning. Please check in at the tournament desk and we will push out matches as soon as all four players arrive.
A special thanks to the following for sponsoring the tournament:
www.doylestrategies.com – connecting teams and creating clarity; workshop design and facilitation; training; partnership development
March 12 Update:
- Draws and times are be posted and updated throughout the tournament real-time at:
Southern Tennis Escape Draws (scroll down to the bottom and make sure you’re in the “Draws” section and then click on “Choose an Event”)
- Water is provided on all courts
- Reminder: warm-ups should be limited to 10 minutes (ten ground strokes, ten volleys, ten serves).
- Feel free to like or post comments on our Facebook page: facebook.com/southerntennisescape
- If you brought old rackets or tennis bags to donate to USTA’s Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation, please drop them at the tournament desk. We’re also bringing awareness to the “Tennis Thanks the Troops” organization.
- In deference to all players, we ask that you please show up on-time for all matches throughout the weekend. This will help keep the tournament running smoothly.
During the tournament, please temporarily refrain from handshakes before and after play. As an alternative we would suggest a light racket tap instead.
If you have any issues, please contact me via phone or e-mail.
Thank you so much for attending!! Let’s get ready for some tennis!!!
Welcome to the 2020 Southern Tennis Escape Invitational
Please read the following carefully – your cooperation is essential to a smooth tournament!
TOURNAMENT BRACKETS – Brackets and match times will be posted at the tennis center by 2:00pm on Thursday. Match times will also be available via a USTA link.
Draws are be posted and updated throughout the tournament real-time at:
Southern Tennis Escape Draws
(scroll down to the bottom and make sure you’re in the “Draws” section and then click on “Choose an Event”)
Final brackets will be posted Thursday afternoon at 2pm – so please check back then.
ORDER OF PLAY:
- Friday will begin with Women’s Doubles, followed by Men’s Doubles, and finally Mixed Doubles.
- Saturday will begin with Men’s Doubles, followed by Women’s Doubles, and finally Mixed Doubles.
- Sunday – all final matches/times/location posted in advance. Please be sure to check your start time if you’re in the finals! Most round robins will have matches on Sunday.
Please check in prior to your assigned match time and stay within earshot for minimal delays. All four players must be present before a court will be assigned. If not, your court will be released to the next foursome and your match will start when all are present and the next court is available. Throughout the tournament, match times will be updated and posted at the tournament desk. We will also be posting the match times and results online.
WARM-UP – All warm-ups are restricted to 10 minutes. Please, please adhere to this request which will help keep matches on schedule. We get behind when warms-up go over 10 minutes (a ten minute warm-up is ten ground strokes, ten volleys, and ten practice serves!) You can conduct additional warm-up the day before your match.
SCORING – Scoring is regular two sets with the third set a super-tie breaker (first to 10 by 2). As always, this is subject to change.
ANNOUNCE THE MATCH SCORE – To eliminate scoring conflicts, the server must announce the score before every point. Please update the court-score at change over.
REPORTING SCORES – The winning team must report the final score to the tournament desk and return the match balls. Players who lose in the first round will be placed in the consolation round, so check the brackets for your next match time/location.
BYES – Unfortunately, having a bye can be a part of the tournament. If you have a bye in one event on Friday, and are playing in two events, you should have a match scheduled in your second event. If this is not the case, please see Michael.
LUNCHES – Lunch on Friday and Saturday will be served at the tennis center. Lunches are provided for players and paid guests only. Please be considerate to others when taking food.
WATER – due to the resounding response, we’re going “green” again this year. Please bring a water bottle if you’ll need one. Water is available on all courts (beer and wine are permitted/encouraged on all courts too).
PLAYER’S PARTY – we will not have a players party this year. Rather, please plan on spending time at the courts late Friday afternoon for cold drinks and pick-up games.
DELAYS HAPPEN! – Even though your match time is assigned, it may be possible a court is not available or your partner/opponent is still playing in another match. Delays will occur, so please be patient and we’ll get you on as quickly as possible.
FINALS – will be held on Sunday. LAST YEAR WE HAD DEFAULT MATCHES ON SUNDAY DUE TO PLAYERS ELECTING NOT TO PLAY OR LEAVING EARLY. IF YOU ARE A NO-SHOW, YOU WILL NOT BE INVITED BACK.
If an unscheduled circumstance requires an early departure on Sunday, please let Michael know as soon as possible. This is a courtesy to your opponents as they WILL be affected.
THE WEATHER – If rain occurs we will postpone play and provide a time to check back for updates. We reserve the right to change the scoring system if rain or other delays shorten our available court time.
FACEBOOK – if you’re on Facebook, please “like” our page and post any tournament statuses or pictures from the tournament (why not rub it in to those who aren’t here???) https://www.facebook.com/southerntennisescape/
RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT – Please keep in mind that this is a fun, enjoyable, recreational tournament. No ATP or WTP points are earned as a result of this tournament. Thanks for joining us!
– Your Southern Tennis Escape Committee –