Registration Opening Soon: 2024 Fourth of July Tournament

red, white, and blue tennis ballRegistration is opening soon for the 2024 Fourth of July Tournament!

ENTRY DEADLINE: End of day Saturday, May 25

DRAW POSTING: May 31

EARLY ROUNDS OF SELF-ARRANGED PLAY: June 1-July 2

FINALS: July 4 in Evanston

ENTER UP TO THREE EVENTS FOR ONE PRICE! (No more than two doubles or two singles categories per person.)

CATEGORIES OF PLAY:  Century Doubles (partners’ ages must add up to 100 or higher), Men’s Open Singles, Men’s 3.5 (and Under) Singles, Men’s 40 (and Over) Singles, Men’s 60 (and Over) Singles, Men’s Open Doubles, Men’s 40 (and Over) Doubles, Women’s Open Singles, Women’s 3.5 (and Under) Singles, Women’s Open Doubles, Mixed Doubles

NOTES: Please include tournament experience/seeding information no matter what your level!For doubles, you and your partner must register and pay separately in order to appear be entered in the tournament!

COST TO ENTER: $30 per player, plus annual/rolling ECTA membership fee of $25. (Not sure of your membership status? Email ECTA Treasurer Chuck Friedl at charlesfriedl@aol.com.)

NOTE: Must be age 16 or older by June 1, 2024, to enter.

Tournament giveaways for all entrants! Trophies for all finalists!

2024 Fourth of July Tournament RULES AND REGULATIONS

TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN (for all pre-July 4 communications): Richard Bell, rsbell@ameritech.net

1. ELIGIBILITY

This is an open tournament. You need not live in Evanston to enter. However, all participants must be members of ECTA. Joining ECTA is automatic upon submitting a paid entry that includes applicable dues. You must be 16 or older by June 1, 2024, in order to participate. Players participating in 40 (and Over) or 60 (and Over) events must be those ages (or higher) by June 1, 2024.

Further information about the association and the tournament can be found at www.evanstontennis.org. Players may enter up to three events, including two doubles events, for one entry fee. A full list of the events is on the entry form. A few rules related to those events are highlighted here.

Community Tennis Events: The century doubles, 40 (and over) and 60 (and over) singles and doubles, mixed doubles, women’s doubles and 3.5 (and under) brackets are designated as Community Tennis Events. In order to promote a more enjoyable and competitive tournament experience for each entrant, pros will not be allowed entry into community tennis events.

Community tennis events are intended to provide players of moderate ability the opportunity to compete against their peers rather than in the open events. Generally, players with NTRP ratings higher than 3.5 or similar abilities are ineligible. The definition of a 3.5 player can be found on the USTA web site at www.usta.com/leagues. Some brackets are age-sensitive. Your age in this tournament is determined as your age as of June 1, 2024.

2. E-MAIL
In order to receive tournament updates, please register your email address on the bottom right of the ECTA homepage at www.evanstontennis.org where it says “Keep informed and up to date by entering your email address here.” E-mail will be the primary form of communication with you on all tournament matters.

3. ONLINE REGISTRATION
All registrations will be made online. (Contact the Tournament Chairman if this is a problem). You can register directly at www.evanstontennis.org. Each entrant must submit a completed official Entry Form. Doubles partners must each submit a completed form with entry fee.

4. ENTRY FEES
Tournament Entry Fee is $30 for each player, which covers up to three events (no more than two doubles events allowed per person), provided you are a member of the ECTA ($25 for 12 months). If you are not currently a member, please make full payment of $55.

5. PAYMENT
Payment may be made via PayPal upon submitting your online form or by check. Personal checks should be made payable to Evanston Community Tennis Association and sent to:

ECTA Treasurer
1313 Cleveland Street
Evanston, IL 60202

7. DRAW POSTING
Event draws will be posted online and sent out via email the Tournament Director reserves the right to reassign entries in all brackets in order to allow for the best tennis experience and reserves the right to cancel or combine events with insufficient entrants. (If cancellation leaves an entrant without any event in the tournament, that entrant’s fee will be refunded.)

All final communications and information will be posted on the ECTA website and sent out via email. Inquire with the Tournament Chairman if you have any questions.

8. EARLY ROUNDS OF PLAY
Early-round matches will be self-arranged and completed two days before Fourth of July finals. Entrants may be defaulted for failure to play by the deadline. To protect yourself against default, immediately advise the Tournament Chairman of any reason you will be unable to keep to the schedule.

10. MATCH FORMAT
Each match is decided by two out of three sets. If a match is even at one set apiece, the third set will be determined by USTA 10-point match tiebreaker (first team to 10, winning my two), sometimes referred to as a super tiebreaker.

Each singles player or doubles team must bring a can of new USTA-approved tennis balls to each match. The winner of the match keeps/gets the unopened can.

11. MATCH RULES
International Tennis Federation (IFT) rules of tennis govern all matches. USTA’s Friend at Court: Handbook of Rules and Regulations” also are applicable. The code for unofficiated matches governs all matches except those played with chair umpires.

12. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Any dispute should be settled by the players in accordance with the tournament’s Match Rules (see above) or by directing an inquiry promptly to the Tournament Chairman. The Tournament Director shall have the final decision-making authority over any dispute that arise during tournament play.

13. DEFAULTS
Any player may be defaulted for failure to appear for a scheduled match; inability to complete a match in progress due to injury, illness, or personal emergency; a failure to maintain the tournament schedule, including scheduled semi-final or championship matches; and any other grounds specified under the tournament’s Match Rules (see above). The Tournament Director has discretion to default a single player/team or both players/team(s) whose match is not completed by the deadline. Any potential default must be ruled on by the Tournament Director before it is effective.

14. REPORTING RESULTS
The winner of each match is responsible for promptly reporting the result to the Tournament Chairman.

15. POSTING OF RESULTS
Final match results will be posted on the ECTA website.

16. CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
Most championship matches will be played at Ackerman Park (as indicated by “ACK” on draw sheets) on July 4. Participants must be available to play on July 4 unless the match is played at a self-arranged time with the consent of the Tournament Director. The Referee will schedule the specific times of all championship matches. The schedule/draws will be posted at www.evanstontennis.org and shared via email.

SAVE THE DATE: 2024 Spring Doubles Round Robin

Save the date for the ECTA’s 2024 Spring Doubles Round Robin—our first outdoor event of the year—to be held Saturday, April 27, at Lovelace Park in Evanston! Refreshments, giveaways, and prizes will be provided. Enter up to two events:

Men’s Open Doubles

Women’s Open Doubles

Open Mixed Doubles

Registration details coming soon!

REGISTER NOW: 2024 Winter Doubles Scramble

White snowflake against black background
Sign up by noon on Sunday, December 31, to participate in our first event of the New Year! 

When: Saturday, January 6; 4-6 p.m. (check-in starting at 3:30 p.m.; play will begin promptly at 4 p.m.)

Where: A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, 530 Hubbard Road, Winnetka, IL

Match Rules: Entrants will be scrambled each round. You’ll play 20-minute, no-ad matches, with a different partner for each rotation.

No partner needed! 3.0/3.5 rating or higher, please.

To Enter: Email Richard Bell at rsbell@ameritech.net by noon on Sunday, December 31.

Cost: $25 per player, plus yearly (rolling) ECTA dues (Not sure of your membership status? Email ECTA Membership Chair Patrick Brennan at audgrad@yahoo.com.)

To Pay: Send a check made out to “ECTA”  for $25 (if your membership is up to date) or $50 (if your membership is not up to date) to:

ECTA Treasurer
1313 Cleveland Street
Evanston, IL 60202

You may also pay your membership dues online, here.

Must be age 16 or older to enter

2023 Thanksgiving Weekend Doubles Scramble REGISTRATION

Register now for the ECTA’s 2023 Thanksgiving Weekend Doubles Scramble!

When: Saturday, November 25, 3-5 p.m. (2:30-2:45 p.m. check-in, with courts available for warmup)

Where: Northwestern University’s Combe Tennis Center (in Henry Crown Sports Pavilion), 2311 N. Campus Dr., Evanston

Match Rules: Entrants will be scrambled each round. You’ll play 20-minute, no-ad matches, with a different partner for each rotation. Open to both men and women! No partner need to enter!

*Cost to Enter: $25 per player, plus yearly (rolling) ECTA dues (Not sure of your membership status? Email ECTA Membership Chair Patrick Brennan at audgrad@yahoo.com.)

To Enter: Email Richard Bell at rsbell@ameritech.net by end of day Sunday, November 19. Space is limited! 3.0/3.5 rating or higher, please.

To Pay: Send a check made out to “ECTA” to:

ECTA Treasurer
1313 Cleveland Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Giveaways for all entrants! Prizes for top-performing place men and women!

*Must be age 16 or older to enter

2023 Fall Tournament RESULTS

Thanks to everyone who participated in the ECTA’s 2023 Fall Tournament! The results from our modified round-robin are as follows:

Men’s 3.5 (Intermediate) Singles: Vidanovic

Men’s Open Singles: Woldenberg

 

Men’s 3.5 (Intermediate) Doubles: Loewy/Thaker

 

Men’s Open Doubles: Ginsberg/Nazario

 

Mixed Doubles: Postel/Galinska

 

2023 Fourth of July Tournament RESULTS

Congratulations to those who made it to the finals of the 2023 Fourth of July Tournament and a special shout out to the winners! (Photos to come soon.) We hope to see you all again at our next event, which will be the Fall Doubles Tournament in September (date TBA).

Men’s 3.5 Singles: Espinosa def. Bogden (6-2, 6-2)

Men’s Open Doubles: Guthrie-Martin def. Ginsberg-Gordon (6-3, 5-7, 7-5)

Mixed Doubles: Ritter-Guthrie def. Galinska-Postel (6-0, 6-3)

Men’s Open Singles: Gordon def. Espinosa (6-2, 6-0)

Men’s 40 Singles: Raya def. Kerr (7-5, 6-0)

Century Doubles: Burks-Miller def. Allen-Bogdan (7-6, 6-1)

Men’s 60 Singles: Smart def. Kuntz (7-5, 6-2)

Men’s 40 Doubles: Ginsberg-Kerr def. Nano-Raya (6-4, 6-1)

Camp Walton Drop-In Drills for Adults in June and July 2023

If you are an adult looking for a drop-in tennis class in the evenings this summer, look no further than Camp Walton!

Drills will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., June 20-July 13 (except for July 4), at ETHS’s Lake Street courts.

No registration required! Balls and water will be provided.

$30 per session; money will go toward Evanston’s junior tennis programs. All levels welcome!

Questions? Contact ECTA board member Don Walton at donpie1@att.net.

2023 Fourth of July Tournament Draws & Scores

Keep checking this page for score updates!

 

Men’s Open Singles

  • Ivan Espinosa ivan-daniel.espinosa@colorado.edu 713-739-8840
  • Conrad Gordon conrad.e.gordon@gmail.com 224-422-8916
  • Edward Graft ed.graft@gmail.com 847-337-0954

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Gordon vs Graft (Gordon d. Graft wd)

Championship

Winner A. vs Espinosa

Men’s 40 Singles

  • Neville Allen neville4you@gmail.com 847-274-4007
  • Derek Bogdan dbog555@gmail.com 847-361-8054
  • Jazz Burks jb100175@gmail.com 312-550-8069
  • Russ Kerr kerr.russ@gmail.com 312-399-8921
  • Rey Nano tennisstar754@gmail.com 773-787-8234
  • Danny Postel dannypostel@gmail.com 312-852-9079
  • Edgar Raya eraya96@yahoo.com 773-954-3908
  • Baird Smart bairdsmart@gmail.com 312-925-4000
  • Meeraj Thaker mthaker12@gmail.com 305-492-9444
  • Stefano Mereu ssmereu@gmail.com 847-644-6355

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by June 10

Round 2 must be completed by June 23
Round 3 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Bogdan vs Thaker (Bogdan d. Thaker 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(3))

B. Burks vs Smart (Burks d. Smart 6-1, 7-5)

Round 2

C. Allen vs Raya (Raya d. Allen def(wd))

D. Kerr vs Mereu (Kerr d. Mereu 6-0, 6-1)

E. Winner A. vs Postel (Postel d. Bogdan 6-2, 6-2)

F. Winner B. vs Nano

Round 3

G. Winner C. vs Winner F.

H. Winner D. vs Winner E. (Kerr d. Postel 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(5))

Championship

Winner G. vs Winner H.

Men’s 60 Singles

  • Ray Boyer rayboyer@rboyer.com 312-330-6433
  • Richard Kuntz rkuntz@mindspring.com 312-203-1325
  • Terence McMahon tsmcmahon5@hotmail.com 947-877-6418
  • Baird Smart bairdsmart@gmail.com 312-925-4000

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by June 23

Round 1

A. Boyer vs Kuntz (Kuntz d. Boyer 6-0, 6-2)

B. McMahon vs Smart (Smart d. McMahon 6-3, 6-0)

Championship

Winner A. vs Winner B.

Men’s 3.5 Singles

  • Neville Allen neville4you@gmail.com 847-274-4007
  • Derek Bogdan dbog555@gmail.com 847-361-8054
  • Ivan Espinosa ivan-daniel.espinosa@colorado.edu 713-739-8840
  • Quinn Ford tqford2@gmail.com 312-671-1799
  • Matthew Pearson matthewdavidpearson@gmail.com 312-285-1423
  • Steven Houg stevenh788@gmail.com 847-271-3957

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by June 19

Round 2 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Allen vs Ford (Allen d. Ford 6-2, 6-4)

B. Pearson vs Houg (Pearson d. Houg 6-4, 6-2)

Round 2

C. Winner A. vs Bogdan

D. Winner B. vs Espinosa (Espinosa d. Pearson 7-5, 6-0)

Championship

Winner C. vs Winner D.

Men’s Open Doubles

  • Naimesh Chaudhari nchaudh03@gmail.com 909-720-7329
  • Edward Graft ed.graft@gmail.com 847-337-0954
  • Andrew Ginsberg andrew.ginsberg@gmail.com 312-287-7659
  • Conrad Gordon conrad.e.gordon@gmail.com 224-422-8916
  • William Guthrie wbguthrie@hotmail.com 312-401-1408
  • Andrew Martin agmartn1@gmail.com 608-334-4311
  • Rey Nano tennisstar754@gmail.com 773-787-8234
  • Edgar Raya eraya96@yahoo.com 773-954-3908

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Chaudhari & Graft vs Ginsberg & Gordon (Ginsberg & Gordon d. Chaudhari & Graft 3-6, 6-0, 7-5)

B. Guthrie & Martin vs Nano & Raya (Guthrie & Martin d. Nano & Raya 6-2, 6-1)

Championship

Winner A. vs Winner B.

Men’s 40 Doubles

  • Andrew Ginsberg andrew.ginsberg@gmail.com 312-287-7659
  • Russ Kerr kerr.russ@gmail.com 312-399-8921
  • Edward Graft ed.graft@gmail.com 847-337-0954
  • Danny Postel dannypostel@gmail.com 312-852-9079
  • Rey Nano tennisstar754@gmail.com 773-787-8234
  • Edgar Raya eraya96@yahoo.com 773-954-3908

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Graft & Postel vs Nano & Raya (Nano & Raya d. Postel & Graft 0-6, 6-3, 1-0(3))

Championship

Winner A. vs Ginsberg & Kerr

Mixed Doubles

  • Jazz Burks jb100175@gmail.com 312-550-8069
  • Allison Miller alison.miller84@yahoo.com 847-606-9751
  • Maggie Galinska maggie.galinska@gmail.com 847-707-0302
  • Danny Postel dannypostel@gmail.com 312-852-9079
  • Paula Grabow paulagrabow@gmail.com 773-633-9301
  • Terence McMahon tsmcmahon5@hotmail.com 947-877-6418
  • William Guthrie wbguthrie@hotmail.com 312-401-1408
  • Alex Ritter alexritter424@gmail.com 630-240-7798
  • Matthew Pearson matthewdavidpearson@gmail.com 312-285-1423
  • Margaret Peterburs margaretmgordon@gmail.com 313-636-5956

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by June 19

Round 2 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A, Burks & Miller vs Pearson & Peterburs (Pearson & Peterburs d. Burks & Miller wd)

Round 2

B. Winner A. vs Guthrie & Ritter (Guthrie & Ritter d. Pearson & Peterburs 6-0, 6-0)

C. Galinska & Postel vs Grabow & McMahon (Galinska & Postel d.Grabow & McMahon wd)

Championship

Winner B. vs Winner C.

Century Doubles

  • Neville Allen neville4you@gmail.com 847-274-4007
  • Derek Bogdan dbog555@gmail.com 847-361-8054
  • Ray Boyer rayboyer@rboyer.com 312-330-6433
  • David Fenn dfenn930@aol.com 847-846-4386
  • Jazz Burks jb100175@gmail.com 312-550-8069
  • Allison Miller alison.miller84@yahoo.com 847-606-9751
  • Terence McMahon tsmcmahon5@hotmail.com 947-877-6418
  • Meeraj Thaker mthaker12@gmail.com 305-492-9444
  • Daniel Murphy dmurphy@murphylaw.us 847-814-0189
  • Matthew Pearson matthewdavidpearson@gmail.com 312-285-1423

Early Self-Arranged Match Schedule:
Round 1 must be completed by June 19

Round 2 must be completed by July 2

Round 1

A. Allen & Bogdan vs McMahon & Thaker (Allen & Bogdan d. McMahon & Thaker 6-0, 6-1)

Round 2

B. Winner A. vs Boyer & Fenn (Allen & Bogdan d. Boyer & Fenn 6-3, 6-3)

C. Burks & Miller vs Murphy & Pearson (Burks & Miller d. Murphy & Pearson 6-0, 6-1)

Championship

Winner B. vs Winner C.