A Message for ECTA Members and Players

Dear ECTA members and players,

We hope you and your family members are doing well and taking care of yourselves during this challenging time.

Spring may have sprung, but for most tennis enthusiasts, playing is not possible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This time of year, the ECTA would normally be hosting our annual Spring Doubles Round Robin. But due to stay-at-home orders and recommended social distancing measures, we are unable to hold this popular event.

It also looks like we will be unable to hold our biggest event of the year, the Fourth of July Tournament, since self-arranged early rounds of play for that competition need to start in May in order for the finals to take place on July 4.

We still hope to host our annual Fall Tournament this September.

If you did not see the USTA’s “Statement on the Safety of Playing Tennis During the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic,” you can read it here.

And if you haven’t heard about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “We Are Not Playing” ad campaign to stop the coronavirus spread, check it out.

Thank you for your membership and participation in the ECTA. We hope to see you on the courts again very soon.

Debbie Cassell
ECTA President

IN MEMORIAM

By now, many of you may have heard about the passing of George Nelson, former Evanston Community Tennis Association president. George was a longtime ECTA board member who ran many events for our organization and had a passion for the sport, competing in local leagues for years. He will be missed.

George’s family will hold a memorial service for him on January 4 at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Evanston—we hope you will join ECTA board members there. Per George’s obituary, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Orphans of the Storm.

Following the memorial, the ECTA will host its annual Winter Doubles Scramble. We can think of nothing more fitting than to play tennis on a day dedicated to George.

2020 Winter Doubles Scramble REGISTRATION

When: Saturday, January 4, 4-6 p.m. (3:30 p.m. check-in)

Where: A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, 530 Hibbard Road, Winnetka, IL (indoors)

Categories of Play: Mixed Doubles—men and women will be scrambled for each round of play. No partner required to enter! (3.0/3.5 rating or higher, please)

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, December 29 (Note: Space is limited.)

Cost: $25 per player, plus annual ECTA dues
(Membership lasts 12 months from date of purchase. Email allisonc2751@gmail.com to confirm your member status.)

Two-Step Registration Process:
1) Email Richard Bell at rsbell@ameritech.net with the subject line: 2020 Winter Doubles Scramble and tell him you wish to enter.
2) Send a check made out to “ECTA” for the Cost above to:

Ken Rattner
ECTA board member
1216 Judson Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Giveaways for all participants! Prizes for the players who win the most games!

Please join us after the Doubles Scramble for a social gathering at The Happ Inn. (ECTA will provide starting appetizers. Cash bar.)


IN MEMORIAM

By now, many of you may have heard about the passing of George Nelson, former Evanston Community Tennis Association president. George was a longtime ECTA board member who ran many events for our organization and had a passion for the sport, competing in local leagues for years. He will be missed.

George’s family will hold a memorial service for him on January 4 at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Evanston—we hope you will join ECTA board members there. Per George’s obituary, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Orphans of the Storm.

Following the memorial, the ECTA will host its annual Winter Doubles Scramble. We can think of nothing more fitting than to play tennis on a day dedicated to George.

2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Doubles Scramble REGISTRATION

Register for the Evanston Community Tennis Association’s 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Doubles Scramble!

When: Saturday, November 30, 2-4 p.m. (1:30 p.m. check-in)

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

Match Rules: Men and women will be scrambled each round. You’ll play 20-minute, no-ad matches, w/a different partner for each rotation. No partner required! 3.0/3.5 rating or higher, please.

Cost: $25 per player, plus yearly ECTA dues
(Email allisonc2751@gmail.com to confirm your membership status.)

Payment: Send a check made out to “ECTA” to:

ECTA Treasurer
1313 Cleveland Street
Evanston, IL 60202

To Enter: Email Richard Bell at rsbell@ameritech.net by November 24. (Maximum # of participants: 20. All others will be wait-listed.)

SAVE THE DATE for our Winter Doubles Scramble on Saturday, Jan. 4, 4-6 p.m., at A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka! (Details to come at www.evanstontennis.org.)

2019 Fall Tournament Rules and Regs

2019 Fall Tournament Rules and Regs

When & Where: Saturday (early rounds) and Sunday (finals only), Sept. 21-22, Lovelace Park, Evanston.
Categories of Play: Men’s Open Singles, 3.5 Singles, Open Doubles, and 3.5 Doubles; Women’s Open Singles, 3.5 Singles, Open Doubles, and 3.5 Doubles; Mixed Doubles
Match Format: Saturday’s matches will be a modified round-robin format (6-game, no-ad pro-sets). Winners from each group will proceed to the finals on Sunday (2 out of 3 sets, no ad)
Note: Must be age 16 or older by Sept. 21, 2019, to enter.

Tournament giveaways for all entrants! Prizes for all finalists!

ON-SITE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS:

Ken Rattner and Romil Sood

 

ELIGIBILITY:

This is an open tournament. However, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE EVANSTON COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION to participate. Membership is valid for one full year from the day on which you paid. Players must be 16 or older to enter.

OPEN-LEVEL EVENTS:

These events are for any participant, up to and including a USTA level of 5.0. Club Pros and more advanced level players may be eligible at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL EVENTS:

These events are intended to provide players of mid-level ability the opportunity to compete against their performance-level peers rather than in the open events. Players with NTRP ratings higher than 3.5 or similar abilities are ineligible for these events. In terms of local leagues rated A, B, and C, the intermediate events are limited to players at levels B and C. The definition of a 3.5 player can be found on the USTA website.

POSTING OF EVENTS AND DRAWS:

The Tournament Committee 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.) The tournament events and draws will be posted onsite the day of the event.

MATCH FORMAT:

Saturday’s matches will be a modified round-robin format. Winners from each group will proceed to single-elimination play on Sunday.

MATCH RULES:

ITF rules of tennis govern all tournament matches. Comments in USTA’s “Friend at Court” also are applicable. The Code for unofficiated matches governs all tournament matches except those played with chair umpires. The ITF rules and the Code are in “Friend at Court” on the USTA website at www.usta.com/Improve-Your-Game/Rules; click on Tennis Rules & Regulations in the middle of the page.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

Any dispute should be settled by the players in accordance with the tournament’s Match Rules or by directing an inquiry promptly to the Tournament Referee(s).

DEFAULTS:

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

POSTING OF RESULTS:

Match results will be posted at www.evanstontennis.org. Please note that all final communications and information will be posted on the ECTA website and/or through our email blast. Please inquire with the Tournament Director if you have questions.

 

2019 Fourth of July Tournament RULES AND REGULATIONS

IMPORTANT DATES

ENTRY DEADLINE: May 28
DRAW POSTING: June 1
EARLY ROUNDS OF SELF-ARRANGED PLAY: June 1-July 1
FINALS: July 4 at Ackerman Park on Central Street in Evanston (July 4 match schedule to be posted to this website by June 1)

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

ON-SITE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR (for July 4): Ken Herrmann

1. ELIGIBILITY

This is an open tournament. However, all participants must be members of ECTA. Joining ECTA is automatic upon submitting a paid entry that includes applicable dues. Must be 16 or older by June 1, 2019, in order to participate. Players participating in 40 (and Over) or 60 (and Over) events must be those ages (or higher) by June 1, 2019.

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. 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, 2019.

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. If you are not currently a member, please make full payment of $50.

5. PAYMENT
Payment may be made via PayPal upon submitting your online form or by check. Payment is due by May 28. 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 by May 31. 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 must be completed June 1-July 1. 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 by May 31.

2019 Winter Doubles Scramble REGISTRATION

When: Saturday, January 5, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Categories of Play: Mixed Doubles—men and women will be scrambled for each round of play. No partner required to enter! (3.0/3.5 rating or higher, please)

Cost: $25 per player, plus annual ECTA dues
(Membership lasts 12 months from date of purchase. Email allisonc2751@gmail.com to confirm your member status.)

To Enter: Email Richard Bell at rsbell@ameritech.net with the subject line: 2019 Winter Doubles Scramble

Space is limited. Please register by Jan. 2!

Giveaways for all participants and prizes for players who win the most games!

Join us afterward (4:30-6 p.m.) for a social gathering at The Happ Inn! (ECTA will provide starting appetizers. Cash bar.)