A New Year

A belated happy new year, everyone. We hope you and your families are well as we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least here in the U.S. We look forward to seeing you all on the courts someday very soon–stay tuned for information about our next outdoor event, TBD. Until then, we wish you a safe and healthy 2021.

Thinking of You This Holiday Season

Dear ECTA members and past participants,

We hope you and your family members are well.

This time last fall, we were making final preparations for our Thanksgiving Doubles Scramble, which traditionally takes place the Saturday after Turkey Day at Northwestern University’s Combe Tennis Center. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has surged in recent weeks, the Evanston Community Tennis Association is forgoing this popular annual event—as we did our Spring Doubles Round Robin, Fourth of July Tournament, and Fall Tournament. It has been a year like no other for everyone, and we miss hosting these competitive social functions as much as you miss playing in them.

If you are a member of the ECTA who paid dues fewer than 12 months prior to the pandemic, you should have received a communication from us by now regarding the status of your membership. Memberships are being extended for the foreseeable future so that when we finally hold our first tennis event since March 2020, you will be able to participate without renewing. If you have not yet received an email from our membership chair and would like more information, please let me know.

We hope you got the chance to play some tennis outdoors this spring, summer, and fall. And we hope to see you all again on the courts someday soon.

In the meantime, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday.

In kindness,
Debbie Cassell
ECTA President

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.