Regulations

RULES
This tournament will be played in accordance with the rules of the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
By participating in the Clay Court Classic, players agree with these tournament rules.

ATTIRE
Proper tennis attire is required when on court. Note that the Lauderdale Tennis Club does not allow tank tops so please respect this rule.

PAYMENTS
Registration fee can be paid by using PayPal or by mailing a check, made payable to SFTC, to:

   SFTC
   c/o Abe Hasbun
   2651 S, Course Dr., #601
   Pompano Beach, FL 33069

In order to receive the early registration discount ($15), payment must be made online or post marked by Dec. 15, 2017.

TOURNAMENT MATCHES
Please report to the tournament desk 30 minutes prior to each match.
Warm up times are limited to 5 minutes.
All singles matches will be the best 2 out of 3 sets with a tiebreak at 6 games all. All doubles matches prior to the Semi Finals will play the third set as a super tiebreaker (first to10 points, win by 2 points). All 40+ Singles matches, with exception of the Finals, will also play a third set super tiebreaker.
Report the match results to the tournament desk after the match.

CONSOLATION
A consolation tournament will be offered to all participants that lose their first match in the singles divisions (minimum 8).
Consolation matches, except for the Finals, will be played as an 8-game pro-set with a super tiebreaker played at 7 games all. The Consolations Finals will be the best 2 out of 3 sets with a tiebreak at 6 games all. No consolation will be offered for doubles divisions. The Tournament Director reserve the right to cancel consolation play in the event of inclement weather.
No consolation will be offered for doubles divisions.

LATE ARRIVAL
Late arrivals will incur a penalty in accordance with the GLTA rules starting from the moment the match has been announced (and a court is available). Therefore it is your responsibility to arrange transportation, get directions if necessary and leave yourself sufficient time to get to the venue.

   Up to 5 minutes: loss of toss and 1 game
   5 to 10 minutes: loss of toss and 2 games
   10 to 15 minutes: loss of toss and 3 games
   More than 15 minutes: default

ETIQUETTE
Always enter the courts through the appropriate entrance. Avoid disturbing other matches.
Players shall not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct or disturb other players.
A player is not allowed to receive coaching during a match.
Do not enlist the aid of spectators in making line calls.
Wait until players on another court have finished a point before retrieving or returning a ball.

CANCELLATION
Participants who cancel their entry after February 7, 2018 will not receive a refund.

WAIVER
In conjunction with participation in 2018 Clay Court Classic, hosted by the South Florida Tennis Club (SFTC), and related activities and events, I agree to waive any and all rights and claims for bodily or emotional injury, injury to my reputation, or any other damage or harms that I might suffer, or any other claims of any nature I may have against SFTC or the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance(GLTA). I understand that I will be particpating at my own risk, and the above organizations, facilities and indivuals will not be responsible for any harm, injury, or damage which I might suffer. I also waive any and all rights to claim from SFTC, GLTA, or any organization or individual, damages or remuneration which may arise as a result of references to me or photographs of me which may appear in any publication or other media. I understand that SFTC will govern the conduct of players and enforce the USTA Code of Ethics and the GLTA Rules and Procedures. I agree to conduct myself accordingly.

The Clay Court Classic is sponsored by the South Florida Tennis Club. To learn more go to sftc.us.

If you have any questions about The 2018 Clay Court Classic, please contact Abe Hasbun, Tournament Director at TournamentDirector@sftc.us.

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