Futures Circuit L7
i. New England L7 singles and doubles events offer an intermediate level of competition for USTA members that award New England ranking points only.
ii.16 and 18 and under divisions singles draws are single elimination and if, based on court availability, there is a draw size limit; it is posted prior to the entry deadline on the tournament home page. All matches are best-of-three tiebreak sets and use regular scoring. A Match Tiebreak (first to 10 points by a margin of two) may be used in lieu of a third set. If only three (3) players register then a round-robin may be used. Events may offer one (1) day non-elimination round robin flights format (like 12’s and 14’s below) if posted on Tennislink schedule before ‘Entries Open’ date.
iii. 12 and 14 and under singles draws are one (1) day events with round robin flights using tiebreak sets and no-ad scoring. In a flight of 3 players eight (8) game pro sets with no-ad scoring may be used -this includes a flight of four (4) players where one player withdraws. In a flight of three (3) players where one player withdraws the remaining two (2) players may play best two out of three tiebreak sets with no-ad scoring.
iv. 12 and under division matches play with approved green type ball on a 78 x 36 foot court. Any player who has not yet turned 11 and who wins five (5) round robin flights in 12 and under singles tournaments may request to be made eligible for L6 yellow ball tournaments. Requests can be made via email to the Player Development Manager, David Zeutas-Broer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
v. Doubles draws are Round Robin format. All matches are six (6) game sets with no-ad scoring and a set tiebreak at 6-6. If only three (3) teams then eight (8) game pro set with no-ad scoring. A multi day event offering singles and doubles may play the doubles with round robin, six (6) game sets or single elimination with optional consolation eight (8) game pro sets.
vi. Players (teams) are selected to flights in descending order of standing. Flights will have 4, 5, 6 or 7 players (teams). Example; with 10 players (teams) -flight A will have the four (4) highest ranked players (teams), flight B will have the next six (6) highest ranked players (teams).
vii. Players (teams) play 2 matches in flights of 3, and 3 matches in flights of 4, 5, 6 or 7 (in a flight of 5, one player (team) at random plays 4 matches). In a flight of 7, 3 players (teams) at random play 4 matches. No playoffs.
viii. In a tiebreak set, the first player (team) to win six games, by a margin of at least two games, is the winner. If the score reaches 6-games all, a Set Tiebreak (12-point tie-break, first to 7 points by a margin of two) should be played. This means a player (team) can win 6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 or 7-6.
ix. The player (team) who wins the most matches in the round robin is the winner. Wins include wins against a player (team) who defaults, withdraws or retires.
x. Defaults, withdrawals and walkovers do not have game scores and do not count toward % of games won.
xi. Retirements include game scores and they do count toward % of games won.
xii. Tiebreak counts as 1 game toward % of games won.
xiii. If two players (teams) are tied, the winner of the head-to-head match is the winner.
xiv. If three or more players (teams) are tied, the winner is determined by using the first of the following methods that successfully breaks the tie:
a) The win-loss record (head-to-head) in matches involving just the tied players (teams);
b) The player (team) with the highest percentage of games won of all games played (games won divided by total games played).
c) To the extent that the above methods eliminate players (teams) from consideration at any step, the win-loss record between the remaining players (teams) shall be considered before going on to the next step.
d) If at any point only two players (teams) remain tied, then the head-to-head result (if played) between these two players (teams) determines the winner.
e) If a tie cannot be broken after all the steps are employed, a random drawing between the remaining tied players (teams) shall be used to determine the winner.