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"Return To Server" Southern NTRP Clay Court Championships


Tournament dates: July 27 - 31, 2016
Location: Cooper Creek Tennis Center
Divisions: NM(Op,2.5-5.0)s,SE; NW(Op,2.0-5.0)s,SE; NM(Op,2.5-5.0)d,SE; NW(Op,2.0-5.0)d,SE; NX(Op,2.5-5.0)d,SE 
Entry Fee: $46.73 one event; $49.00 two events per player
Deadline to Register: July 20th, 2016- 11:59 p.m. (eastern time)

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m ... Rain Delay: Saturday, July 30th.  We have playable courts and matches can continue before 4:00p.m. if all opponents arrive early. Matches originally scheduled for 1:00p.m. be at the courts at 4:30p.m.

UPDATE:  1:40p.m ... Rain Delay: Saturday, July 30th . - We are in a 4 hour rain delay. Check the website at 3:00p.m. for an update. Plan to play at 4:00 if your match was in progress. The 1:00p.m. matches will have a 5:00p.m. start time. For those that have 2 matches scheduled today we will try to get you on first. Main draw matches will have priority for court availability.

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Players competing in two events are restricted to the following options:

1 Singles & 1 Doubles
1 Singles & 1 Mixed Doubles
1 Doubles & 1 Mixed Doubles
PLEASE NOTE: Entry into two divisions may require you to play back to back matches. 
You may NOT play in two of the same divisions. Ex. Men's 3.0 singles and Men's 3.5 singles.

New this Year! Automatic Entry into CONSOLATION Draw! 
We are offering automatic feed into the CONSOLATION draw for First Match Losers. We will not give any avoidances for consolation matches. Consolation draw is for first match losers only. If you have a bye and lose your second round, you can play consolation. If you win your first round and lose your second round you can not play consolation. Scoring format will be regular scoring as the rest of the tournament. Larger consolation draws may not finish.

Prize $$ Awarded for Men's OPEN Singles/Doubles*

Prize money will be awarded as follows: Singles Champion $500 Finalist $250 Semifinalists $100/each. Doubles Champions $400 per team Finalists $200 per team.
Men's OPEN Singles/Doubles will be best 2 out of 3 tie-break sets.

*Prize money is based on filling out a 16 player draw in the singles division and an 8 team draw in the doubles division. If enough entries are not received to fill the draw, prize money may be reduced according to size and strength of draw.

Avoidances: Please notify the Tournament Director by email at of any time/day requests by the close of entries Wednesday, July 20th @ 11:59 pm.
All efforts will be made to “try” and honor the avoidance requests as long as it does NOT affect the continuation of play of the tournament. Please note that if your time request is such that you cannot play at all on certain days and you are in a group that will play starting Wednesday or Thursday then you need to reconsider entering the tournament. If you have any questions please contact Cissy.

Match Schedule: Detail match schedules will be posted on July 25, 2016. Matches begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Weekend matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

Scoring: All matches will play two out of three tie-break sets with a 10 point match tiebreak being played in lieu of a third set. Men's OPEN Singles/Doubles will be best 2 out of 3 tie-break sets.

Rankings and Ratings:  The Elvis "Return to Server" is a Southern NTRP Clay Court Championships! What does this mean? From your incredible play, you will receive southern ranking points, and earn a year end Southern ranking! For those of you concerned about how this might effect your NTRP rating….match results will NOT be included in your NTRP computer ratings. So, play hard and not only will your record go "Gold", but you may also be crowned the best in the South!  

Tournament Check-in Procedure:  Please check-in at least 30 minutes before your first match and 15 minutes prior to every other match throughout the tournament. The check-in desk is located at the Annex on the left side of the street at Cooper Creek Tennis Center.

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NTRP Qualifying Tournament:  This tournament is a Tournament of Champions (TOC) Qualifying Event, an NTRP tournament series culminating in the Tournament of Champions in October. The TOC is an invitation-only tournament. The top two NTRP singles and doubles teams (2.5 – 5.0) from each of the eight Georgia districts advance. Doubles teams must be from the same district. More details to come.

Winner and finalist awards will be given for all main draw divisions.

Playing site: Cooper Creek Tennis Center is a public facility with a two story clubhouse overlooking 30 rubico courts. In 1996 and again in 2001, Cooper Creek Tennis Center received the "Outstanding Tennis Facilty" award from the USTA. In the spring of 1993, a clubhouse and 8 courts were added to the original 12 courts (built in 1972). In March of 1997, the original 12 courts were completely renovated. In December of 1999, construction began on an additional 10 courts including a stadium court and were completed in April 2000 with the addition of these new courts, Cooper Creek is arguably the finest facility in the United States.  Directions to Cooper Creek Tennis Center: 4816 Milgen Road, Columbus, GA (706) 317-4186. Take I-185 to Exit 7 (Manchester Expressway). Turn east onto Manchester Expressway. Travel approximately 2 miles to the Warm Springs Road Connector. Travel up the exit ramp and turn right. The entrance to Cooper Creek Park is directly ahead. The clubhouse is a two-story building located on your right as you enter the park. 

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