OTC Club Championships 2016 – Sign up now!

It’s that time of year when Wimbledon is approaching and we all want to play like Andy Murray or maybe Serena Williams. Well here’s your chance!

The OTC Championships will begin on Friday May 7th with the draw publication and finish with a Finals Day on Sunday 17th of July. The deadline for entry to the championship draw is the 2nd of May.

How do I enter?
Adults – (15+yrs)
Return this email noting the event/s you want to enter along with your full name and/or your doubles partner’s full name.

If you would like to play in a doubles pair but don’t have a partner let us know which doubles event (ladies, mens or mixed) and we will try to allocate you a partner from other players who want a partner.

Even if you think you may not be able to play the full tournament you may still enter but be aware you will need to concede to the next player/s in the draw when you are no longer available to play. Please ensure you do this in a timely manner.
All players are responsible for organizing their own matches and should ensure they respond to match requests quickly and ensure completion of matches for each draw stage. If you fail to speak to the organiser should a match not be completed by the deadline date then the match will be determined by a coin toss.

Juniors – (aged 10-14yrs)
Parents please return this email noting your child’s full name and their intention to play in the Junior Championship. The junior championship playoff will be held one Saturday afternoon in May from 2-4pm (TBA) after Saturday Group Coaching.

Andrew will send further details of the Junior Championships once we have a clear idea of the number of juniors who want to participate.

What’s the deadline for entry to tournaments?
All entries need to be emailed in by end of play May 2nd with ‘Draw Publication and Play Commencement’ for the Adult Championships on Friday 6th of May.

What events can I play in?
Men’s Singles
Ladies Singles
Men’s Doubles
Ladies Doubles

Mixed Doubles (Handicap event) –
The handicap is the same format as last year with the best of 3 sets up to 31 points each, 5 serves each pair then change ends at the end of each set, or after 15 games in the final set. A little complicated but lots of fun. For full details see attached Handicap rules.

Junior Singles/Doubles (TBA – speak to Andrew) – Open to all juniors aged 10-14yrs

Who is organising this year’s OTC Championships?
Adult Draw & Finals – Roger Barnacle

Junior Draw & Finals – Andrew Ridgers

Photographs of Finalists and the Championship event!
We are seeking your permission to take photos of the championships final day and finalists to put up in the club house and also post some group shots on the OTC Website and Facebook page.

If taking photographs will be a problem for you can you please let us know in advance. With any photographs we will be thinking of using we will re-confirm your approval before posting them.

Adults Championship Details
What’s the format?
The format is the same as last year, the best of 3 tie break sets with two advantage for all events except the Mixed Doubles – See mixed doubles details outlined in the attached. Players provide their own balls with the club supplying new balls for the finals.

What do we need to do to book courts to play our matches?
A court booking sheet will be hanging on the Adult noticeboard under the Championship Draw for you to enter your match time and contact details. All players are responsible for organizing their matches and should ensure they respond to match requests quickly and ensure completion of matches for each draw stage. If you fail to speak to the organiser should a match not completed by the deadline date then the match will be determined by the toss of a coin.

How do we register our scores?
Fill in the score details on the Championship Draw sheet on the Adults Noticeboard located in the pavilion.

Finals Day what can I expect?
Finals day will be played on Sunday 17th of July from 10:00am – 12:00pm (Junior Final/s) & 12:00pm – 5:30pm (Adults Finals) with prizes being awarded at the end of each event. More will be announced as the day draws near so watch for further emails.

We look forward to seeing you playing your matches and on finals day.

Roger Barnacle and Andrew Ridgers
OTC Committee

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