Tennis Club Format.

It's fierce. It's fun. It's every Tuesday night at Dendy.

Our tennis club format is a MENS DOUBLES competition - there are no singles. The TNT tennis club is currently limited to 60 player positions.


There are 3 Sections reflecting three grades of ability, with 20 guys per section:  


  • SECTION ONE – our highest grade is equivalent to Pennant Grade 3 or 4 – a high standard.
  • SECTION TWO – our middle ranking is roughly equivalent to Pennant Grade 8 or lower.
  • SECTION THREE – our lowest grade still requires a reasonable competence at tennis.  


Each player plays 3 sets of doubles per evening.



Each Section comprises 5 teams of 4 permanent players. Each player within a team is individually graded as a 1, 2, 3 or 4. Refer FIXTURE.


Each player plays against the same rankings in an opposing team, rotating partners after each set.  


For example, if someone is graded as a number 1 in a team, first set he would partner with his number 2 and play the opposing team’s 1 and 2. i.e. 1 & 2 v 1 & 2.  The next set he would then partner with his number 3 and play the opposing team’s matching pair i.e. 1 & 3 v 1 & 3 . Third and last set would be 1 & 4 v 1 & 4.  


There is a bye for each team every 5 weeks.  


The bye team is expected to be available as substitutes/fill-ins for absentees in the playing teams. In reality, the bye team is often called upon to play so ‘byes’ are few and far between. [There is also a list of emergency players that can be called upon to fill in for absentees.]  


We normally play a semi-final and a grand final at the end of each season.  


There are sufficient numbers of players to conduct a spirited competition in-house. Over the season, people play the same players/same teams generally a total of 3 times.  


At the start of each season the section Co-ordinators/Selectors will select the teams for the new season, mixing players so that the teams are never quite the same. The Co-ordinators/Selectors will try and balance the individuals within the sides to have all teams as equal as possible.  


From time to time players will be moved to a higher section when results from the preceding season support it and vice versa. Players should view these movements between sections as a normal part of a robust and healthy competition. Unfortunately, due to the limited positions available and in trying to balance players, sometimes these movements between sections can not be undertaken immediately.



Start time is 7.30pm sharp. Play is normally finished by 10.00pm but is naturally dependent on the duration of the matches. [Grand Final commences 7.00pm.]


Players are reminded that penalty points are awarded for late arrivals. See SCORING.



If a player is unable to play for whatever reason, it is HIS responsibility to find a substitute.  


In the first instance, he should try and find a substitute of a similar grading.  He should contact the bye team or the Emergency List. Failing that, he should try the bye sides of sections immediately above or below his section.  


If a player does not organise a substitute he forfeits all his sets and his opposite number is unable to play.



A substitute player for any finals match must be selected in the following priority:

  • From the non playing/eliminated team(s) in the same section from the same ranked player(s) with an equal or lower win/loss percentage to the player they are substituting
  • From the non playing/eliminated team(s) in the same section from players ranked immediately below the player to be substituted
  • From the non playing/eliminated team(s) in the section immediately below the player being substituted  

If a substitute cannot be found who is unarguably equal to or a lesser standard than the missing player, then the missing player forfeits.



Grand Final night is a celebratory evening where all those that do not make the finals are invited to attend and support the finalists. Wives, girl friends, lovers and substitute/emergency players are also welcome and encouraged to attend.  


On Grand Final night, TNT subsidises the bar and provides substantial food. For the last few seasons we have supplied copious quantities of prawns, oysters and gourmet pizzas.  


Awards are presented after play.  Awards consist of a bottle of good quality red wine instead of a trophy.



There is an award for each player in the winning grand final team.  There is also an award for best number 1, 2, 3 and 4 player in each section. Annually, there is a perpetual trophy, the Noel Cope Award that is awarded to a "good bloke".


Individual Performance awards are given to the person with the best percentage against similarly ranked players with the proviso that the best individual has played at least 60% of possible matches.


Refer SCORES for more detail.