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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.

  

COMPETITION DETAILS - HOW IT IS STRUCTURED  

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

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.

  

SUBSTITUTES

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.

  

SUBSTITUTES FOR FINALS

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.

  

AWARDS AND GRAND FINALS

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.

  

GRAND FINAL WINNERS AND INDIVIDUAL PERORMANCE AWARDS

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.

  

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The two most important things (as important as paying this season’s fees) are racquets and string. The court, the balls, the weather are largely out of our control.

If you haven’t already ditched that old Wilson Prostaff or the Prince Graphite, then do so. You can always save it for hitting balls for the dog. (If you don’t have a dog, buy one). Stiff racquets provide lots of control but very little power and they are heavy. While I don’t recommend any particular brand (virtually all are made in China) find one that is evenly balanced, the correct grip size (most of us would need 43/8), not too heavy (about 270-280g unstrung – you can always add lead tape to it later), and take it out for a demo. Not just once or twice, either. It’s amazing how the new toy syndrome can wear off very quickly. When it comes to the shape of the head, stick to conventional shapes and frames, I’m not a fan of Yonex for this reason. If it works for you, then that’s okay.

And now for string. There are only 3 types I stock and recommend. They are all a polyester string that provide more spin and power than factory nylon or synthetic gut. And generally they last longer. I’ve been using Kirschbaum SuperSmash for over five years now and I personally wouldn’t use anything less. It gives at least 10% more spin and power than typical strings. While that is just a number, it’s a number that sits well for me. Kirschbaum SuperSpikey is a little softer and easier on the arm and provides a little more spin, and perhaps a little less power. Lastly, Big Banger ALU Power is used by many ATP players and gives you more of everything. Currently I have one racquet strung in Supersmash and one in Big Banger ALU Power. While I feel I get more touch with Supersmash (maybe because I am more used to it), I certainly find the Big Banger a livelier string. If you’re still using strings that came with the racquet (ie factory strings), it’s a bit like buying a new driver for golf and playing with the Hot Dot. You’re only making life difficult for yourself.

Both types of string can take a little getting used to. If you’re used to doing all the hard work, you’ll find them both quite lively depending on the tension. One thing it will do, it will change your game. You can take a better swing at the ball, knowing that you have more control. Unless you have a Tuesday Night war injury, I generally recommend the middle of the range string tension.

  

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