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Tytta!. 02-07-2009 01:55 PM

Tennis Tipping Rules & Questions
 
Tennis Tipping Rules & Questions

1) Introduction to TT
2) Event preparations: commitments & entry lists
3) The event begins: Draws, OOP & Picks
4) Tie-break system
5) Ranking system
6) Other events
7) Examples
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Quick links


- Old FAQ/Guide thread
- 2014 Changes


keqtqiadv 02-07-2009 01:55 PM

Re: Tennis Tipping FAQ/Guide
 
1. Introduction to TT

1.1 What is Tennis Tipping?


Tennis Tipping is a game which tries to recreate the atmosphere of the ATP circuit. It consists of predicting the winners of the singles matches of a given day or round, but unlike the other tennis prediction games, the players are sorted in a knock-out system. That means each participant plays a different participant, and whoever gets the highest score moves on to the next round, when the winning players begin a new match (scores from the previous round are not carried on).
Here are some other similarities between TT and the ATP Tour:
· The game can be played individually (singles competition) or in pairs (doubles competition - the scores of each of the team players are combined);
· The categories of events are in compliance with the ITF/ATP regulations (Grand Slams, Masters 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250, Challengers/Futures, ATP Tour Finals, Davis Cup);
· Entries and seedings are based on a 52-week ranking system.

1.2 How do I sign up to a TT tournament?

You don’t have to have a certain number of posts or a period of registration in MTF. Just find the thread of the tournament you would like to play and post ‘IN’. The Tennis Tipping tournament threads are usually opened in the Forum of the actual ATP event. The exceptions are the Challengers and Futures, which are placed here. The calendar of events being held each year can be found in the ‘Managers Thread’. The deadline for regular entries is always Sunday 6 PM CET (or CEST) a week before the start of the tournament. Players who commit after the deadline are considered ‘Late Entries’ and placed in the bottom of the entry list.
If you want to play doubles, you must find a partner to play with you. You can either ask for a doubles partner or contact someone who is also looking for a doubles partner in the tournament thread. We recommend the use of Private Messages (PM) to make sure your request has been read by the other player. After you settle the partnership, you just need to post ‘Doubles with (name of the player)’ in the tournament thread.
It’s important to know that you can only commit to one tournament in each week. You are allowed to change tournaments (only once), but you must withdraw from the tournament you have entered first. Keep in mind that if you change tournaments, you will be placed in the bottom of the entry list of the event you decide to play.
The qualifying tournament usually starts on the Saturday before the start of the event and the main draw on Monday, which is usually the first day of the tournament. But players must check the tournament schedule in the TT threads.

1.3 How do I send in my predictions?

Players must pick the winners of the scheduled matches on each day of play. One day before the start of each day of play, the manager of the tournament will post the list of matches to be predicted, together with instructions on how to send the picks, the username to whom the picks should be addressed and the deadline after which no picks will be accepted.
The predictions must be sent by a PM. The message should be titled similarly to “TT (Name of the Tournament)Day”. Picks can be sent anytime until the deadline set by the manager which usually is the beginning of play each day. The same picks will be used for singles & doubles.

1.4 Where can I find more information?

The Tennis Tipping forum is the place where all the additional information about TT can be found. Here are some important threads:
- Managers Thread: thread where managers can apply for tournaments and ask questions on any aspects related to managing.
- Ask the Board Thread: any questions related to the game can be asked in this thread.
- Ranking threads: Singles, Doubles, WTF Race & Challenger Race.
- TT Code of Conduct: establishes the expected behavior and the responsibilities of managers and players.
- AdeyC’s Tennis Tipping Management Guide
- Evita’s TT Management Spreadsheets
- sfar’s Entry List & Draw Maker
- Tennis Tipping Statistics Website
- TT Interactive Rankings & Points Breakdown

Tytta!. 02-07-2009 01:55 PM

Re: Tennis Tipping FAQ/Guide
 
2. Event preparations

2.1 Commitments

2.1.1 Tournament thread

-Tournament threads should be posted on Friday (two weeks before the start of the tournament).

2.1.2 Number of participants


- Singles:
a) ATP 28 or 32 player draw: 32 player draw -> 28 direct entries (1 or 2 special exempt spots if applied), 4 qualy spots (16 player qualy draw, 32 in special occasions)
b) ATP 48, 56 or 64 player draw: 64 player draw -> 56 direct entries (1 or 2 special exempt spots if applied), 8 qualy spots (32 player qualy draw)
c) ATP 96 or 128 player draw: 128 player draw -> 112 direct entries, 16 qualy spots (64 player qualy draw, 128 in Grand Slams)
- Doubles:
a) ATP 28 or 32 player draw: 16 team draw -> 14 direct entries, 2 qualy spots (8 team qualy draw, 16 in special occasions)
b) ATP 48, 56 or 64 player draw: 32 team draw -> 28 direct entries, 4 qualy spots (16 team qualy draw)
c) ATP 96 or 128 player draw: 64 team draw -> 56 direct entries, 8 qualy spots (32 team qualy draw, 64 in Grand Slams)
- In special occasions, the number of participants can be increased in order to give all the players a chance to play.

2.1.3 Singles commitments – basic rules


- The post of the commitment must be clear and made by the player themselves.
- Players mustn’t commit to two different tournaments in the same week.
- Players mustn’t delete a commitment post.
- Entries will be based on the TT Singles Rankings (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).
- Unranked players will be listed in order of commitment.
- Players who are banned from MTF will not be allowed to play TT.

2.1.4 Singles commitments – deadlines


- Players have 10 days (from Friday till Sunday) to commit to the singles tournament (the first entry deadline is always Sunday 6 PM current time in Europe - CET or CEST - except for Grand Slams, which need a suitable deadline for their different schedules).
- The Friday before the start of the event is the final deadline (the exact time is up to the manager) for changes and late registrations.
- The final deadline can be extended if there are still spots available in the Main Draw or if the tournament’s qualifying starts on Sunday.
- Players who commit to the tournament after the first deadline and before the final deadline will be registered as Late Entries (LE) and placed on the bottom of the entry list, ordered by ranking.
- Players who commit to the tournament after the final deadline and before the start of the qualifying (or the main draw if no qualifying is played) will be registered as alternates and placed on the bottom of the alternates list, ordered by commitment time.

2.1.5 Changing tournaments


- Players are allowed to change the tournaments (only once). They must withdraw from the tournament they’ve previously entered before being accepted in the entry list of another tournament.
- Players who change tournaments will be registered as late entries (LE) and placed on the bottom of the entry list, ordered by ranking.
- Any changes must be made before the qualifying draws are posted.

2.1.6 Double commitment


- Players are only allowed to commit to one tournament per week.
- If a player commits to two different tournaments in the same week, the first commitment prevails.
- If the double commitment is not noticed by the managers, points gained by the player in any of the two tournaments will not be considered.
- If the infraction is noticed before the tournaments start, only the first commitment will be valid and no punishment is applied.
- Players are allowed to commit to Challengers during Grand Slams first weeks as well as to enter the Grand Slam qualifying event. Players who lose in the Grand Slam’s qualifying are then able to play the challenger.

2.1.7 Doubles commitments – basic rules


- The post of the commitment must be clear and made by one of the player of the team.
- A single entry post by one of the members of a doubles team is enough to commit the whole team to the doubles competition.
- Entries will be based on the combined TT Doubles Rankings of each member of the doubles team (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).
- Unranked teams will be listed in order of commitment.

2.1.8 Doubles commitments – deadlines


- Players have two weeks (from the Friday when the thread is opened until the Friday before the start of the tournament) to commit to the doubles tournament. The deadline is the same as the final deadline for singles commitments.
- The final deadline can be extended if there are still spots available in the Main Draw or if the tournament’s qualifying starts on Sunday.
- There aren’t Late Entries in doubles.
- Teams who commit to the tournament after the final deadline and before the start of the qualifying (or the main draw if no qualifying is played) will be registered as alternates and placed on the bottom of the alternates list, ordered by commitment time.

2.1.9 Challengers/Futures - Entry restrictions


- Top 30 players in singles are not allowed to play challengers, except during the Davis Cup weeks, the second weeks of Grand Slams or two-week Masters events and when there are no other tournaments (ATP 250 or better) played.
- In these weeks, top 30 players are allowed to play challengers, but they must be registered as Late Entries and are not able to be seeded (qualifying or Main Draw).

2.2 Entry list

2.2.1 Basic rules

- The Entry List is composed of:
a) Direct acceptances: players who are directly accepted into the Main Draw.
b) Qualifying list: players who are directly accepted into the Qualifying Draw.
c) Alternates list: players who don’t make the Qualifying Draw. Alternates are still able to play if there are players who forget to send picks on the first day of qualifying (or main draw if there is no qualifying).
- Entries are ordered by the TT Rankings (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).
- In doubles, the combined positions of each player are added together and the total is used to determine the entry order.
- Unranked players should be listed in order of commitment.
- Late entries should be placed on the bottom of the entry list (after the unranked players), ordered by ranking.
- Players who commit after the final deadline should be placed on the bottom of the alternates list, ordered by commitment time.
- If there’s a tie in the singles list, the players should be ordered by commitment time.
- If there’s a tie in the doubles list, the teams should be ordered by the sum of ranking points of each player. If the sum of points is the same, the tie should be broken by the individual doubles ranking of the best player of each team.

2.2.2 Protected Ranking (PR)


- Players who are absent from TT for at least 3 months are eligible to apply for a Protected Ranking.
- The Protected Ranking is the average ranking of the first 6 weeks of the player’s absence.
- Players must ask for a Protected Ranking in the PR thread before they commit to any tournaments.
- After being inactive for 18 months or more, the player is no longer eligible to apply for a Protected Ranking.
- The number of Protected Rankings depend on the length of the absence:
a) 3 months out = 3 PR
b) 4 months out = 4 PR
c) 5 months out = 5 PR
d) 6 or more months out = 6 PR
- Protected rankings apply to singles and doubles (there’s a separate PR for each of the competitions).
- Players must inform the tournament manager whether they will use a PR before the first deadline (or the final deadline, if LE). If the player gets a direct acceptance to the tournament with their current position in the entry rankings, the PR is not used.
- Protected Rankings can’t be used for seedings.
- In case of a tie, a player using a PR will be placed below a player using the regular ranking in the entry list.

2.2.3 Special Exempts (SE)


- Players may receive a Special Exempt into the Main Draw of the following week’s tournament if they reachthesingles final of the previous week’s tournament and meet one of the following criteria:
a) A qualified event for Special Exempt to an ATP Masters 1000 is the singles event of another ATP Masters 1000 or an ATP 500 Tournament.
b) A qualified event for Special Exempt to an ATP 500 Tournament is the singles event of another ATP 500 Tournament or an ATP Masters 1000.
c) A qualified event for Special Exempt to an ATP 250 Tournament is the singles event of any ATP 250 or 500 Tournament, ATP Masters 1000 or Grand Slam.
d) A qualified event for Special Exempt to a Challenger is the singles event of any Grand Slam, ATP tournament or Challenger.
- Players must apply for the SE spots before the final deadline.
- If Friday’s play is postponed to Saturday, players who’re still alive in the singles tournament are eligible to receive SE spots of an event in the following week, even if they don’t reach the tournament final.
- Any player in the qualifying or alternates list is eligible to receive a SE, even if the player is a LE.
- If there are more players than available spots for Special Exempts, the players will be selected according to the TT rankings (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).
- Top 30 players aren’t eligible to get Special Exempts into challengers.
- Number of special exempts per tournament:
a) ATP Masters 1000 & ATP 500 Tournaments: one Special Exempt
b) ATP 250 Tournaments & Challengers: two Special Exempts
- If no players meet the SE criteria or apply for the spots, the first player(s) on the qualifying entry list should be promoted from the qualifying draw to the main draw.

2.2.4 Challengers & Grand Slams


- Players are allowed to commit to both a Grand Slam and a challenger played in the first (week #1 challenger) or the second week (week #2 challenger) of the same Grand Slam.
- Players who make the main draw of the Grand Slam (singles or doubles) should be removed from the entry list of the week #1 challenger.
- Players who decide to send picks as potential Lucky Losers on the first day of the Grand Slam's main draw should be removed from the entry list of the week #1 challenger.
- Players who reach the Grand Slam R16 (Singles 4th Round or Doubles 3rd Round) should be removed from the entry list of the week #2 challenger.

2.2.5 Challengers & Indian Wells/Miami


- Players are allowed to commit to both Indian Wells/Miami and a challenger played in the second week (week #2 challenger) of the same ATP Masters 1000 event.
- Players who are still playing the ATP Masters 1000 by Saturday should be removed from the entry list of the week #2 challenger.

2.3 FAQ

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1) Aren’t players able to commit another player for singles?
Not anymore. This rule was changed in the 2012-2013 off-season.


2) Am I allowed to change tournaments after the second deadline?
Yes if the draws haven’t been posted yet. Once the draws are posted, it’s no longer possible to withdraw from a tournament. Alternates can still be added to the bottom of the list.

3) I  was an alternate for tournament A but didn’t make the qualifying draw.  Then I realized tournament B still had Main Draw spots available. Am I  allowed to play there?
No. Players are only allowed to play one tournament per week. Alternates aren’t allowed to play anywhere else that week even if they didn’t make it to the draw.

4) My partner has already committed my doubles team to the tournament. Do I need to confirm the commitment in the thread?
No. Your partner’s commit is enough to confirm the team’s entry.

5)  I’ve entered the Tournament A, played in week X, and the Tournament B,  played in the following week (X+1). If I make the Tournament A final but  don’t enter the Tournament B main draw directly, do I have to withdraw  from the Tournament B qualifying to be able to play the Tournament A  final?
No. Since the tournaments are played in different weeks, you’re allowed to play both the final of Tournament A and the qualifying of tournament B.

6) I  chose to use my PR to get into a tournament, but it turns out I would  have entered the main draw with my regular ranking. Was my PR used or do  I get to use it somewhere else?
You get to  use it somewhere else. Your PR is only used if your current ranking  isn’t high enough to get you a place in the main draw.

7)  I’ve reached the doubles final of Tournament A. Am I eligible to request  a SE into the doubles main draw of Tournament B, to be played in the  following week?
No. Special Exempts are exclusive to singles.

8) I  still haven’t played the singles SF of Tournament A on Friday, but I’m  interested in a potential SE spot in Tournament B, played in the  following week. How should I proceed?
You must  request the SE spot in the Tournament B thread, even if your match  hasn’t been decided yet. You don’t necessarily have to wait until the  last moment to post your request. Just make sure you do it before the final deadline.

9) How should managers proceed if the potential SE players are yet to play their matches on Friday?
If the main  draw is to be made before a potential Special Exempt player plays on  Friday, then such place(s) shall be drawn in the same manner as  qualifier, i.e., four qualifiers ("Q") and one or two "SE". Each of the  five or six slots are marked "Q/SE." As soon as the "SE" match results  are known, either the "SE" or the next Direct Acceptance (if the SE  lost) is randomly drawn and inserted into the draw.

11) I  committed to a Grand Slam, but didn’t make the Main Draw. Do I have to  withdraw from the tournament I’ll play in the week before the GS to be  able to play the GS qualifying? And what if I reach the final of a  tournament and don’t get a SE spot, do I have to withdraw from the  qualifying of the tournament played in the following week?
The answer is ‘no’ to both questions. You can play both tournaments, as they’re tournaments from different calendar weeks.

12) I  lost my Grand Slam match on Saturday. The week #2 challenger I chose to  play only starts its qualifying on Sunday and main draw on Tuesday. Am I  able to play the challenger? Wasn’t there a rule that said ‘R16 – out  of Qualifying’ & ‘QF – out of MD’?
Sorry, you’re not able  to play the challenger. This rule is no longer valid. If you reach the  GS R16 (4th round Singles/3rd round Doubles), you’re automatically  removed from the challenger’s entry list. Grand Slams’ R16 are usually  played on Friday & Saturday, except for the US Open (played on  Saturday & Sunday).

13) What happens if a player is banned from MTF? Would they still be able to play TT?
·        If the suspension doesn’t end until the start of a TT event, the banned player will be removed from the tournament.
·        If the  suspension happens after the start of a TT event, picks sent before the  ban starts running will still count. Picks for the following rounds will  not be accepted until the suspension is ended.


keqtqiadv 02-07-2009 01:56 PM

Re: Tennis Tipping FAQ/Guide
 
3. The event begins: Draws, OOP, Picks

3.1 Draws

3.1.1 Draw size

- Tennis Tipping follows the same draw sizes as the ATP, with the exception of byes, which are not used in TT:
a) ATP 28 or 32 player draw (Challengers, most of the ATP 250 & 500 Tournaments):
o Singles -> 32-player main draw & 16-player qualifying draw
o Doubles -> 16-team main draw & 8-team qualifying draw.
b) ATP 48, 56 or 64 player draw (some ATP 250 & 500 Tournaments, most of the ATP Masters 1000):
o Singles -> 64-player main draw & 32-player qualifying draw
o Doubles -> 32-team main draw & 16-team qualifying draw.
c) ATP 96 player draw (Indian Wells & Miami):
o Singles -> 128-player main draw & 64-player qualifying draw
o Doubles -> 64-team main draw & 32-team qualifying draw.
d) 128 player draw (Grand Slams):
o Singles -> 128-player main draw & 128-player qualifying draw
o Doubles -> 64-team main draw & 64-team qualifying draw.
- In special occasions, the size of the qualifying draw can be increased in order to give all the players a chance to play.
- If there are less than two players in the qualifying list for each qualifying spot of the Main Draw, the tournament will have a custom qualifying draw which will give less spots to the Main Draw, as follows (examples for 32-player events):
a) 32 players: all players are directly qualified to the MD; no qualifying is played.
b) 33 players: 31 players are directly qualified to the MD; the remaining two players play a 1-match qualifying round.
c) 34 players: 30 players are directly qualified to the MD; the remaining 4 players play a 2-match qualifying round.
d) 35 players: 29 players are directly qualified to the MD; the remaining 6 players play a 3-match qualifying round.

3.1.2 Minimum draw size


- The main draws of a Tennis Tipping event must have at least 16 singles players or 8 doubles teams for the tournament to be run.
- If the minimum number of players or teams isn't reached until 2nd the deadline, the players can then move to other tournaments being held in the same week without being marked as late entries.

3.1.3 Seeds


- Seeds are players or teams who are given preferential positions in the draw based on the TT rankings (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).
- Number of seeds:
a) Main Draw:
o 16 players - 4 seeds
o 32 Players - 8 seeds
o 64 Players - 16 seeds
o 128 players - 32 seeds
b) Qualifying (always two seeds for each MD spot):
o 4 Q draw (2 MD spots) - 4 seeds
o 8 Q draw (2 MD spots) - 4 seeds
o 16 Q draw (2 MD spots) - 4 seeds
o 16 Q draw (4 MD spots) - 8 seeds
o 32 Q draw (4 MD spots) - 8 seeds
o 32 Q draw (8 MD spots) - 16 seeds
o 64 Q draw (16 MD spots) - 32 seeds
o 128 Q draw (16 MD spots) - 32 seeds
- The placement of the seeds can be found here.
- Players who are Late Entries or Special Exempts can be seeded.
- Protected Ranking is not used to define the seeding order.
- Top 30 singles players are not able to be seeded in challengers.
- Qualifiers & Lucky Losers can be seeded if the Main Draw is released after the qualifying is over, but the tournament managers don’t have to wait for the qualifying to be played to post the Main Draw.

3.1.4 Byes


- If there are not enough players to fill a draw (Qualifying or Main Draw), byes should be awarded to the highest seeds.
- If there are still remaining byes, they should be awarded to the highest ranked unseeded players (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).

3.1.5 Lucky Losers (LL)


- Lucky Losers are players who lose in the final round of the qualifying event (or if more lucky losers are required, those players who lose the previous qualifying rounds) but still get to play the Main Draw of the tournament, replacing a player who doesn’t send picks on the first day of competition.
- The Lucky Loser order is determined by the following (for more information, check the TB rules):
a. Amount of correct picks (Qualifying Final Round)
b. Amount of correct SR's (Qualifying Final Round)
c. SR shootout (Qualifying Final Round)
d. PTS (Qualifying Final Round)
e. Amount of correct picks (2nd round if played)
f. Amount of correct SRs (2nd round if played)
g. SR shootout (2nd round if played)
h. PTS (2nd round if played)
i. Amount of correct picks (1st round)
j. Amount of correct SRs (1st round)
k. SR shootout (1st round)
l. PTS 1 (1st round)
m. PTS 2 (1st round)
n. PTS 3, PTS 4, …., PTS X-1 (1st round)
o. PTS X-1 (1st round – last match of the OOP)
p. GD (Qualifying Final Round)
q. GD (2nd round if played)
r. GD 1 (1st round)
s. GD 2 (1st round)
t. GD 3, GD 4, …., GD X-1 (1st round)
u. GD X (1st round - last match of the OOP)
v. Ranking

3.1.6 Alternates/Lucky Losers replacements


- Lucky loser and alternates replacements only happen in first rounds (Main Draw or Qualifying). There’s an exception to this rule (Rule 3.1.7).
- For the purpose of alternates/lucky loser replacements, a player who forgets to send their picks on the first day of competition (qualifying or main draw) will be considered a missing player.
- For the purpose of alternates/lucky loser replacements, a team will be considered missing in doubles if one of its players forgets to send their picks on the first day of competition (qualifying or main draw).
- Alternates and Lucky Losers must send picks to be eligible to replace a missing player. In doubles, both players of an alternate/lucky loser team must send picks.
- An Alternate will take the spot of a missing player in the Qualifying Draw.
- An Alternate will take the spot of a missing player in the Main Draw if no qualifying was played.
- A Lucky Loser will take the spot of a missing player in the Main Draw if the qualifying event was played.
- An Alternate will take the Main Draw spot of a player who withdraws from the tournament after the qualifying draw is made but before the qualifying competition starts. In this case, the first player in the qualifying list will be the Main Draw alternate.
- A Lucky Loser will take the Main Draw spot of a player who withdraws from the tournament after the qualifying competition starts.
- Lucky losers or alternates will not replace a player who sends picks on the first day of a two-day first round but forgets to send picks on the second day.

3.1.7 Round 1 exception - Lucky Losers


- When both players or teams in a first round match fail to send picks and there are no alternates or lucky losers to replace one of them, the loser with the best score in this round will take their spot in the following round as a lucky loser.
- When the first and the second rounds are played on the same day, the loser with the best score in the first round will take the spot of a player or team that receives a bye from the first to the second round but fails to send picks on that day.
- This exception applies to both the qualifying event and the Main Draw.

3.1.8 Placing Alternates/Lucky Losers in the draw


- For the purpose of Alternates/Lucky Losers placement, every missing player will be treated as a bye.
- Alternates and Lucky Losers should be randomly placed in the draw.
- Alternates and Lucky Losers mustn’t receive byes unless all the players who are directly accepted into the draw also receive a free pass to the following round.
- If there are more missing players than available replacements, the spots where to place the alternates/lucky losers should be decided as follows:
a. One spot in matches where neither player has sent picks.
b. Against the lowest ranked player whose opponent hasn’t sent picks (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament)
- After the steps above, if there are any alternates/lucky losers placed against a player who hasn’t sent picks, the draw should be adjusted in order to give the byes to the best ranked players who have been directly accepted into the draw (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament). In this case, the opponents of these players should be slotted to play against the alternates/lucky losers.
- Examples of Alternates/Lucky Loser placements can be found here.

3.2 Order of Play

3.2.1 Tournament Schedule

- Tennis Tipping tournaments start on Monday (even if there are Main Draw matches played on Sunday), except for the following events:
a) Roland Garros: Sunday start (1st day of MD play).
b) The 64-player event which precedes the US Open (currently played in Winston-Salem): Sunday start (1st day of MD play – both rounds of qualifying should be played on Saturday).
c) Indian Wells: Thursday start (1st day of MD play).
d) Miami: Wednesday start (1st day of MD play).
e) Challengers which start on Tuesday: manager’s choice, depending on the number of qualifying rounds played.
- The standard schedules of the Tennis Tipping tournaments can be found here.
- Depending on the number of matches played on Monday, the manager can decide to add some of the Tuesday’s matches to the singles first round.
- The use of qualifying matches played on Monday (first day of MD play) is a manager’s decision.
- Qualifying matches played on Monday will count for the Main Draw play, unless the manager says otherwise.
- If play is suspended due to rain or darkness, the postponed matches will still count for the previous day’s round. These matches will not be used for the following day’s round.

3.2.2 Order of Play


- The order of play is the list of matches scheduled to be played on the following day.
- The order of play will be posted in the tournament thread, together with the following instructions:
a) The deadline after which no picks will be accepted.
b) The username of the person to whom the picks should be sent.
c) Instructions on how to send picks (up to the manager).
d) Any other information managers may want to provide.
- The deadline is usually taken from the official order of play and set at the time when the first match is scheduled to begin.
- Managers may occasionally set an earlier deadline if their personal circumstances require it and plenty of warning is given, attempting to give a window of at least 12 hours for the players to send picks.

3.3 Picks

3.3.1 Instructions on how to send picks

- Picks must be sent via Private Messages (PM), according to the manager’s instructions.
- The desired format of the picks usually is as follows:
a) The picks should be sent in the same order the matches are disposed in the Order of Play.
b) Only the last name of the winner should be sent (nationalities, first names, seeding should be erased).
c) The names of the players should be spelled correctly.
d) Picks of matches marked as SR (Set-Ratio matches) should be followed by a prediction of the score of the match in sets.
e) Picks of matches marked as PTS (Predict-the-Score) should be followed by a prediction of the score of the match in games.
f) Examples can be found here.
- The same set of picks count for singles and doubles.
- Picks must be sent by the player themselves. Players are not allowed to send picks for another username.
- The use of the manager’s e-mail address (published on the first page of the tournament thread) should be restricted to situations of MTF’s malfunction. Picks sent via e-mail will still be accepted, but it’s highly recommended to send picks by PM.
- Players are allowed to change picks at any time until the deadline.
- Players are not allowed to send a particular pick they’ve missed after the deadline has passed.
- Players should send picks even if they have a bye in the first round (for Count-Back purposes – more information here)

3.3.2 Possible problems


- Picks sent after the deadline will not be accepted, even if a point hasn’t been played.
- Picks must be sent to the correct manager, as instructed in the Order of Play. Picks sent to the wrong person will not be accepted, even if they’re sent to the person who posted the Order of Play.
- In case of missing players:
a) First round: the missing player will be replaced by an alternate or lucky loser.
b) Second round onwards or if there are no alternates/lucky losers available (one-day round): the opposing player will be given a walkover.
c) Second round onwards or if there are no alternates/lucky losers available (two-day round): walkovers will not be awarded if the missing player sends picks on one of the two days.
- In case of matches where neither player sends picks:
a) First round & alternates/lucky losers available: check Rule 3.1.8.
b) First round & no alternates/lucky losers available: check Rule 3.1.7.
c) Second round onwards: the winner will be decided by the TB rules.
- If one of the players of a doubles team forgets to send picks and there are no alternates or lucky losers to replace them, a walkover isn’t awarded to the opposing team. The missing player gets 0 points, but the score of the other player still counts.

3.3.3 Sending picks incorrectly


- Tournament threads must have instructions on how to send picks correctly.
- Picks sent incorrectly can be punished as follows:
a) First infraction: a warning (manager should send a PM to the player)
b) Second infraction: a point penalty.
c) Third infraction: disqualification.
- No punishment is applied if the picks are sent before the OOP is posted
- The imposition of the punishments is up to the tournament manager.

3.4 FAQ
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1) I’m high ranked, but missed the first deadline. I managed to get into the qualifying draw. If I had entered the tournament directly, I’d have been a seeded player. Can I still be seeded if I qualify? Must the manager wait to post the main draw?
You can still be seeded if the manager decides to post the Main Draw after the qualifying spots are decided. But he doesn’t have to wait to post the draw.

2) I lost my first round match. Should I send picks for the second round to take a potential lucky loser spot in case someone forgets to send picks?
No. Missing players can’t be replaced by lucky losers after the first round, so unless you’re playing doubles there’s no need for you to send picks.
There’s one exception to this rule (if there are two missing players in a R1 match but no alternates/lucky losers to replace them), but the player who gets the lucky loser spot is known as soon as the R1 matches are finished.

3) Two players (who were not assigned to play each other) didn’t sent picks, but there was only one alternate available to replace them. After the replacement, the player who received the bye wasn’t even seeded.  Should the draw be adjusted so that the #1 seed gets the bye instead?
No. The draw should only be rearranged to prevent alternates/lucky losers from receiving byes.

4) I can’t wait for the manager to post the OOP. What should I do?
Players don’t necessarily have to wait for the manager to send their picks. But if you can actually wait for the OOP to be posted, you should do so and send pick in the correct order (which helps the manager a lot).

5) I forgot to send my picks, but the whole round was postponed to the next day due to rain. No lucky losers replaced me in the draw. Am I still able to play?
No. No picks can be accepted after the deadline, which doesn't change because of rain, darkness or any other events which may change the time the first match starts.

6) I didn't read the instructions and sent the picks to the wrong person. Will my picks be accepted?
No. Players must read the instructions and send picks to the correct manager. The person who posts the OOP isn't necessarily the person who will be managing the tournament. And the tournament manager may ask for someone else to take over the event on a given day.

7) I forgot to send my picks. It wasn't a first round, so I wasn't replaced in the draw. My opponent didn't predict any correct winner, didn't score any SR, didn't have any advantage in the SR Shootout and scored 0 points in the PTS match. I have the CB advantage. Shouldn't I be the winner of the match?
No, in this case your opponent is given a walkover.

8) I sent the picks in the wrong order and made some spelling mistakes. Am I automatically punished?
  No, it's up to the managers whether to impose these penalties (and they probably won’t). What you must understand is that managing tournaments consumes time, and picks sent incorrectly make the manager's job even harder.


Tytta!. 02-07-2009 01:56 PM

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4. Tie-break System

4.1 Introduction

4.1.1 Definitions

- The winner of a Tennis Tipping match is the player who picks the highest number of winners. Matches are counted as long as one point has been played.
- The tie-break system is used when the amount of correct picks doesn’t decide the winner of a match.
- For the purpose of the tie-break system, the following definitions will be used:
a) SR (Set ratio): a prediction of the score of the match in sets. Examples: 2-1/2-0 (best of 3 sets); 3-0/3-1/3-2 (best of 5 sets).
b) SR match: a match which requires the prediction of its SR.
c) PTS (Predict-the-score): a prediction of the score of the match in games. Examples: 60 76 (best of 3 sets); 36 75 46 61 60 (best of 5 sets).
d) PTS match: a match which requires the prediction of its PTS.
e) CB (Countback): the amount of correct picks from a previous round.
f) SR Shootout: the comparison of predictions (winners & SRs) one by one, according to an order previously chosen by the manager.
g) Closest SR: in best of 5 matches, a 3-1 SR is closer to 3-0 than 3-2 (and closer to 3-2 than 3-0).
h) PTS system: the standard scoring method of PTS matches.
i) GD (Game difference): an alternative method of comparing PTS matches, used when all the other TB rules fail to decide the winner of a match.

4.1.2 The tie-break system & the OOP

- All the matches are ‘SR matches’, ordered by numbers (SR1, SR2, SR3 etc.).
- The SR1 match is also a ‘PTS match’.
- The order of the matches is a manager’s decision. It’s recommended to rank the matches according to the difficulty of prediction.
- The final of an event must always be the SR1 PTS match of a TT final.
- In first rounds (singles & doubles, main draw & qualifying), all the matches should be ‘PTS matches’ to minimize the possibility of a ranking decision.
- In case of a two-day round in doubles played concomitantly to two one-day rounds of singles, the matches played on the second day will have priority in the SR order unless the manager says otherwise. This situation usually happens on Mondays & Tuesdays.

4.2 The TT TB System

- In case of a tie, the winner of a TT match will be decided by following:

4.2.1 Amount of correct SRs

- The player who predicts the highest amount of correct SRs wins.
- A SR is correct if the player correctly picks the winner and the SR (score in sets) of a match.
- The SR of a match is not counted if there’s a retirement.
- Examples can be found here.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on the SR shootout.

4.2.2 SR Shootout


- The SR shootout consists of the comparison between the players’ picks one by one, according to the order of SRs chosen by the manager.
- The first step is to compare the picks of the SR1 match. If the match is still undecided, the next step is to compare the picks of the SR2 match. If the tie persists, then the SR3 match is used and so on, until the winner is decided or the last match of the Order of Play is compared.
- The picks of a SR match should be compared according to the following steps:
a. Different winners:
o The player who picks the correct winner wins.
o If there’s a retirement, the player who picks the correct winner still wins.
o Doubles: a team wins if its members predict the correct winner more times than their opponents.
b. Same winners (both players picked the correct winner) but different SRs:
o The player who picks the correct SR (or the closest SR in best of 5 matches) wins.
o If there’s a retirement, this step doesn’t count.
o Doubles – all 4 players picked the correct winner: a team wins if its members predict the correct SR more times than their opponents. If not, a team wins if its members predict the closest SR more times than their opponents.
c. Same winners (both players picked loser of the match) but different SRs:
o The player who gives more sets to the winner wins.
o If there’s a retirement, this step doesn’t count.
o Doubles – all 4 players picked the loser: a team wins if its members give more sets to the winner than their opponents.
d. Doubles - one correct pick and one incorrect pick for each team:
o Check the winners – each team picked the correct winner once: a team wins if its members predicted the correct SR more times than their opponents. If tied:
o Check the losers - each team picked the incorrect winner once: a team wins if its members give more sets to the winner than their opponents. If tied:
o Check the winners again – each team picked the correct winner once: a team wins if its members picked the closest SR more times than their opponents.
e. No decision. Proceed to the next SR match.
- Examples can be found here.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on PTS.

4.2.3 PTS


- The player who scores the highest sum of PTS points in the SR1 PTS match wins.
- The PTS is not counted when there’s a retirement in the SR1 PTS match.
- The PTS points are counted as follows:
a) Correct order of sets -> prediction of the correct winner of one or more sets:
o 1 set – 1 point
o 2 sets – 4 points
o 3 sets – 7 points
o 4 sets – 10 points
o 5 sets – 13 points
b) Correct scorelines -> prediction of the exact score of a set won by a player:
o 1 set – 3 points
o 2 sets – 6 points
o 3 sets – 9 points
o 4 sets – 12 points
o 5 sets – 15 points
c) Incorrect winner:
o Both players pick the incorrect winner in the PTS match: 2 points for each set predicted for the correct winner.
- In doubles, the PTS points of each player should be counted separately.
- Examples can be found here.
- First rounds (Main Draw or Qualifying) -> all matches should be PTS: if the PTS1 match doesn’t decide, the PTS2’s scores should be compared. If the tie persists, then the PTS3 match should be used and so on. If the match remains undecided, the next step is the GD, as there aren’t previous rounds to be used as CB.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on the tournament CB.

4.2.4 Tournament CB


- The tournament CB is the sum of correct picks from all the previous rounds of the Main Draw (qualifying doesn’t count).
- The player who has the highest tournament CB wins.
- Examples can be found here.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on CB1.

4.2.5 CB


- If the tournament CB doesn’t decide the winner of a match, the next step is to compare the scores from the previous rounds one by one. The player who has the highest score wins.
- The first step is to compare the scores from the previous round (CB1). If the match is still undecided, the next step is to compare the picks from two rounds back (CB2). If the tie persists, then the CB3 is used and so on, until the winner is decided or the scores from the first round are compared (qualifying doesn’t count).
- Examples can be found here.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on the previous round’s tie-break.

4.2.6 Previous round(s) tie-break


- The previous round’s tie-break uses the first three steps of the TB rules (amount of correct SRs, SR shootout & PTS) from the previous round to decide the match. If the match is still undecided, the next step is to compare the TB steps from two rounds back. If the tie persists, then the TB steps from three rounds back are used, until the winner is decided or the TB steps from the first round are used (qualifying doesn’t count).
- The previous round’s tie-break should be compared as follows (according to Rules 4.2.1, 4.2.2 & 4.2.3):
a. Amount of correct SRs (previous round).
b. SR shootout (previous round).
c. PTS (previous round).
d. No decision. Proceed to the same steps from the round before.
- Examples can be found here.
- If still tied, the match will be decided on GD.

4.2.7 Game Difference and Number of Games System (GD)


- The player who scores the lowest sum of GD points in the SR1 PTS match wins.
- If the sum of GD points is tied, the player who scores the lowest amount of G points (only the game difference step: number of games played not considered) in the same match wins.
- The GD is not counted if there’s a retirement in the match.
- The GD is not counted if the picked player loses the match.
- The GD points are counted as follows:
a) Game difference (G) = |(PGW – PGL) - (RGW – RGL)|
o PGW: prediction of games won by the winner of the match.
o PGL: prediction of games won by the loser of the match.
o RGW: number of games won by the winner of the match (actual result).
o RGL: number of games won by the loser of the match (actual result).
b) Number of games played (N) = |PTG – RTG|
o PTG: prediction of the total of games played in the match.
o RTG: total of games played in the match (actual result).
c) Total of GD points = G + N
- In doubles, the GD points of each player should be counted separately.
- Examples can be found here.
- First rounds (Main Draw or Qualifying) -> all matches should be PTS/GD: if the GD1 doesn’t decide the match, the GD2’s scores should be compared. If the tie persists, then the GD3 match should be used and so on.
- Second round onwards -> If GD1 doesn’t decide the match, the GDs from the previous rounds should be used. The first step is to compare the scores from the previous round (GD1 match). If the match is still undecided, the next step is to compare the scores from two rounds back (GD1 match). If the tie persists, then the GD1 match from three rounds back is used and so on, until the winner is decided or the scores from the first round matches (GD1, GD2, GD3, until the last match of the OOP) are used (qualifying doesn’t count).
- If still tied, the match will be decided on ranking.

4.2.8 Ranking


- If all the previous steps fail to decide the winner of the match, the highest ranked player wins (rankings from two weeks before the start of the tournament).

4.3 FAQ

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1) I’ve read the TB rules, but I’m still not sure I understand which step comes first, which step doesn’t, what happens after CB, how the TB CB works etc. Could you order each step so I can fully understand when to use each rule?
a.    Amount of correct SR’s.
b.    SR shootout.
c.    PTS.
d.    Tournament CB.
e.    CB1 (CB of the previous round).
f.    CB2 (CB of two rounds back).
g.    CB3, CB4, …, CBX (CB of three rounds back, CB of four rounds back, …, CB of the first round).
h.    Amount of correct SR’s (previous round).
i.      SR shootout (previous round).
j.      PTS (previous round).
k.    Amount of correct SR’s (two rounds back).
l.      SR shootout (two rounds back).
m.  PTS (two rounds back).
n.    …
o.    Amount of correct SR’s (first round).
p.    SR shootout (first round).
q.    PTS1 (first round).
r.    PTS2 (first round).
s.    PTS3, PTS4, …, PTSX (first round; X = last match of the OOP).
t.      GD (PTS match of the current round).
u.    GD previous round (PTS match of the previous round).
v.    GD two rounds back (PTS match of two rounds back).
w.  …
x.    GD1 first round (PTS1 match of the first round).
y.    GD2 first round (PTS2 match of the first round).
z.    GD3, GD4, …, GDX first round (X = last match of the OOP).
aa.  Ranking.

2) I picked Player A 2-1, my opponent picked Player A 2-0. Player B won by retirement. Do I win on the SR shootout as I gave more sets to the winner?
No, check the next SR match. In case of a retirement, SR shootout only decides if each player picked a different winner.

3) I picked Player A 3-0, my opponent picked Player A 3-1. Player B won 3-2. I should check the next SR in the shootout order, right?
No, this rule was changed in 2014. The player who picks the closest SR wins. In this case, your opponent gave one set to the winner (3-1), so you lost the match.

4) I picked Player A 63 62, my opponent picked player A 62 63. Player A won 63 62. Do I win on PTS?
No. Both players scored 4 points (correct winners of sets 1 and 2) + 6 points (correct scorelines 63 and 62 Player A) = 10 points. The order of the scorelines doesn’t matter.

5) I know there should only be one PTS after the first round. But the manager wrote ‘PTS’ after all the matches. PTS1 didn’t decide my match. Should it be decided on CB? Or should the other PTSs be used?
From the second round onwards, there should only be one PTS match. Even if the manager marks the other SR matches as PTS, only the SR1 PTS match will be considered for TB purposes.

6) What happens if Tournament CB doesn’t decide my match? Is there a SR CB?
There isn’t a CB of correct SRs. The tournament CB is followed by the CB of the previous rounds one by one. If the CB of the first round doesn’t decide the winner of the match, the following step is to compare the TB of the previous round (amount of correct SRs, SR shootout, PTS). If the match is still tied, then the TB of the round before is used, and so on.

7) My match went to the tournament CB. I lost because I didn’t send picks in the first round, as I had a bye. Shouldn’t the CB count from the second round onwards?
No. Players should always send picks in the first round, even if they have a bye to the second round.


keqtqiadv 02-07-2009 01:57 PM

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5. Ranking System

5.1 Introduction

5.1.1 Definitions

- The Tennis Tipping Rankings are the method used to determine entries and seeding in TT tournaments.
- The TT rankings are based on each player’s results in the past 52 weeks, except for the World Tour Finals, which is dropped on the Monday following the last ATP Tour event of the following year. Once entered, all tournaments, except for the World Tour Finals, remain in the system for 52 consecutive weeks.
- The same system is used for both singles and doubles.

5.1.2 Calculations


- Each player counts their total points from the 4 mandatory events (the 4 Grand Slams) and their best 14 results from all the other tournaments.
- Points from the World Tour Finals are counted as an extra 19th tournament.
- In case of a missed Grand Slam:
a) Players whose ranking was high enough to compete in the Grand Slam get zero points for missing a mandatory event.
b) Players whose ranking was not high enough to compete in the Grand Slam increase their number of countable results from all the other tournaments by one.
- When two or more players have the same total number of points, ties shall be broken as follows:
a. The most total points from the Grand Slams, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and World Tour Finals main draws.
b. The fewest events played, counting all missed Grand Slams they could have played.
c. The highest number of points from one single tournament, then, if needed, the second highest, and so on.

5.2 Points breakdown




- Any player who reaches the second round by drawing a bye and then loses is considered to have lost in the first round.
- Davis cup points (introduced in 2014, according to ATP - points are awarded for each live rubber win):



5.3 FAQ

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1) How do players qualify for the World Tour Finals? And the Challenger Tour Finals?
  ·        World Tour Finals rules can be found here.
  ·        Challenger Tour Finals rules can be found here.
 
2) Is there a Team ranking?
  No. Doubles rankings consider the individual results of each player.
 
3) I won an ATP title in June last year. The same event will be played in October this year. Do I keep the title’s points until October?
  No. Points drop after 52 weeks, even if the tournament is played later in the following year.
 
4) I received 200 points for winning a title last year. I lost in the first round of a tournament played in the same week this year. What will happen to my ranking points?
  The TT rankings count the 4 Grand Slam results plus the best 14 results from all the other tournaments. When the 200 points you gained drop, your best result from the tournaments which were not being counted (if you have any) will then be added to the countable results.


Tytta!. 02-07-2009 01:57 PM

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6. Other events

6.1 World Tour Finals (WTF)

6.1.1 Entries - singles

- The Top 8 singles players in the Singles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- Ties are broken by the total of points gathered in Grand Slams.
- The Singles Race Rankings consider the results of each player in the current year, and are calculated according to the TT ranking rules.
- Grand Slam winners do not automatically qualify for the WTF.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.1.2 Entries – doubles


- The Top 16 doubles players in the Doubles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- Ties are broken by the total of points gathered in Grand Slams.
- The Doubles Race Rankings consider the individual results of each player in the current year, and are calculated according to the TT ranking rules. The doubles race is not a team ranking.
- After confirming their participation in the WTF, the top 16 players in the doubles race will then form 8 teams.
- Grand Slam winners do not automatically qualify for the WTF.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.1.3 Alternates


- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the WTF is played.
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Players who fail to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates. No replacements will happen after the first round.

6.1.4 Draw


- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each. The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’. Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.
- Each player will play every other player in the same group. For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a. Greatest number of wins.
b. Head-to-head results if only two (2) players are tied.
c. If three (3) players are tied, then:
i) Number of correct picks.
ii) If (i) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.
iii) Number of correct SRs.
iv) If (iii) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.

6.1.5 Tournament Schedule


- RR match 1 (Seeds #1/#2 vs Seeds #7/#8 & Seeds #3/#4 vs Seeds #5/#6): ATP matches 1, 2 & 3.
- RR match 2 (Winners from the RR match 1 play each other & Losers from the RR match 1 play each other): ATP matches 4, 5 & 6.
- RR match 3 (Remaining matches in each group): ATP matches 7, 8 & 9.
- Semifinals: ATP Matches 10, 11 & 12.
- Final: ATP SF & F.

6.1.6 TT TB rules


- All matches are PTS in every round.
- The other TB rules remain the same.

6.2 Challenger Tour Finals

6.2.1 Entries - singles

- The Top 8 singles players in the Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour Finals.
- The Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.2.2 Entries – doubles


- The Top 16 doubles players in the Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour FInals.
- The Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year. The challenger race is not a team ranking.
- After confirming their participation in the Challenger Tour Finals, the top 16 players in the challenger race will then form 8 teams.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.2.3 Alternates


- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the Challenger Tour Finals are played.
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Players who fail to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates. No replacements will happen after the first round.

6.2.4 Draw


- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each. The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’. Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.
- Each player will play every other player in the same group. For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a. Greatest number of wins.
b. Head-to-head results if only two (2) players are tied.
c. If three (3) players are tied, then:
i) Number of correct picks.
ii) If (i) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.
iii) Number of correct SRs.
iv) If (iii) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.

6.2.5 Tournament Schedule


- RR match 1 (Seeds #1/#2 vs Seeds #7/#8 & Seeds #3/#4 vs Seeds #5/#6): ATP matches 1, 2 & 3.
- RR match 2 (Winners from the RR match 1 play each other & Losers from the RR match 1 play each other): ATP matches 4, 5 & 6.
- RR match 3 (Remaining matches in each group): ATP matches 7, 8 & 9.
- Semifinals: ATP Matches 10, 11 & 12.
- Final: ATP SF & F.

6.2.6 TT TB rules


- All matches are PTS in every round.
- The other TB rules remain the same.

6.3 Davis Cup

6.3.1 Nationalities

- Nationality changes can only be done during the off-season (until the first tournament of the season begins).
- After a nationality switch, players aren’t allowed to change nations for 2 years.


6.3.2 Entries - players


- Each nation will be led by a team captain.
- The choice of the captains is based on the previous year’s singles ranking. The best ranked player of each country will lead their nation in TT DC throughout the whole year.
- The players (minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 players) are selected by the team captains, according to their own criteria.
- The nominated players are not allowed to play challengers during the Davis Cup weeks.
- Ranking points (introduced in 2014): check the ranking rules.

6.3.3 Entries – nations


- 16 nations participate in the World Group I: the 8 nations who won their first round tie in the previous World Group I and the eight winners of the World Group I Play-off ties.
- From 9 to 32 nations (which are not in WG I) participate in the World Group II.
- Nations must confirm their participation in the beginning of each season.
- A nation must have at least two players to be able to participate.

6.3.4 Competition draw


- World Group I:
· 16 nations participate.
· 8 nations are seeded.
· Seeds 1 & 2 are the finalists of the previous year’s competition.
· Seeds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 should be ordered in accordance with the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· Seeds 1 and 2 should be placed in positions 1 and 16 respectively. Seeds 3 and 4 should be drawn first into position 5 and then position 12. Seeds 5 and 6 should be drawn first into position 7 and then position 10. Seeds 7 and 8 should be drawn first into position 3 and then position 14.
· Four rounds are played: R16 in February, QF in April, SF in September & F in November.
- World Group II:
· From 9 to 32 nations participate.
· 8 nations are seeded, according to the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· From one to two rounds are played (two rounds if there are more than 16 participants): First round in February & Second round (if necessary) in April.
· 8 nations are promoted to the World Group Play-offs
- World Group Play-off:
· 16 nations participate: the losing nations from the first round of the World Group I and the nations promoted from the World Group II.
· 8 nations are seeded, according to the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· One round is played in September.
· The 8 winning nations are promoted to the World Group I.
· The 8 losing nations are demoted to the World Group II.

6.3.5 Tie draw


- The Number One ranked player of each team shall play against the Number Two ranked player of the opposing team on the first day, and the order of play shall be decided by lot. The Number One ranked player of each team shall play the third singles match. The Number Two ranked players shall play the fourth singles match.
- After the Draw has been made, no variation may be made in the composition of the singles team for the first and second singles matches.
- A Captain may change the nomination of the singles players for the third and fourth singles matches until the scheduled start of play. Any substitute nominated for the third or fourth singles match must be selected from among the players nominated for the tie and who has not competed in the first or second singles matches.
- A Captain may vary the composition of the doubles team until at the scheduled start of play for the doubles match.

6.3.6 Davis Cup Nations Ranking


- The TT Davis Cup Nations Ranking is used for seeding at all levels of the Davis Cup competition, except for seeds one and two in the World Group, who shall be the finalists of the previous year’s competition.
- The TT Davis Cup Nations Ranking is based on the results of each nation in the last 4 years.
- After each round the ranking period adjusts and any results outside the adjusted four year period drop off. At the same time points from the same round for the three previous years are reduced.
- Nations that defeat a higher-ranked nation receive bonus points according to their opponent's ranking.
- Points table:



keqtqiadv 02-07-2009 01:57 PM

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Examples

Placement of seeds
Examples

Lucky loser/Alternate placement

Examples

Standard schedules
Examples

How to send picks
Examples

TB rules
Examples

adee-gee 02-07-2009 02:12 PM

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:worship:

Tankman 02-07-2009 02:13 PM

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I said this in managers and I'll say this again.

Amazing. Pure Awesome. You Guys Rock

....(skip smiley overload)

Just brilliant

Why isn't Re on the board too? :scratch:

This will immediately go on the TT Links on Ro'dam's first page. :cool:

now all we need is for Ville to BUMP and UPDATE the STT *wink**wink**nudge**nudge* :p

FilipeMB 02-07-2009 02:18 PM

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:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Tankman 02-07-2009 02:21 PM

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ok I've done the prerequisite advertising for you guys

where's my money? :p :rolls:

savesthedizzle 02-07-2009 06:29 PM

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You guys are awesome :speakles:

ClaudiuS 02-07-2009 10:21 PM

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Holy **** :speakles:

This is juust amaziiiing. :worship:

Tankman 02-07-2009 10:33 PM

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Just to let y'all know

the accepted abbreviation for this piece of work is now MRH

that is = Murilo and Re's Handbook

I know its not a book, but it is awesome and deserves the status of a law textbook in my eyes.


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