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>> Seniors Competitive Tennis At Maidenhead LTC
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Unofficial teams play in competitive, friendly matches
Ladies match practice is on Monday evenings, Men’s on Wednesday evenings, from 6pm.
These are for existing team members. If you would like to join a team, please see below.
For daytime mixing-in Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays, also Tuesday, Thursday evenings, see club tennis page.
>> MLTC CLUB SUMMER TOURNAMENT: This is an internal club competition. Forms for Individual entries are enclosed with subscription renewal notices in February. There are Open and Handicap categories, singles and doubles, for all age groups plus parent and child doubles. Draws and match results are posted on the clubroom notice board outside the club office. Finals of the senior and junior categories are played on Club Finals Day in September. If you would like to join one of the club’s teams, this is a good way to demonstrate your ability to the Men’s or Ladies captain. In the meantime, you should let them know that you are interested.Their details are on the committee page
>> THE AEGON TEAM TENNIS NATIONAL/ REGIONAL/ COUNTY OPEN TOURNAMENT is organised into National, Regional and County tiers. It takes place in the summer and is based on a singles and doubles format. MLTC currently (2013)fields 1 Ladies team in the National tier, 2 Mens in the Regional tier, 1 Mens and 1 Ladies team in the County tier. Teams are numbered Maidenhead 1 etc. Team details are on the teams page.
Just click on AEGON National/ Regional Open Tournament 2013
or AEGON Berkshire County Open Tournament 2013 to view any MLTC team's status. Maidenhead falls into the ...(wait for it)... South West (East) region, not the South East (West) as you might be tempted to assume. This is because of the preponderance of teams in the south east. Be sure to click on the correct region!
>> THE BERKSHIRE SUMMER AND WINTER LEAGUES are based on a doubles only format ( 2 pairs of doubles with deciding third set tie breaker if 2 sets all)
Teams in these leagues are numbered Maidenhead 1, 2 and so on, also, and should not be confused with teams of the same name in the AEGON tournament.Just click on Berkshire Adult Winter League 2012/2013 (BER022) to view any MLTC team’s current status in the league.
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>> FRIDAY EVENINGS MIXED ABILITY TEAM TOURNAMENT
Chris and Denise Downs are the contacts for this popular, year-round event from 7pm onwards on Fridays. The format has been known to vary but typically is based on mixed ability teams of three competing for coveted prizes. Each team member plays in 2 out of 3 sets. There is either a BBQ to follow or people volunteer to cook supper. Highly recommended fun evening for which you need to sign up at the start of each tournament period.
>> MLTC OPEN VETERANS’ TOURNAMENT: This 3-day, highly successful event takes place in late September and attracts entries from throughout the UK. It is an LTA Grade 4 Sanctioned tournament. Mike Bottomley is the tournament director. There are singles and doubles events, in the O-45, O-55 and O-65 categories for men, and O-40, O-50 and O-60 categories for ladies. Catering and bar facilities are available throughout the tournament. Full details of this tournament are published on the Open Veterans Tournament page of this website ahead of the event.
>> NATIONAL CLUBS LEAGUE VETERANS TOURNAMENT: This is in the Summer only and is based on a doubles only format ( 2 pairs of doubles with deciding third set tie breaker if 2 sets all) As its title suggests, this tournament involves some travel.
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>> AMERICAN TOURNAMENTS:
These are fun tournaments designed to get you mixing with everybody else and enjoying yourself. They are usually followed by a delicious, home made tea, contributed by volunteers, with presentation of prizes (usually a tube of balls to the winning lady and gent) and finish with a 'Final' play off between the winning man with runner up lady, and winning lady with runner up man.
Sign up for these events on the club notice board when they are announced. There is usually a small entry fee of about £3. If you contribute food, please check what is needed and let us know what it costs. Please bear in mind that multiples of mixed FOURS are needed for the format to work. The last names on the list will be deemed to be reserves until they make up a complete four and may be asked to stand down if that is not possible.
If you are willing to play but that is not vital to you, why not show club spirit and volunteer as a reserve, who can be asked to make up numbers at the last minute? Just enter your name in one of the last numbered slots, marked RESERVE, to ensure inclusion if a four is possible. As such you will be greatly appreciated and will not be charged an entry fee if asked to join in. Also, men may be called on to play as ‘women’ and vice versa, to even things up. It is vital that those who sign up, turn up, and do so on time.
Occasionally, similar tournaments may be organised informally and may differ in their exact format from the following which applies to publicised, Club American tournaments.
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>> RULES: download as pdf file
Each short set will be of about 15-20 minutes duration, change ends every 4 games.Usually, there are 9 of these, duration about 2 1/2hrs on court + tea + Final play-off
There is no deuce. At 40-40 it is sudden death and whoever wins the next point wins the game.
1 point is scored for every game won.
When the whistle sounds, the pair in the lead during the current game win that game. Should the score be level, eg.30-30, the pair who won the last point win the game.
Should the games be equal when the whistle sounds, the pair who won the last game are nominated as the winners.
At the end of each set, complete your score sheet and remember to get it signed by your opponents! Then move courts as follows:
Ladies move down a court, eg. from Court No 3 to Court No 2 (from Court 1, move to Court 9 or highest number tournament court).
Men move up a court, eg. from Court No 3 to Court no 4 (from Court No 9, or highest number tournament court, move to Court No 1)
Stay on the same court but split up so that you play opposite each other for the next set
At the end of the Tournament, please add up your scores before you hand your form in!
The final will take place between the players with the top scores in each section.
>> SINGLES BOX LEAGUE: This is aimed at members wishing to play singles and improve their LTA rating and will give players the opportunity to tune up for the MLTC championships or Aegon league matches. Members should have received an email from Nigel Mann, describing how this league works. A transcript of it follows.
Click on teams for a list of teams, details of their composition and selection criteria
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>> The Box League Explained NIGEL MANN
Following the success of the 2010 Winter Singles Box League, we will be setting up singles box leagues for those players that wish to play singles and increase their LTA rating. The Adult Box Leagues will finish 31st March 2012 to coincide with the 2010W end of season ratings cut off date. The MLTC Box Leagues will be set up with players sorted into ratings divisions. Each player will need to be a Registered Member of the LTA with a LTA rating (to apply for a formal LTA rating, please follow the attached link - https://www.lta.org.uk/Members/Join/ . If anybody has a LTA rating which appears inappropriate then they may be placed in a higher division. The MLTC Box Leagues will give players the opportunity to tune up for the MLTC Championships and AEGON league matches or simply to provide competitive singles practice and a bit of fun.
The format will be the best of 2 shorts sets ie 1st to 4 (tie break at 4-4) + a Championship Tie break (1st to 10) should the score be 1 set all. New balls should be provided for each match. There is no entry fee.
To improve your rating, you need 3 qualifying wins (against same or higher rated opponents) with a 60% win/loss ratio in all qualifying matches. During Winter 2011-12, players cannot be demoted from their current rating, but you do have the opportunity to improve your rating by fulfilling the above criteria. Results for any matches played prior to 18th December 2011 will be submitted to the LTA to be included in the mid season ratings calculation. For matches played after December 18th 2011, results will be sent to be included in the Winter 2011/12 ratings recalculation which takes place after 31st March 2012.
Initially, I have directed this email at the male team players representing the MLTC teams, a similar email will be sent to all MLTC members as I do hope that every MLTC member will have the opportunity to participate and compete over forthcoming months.
If you would like to enter, please let me know (please can you provide Registered LTA number, email address and contact telephone numbers) and we will include you in the box leagues.
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