Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association, hereinafter referred to as ‘MSLTA’ will be the Governing and controlling body for organizing Tennis Tournaments, at different centres in Maharashtra, for the purpose of providing fair and reasonable rules for orderly and uniform conduct of tournaments. Any ambiguity or uncertainty in connections with these regulations shall be resolved by MSLTA/AITA. Any new or revised policy rule, procedure or regulation will be notified to tournament organisers and officials and players as part of the tournament information.
The Tournament Committee, in consultation with rules committee of MSLTA shall frame Rules and regulations for conducting Tennis tournaments at different centres in Maharashtra. The tournament committee has the right to add, alter, Modify, delete, cancel and vary the rules and regulations from time to time. Any changes in rules from time to time shall be informed to the affiliates, and will be displayed on MSLTA web site.
The MSLTA Annual tournament circuit year will commence from 1st January and will end at the same year, i.e. 31st day of December for the purpose of ranking, age of the participant etc.
To Qualify to play Junior events under 10,12,14,16,18 a junior participant shall not have completed the age of 10,12,14,16,18, respectively at the beginning of the calendar year.
To qualify to participate in veteran’s event, a participant shall complete the age of 45 years any time during the year. A participant who has not completed 45 years on 1st January, but completes 45 years at any time up to 31st December is eligible to participate in veteran event from the 1st January of that year.
The tournament committee with the approval of Managing Council and with approval of AITA tournament committee shall finalize the tournament schedule of Maharashtra ranking tournaments and AITA ranking tournaments, from 1st January to December. Any change in dates, cancellations of any tournament shall be intimated, by Affiliates/clubs/Organisers, in writing to Hon.Secretary MSLTA, at least one month before the confirmed dates of the tournament. Any change or cancellation without prior permission of the MSLTA, would amount to default on the part of the Affiliates, Organizers, and the MSLTA has right to levy penalty, and the concerned Affiliates, Association, Institution, Organizer shall not be allotted any tournament for minimum one year, except in exceptional circumstances as may be determined by the MSLTA.
The affiliates/organizers shall conduct the allotted tournaments in accordance with the rules and regulations governing as prescribed herein by the MSLTA. Any matter which is not covered by these rules shall be governed by the rules of AITA/ ITF/ ATP/ WTA, including the rules of tennis, the code of conduct and ITF duties and procedures for officials of the current year.
All players who participate in MSLTA and/or AITA tournaments conducted in Maharashtra, consents and agrees to comply with and bound by all the provisions of official rule book of MSLTA/AITA/ITF/ATP/WTA, including but not limited to all amendments to the Rules.
Each MSLTA or AITA tournament is assigned a specific tournament week on the calendar for scheduling of the main draws in Singles, commencing on a Monday and concluding on Friday. In exceptional cases the finals can be allowed to be played on Saturday or Sunday with the written permission from MSLTA/AITA. Singles qualifying shall be held on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the first Monday of the Main draw. If the qualifying competition is not held at the same site as the main draw, the alternate site must have similar facilities. The qualifying competition shall be played on the same surface as the Main draw. In situation beyond the control of the tournament, the Supervisor may approve the use of courts with a different surface.
Each tournament shall provide the typed schedule that includes proposed daily starting times and number of courts to be used. When the Singles and Doubles finals are to be played on the same day, the Doubles final shall be scheduled prior to the Singles Final, unless otherwise approved by the MSLTA/AITA or due to player conflict. The doubles finale should be scheduled approximately two hours prior to the published start time of the Singles final. Exceptions shall be when one or both of the singles finalists are involved in the Doubles final.
All players entering the MSLTA/AITA tournaments agree as a condition of entry, that for themselves, their executors, administrators, heirs and personal representatives, all claims of any kind, nature and description, are waived including past, present or future claims of injuries, if any, sustained in travelling to or from, or participating in a MSLTA/AITA tournament, against the MSLTA/AITA, the organizers and sponsors of the tournaments.
Each player grants and assigns to the MSLTA and the organizers of the tournament they enter, the right in perpetuity to make use and show from time to time, and at their discretion, motion pictures, live taped or filmed, television and other reproduction featuring him during such an event and in connection with the promotion of said events without compensation for him, his heirs, devisees, executors, administrators or assigns. Each player also has to cooperate with the news media and to participate upon request in reasonable promotional activities of the MSLTA/AITA. Such activities by a player shall not be identified as or represented to be an endorsement by the player of any product or company.
The Tennis Secretary of the club and or any person nominated by the tournament committee may act as a tournament Director. He shall be responsible for correspondence, statements to press etc. He shall not get involved in any disputes of the matches in the tournament. Tournament Director should not go on court during a match or otherwise become involved in any code of conduct matter.
MSLTA/AITA Supervisor shall supervise the entire conduct of the tournament which includes all technical procedures. He shall act as final On site authority ensuring that the tournament is conducted fairly in accordance with MSLTA/AITA/ITF/ATP/WTA rules and regulations, so as to all matters arising that require immediate resolution at the tournament site including the evaluation of tournament compliance with facilities and site condition requirements. He shall remove a Chair Umpire and /or remove, rotate or replace any line umpire, when necessary to improve the officiating of a match. He shall make all draws for the Qualifying and Main draw. He shall decide if a court is fit for play or decide if a match should be moved to another court regardless of surface, to complete the event. He should decide when play should be postponed because of weather condition, inadequate light or other conditions. He shall be present on site at all times during the play of matches in the tournament. The MSLTA/AITA supervisor shall not be a Chair Umpire in that event. MSLTA/AITA supervisor shall not take part in the tournament.
If an administrative error is made on a tournament player acceptance list and player is not included or too many players are accepted into the tournament, the acceptance list will be corrected at the earliest opportunity in accordance with the system of merit, or the following procedures will be followed. The last two players accepted into the tournament based upon the most current updated entry list ( excluding wild cards and qualifiers ) will play a preliminary match for the one spot in the draw. The loser of the preliminary match will receive 1st round ranking points and a required daily allowance. The daily allowance to the loser of the preliminary match will not constitute an additional expense to the tournament: it will be paid by MSLTA. A player who wins the preliminary match but lose in the 1st round of the main draw, will receive 1st round loser daily allowance plus the 25% of 2nd round prize money and 35% of 2nd round ranking points. In case of more than one missed entry a Pre- qualifying matches between the last accepted players in the entry list and players missed in the main draw, having more points than the accepted players in the main draw, will be played and the winners will then be accepted in the main draw. The losers will get the points and daily allowance of the 1st round loser.
Any player who is included in singles or the Doubles Rankings and or commits to enter or participates in any tournament consents and agrees with the following:
To comply with and be bound by all of the provisions of the 2012 AITA Official Guide lines and the amendments to these Rules
If a tournament date, site or surface is changed; it is the player’s responsibility to withdraw from the event on or before the new entry/withdrawal deadline if he does not wish to play.
Late Entries: Any player who submits an entry after the deadline may only be accepted into the singles main draw as a wild card, or qualifier,
No player shall be considered entered or withdrawn from tournament unless his entry or withdrawal by e’mail or written, is received on or before the entry or withdrawal deadline by a player to AITA/MSLTA . A player must have entered in order to be moved into the main draw as a direct acceptance because of the withdrawals of other players. Rankings positions equal or better than the number of direct acceptances shall be automatically entered by the AITA/MSLTA. The players must submit an entry to be considered for a direct acceptance due to withdrawals.
Once a player enters he is subject to all the withdrawal provisions. A player who appears on a main draw or qualifying Acceptance list at any time after the withdrawal is deemed to have been accepted into and is committed to play the tournament.
Withdrawals, retirements or defaults during a tournament must be made through the supervisor.
No team shall be considered entered or withdrawn from a tournament unless their entry or withdrawal by e’mail or by written is received on or before the entry or withdrawal deadline by MSLTA/AITA. A team must have entered in order to be moved into the main draw as a direct acceptance because of the withdrawals of other players.
Once a team enters they are subject to all the withdrawal provisions.
No team shall be accepted for on-site entry into the doubles event unless one player of the team personally signs the on-site entry list
Location: Sign-in shall be at the site of the qualifying competition or, if approved by the AITA/MSLTA, at the tournament hotel.
Sign-in: To be eligible for the qualifying competition, a player must sign in with the supervisor, unless it is a close qualifying draw.
28 Competitors : A draw sheet with 32 places shall be used. After the seeds and byes are placed, the remaining players, including the qualifiers, shall be drawn and placed in the vacant spaces in the draw, beginning at the top of the draw.
32 or 64 Competitors : A draw sheet of 32 or 64 places shall be used. After the seeds are placed, the remaining players, including the qualifiers, shall be drawn and placed in the vacant spaces in the draw, beginning at the top of the draw.
48 or 56 Competitors : A draw sheet with 64 places shall be used. After the seeds and byes are placed, the remaining players, including the qualifiers, shall be drawn and placed in the vacant spaces in the draw, beginning at the top of the draw.
96 Competitors : A draw sheet with 128 places shall be used. After the seeds and byes are placed, the remaining players, including the qualifiers, shall be drawn and placed in the vacant spaces in the draw, beginning at the top of the draw.
Method A : Combined ranking of two players with approved Singles Rankings.
Method B : Combined ranking of one player with an approved Singles Ranking and One player with an approved Doubles Ranking.
Method C : Combined Ranking of two players with approved Doubles Rankings.
Method D : One player with an approved Singles Ranking and One player without a Ranking.
Method E : One player with an approved Doubles Ranking and One player without a Ranking.
Method F : Two players without Approved rankings.
The draw shall be for 16.
Placing of seeds and byes and the drawing of the remaining teams, shall be in accordance with the same principles used in the singles main draw.
If four (4) qualifiers are required, there shall be four (4) sections; six (6) qualifiers, six (6) sections; and so on. The draw shall be seeded and the selection of seeds shall be based on the most recent available Rankings list.
There shall be no pre-qualifying event; however, a tournament may conduct a separate or local event to determine wild cards in the qualifying competition or main draw, and unsuccessful participants in this event are eligible to be considered for entry into the qualifying competition.
The tournament shall publicly make the singles draw on Sunday prior to the Monday of the tournament week The time and place of the draw shall be determined by the tournament.
The draw for doubles is to be made as soon as possible after the onsite entry deadline, unless otherwise approved by the supervisor. Once the draw is finalized there can be no change except for substitution.
The qualifying competition draw shall be made and the order of play announced as soon as possible on the Friday evening following the sign-in deadline.
Wild cards are players included in the main draw at the sole discretion of the tournament. Wild cards must be named at the time the draw is made. Wild cards may be seeded. Tournaments may not receive compensation and players may not offer compensation in exchange for the awarding of a wild card.
A wild card is no longer eligible as an alternate at that event.
A main draw wild card may not be re-classified as a direct acceptance, due to withdrawals, once the draw is finalized.
A qualifying wild card is eligible to be moved into the main draw as a direct acceptance, due to withdrawals, up to the start of the qualifying event.
Once a qualifying competition has commenced (first ball of the first qualifying match is struck), an entered player may not be offered nor the player accept a wild card into any tournament that week.
A tournament may not offer a wild card or accept the entry from any player who has either accepted a wild card or been committed by an entry method to another tournament in the same week.
A tournament may not enter players as a wild card team without the consent of both players. A wild card may be offered to any team that is not a direct acceptance on the original acceptance list after entries have closed. A wild card may be offered to one player on an entered team if it is conditioned on his playing with a specific player. Wild cards must be named at the time the draw is made. Wild cards may be seeded. Tournaments may not receive compensation and players may not offer compensation in exchange for the awarding of wild card.
Direct acceptances are players accepted directly in the draw by virtue of their position in the AITA/MSLTA Rankings published on preceding Tuesday of the tournament week.
Qualifiers are players who are included in the main draw as a result of their success in a qualifying competition. If the main draw is made prior to the completion of a qualifying competition, it shall include as many qualifying places as there are sections in the qualifying draw. Each of these qualifying places shall be positioned in the main draw in accordance with standard drawing procedures. Determination as to which qualifier goes into which qualifying place shall be by drawing after the qualifying competition ends
Direct acceptances shall first be selected from players who sign in with the highest position on the most recent Rankings list, when the qualifying is a closed draw the sign in is not required.
If there are still places available for direct acceptances in the qualifying draw, the next players selected shall be from the onsite alternates, having highest position on the most recent Rankings list.
When the qualifying draw is a closed qualifying draw, there shall be an alternate sign-in list comprised of players that sign in who are not selected as direct acceptances, in the qualifyinglist,In the event that direct acceptance players are not present for first-round qualifying matches or if players are moved into the main draw from the qualifying (before the first ball is hit), players shall be selected from the alternate sign-in list in the order described in sections 1), and 2) above.
Any vacancy created by the withdrawal of a seed, after the qualifying draw has been made but prior to the release of the order of play for the first day of the qualifying event, shall be filled by the next highest positioned player or team in the qualifying draw eligible to be seeded. The position vacated by that next highest positioned player or team shall then be filled by the next eligible player or team on the qualifying draw or alternate list.
Seeds are players who are given preferential positions in the draw based on the AITA/MSLTA Rankings. The selection and arrangement of seeds shall be based upon the most recent Rankings list, published on preceding Tuesday of the tournament week. Each tournament shall have a seeded draw and there shall be only one seeding list. Seeding shall not be official until the final draw is made. For doubles, seeded teams will be determined by using the combined Doubles Rankings of the two players. Any vacancy created by the withdrawal of a seed, after the draw has been made but prior to the release of the order of play for the first day of main draw, shall be filled according to the procedures described under vacancies.
16 competitors - 8 seeds (singles Q)
24 competitors - 12 seeds (singles Q)
28 competitors - 14 seeds (singles Q)
32 competitors - 8 seeds (singles (Q)
48 competitors - 24 seeds (singles Q)
28 competitors - 8 seeds ( Main )
32 competitors - 8 seeds
48 competitors - 16 seeds
56 competitors - 16 seeds
96 competitors - 32 seeds
16 teams - 4 seeds
Place seed 1 on line 1 and seed 2 on line 32 (32 draw), line 64 (64 draw) or line 128 (96 draw);
To determine the location of the remaining seeds, draw in groups according to the following chart:
|16 Draw||32 Draw||64 Draw||96 Dr a w|
|Seeds||4 Seeds||8 Seeds||16 Seeds||32 Seeds|
|3 - 4|
|5 - 8|
|9 - 12|
|13 - 16|
|25 - 32|
There will be one section, having two (2) seeds, for each qualifying position in the main draw. The first seed shall be placed at the top of the first section. The second seed shall be placed at the top of the second section and so on until all sections have one (1) seed on the top line of each section. The remaining seeds shall be placed together and drawn with the first drawn placed on the last line of the first section, second drawn placed on the last line of the second section and continued in this manner until each of the sections have two seeds. The names of the remaining players shall be drawn and placed in the vacant spaces not occupied by the seeds or byes beginning at the top the draw.
If there is a 32 main draw, no byes shall be awarded unless there are an insufficient number of direct acceptances.
If there is a 28 main draw, the top four (4) seeds shall be awarded a bye.
If there is a 48 or 96 main draw, each seed shall be awarded a bye.
If there is a 56 main draw, the top eight (8) seeds shall be awarded a bye.
Any player who received a “bye” and loses in the second round shall receive second round loser’s prize money but only first round loser’s points for the Rankings, if applicable.
Priority shall be to the highest seeds.
Remaining byes shall be drawn by groups of two (2) going into one (1) section (e.g., if there are 10 byes, eight go to seeds and the remaining two are drawn into one section; if there are 11 byes, nine and 10 are drawn into one section and the 11th is randomly drawn into one of the other three (for a 32 draw qualifying competition) remaining qualifying sections.
If two (2) or more of the top eight (8) seeds withdraw before the start of the singles tournament, the tournament may choose either to remake the draw or let the draw stand. If a wild card withdraws after the original draw and the draw is to be remade, the vacancy created may be filled at the tournament’s option by a substitute wild card. If the tournament elects not to use a substitute wild card, the vacancy shall be treated as any other vacancy.
Lucky losers are players who have lost in the final round of the qualifying event or, if more lucky losers are required, those players who have lost in the previous qualifying round(s). The lucky losers shall be selected on the basis of their position on the AITA/MSLTA Rankings (singles or doubles) list used for the determination of qualifying seeding that is, the lucky loser with the highest entry ranking position shall be the first inserted into the main draw and so forth. Only those accepted into the qualifying competition may sign in as lucky losers.
The lucky loser list shall be posted each day at least one (1) hour before the sign in deadline, which shall be one-half (1/2) hour before the first scheduled match of the day. If rain or other disruptions occur, then the supervisor can change the deadline as appropriate. Such list shall not be available for sign-in on the preceding day. All lucky loser sign-in deadlines must be placed on each day’s schedule of play.
The sign-in for doubles lucky losers or alternates shall follow the same procedures as the sign-in for singles lucky losers or alternates. One member of a lucky loser team may sign in for the team. If there is no qualifying competition, substitutions shall come from the alternate list of teams not accepted directly into the main draw and shall follow the acceptance procedures outlined above. In either case, only substitutions of the originally paired teams are permitted. If two (2) or more positions become available at the same time during the preceding period, the positions to be occupied shall be determined by drawing.
There shall be one alternate sign-in sheet that will have all eligible alternate teams listed.
The system of merit is based on the same method as used in the system of merit for entry.
A lucky loser shall be inserted in the appropriate position as a substitution for any player who withdraws or is withdrawn before the first ball of his first match is struck.
NOTE: A player winning a match by walkover is considered to have played a match.
In order to be eligible for substitution, a lucky loser must:
Sign the lucky loser sign-in record at least one-half (1/2) hour prior to the first scheduled match of each day; and
Be ready to play within five (5) minutes after the announcement of a default for punctuality.
If the eligible lucky loser is not available to play, he shall be placed at the bottom of the lucky loser priority list for that day corresponding to the qualifying round in which he lost. If the eligible player is playing in the doubles event at the time he is called as a lucky loser in singles, the singles match may be rescheduled so he can fill the lucky loser position, provided the supervisor determines that the rescheduling does not cause an unreasonable disruption of the schedule or does not cause the winner to play a second match that day; otherwise the next available lucky loser shall be selected to fill such vacancy.
A team shall constitute a doubles entry. If either of the players of a team, cannot play that doubles entry is subject to, withdrawal and substitution.
If the withdrawal is from the advance acceptance list, then the next team on the alternate list is moved into the main draw.
If a player from a team that is a direct acceptance, withdraws based on a medical reason or other unavoidable circumstances after the on-site sign-in deadline but before the draw, his partner may enter again with another player who has not already been accepted into the main draw doubles event. This new team may be considered for acceptance based on its position in the on-site entry list.
After the main draw is made and prior to the commencement of the qualifying competition, all vacancies created by the withdrawal of unseeded players or teams, including wild card withdrawals, shall be filled by the next highest positioned player(s) from that event’s qualifying sign-in list and players from the original alternate list who have contacted the on-site Supervisor prior to the qualifying sign-in deadline and preserved their eligibility on the new alternate list. If the vacancy was created by the withdrawal of a seed, then the procedures for replacing seeds are followed and the vacancy created by replacing the seed is filled by the next highest positioned player(s) from that event’s qualifying sign-in list, including those players who have preserved their status on the new alternate list.
During Qualifying Competition. If a lucky loser position should become available during the qualifying competition, it shall be treated the same as the qualifying places for placement in the main draw. If a seeded player or team withdraws after the main draw has been made but prior to the release of the order of play for the first day of main draw, the vacancy created by the withdrawal of a seed shall be filled by the following method:
16 (Doubles) Draw. The vacancy shall be filled by the next highest positioned player or team in the main draw eligible to be seeded. The appropriate lucky loser shall fill the remaining vacancy.
After the qualifying commences (when the first ball of the first match is struck), vacancies may only be filled by eligible lucky losers.
If a lucky loser position becomes available after the places for qualifiers are drawn for the main draw but before the first day of the main draw event, the highest positioned lucky loser shall be inserted into the draw provided he can be notified.
If a position becomes available during the day, the highest positioned player who has signed that day’s lucky loser sign-in record shall be inserted at the time the withdrawal is confirmed.
Positions becoming available after the start of play for the last match of each day in that event (singles or doubles) shall be filled by the highest positioned player who signs the lucky loser sign-in record on the successive day of play.
When two or more positions become available at the same time, the positions to be occupied by each lucky loser shall be determined by drawing.
In all such cases, the supervisor is responsible to notify a player(s) that he is in the draw.
Qualifying The qualifying event for singles should be scheduled for completion on the day before the commencement of play in the main draw. If conditions force the qualifying matches to be played on the same day of the main draw, then all qualifying matches should be completed before the main draw begins, unless otherwise approved by the supervisor. Whenever more than one round of qualifying must be played in one day, the order of play should conform to the order of the draw, top to bottom or bottom to top, or at a minimum, by sections.
Normally, two (2) rounds of singles will be played on Saturday and one (1) round on Sunday. The tournament, with approval from AITA/MSLTA, may play the qualifying over three (3) days.
Change. Once released, the order of play may not be changed except upon the approval of the supervisor. It is the responsibility of all players to ascertain their schedules from the supervisor/ referee for each day’s play. Matches on any court or session may be moved.
The supervisor determines when a match is to be called. Players must be ready to play when their matches are called. The supervisor shall determine when a match is to be called or when a match was in fact called. Schedules and match updates may only be reliably obtained from the supervisor.
Rain: If because of rain, etc., a tournament cannot be completed within the tournament week, then, at the option of the tournament, one (1) extra day shall be allowed. The supervisor shall approve the commencement times for matches on the extra day, which shall then be scheduled during the morning or early afternoon. No further extension of the tournament shall be permitted without the approval of the AITA/MSLTA.
A tournament shall commence when the first serve of the first point of the first match is struck.
A match shall commence when the first serve of the first point is struck.
Players shall be ready to play within Fifteen minutes after his match is called. Any player not ready to play within fifteen minutes after his match is called may be defaulted unless the Supervisors, after considerations of relevant circumstances, elects not to declare a default. Walk over may be given, if demanded, only in cases where the player does not turn up within fifteen minutes from the announcement of the match and put on court. However, if it is found that the participant is busy with another match of other event in the said tournament, walk over shall not be given. Timings noted on the fixtures are provisional and for convenience. Non appearance of the player will be considered from the time, the match is announced for play and put on the court. However the decision of the AITA/MSLTA Supervisor shall be final.
Players shall not receive any instructions from anybody during the game in progress. Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and coach or parent, shall be construed as coaching instructions, by coach and parent, and shall be construed as a coaching instructions by coaches, parents or any other persons during a match, and will be treated as an offence by the chair umpire/Supervisor. Players shall also prohibit their coaches or parent from using an audible obscenity within the precincts of the tournament, making obscene gestures of any kind within the precincts of the tournament site, from verbally and/or physically abusing any official ,opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site, from giving, making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement within the precincts of the tournament site, comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage a tournament, sponsor, player, official or the MSLTA/AITA Supervisor, having or designed to have, an effect prejudicial to the best interests of the tournament and or of the officiating thereof. Violation of this section shall subject a player to a disciplinary action. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or singularly egregious, the supervisor has the authority to disqualify the player from the tournament, in consultation with the tournament Director.
Acute medical condition:- The sudden development of medical illness musculoskeletal injury during the warm up or the match that requires immediate medical attention.
Non Acute Medical condition:- A medical illness or musculoskeletal injury that develops or is aggravated during the warm up or the match and requires medical attention at the changeover or set break.
Any medical condition that cannot be treated appropriately, or that will not be improved by available medical treatment within the time allowed.
Any medical condition that has not developed or has not been aggravated During the warm up or the match.
General player fatigue.
Any medical condition requiring injectons, intravenous infusion or oxygen, except for diabetes, for which prior medical certification has been obtained, and for which subcutaneous injections or insulin may be administered
The purpose of medical evaluation is to determine if the payer has developed a treatable or non- treatable medical condition. If the player has non treatable medical condition, then the player will be advised that no medical treatment will be allowed. A medical time out is allowed during a changeover or set break, unless the player has developed an acute medical condition that requires immediate medical treatment. The medical time out is limited to three minutes of treatment. A player is allowed one Medical time out for each distinct treatable medical condition. A player may receive treatment for muscle cramping only during the time allotted for change of ends and/or set breaks. Players may not receive a Medical time out for muscle cramping.
If a player is bleeding, the Chair umpire must stop play as soon as possible, and the Doctor must be called to the court for evaluation and treatment. If requested by the Doctor, Chair Umpire may allow up to a total of five minutes to assure control of bleeding.
If a player is vomiting, the Chair umpire must stop play if vomiting has spilled onto the court. If vomiting has spilled onto the court, play must not resume until the vomit spill has been cleaned appropriately.
Either before or during a match, if a player is considered unable physically to compete, Supervisor should recommend that the player is ruled unable to compete in the match to be played, or retired from the match in progress.
A player is allowed to request permission to leave court for a reasonable time for a toilet / change of attire break ( For women/Girls). Toilet breaks should be taken on a set break and can be used for no other purpose. Change of attire break (Women/Girls ) must be taken on set break. In women’s /Girls singles events, a player is entitled to two breaks during a match. In the men’s singles events, a player is entitled to one toilet break during a three set match. In all doubles matches, each team is entitled to a total of two breaks. If partners leave the court together, it counts as one of the team’s authorized breaks. Additional breaks will be authorized, but will be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule, if the player is not ready to play within the allowed time.
The Supervisor may stop or suspend a match temporarily due to darkness or conditions of the grounds or weather. If postponement is due to darkness it should be at the end of a set or after an even number of games have been played in the set in progress.
Each player is responsible for all calls on his/her side of the net
All “out” or “fault” calls should be made promptly after the ball has bounced and loudly enough for the opponent to hear
If in doubt, the player must give the benefit of the doubt to his/her opponent
If a player incorrectly calls a ball “out” and then realizes that the ball was good, the point should be replayed, unless it was a point winning shot or unless that player made an incorrect “out” call earlier in the match. In these circumstances, the player who called “out” loses the point.
The server should call the score before each 1st serve, loudly enough for his/her opponent to hear
If a player is unhappy with his/her opponent’s actions or decisions, he/she should call the Supervisor (or assistant)
A ball mark can be checked on a point ending shot, or when play is stopped (a return is permitted, but then the player must immediately stop)
If a player is unsure of his/her opponent’s call, he/she can ask his/her opponent to show the mark. The player can then cross the net to look at the mark
If a player erases the mark, he/she is conceding the point
If there is a disagreement over a ball mark, the Supervisor (or assistant) can be called to make a final decision.
If a player calls a ball “out”, he/she should, in normal circumstances, be able to show the mark.
If a player incorrectly calls a ball “out” and then realises that the ball was good, the player who called “out” loses the point
Players who do not fairly follow these procedures could be subject to the Hindrance Rule and the Unsportsmanlike Conduct provision of the Code of Conduct
Any questions on these procedures should be referred to the MSLTA/AITA Supervisor
The players appreciate having easy access to an official in case of any problems. Supervisor (or assistants) should use the following procedures when handling different situations.
If the Supervisor (or assistant) is called to the court over a disputed line call and he/she was not watching the match, he/she should ask the player who made the call (on his/her own side of the net) if he/she is sure of the call. If the player confirms the call, the point stands with this call. If it appears that it would be beneficial to have the match officiated, try and find a Chair Umpire who will assume all the duties and call all the lines from the chair. If this is not possible (e.g. no experienced Chair Umpire available, no Umpire’s Chair), another option is for the Supervisor (or assistant) to stay on-court to watch the rest of the match. He/she should then tell the players that he/she will correct any clearly incorrect line calls made by a player, who will then lose the point.
If the Supervisor (or assistant) is off-court and happens to be watching a match when a player makes a blatantly incorrect call, he/she can go on-court and tell the player that the incorrect call was an unintentional hindrance to his/her opponent and the point will be replayed. The Supervisor (or assistant) must also tell the player that any further clearly incorrect calls may be considered as a deliberate hindrance and the player will lose the point. In addition a Code Violation for Unsportsmanlike Conduct can be given if the Supervisor (or assistant) is sure that the player is blatantly calling incorrectly.
Supervisor (and assistants) must take care not to become too involved in matches when it is not required or necessary, or to use the Hindrance Rule for close calls that are incorrectly called. As a matter of practice, before using the Hindrance Rule, the Supervisor (or assistant) must be very sure that a very bad call has been made.
If the Supervisor (or assistant) is called to the court to resolve a dispute, he/she should find out if the players agree on which ball mark it is.
If the players agree on which mark it is, but disagree on their reading of the mark, the Supervisor (or assistant) should decide if the mark shows the ball was in or out.
If the players disagree on which mark it is, the Supervisor (or assistant) should find out from the players what kind of shot was played and the direction in which the ball was hit. This may assist in deciding which mark is the correct one. If this information does not help, the call by the player at the end where the mark is stands.
If the Supervisor (or assistant) is called to court to resolve a score dispute, he/she should discuss the relevant points or games with the players to find out the points or games that the players agree on. All points or games, which the players agree on stand, and only those in dispute should be replayed.
For example, a player claims the score is 40-30 and his/her opponent claims the score is 30-40. You discuss the points with the players and discover that they disagree only on who won the first point in the game. The correct decision is to continue the game from 30-30, since both players agree that each of them has won two points in that game.
When a game is in dispute, the same principle applies. For example, a player claims that he/she is leading 4-3, but his/her opponent disagrees, claiming that he/she is leading 4-3. After discussing the games you discover that both players claim they won the first game. The correct decision is to continue the match with the game score 3-3, since both players agree that each of them has won three games. The player who received in the last game that was played will serve in the next game.
After resolving any score dispute, it is important for the Supervisor (or assistant) to emphasize the procedure that the server should call the score before each 1st serve, loudly enough for his/her opponent to hear.
There are a number of other issues that are difficult to handle when there is no Chair Umpire.
When there is a dispute regarding lets, not-ups and foul shots, the Supervisor (or assistant) should try to find out from the players what happened and either confirm the call that was made or replay the point, as he/she deems appropriate.
Foot Faults can only be called by a Supervisor (or assistant) and not by the receiver. However, to call foot faults the official must be standing on-court for the match. Officials standing off-court are not allowed to make foot fault calls.
Coaching, as well as other Code and Time Violations can only be handled by the Supervisor (or assistant), so it is extremely important that there are officials observing the conduct of the players and coaches. When issuing a Code or Time Violation, the Supervisor (or assistant) should go on to court as soon as possible after the violation and briefly inform the players that a Code or Time Violation has been issued. The decision made by the Supervisor (or assistant) is final.
Ball mark inspections can only be made on clay courts.
A ball mark inspection requested by a player (team) shall be allowed only if the chair umpire cannot determine the call with certainty from his/her chair on either a point-ending shot or when a player (team) stops playing the point during a rally (returns are permitted but then the player must immediately stop).
When the chair umpire has decided to make a ball mark inspection, he/she should go down from the chair and make the inspection himself. If he/she does not know where the mark is, he/she can ask the line umpire for help in locating the mark, but then the chair umpire shall inspect it.
The original call or overrule will always stand if the line umpire and chair umpire cannot determine the location of the mark or if the mark is unreadable.
Once the chair umpire has identified and ruled on a ball mark, this decision is final and not appealable.
In clay court tennis the chair umpire should not be too quick to announce the score unless absolutely certain of the call. If in doubt, wait before calling the score to determine whether a ball mark inspection is necessary.
In doubles the appealing player must make his/her appeal in such a way that either play stops or the chair umpire stops play. If an appeal is made to the chair umpire then he/she must first determine that the correct appeal procedure was followed. If it was not correct or if it was late, then the chair umpire may determine that the opposing team was deliberately hindered.
If a player erases the ball mark before the chair umpire has made a final decision, he/she concedes the call.
A player may not cross the net to check a ball mark without being subject to the Unsportsmanlike provision of the Code of Conduct
A question of tennis law is defined as an issue relating to the construction and application of specified facts of the Rules of Tennis, the tournament rules and regulations, and the code of conduct. During a match, the Chair umpire shall first determine question of tennis law. If the chair umpire is uncertain, or if a player appeals his/her determination, then the decision shall be made by the Supervisor. This decision shall be final and non-appealable.
Question of Fact is defined as an issue relating to what actually occurred during a specific instance. Question of Fact arising during a match shall be determined by the on court officials for that match and such determinations are binding on the players and The Supervisor.
A player may request verification by the Chair Umpire of a call or other determination of fact on a point ending call made on court official. The request, verification and resumption of play must all be completed within the twenty seconds allowed between points, unless the Chair Umpire determines that an extension is necessary. If an extension is granted, it shall be concluded with the announcement “ Let’s Play”.
Players, their coaches and parents, accompanying the players to the venue of the tournament, shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsman like manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators and others. Players shall not any time verbally and or physically abuse any officials, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. For the purpose of this rule, Physical abuse is the unauthorised touching an official, opponent, spectator or other person, and verbal abuse is defined as a statement directed at an official, opponent, spectator, or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.
Player shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the tournament site except in pursuit of point during a match. For purpose of this rule, abuse of balls is defined as intentionally or recklessly hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with disregard of the consequences. If such violation occurs during a match, player shall be penalized with the point penalty schedule.
Player shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a racquet or other equipment within the precincts of the tournament site. For purposes of this rule, abuse of racquet or equipment is defined as intentionally, dangerously and violently destroying racquets or equipment or intentionally and violently hitting the net, court, umpire’s chair, or other fixture during a match out of anger or frustration. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
Player shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or any other person within the precincts of the tournament site. For purpose s of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, and spectator or other person. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
Players shall not at any time directly or indirectly verbally abuse any official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. For the purposes of this rule, verbal abuse is defined as a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
A player shall not use an audible obscenity while on site. Audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
A player shall not make obscene gestures of any kind while on tournament site. Visible obscenity is defined as the making of signs by a player with hands and /or racquet or balls that commonly have an obscene meaning. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
Player shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators and others. Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament. Unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not be limited to, the giving , making , issuing, authorizing, or endorsing any statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the tournament and/or the officiating thereof. If such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the point penalty schedule.
In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tournament, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this section shall also constitute the player Major offense of aggravated behavior.
The point Penalty schedule to be used for violations set forth above is as follows:
However after the third Code Violation, the Supervisor shall determine whether each subsequent offence shall constitute a default.
The MSLTA/AITA Supervisor may declare a default for either a single violation of this code ( immediate default ) or pursuant to the point penalty schedule. In all cases of default, the decision of the Supervisor, in consultation with Tournament Director, shall be final and unappealable.
The player or team was defaulted for violation of the punctuality or dress and equipment provisions
The player or team was defaulted as a result of a medical condition, or The member of the doubles team did not cause any of the misconduct Code Violation that resulted in the team being defaulted in which case the partner of the player who caused the default shall receive points, prize money/scholarship/daily allowance, from the previous round.In addition, except in the circumstances above, any player defaulted as herein provided may be defaulted from all other events, if any, in that tournament.
For the purpose of the rule 52 above the term ‘players’ shall include parents accompanying the players to the venue of the tournament. Any offence committed by any such parents accompanying the players to the venue of the tournament shall be deemed to have been committed by such player and he shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the rules.
The points, rules and regulations which are not covered in the above stated guidelines, the AITA/ITF/ATP rules and regulations will prevail. In case of punishment imposed by authorities other than Managing Council of MSLTA, an appeal shall lie to the Managing Council of MSLTA. The decision taken by the Managing Council of MSLTA shall be final and binding on all concerned.
The tournament will be played on Saturday, and Sunday and if required on Monday ( Semi - Finals and Finals may be played on Monday ).
Sign-in will be on Saturday between 8.00 A.M.to 9.00 A.M. for boys and 11.00 A.M. to 12 noon for Girls.
Each player will have to play more than three matches per day.
he matches will be best of 11 games. ( 6 games to win , at 5 games all, 12 points tie break will be played ) and Final will be of 3 short sets.
Players will be awarded state ranking points. Only MSLTA registered players are allowed to participate. MSLTA registration for under 12 players is compulsory.
Umpires and Ball boys are compulsory.
There will be no Prize money for the tournament. Cups to the Winner and Runner up will be given, and certificate to all other participants will be given.
Entry fee will be Rs.150.00
There will be no qualifying rounds.
It will be an open draw. For a draw of 32 and above, the Winner will get 10 points. Runner up 8, Semi-finalists 6, Quarter Finalists 4, and 1st round Winner 2 Points.
For a draw of 16 and 12, the reverse draw will be executed and the winner will get 7points, Runner up 5 points, Semi Finalists 3 points.
For a draw of 8, the players will be divided in two groups of 4 each and round robin matches will be played. The no. 1 and 2 of both the groups will play the Semi Final on Knock out basis.
For a draw of 4 the round robin matches will be played.
Winner of draw of 4 and 8 will get 5 points and Runner up will get 3 points.
The details of the tournament will be posted only on MSLTA web site.
To determine ranking of players who are resident of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association ( hereafter referred to as ‘the MSLTA’) annually announces the ranking of different age categories on the basis of performances in MSLTA ranking tournaments and All India Ranking tournaments, organised in Maharashtra.
MSLTA Ranking is the mathematical method of ranking on a calendar year basis. The MSLTA/AITA ranking is the objective merit-based method used for determining qualification for entry and seeding in all tournaments for Singles and Doubles.
A player who is resident of Maharashtra state for one full calendar year i.e. from 1st January to 31st December of the previous year, shall be eligible for consideration of ranking based on his/her performance in different AITA and MSLTA ranking tournaments during such year for the purpose of ranking in Maharashtra on the basis as set out herein. Players from other states and who are now residing in Maharashtra will have to inform MSLTA and AITA, about their change of resident, with proofs, documents etc. No player from other states will be eligible to play Maharashtra ranking tournaments.
For the purpose of ranking status for different categories as stated herein of the current year, the performance of the players for the period from 1st January to 31st December of the previous year shall be considered as per the rules stated herein.
Any ranking tournament as stated herein conducted in the last week of December and which ended on or after 1st January of the next year, shall be treated as tournament played in the previous year for the purpose of performances, irrespective of some results which might fall in subsequent year and the result thereof be added in the previous year’s performances.
For the purpose of Annual Ranking for junior boys/girls under 12,14,16,18 and Men’s and Ladies, the participation in MSLTA/AITA ranking tournament held in Maharashtra is not compulsory.
No performance in ranking tournaments conducted by any other states and/or International tournaments not included in the annual schedule of AITA ranking tournaments shall be considered for the purpose of Maharashtra state ranking.
For the purpose of ascertaining the status of ranking for boys/girls under 12,14,16,18 and Men’s and Ladies, the ranking points given by the AITA, as per their ranking rules, will be considered for the Annual ranking. The points of 6 best performances of the Maharashtra ranking tournaments, if held, for the above age groups will be added to the AITA ranking for the purpose of ascertaining the Annual ranking. Minimum points for Annual ranking for these age groups will be 120.
In the case of Boys and Girls under 10 events the performances of best 10 tournaments of MSLTA ranking tournaments will be considered for ranking . The ranking points of the higher age groups as published by AITA will be added to the best 10 performances of players, to decide the Annual rankings of this age group. Minimum points for Annual ranking for this Age group will be 100.
A player shall be registered with AITA/MSLTA to qualify himself/herself for ranking status in Maharashtra. MSLTA registration is compulsory for playing in the Maharashtra ranking tournament's.
In case, in any category, the total numbers of ranking tournaments are less, requirements of 120 points would be proportionately reduced to decide the Annual Ranking, and the decision of the MSLTA council, in this case, will be final and binding.
In case two or more players earn equal number of points, as per the clause c ) and ( e ) above, a player who has earned more points in AITA tournaments will get priority over others. In case it is not possible to settle the status by the above method, the status will be decided by considering the total points earned in all the tournaments such player has participated.
A player shall not be eligible to earn points by mere participation. He/she will earn points only on winning a round. A player who gets a ‘Bye” in the first round and thereafter loses in the next round shall not be entitled for any point.
A player who loses in the first round of the tournament, shall not be given any point for participation.
A player who does not turn up for his match will not be entitled to points awarded for such a round, but he/she would be awarded points for the previous round only. However a player who gets a walkover from his /her opponent is entitled for the point.
The points earned in AITA ranking tournaments by a player will be considered for ranking, as they stand for the purpose of Maharashtra ranking.
If a tournament is abandoned due to inclement weather ( or other extraordinary circumstances) before the final then all remaining participants will receive points for the last round that has been fully reached. If a final is abandoned due to inclement weather ( or other extraordinary circumstances), the total amount of points on offer ( winner and Runner-Up )will be added together and then divided equally amongst two players/teams.
Any player or team who is defaulted shall lose all prize money/daily allowance, and points earned for that event at that tournament.
A player participating in junior events shall be eligible to participate in a particular age group, provided such a player does not cross the age limit of the age group he/she intends to participate on 1st January of the year of the tournament. However if a player crosses the age limit during the course of the year, he/she will be eligible to participate in such age group till 31st December of the relevant year.
Decision taken by the MSLTA Council, in consultation with Ranking Committee, in the matter of ranking shall be final and binding on the players concerned.
The MSLTA Ranking Rules and Regulations may only be amended, repealed or otherwise modified in whole or in part by the MSLTA Council at any time including with retrospective effect.
MSLTA Council reserves the right to review and amend the MSLTA Ranking Rules and Regulations during the year, including with retrospective effect, if it determines that the amendments are in the best interest of the players and the MSLTA Rankings.