Rules, Regulations, & Rankings

Rules & Regulations

Here you’ll find quick access to Tournament Rules & Regulations. Click the links below to download or get more information.

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Ranking points can be earned for both the USTA Florida Section* and for USTA National. To find out more about each type of ranking click the links below.

*Florida rankings will be posted on the first Wednesday of every month.

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Alternative Formats

Alternative-format events such as Tiebreak Tournaments, Fast4, and One-on-One Doubles offer players a chance to play competitively in one-day and abbreviated tournaments rather than giving up an entire weekend.

Alternative formats include torunament styles such as:

Tiebreak Tournaments

One day tournaments that include seeds and draw sheets (main draw and consolation), but matches are best of three tiebreaks.

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The four key rules in Fast4 are:

  1. Play “let” serves that drop in
  2. It’s no-ad tennis, as once a game reaches deuce, a “Power Point” decides the game
  3. At 3-games all in a set, a short tiebreak is played (first to 5 points), and a Power Point determines the winner if the tiebreak reaches 4 points all
  4. Four is the magic number, as 4 games wins a set

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One-On-One Doubles

One-0n-One Doubles Tennis is a half-court, serve-and-volley singles competition played on a doubles court. One-on-One Doubles Tennis can be played in both tournament and league format.

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Tournament Divisions

There are various types of adult tournaments for players of all types.  Find out more below!

Age Division

Adult/Senior Age Division Tournament Tennis offers men and women the opportunity to individually compete in sanctioned tennis tournaments in five year increments, for example; 30 through 90. Age division tournaments offer singles and doubles categories. Most guarantee players at least two matches in each division with a feed-in consolation. 

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NTRP Division

NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) tournaments offer players the ability to play tournaments at their appropriate NTRP rating level. Most USTA Florida tournaments offer all available NTRP levels from 2.5-5.0. These tournaments are grouped by level to provide the player with a competitive but comfortable opportunity to compete with others.

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Family Division

Includes the following divisions; father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, mother–daughter. Parent and child may enter if they are related; by blood, legal adoption, or current step relationship. A child may play with different parents in different tournaments or different divisions in a tournament. There is also a division with a minimum age restriction for parent. 

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Wheelchair Division

Created in 1976 in California, wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing and most challenging of all wheelchair sports.

Programs for adults are offered in various cities in Florida and Wheelchair Tournament opportunities exist throughout the year.

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How To Qualify For The National Championships

Players qualify to compete in the USTA NTRP National Championships by winning first in the USTA Florida Sectional qualifying tournament in either the USTA Florida NTRP 50 & Over State Championships or the 18 & Over State Championships.  USTA Florida holds two qualifying tournaments and will send the two players from each NTRP level within each age division who have placed 1st to the respective USTA National NTRP Championships. 

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Have Questions Or Need Further Assistance?

If you have questions or need assistance with Adult Tournaments in Florida, we are here to help.  Use the contact information below.

Andy Gladstone

Andy Gladstone

Player Development Coordinator

(407) 392-4061

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