We are here to help you understand the different types, find tournaments, and advance as far as you want to go.
Rules, Regulations, & Rankings
Here you’ll find quick access to Tournament Rules & Regulations. Click the links below to download or get more information.
- Florida Adult Regulations
- Friend at Court: The USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules & Regulations
- The Code
- The Code (Spanish Verision)
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.Find Your Ranking
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:
- Tiebreak Tournaments – One day tournaments that include seeds and draw sheets (main draw and consolation), but matches are best of three tiebreaks.
- Fast4 – 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, and; 4) Four is the magic number, as 4 games wins a set.
- One-On-One Doubles – This format is a half-court, serve-and-volley singles competition played on a doubles court. Find out more.
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 tournaments guarantee players at least two matches in each division with a feed-in consolation. No qualification is necessary with a minimum age restriction if the player will reach the minimum age by December 31 of the year during which the division is scheduled to start.
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.
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. If the parent and child are related and the parent will reach the minimum age by December 31 of the year during which the division is scheduled to start. Family Divisions also include; grand-parent and grand-child, brother-brother, sister-sister, brother-sister, and husband –wife.
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.