Official MMTL Summer League Rules
A. SCORING AND MATCH LOGISTICS
Regular season matches will be played best
of 3 full sets, with a 7 point tiebreak to be played if the score
reaches 6-6 in any given set.
The League will provide the list of league
participants and provide their contact information for purposes of
scheduling matches; however, players are responsible of scheduling the
actual venue and match date.
Each player brings a new can of tennis
balls. The winner keeps the new can and the loser takes the used
If a player decides to retire in the
middle of a match, he shall forfeit the match and will receive points
based on the results of the best two sets played up to the point where
the player decides to retire or default the remaining set and match.
Once the decision to retire has been made and accepted by the opposing
player, the match is considered complete and the winning player will be
awarded the full 15 points.
Sportsmanship, fair play and fun shall be
observed at all times.
The winning player is responsible for
reporting and entering the match scores.
All scores should be reported within 48
hours after completion of the match.
B. SCHEDULING OF MATCHES
Players should make at least two attempts
to contact and schedule their matches via e-mail and/or phone no later
than the week of the scheduled match. If for any reason the player
initiating the scheduling does not get any response from his scheduled
opponent after two attempts, the player shall inform the MMTL, who will
attempt to facilitate the match scheduling by contacting the
A player is allowed to default a maximum
of two matches. If a player defaults a third time, he will be
declared in default of all the remaining matches and removed from future
play and points will be awarded to the remaining players based on the 15
point rating system guidelines (See Section G on the 15 point system).
A player will be considered in default of
a match if he does not show up during the appointed scheduled match date
and does not notify their opponent and the MMTL of his or her intention
to not show up at least 24 hours before the scheduled match.
A player can also claim a win via default
if they follow the procedure described below:
The contacting player sends a request
to schedule a match with the scheduled opponent no later than the
beginning of the week of the scheduled match
If the opponent does not respond by
the end of the week of their scheduled match, the contacting player
notifies the MMTL of their attempt to contact the player and
requests the MMTL to either intervene in the scheduling of the match
or be awarded the win via default (The MMTL may request the
contacting player to furnish proof of the player’s attempt to
contact the player)
The MMTL will attempt to contact the
opponent in behalf of the contacting player and schedule the match
between both players. Note that the player who first initiates
contact will be given preference for purposes of scheduling matches.
If the MMTL is not successful in
rescheduling the match, full points will be awarded to the
contacting player and declare the other player in default subject to
review of the circumstances.
D. PLAYER FLIGHT RANKINGS PLAYOFFS ROUNDS
Players will be rated on both points and
matches won using the 15 point system (see details on how the 15 point
At the end of the tournament, the top 2
players in terms of points won in each flight will advance to the
playoffs (for a 5 person flight, only the top player will advance).
In the event of ties in terms of points
won, the top player will be determined in the order of win-loss match
records, sets lost and games lost. Wild cards will also be awarded
based on points and be made available to players based on availability
of playoff slots.
All points earned during the league
tournament will carry over to the next League tournament and used to
determine player ranking and seeding for the next League tournament.
Points will be calculated based on the
player results over the last 8 MMTL matches played within a 12 month
E. PLAYOFF MATCH RULES
Playoff matches will be played on a best
of 3 sets but with the 3rd set to be played as a 10 point
Matches will be played as scheduled.
Players that arrive late for the match will lose 2 games for every 10
minutes they arrive late. However, this rule can be waived if both
players agree to play the match without penalty to the tardy player.
The player will be considered in default
of the match if they arrive more than 30 minutes late unless both
players agree otherwise.
F. ESTABLISHING, PROMOTING AND DEMOTING MMTL PLAY LEVELS
In general players are allowed to play at
the level that reflects their current USTA and/or previous MMTL rating.
However, a player may opt to play one level higher than their current
rating if they meet any of the following criteria:
Players who reach the semifinals
(or better) of the MMTL playoffs in the previous year in their
Players who win their respective
MMTL flight in the prior years
Players whose USTA rating is
upgraded prior to the start of the MMTL tournament.
For first time MMTL participants with no
established USTA rating, the MMTL will schedule a practice session to
assist the player in determining the appropriate playing level for the
A returning player can be demoted to a
lower level only if they were previously playing at a level above their
current rating and they finish last in their flight.
G. DETAILS ON THE 15 POINT RATING SYSTEM
Winning player, regardless of score, will
receive 15 points.
Losing player will receive points based on
the best two sets in the match played. For example, a player who
loses 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 will receive 11 points.
Rankings and points will be updated daily.
Should a player be called in default of a
match due to a no-show, the winning player will be awarded the full 15
points. The defaulting player will not be awarded any points.
(See Section C regarding rules on defaulting matches).