Regulations

Tournament Rules

The Boston Tennis Classic will be played according to USTA rules unless superseded by GLTA rules. Tournament entrants will initially be placed at division levels based on their GLTA ranking. Players may split divisions (based on their GLTA ranking). If a GLTA ranking is not available, placement may be made by USTA, NRTP or club affiliated results. Playing in a lower division due to injury must be cleared by the GLTA.

Match Format

In order to accommodate as many players as possible we are implementing the following format:

  • All main draw Singles matches will be best 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring. A third set super tiebreak will be played in lieu of a full third set UNTIL the finals. The finals will be a full 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring.
  • All main draw Singles 40+ matches will be best 2 out of 3 sets, no-ad scoring. A third set super tiebreak will be played in lieu of a full third set INCLUDING in the finals.
  • All main draw Doubles matches will be best 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring. A third set super tiebreak will be played in lieu of a full third set UNTIL the finals. The finals will be a full 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring.
  • As in prior years, we will be offering Consolations in singles and doubles. All Consolation matches will be 8 game pro-sets, no-ad scoring, UNTIL the finals. The finals will be a full 2 out of 3 sets, regular scoring.

Please note, match format modifications may be made at the discretion of the tournament committee due to weather and/or time-related constraints. Consolation doubles may be cancelled. Some matches may be scheduled at the indoor courts at the Murr Center nearby. 

Seedings

Seeding will be based primarily on the GLTA ranking points system. Special seeding considerations may be given as a result of recent tournament results. The final decision regarding such matters will be made by the Tournament Directors.

GLTA Division Guidelines

Open: Highly advanced player, NTRP 4.5 and above
A: Advanced tournament player, NTRP 4.0 and above
B: High intermediate player, NTRP 3.5-4.0
C: Low intermediate player, NTRP 3.0-3.5
D: Beginning/inexperienced player, NTRP 2.0-2.5

The tournament committee has the right to reclassify players to a higher division if it is felt that a player has entered a division too low for his or her ability. Appeals from players regarding their classification can be made to the tournament director, who has final authority.

Waiting List

A waiting list will be maintained if more entries are received than can be accommodated by the draw. As players withdraw from the tournament, wait-listed players will become eligible to participate.

Refunds

Full refunds (minus a $10.00 administrative fee) will be given to players who withdraw from the tournament before the draw is made. No refunds will be given after that time. All checks returned for non-sufficient funds will be considered nonpayment of the entry fee and will result in additional charge of $25.00 and withdrawal from the tournament until a replacement check is received.