Frequently Asked Questions

Start times & Formats

LTA Rules & Regulations

Start times & Formats

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What time does it start?

  • Saturday events from 2/3/4/5pm
  • Sunday events from 3/4/5pm
  • Start times may be staggered and may start earlier or later depending on age.


What's the format of play?
We regularly use the following formats:

  • Short Set/FAST4 (2 clear)
  • Sudden Death Deuce
  • Match Tie Break (MTB10) to 10 points


Format & Rules - on display
Alliance-Tennis Events have

  • A3 posters on display with
  • Clear format and 
  • Rules summary
  • Code of conduct

Duration of event

LTA Rules & Regulations

Start times & Formats

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Events typically last 4+ hours

  • We do our best to run to time however, this is always only an estimate!!
  • Sometimes events overrun due to shortage of courts or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Your patience and politeness are really appreciated!!!
  • If you are travelling a long distance and need to be away before 8pm on a Sunday evening - this may NOT be for you :(


Matchplays (Junior & Mens)

  • Often run until LATE
  • Up to 8/9pm on a Sunday
  • Up to 8pm on a Saturday
  • We try to avoid this but at higher player ratings matches can be much longer. 
  • Late finishes tends to affect older age players (16+) and some matchplays.

LTA Rules & Regulations

LTA Rules & Regulations

LTA Rules & Regulations

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All events are regulated by LTA policy:

  • The Alliance-Tennis PayPal account is set up for AUTO-REFUNDS, so if you make an on-time player withdrawal (i.e BEFORE the published withdrawal deadline), you will be automatically refunded. 
  • Sorry NO REFUNDS after withdrawal date unless event cancelled or player not accepted/remains on reserve list.
  • Results published within 72 hours (often much sooner).
  • Not accepted/reserves refunded promptly within 72 hours of event ending.
  • Terms & Conditions of entry are listed on the LTA website for each event.
  • All entrants confirm that they and their supporters are agreeing to follow the Fair Play values Enjoy and Respect. 

Online entries

More event-specific information

LTA Rules & Regulations

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  How do I enter an event???

  • Click the Tournament Code links to enter
  • LTA help centre
  • Entering & withdrawing
  • This is the ONLY method that assures you of on time entry.
  • Acceptances/Reserve lists are published promptly after the entry closing date.

Late & Manual entries

More event-specific information

More event-specific information

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Whoops!  Missed a deadline!

Need help to enter?

  • Late/manual entries maybe possible IF there are spaces.
  • Please email (as below) with player's FULL NAME & BTM number .
  • Please put LATE ENTRY and the Tournament Code in subject line of email.
  • A late/manual entry admin fee applies.

More event-specific information

More event-specific information

More event-specific information

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 Tournament Overview Tab

  • including start time, 
  • approx duration, 
  • provisional draw numbers, 
  • format etc 
  • Please see the "Further details" box under the Tournament Overview tab for the specific event by following the blue Tournament Code event links.

...More FAQs

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

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  • Why wasn't I accepted?
  • Why am I on the reserve list?

Useful links to explain the process:


Rules of Tennnis

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

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Competition Regulations

Acceptance and Seeding critieria

Competition Regulations

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UNIVERSAL TENNIS RATINGS (UTR)

Code Violations

Withdrawal points

Competition Regulations

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  • Players are auto-suspended and will receive notification directly from the LTA when they incur 10 or more penalty points in a rolling 12 month period


  • PLEASE NOTE:  it is the LTA that administer any penalty points, if any are due, not the Organiser or Referee


  • The Referee has a duty to record ALL late withdrawals (including those from reserve lists) in order to maintain their LTA Referee license - all players are treated equally.

Withdrawal points

Withdrawal points

Withdrawal points

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  • Any player withdrawal after the withdrawal deadline is a late withdrawal.


  • Late withdrawals before 8pm the night before the event are recorded. The LTA issues 2 withdrawal points.


  • On the day late withdrawals, that's after 8pm the day before the event are recorded as "on the day withdrawals". The LTA issues 3 withdrawal points (for those who report non attendance) and 5 withdrawal points for no shows. 

Fair Play Values

Withdrawal points

Withdrawal points

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  • Withdrawal points and code violations are issued centrally by the LTA and will affect a player's acceptance into ALL LTA events. 

Competition Changes 2019/2020

The LTA are making significant changes to tennis competitions...


  • Effective 1st Sept 2019 - Grade 5 acceptance - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
  • Effective 1st Sept 2019 - modifications to FAST4 (Two sets to 4 games + MTB10 - 2 clear points. Tie break at 3-3, first to 7 points - 2 clear points; sudden death deuce; replay service lets (Revised FAST4 Rules 09/2019).
  • Effective 1st Sept 2019 - LTA National League - Winter  - doubles competitions
  • Effective 1st April 2020 - Competition age group changes - by calendar year
  • NEW Effective LATE 2020 (date to be confirmed by LTA, not before 01SEP2020) - Introduction of a NEW World Tennis Number (WTN) to replace ratings with separate measure for doubles in addition to singles - previous matches played (with the more recent ones weighted more favourably than older matches - i.e results decay with time - time degradation) will be used in the mapping (conversion process using algorithm) from rating to WTN -  more details pending - click below for information direct from the LTA
  • NEW  UTR  versus WTN: WTN will use similar guiding principles to the UTR algorithm. Note that UTR only factors in matches where either player has won more than 4 games "Since UTR is based purely on scores, it does not count defaults or walkovers. If a player withdraws either 1) before the match starts or 2) during the match but before either player wins at least four games, the UTR algorithm does not count it. However, these results are still displayed on the player's profile page along with their other scores." (Source: UTR Algorith.PDF accessed from   https://support.myutr.com/support/solutions/articles/9000171969-understanding-the-algorithm-pdf   05Feb2020)
  •  ITF and National Associations announce World Tennis Number project
    Read more at  https://www.worldtennisnumber.com


Source:  https://www.lta.org.uk/play-compete/competing/competition-changes-20192020/ 


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