Frequently Asked Questions

Start times & Formats

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What time does it start?

  • Saturday events from 4/5pm
  • Sunday events from 3/4pm
  • 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:

  • FAST4 
  • Sudden Death Deuce
  • Short Set (2 clear)
  • Match Tie Break (MTB10) to 10 points
  • Match Tie Break (MTB7) to 7 points


Format & Rules - on display
Alliance-Tennis Events have

  • A3 posters on display with
  • Clear format and 
  • Rules summary

Duration of event

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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 9pm on a Sunday
  • Up to 9:30pm 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

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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

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  How do I enter an event???

Late & Manual entries

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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

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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

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

Useful links to explain the process:


Mini-Tennis Ratings

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Competition Regulations

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Code Violations

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LTA Official List of players currently suspended via the automatic LTA discipline process 

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

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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
  • Effective AFTER 1st April 2020 (sometime during 2020 date TBC) - 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) 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
  •  ITF and National Associations announce World Tennis Number project
    Read more at  https://www.itftennis.com/news/308289.aspx 


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


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