CHELTENHAM, PA – The Friends of Cheltenham Community Tennis organization announces the continued support of USTA tournaments by continuing the Spring DR-L7 tournament. The USTA has changed the format for the district level tournaments to a shortened set.
According to Lori Liss Siegal, Co-President and Tournament Director, “This revised format aligns well with our mission by supporting player development and enabling players to play more matches in a tournament. These tournaments are as much about developing players in the community as they are about the competition.”
Craig Reinheimer, Co-President and Tournament Referee, is excited about this new tournament format. “We changed the format of our tournament about four years ago to support consolation matches because we wanted to encourage tournament play and to keep the kids on the courts. There are a wealth of live lessons learned during tournament play, the players learn to adapt the skills they learn during clinics and lessons, how to be observant of their opponents, and to enhance their strategic thinking skills.”
The match format will be 2 out of 3 short sets – each set will start with the score at 2 games all, no-ad scoring, and a 10-point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. All players will play a minimum of three matches. The draw type for all DR-L7 tournaments is a compass draw or a round robin. Because of the age group of the tournament, the tournament is played on a full size court with a regulation tennis ball. Many of the tournaments for younger juniors is played on a shorter court with low pressure balls.
“We are excited about the new tournament format”, said Siegal, “and seeing our local Junior players develop their confidence and skills. There are players who have participated in several of our tournaments and it is a pleasure to watch their skills improve each time.”