Friday, 9 September 2011, Issue # 032
We hope you enjoy reading this edition of the Tennis Sydney Newsletter.
GAY GAMES FEDERATION
NEW GAY GAMES AMBASSADORS
Team Sydney Dinner
On Thursday, 1 September a group of nine keen Tennis Sydneyers attended a celebratory and charity dinner to recognise diver Matthew Mitcham and speed skater Blake Skjellerup becoming the latest Gay Games ambassadors. The dinner was supported by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Proteus Leadership Centres and Team Sydney.
SINGLES TOURNAMENT – COMPASS DRAW
September 11, 2011
Draw Now Published
As this is a Sunday Social event, the draw seedings encompass a significant variety of standard from our number 1 of Open standard, through to our number 64 of D grade standard. Like all tournaments, the draw commences with 1 vs 64, 2 vs 63 and so on in the first round. So if you are on the extremity of the rankings, you can expect some swift first rounds… have some fun with it. Conversely, if you are ranked at the centre of the draw 32 vs 33 give or take… then you need to be ready to hit the court absolutely on fire, as your matches should be pretty even.
Match formats will be single sets, first to 6, with a standard tie break (first to 7 by 2) at 5-5.
Strictly 5 minute warm-ups prior to starting the match. If you need more, go for a run around Centennial.
If we’re running short on time, short deuce may be implemented during the day.
To get through 152 matches we’ll be playing on all 11 courts, everyone will be expected to play at least 1 match on courts 10 and 11.
If there are no walkovers/withdrawals you can expect to play a minimum of 4 sets (if you lose your final direction’s QF), or 5 sets if you lose your SF, and ultimately, 6 sets if you make it to one of the 8 (E, NE, N, NW, W, SW, S, SE) finals… so, do what you need to do to go the distance.
At Compass, technology is coming out to play. The draws and scores will be updated regularly as the day go on. So, bring your web enabled devices, switch over from Grindr, and refresh the GLTA site to check progress. Mario’s in charge of manually updating the bulletin board version of the draw with a pen for those non tech-enabled. Also, if you’re not immediately handy, I’ll try to SMS your next match and court assignments, so, keep your phone handy.
To cut down on lag between matches, you’ll be given your court assignment whilst the previous match is still in play, this way you’ll be able to jump on immediately after match point. The first round assignments are as follows – Some matches will finish quickly, so players at 9 and 9:30 please arrive nice and early. 8:30 players be on court at 8:30 sharp.
Compass Tournament Director