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2002 Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships Information

September 6, 2002 11:44 AM

Official Event Website: www.southernmixed.com

Dates/Location: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 2002/Chattanooga, Tennessee

Format: Each of the nine states in the Southern Section will send one team in each level. A wildcard team will be selected to complete a 10-team draw with two groups of five. Each group plays a round-robin, with group winners advancing to the finals. All divisions will be scheduled to play Friday-Sunday. The format may change due to inclement weather.

Rules: Adult Division players must play in at least two local matches to be eligible and Senior Division players must play in at least one local match. Players may advance on one Adult and one Senior team, but not two Adult or two Senior teams.

All players must be current USTA members as of October 31, 2002 and must be listed on the original roster.

Players will recieve a two-minute set break at the end of each set with no coaching. There is no break at the changeover after the first game. There is a 90-second break during each changeover in the rest of the set. A match tiebreaker (first to ten points with a margin of two) will be played in lieu of the third set with no breaks and no coaching. Players change sides every six points.

In the event of a tie after round robin play, the group winner will be decided by: 1) Most individual matches won; 2) Fewest sets lost; 3)Fewest games lost; 4) Head to head winner; 5) Coin toss.

Note: Should inclement weather or other circumstances prevent the completion of tournament play and the Tournament Committee has not cancelled the event, these tiebreak procedures will be used to declare a winner in each group and a champion and finalist in each level.

Schedule: Round robin play may begin as early as 8:00 am on Friday, October 18th. A tentative schedule will be available on the web at www.southernmixed.com after 3 pm on Tuesday, October 8th.

Registration and Captains' Meeting: The captains meeting will be held Thursday, October 17th. Registration opens at 4 pm and the Captains' Meeting begins at 6 pm at The Champions Club.

Practice Courts: Practice courts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. A map with practice sites and availability will be distributed at registration.

Tournament Headquarters: Located at The Champions Club, 3400 Lupton Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37415, (423) 870-3112. Team and individual scores will be posted there each day. Team scores will also be posted daily on the website at www.southernmixed.com.

Amenities: There will be a Player Party (hors d'oeurves, cash bar, and DJ) hosted by Chattanooga Tennis Association on Saturday night at 7 pm at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Grand Central at the rear of the property. Guest tickets will be on sale at the door for $5.00.

T-Shirts will be given to up to 10 players per team.

Awards: Championship and finalist awards will be given to all rostered players.

Travel: Chattanooga Airport is 15 minutes from hotels and sites.

Hotel Information: Below is a list of hotels that have set aside blocks for the event. Please make hotel reservations by calling hotels directly. Make sure you refer to the event to get the special tournament rates given below. Make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure rates, as hotels will have cutoff dates.

Chattanooga Clarion$75.00423-756-5150
Read House$82.00423-266-4121
Hampton Inn Downtown$64.00423-265-0077
Holiday Inn Express-Hixson$68.00423-877-8388
Main Stay Suites$85.00423-485-9424
La Quinta Inn??423-855-0011
Howard Johnson Plaza$60.00423-892-8100
Wingate Inn$72.50423-893-7400
Hampton Inn Airport$62.00423-855-0095
Comfort Inn-East Ridge$70.00423-893-7979
Days Inn Rivergate$60.00423-266-7331

For more information on this event, please contact Marilyn Sherman, Director of Adult Tennis, or Dene Owen, Adult Events Coordinator at (770) 368-8200.

For more information on Chattanooga, visit: www.chattanoogacvb.com.




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