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Palm Springs Doubles 2018 is a doubles only tournament for all divisions, open to men and women and provided by Desert Tennis Association, a member club of GLTA (glta.net).  Again this year we have USTA National Divisions as part of our tournament for players entering Same Gender Married Couples divisions.  These are age divisions and are offered for same gender married couples or registered domestic partners of the same gender.  There are separate divisions for male and female couples and again, divisions are determined by combined age of the doubles couple.  Open divisions are for any age combination wishing to enter an all age division.  Top three teams in each division played will receive the coveted USTA Gold, Silver or Bronze Tennis Ball awards.  These divisions are reported on both the USTA site and the GLTA site.  Entry for these divisions is also available on both sites.  However if you wish to enter both the USTA national divisions and also a regular doubles division, regular doubles divisions are only available on the GLTA online entry.  There is a combined entry fee for players playing both divisions on the GLTA website.  PLAYERS MAY NOT ENTER TWO DIFFERENT REGULAR DOUBLES DIVISIONS.  Two event entries are only permitted if one is the appropriate USTA National division and one is regular doubles.  To enter USTA National Divisions you must provide your USTA number along with your entry, either an individual membership or family membership for both members of the team.

This is a two day tournament (March 3 & 4, 2018) playing at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and possibly one additional site depending on entries.  Tournament amenities included with the entry fee include tennis matches, courts at world class facilities, trophy awards, tennis balls for matches, tournament shirts, player goodie bags, lunch one of the days, water on the courts, and our player welcome party Friday March 2, 2018 at a site yet to be determined.  First match non winners in all divisions are eligible for consolation doubles play.

In planning your desert visit, please keep in mind our tournament plays March 3 and 4 and the qualifying rounds of the Indian Wells professional event begin with free entry days Monday and Tuesday March 5 and 6 followed by 12 days of world class tennis tournament play featuring the very best of both the ATP and WTA professional tours with the BNP Tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.    This is a great opportunity to attend one of the premier professional tennis events in  the world right here in the Palm Springs area.

Please email me at jimkloes@hotmail.com with any questions.  I hope to see you at the tournament and hope that you will support our community players in all divisions and participate in the USTA Same Gender divisions if they apply to you.  We are proud to have presented these divisions since the inception of these ground breaking divisions in conjunction with the USTA and were also the pilot tournament a few years back presenting the first USTA Same Gender Divisions on the national stage.

ENTRY DEADLINE
The entry deadline is February 25, 2018.
Entries and fees must be received by that day.  No telephone entries will be accepted.

DIVISION GUIDELINES / CLASSIFICATION
This tournament is for GLTA Open, A, B and C rated players:

Open: Highly advanced tournament player NTRP 5.0 and above
A: Advanced tournament player NTRP 4.5
B: High intermediate player NTRP 3.5–4.0
C: Low intermediate player NTRP 3.0
D: Novice player NTRP 2.0–2.5

The tournament draw committee has the right to reclassify a player to a higher division in accordance with GLTA rules and regulations.

DRAW FORMATS

Doubles
Single elimination, best-of-3-set format.

Consolation Bracket
The consolation bracket is for 1st-round losers. Single elimination, best-of-3-set format (a super tie breaker will be played in lieu of a 3rd set)

MINIMUM DRAW SIZE
If a division does not have a minimum of eight entries, it may be combined with another division. Entrants in a canceled division will be given the option of a refund or participation in another division.

SEEDING
Seeding will be based on GLTA ranking. Th e Tournament Directors reserve the right to make exceptions to seeding at their discretion.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Play begins Saturday, March 4, 2018, and continues Sunday, March 4. Matches will begin at 8 am, so please make travel plans accordingly.

ENTRY CONFIRMATION
Confirmations of receipt of entry will be by email. Players will be notified of the entry status (main draw vs wait list) in the email. After the draw is made, a confirmation email will be sent with detailed tournament information including welcome party time/location and the web address of the draws posted on-line.

DEFAULTS
A 15-minute default time (and USTA point penalty system) will be strictly enforced for all matches.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
In the event weather causes scheduling changes, no-add scoring and/or pro-sets may be invoked in order to complete the tournament. Heat rest rules may also be invoked. No refunds will be given for inclement weather.

DRESS CODE
The Dress Code will be strictly enforced. Proper tennis attire must be worn while on court:

• collared shirts
• non-collared microfiber shirts
• sleeveless “made-for-tennis” shirts
• tennis shorts

Only tennis shoes are allowed.  No black-soled shoes.

Cotton T-shirts, cut-off shorts, running shorts, running shoes, aerobic wear, or bathing suits are not allowed.

DRAW AND REFUNDS
Draws will be finalized prior to the tournament, and will be posted on the GLTA website (draws for the Same Sex Married Couples Doubles Event will also be on Tennis Link). Refunds will not be issued once the draw is made.