South Bay Grand Prix
South Bay Grand Prix
| Tournament Rules | Classification Guidelines | Ranking System | Entry Information |

Tournament Rules

  1. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all classifications.
  2. Regular scoring will be used throughout the tournament.
  3. Two (2) out of three (3) sets.
  4. Twelve (12) point tie breaker at six (6) games all.
  5. Five (5) minute warmup - please!
  6. Check in at tournament desk 15 minutes prior to your match time.
  7. 15 minute default time or at the discretion of the tournament director.
  8. If you have to default a match, please call the tournament director as far in advance as possible.
  9. All players must comply with the host club's dress code.
  10. No spectators on the courts.
  11. Additional courts other than the main club may be used during certain tournaments.
  12. Partner substitutions can only be made prior to the commencement of the tournament, and only with prior approval of the tournament director. Furthermore, if the partner substitution affects the seeding of an event, the substitution may not be allowed. Partner substitutions after your first round match has begun are absolutely unacceptable. Participants in violation of this rule risk disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of their entry fees and any points earned.
  13. In case of inclement weather, matches may be rescheduled on a subsequent weekend. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate players' schedules; however, players must be available to play the rescheduled matches as scheduled.

Guidelines to Determine Classifications

If you are unsure of your level, use the
USTA/NTRP rating guidelines to determine your level. If you need assistance interpreting the guidelines or require a visual rating, please contact your club or tennis pro or contact the South Bay Grand Prix at (310) 793-1431 or info@southbaygrandprix.com.The final decision is determined by the tournament director.

Remember that you play at the level of the highest player. For example, if a 4.0 and a 4.5 are entering the tournament together, they must enter at the 4.5 level. PLAYERS WHO ARE JUDGED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR TO BE PLAYING AT A LEVEL THAT IS LOWER THAN THEIR ACTUAL SKILL LEVEL WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IMMEDIATELY AND THEIR ENTRY FEE FORFEITED.

Players are limited to a maximum of two events per tournament. Players entered in two events MUST enter at the same level for both events. NO EXCEPTIONS. For example, if a woman is playing 4.5 Women's Doubles and wishes to enter Mixed Doubles in the same tournament, she MUST enter 4.5 Mixed Doubles. Similarly, if a man is playing 4.0 Mixed Doubles and wishes to play Men's Doubles, he MUST enter Men's Doubles at the 4.0 level.


Point System For Rankings

The South Bay Grand Prix point system is simple. Eleven (11) points are awarded for entering a tournament (no points are awarded if you default). Ten (10) points are awarded for each match won prior to the semifinals. Twenty (20) points are awarded for winning the semifinals and also for winning the finals. If a player receives a bye or a default, they will still earn 10 points or 20 points accordingly.

Winning an event twice qualifies you to play in the Southern California Grand Prix Masters Tournament to be held early the following year. Additionally, players with the highest accumulated points in a classification without winning a tournament will be selected to complete the draw for the Masters Tournament. Seedings will be based mainly on Grand Prix point totals and at the tournament director's discretion.


Entry Information

  1. Entries close two Wednesdays (10 days) prior to the tournament at 5:00 p.m.
  2. Phone entries are not acceptable.
  3. Do not request special playing times.
  4. Fees and I.D. numbers must accompany the entry blank. For doubles, one partner must submit the entire amount; no split entries! $10 late fee if entry fee not received by tournament deadline. The current fee schedule is as follows:
    Open Division:
    $40.00 per team per event
    All Other Divisions:
    $38.00 per team per event
  5. Make check payable to South Bay Grand Prix and mail it to: South Bay Grand Prix, 4545 W. 171st Street, Lawndale, CA 90260.
  6. There will be a $20 returned check charge assessed for each returned check. There will be a $10 late fee assessed on all entry fees paid after the tournament registration deadline.
  7. A player must play in only one classification in each tournament (e.g., a player may not play 4.0 Men's and 3.5 Men's, or 5.0 Women's and 4.5 Mixed).
  8. If two players on the same team are at different classification levels, the team must play in the higher classification (thus, if a 3.5 player partners with a 4.0 player, the team must enter the 4.0 division).
  9. Executive Committee and/or tournament director reserves the right to review the classification of any team. The tournament director reserves the right to place a team in a higher classification. Please consult the NTRP rating guide to determine your correct classification.
  10. Juniors may play only in the Open division (juniors are 17 years and under).
  11. Partner substitutions can only be made prior to the commencement of the tournament, and only with prior approval of the tournament director. Furthermore, if the partner substitution affects the seeding of an event, the substitution may not be allowed. Partner substitutions after your first round match has begun are absolutely unacceptable. Participants in violation of this rule risk disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of their entry fees and any points earned.
  12. If there are less than 4 entries in an event, categories will be combined at the tournament director's discretion.
  13. If you win an event twice at the same level (e.g., 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, etc.) and classification (e.g., Men's, Women's, Mixed) within one calendar year, you must move up to the next level for the remainder of the year. If you continue to win, you must continue to move up. 5.5 players have the option to move to Open or split with their partner for the remainder of the year. You must choose a new partner who has not won at that level twice.
  14. U.S.T.A. rules will govern play.
  15. The tournament draw will be posted on this website no later than the Wednesday prior to the tournament. If you do not have internet access, you must call the host club or South Bay Grand Prix to obtain your starting time(s). Please do not call any earlier than the Wednesday prior to the tournament.
  16. No refunds after the draw is made or for rainouts.
  17. It is each player's responsibility to report any errors made in calculating their point totals. Such errors should be sent in writing to: South Bay Grand Prix, 4545 W. 171st Street, Lawndale, CA 90260 (or e-mail: info@southbaygrandprix.com).
  18. All suggestions, appeals, or complaints may be submitted in writing to the address listed in #17.


South Bay Grand Prix  •  4545 W. 171st Street, Lawndale, CA 90260  •  (310) 793-1431  •  info@southbaygrandprix.com


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