We are excited to announce the dates for the DELRAY BEACH OPEN WILDCARD SURVIVOR SERIES, with each event offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a Qualifying Wildcard into the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (ATP World Tour Event), held Februar 13 – 14, 2021. Click for ATP Match Schedule.

Event 1: October 17 – 20, 2020. (UTR Event)

Event 2: November 14 – 17, 2020. (USTA Men’s Open Event). Click here to register.

 

EVENT INFO.

 

SITE: DELRAY SWIM & TENNIS CLUB (DS) (561-243-7058) 2350 Jaeger Drive, Delray Beach, 33444. Directions: I-95 to Linton Blvd, head east 3/4 mile, turn right on SW 10th Ave, go to stop sign & take a left (Lindell), go 2 full blocks to roundabout and go left on Dotterel, go 1 block to Jaeger Drive, make left. Clubhouse on the left. Tournament Office. If you have any questions, call the Site Director at 561-330-6003.

SINGLES WILDCARD. The Winner of each 2020 event will receive a Qualifying Wildcard into the 2021 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (ATP 250 Event; hard court event), held February 13 – 14, 2021  at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The main draw takes place February 15  – 21, 2021.

PHONE: 561.330.6003

SURFACE: Clay Courts (Main Draw)

INFO. This is a USTA Florida Sanctioned Men’s Open Event. If the event is larger than a 64 draw, the final matches will take place on Tuesday.

STRINGING: Stringing is available at select tournament match and practice sites and at local tennis retailers. See the complete list posted wherever you are playing.

COMPLIMENTARY ATP TICKETS + DISCOUNT ($35 Value).  All participants receive 2 complimentary tickets to Day (Session TBA) of the 2021 Delray Beach Open ATP Champions Tour matches (Tennis Legends). In addition, participants may receive a 20% off discount on individual tickets to their session of choice to the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (must be purchased by December 31). No exchanges.

PRACTICE COURTS: 10 courts are available from 7:20- 7:50am on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Practice Courts will not be available after 7:45am, Please make alternate plans regarding your practice courts.

DRAW: The draw will be finalized on Thursday prior to each event and posted online on Friday @ Noon, they day before each event. No refunds will be distributed once the draw is made.

FORMAT:

  • Oct. 17 – 20, 2020. Two tiebreak sets and a 7-point match-tiebreak will be played at one set all. (No-ad scoring).  Single elimination Singles Draw (with 1st Match consolation, 2 out of 3 short sets to 4 games by a margin of 2 games(if 3-3, play to 5) with a 7-point Tiebreak at 4-games all. A 7-point match Tiebreak played at 1-set all
  • Nov. 14 – 17, 2020.  Two tiebreak sets and a 7-point match-tiebreak will be played at one set all. (No-ad scoring).  Single elimination Singles Draw (no consolation)

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES: IMPORTANT

MIN. 1 GUEST PER PLAYER,  VIRTUAL CHECK-IN, MANDATORY MASKS, ETC.

 

The safety and well-being of players, families and staff is our top priority, thus we have instituted a number of Safety Protocols that everyone must follow (details below). There will be no exceptions to the below rules – thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In an effort to help prevent the relapse of COVID-19 and to more effectively facilitate CDC guidelines and best practices, we will be using Match Tennis App’s Virtual Tournament Desk, which will be facilitated through the mobile devices of players, parents and coaches… click here for details. We are using the Virtual Tournament Desk for the first time and ask for everyone’s understanding and patience – please be smart and safe while on-site, follow the below Safety Guidelines and we look forward to hosting everyone!

IMPORTANT All players must read!:  Click here for the Virtual Tournament DeskIMPORTANT – All players must read!

All players register on Match Tennis App (free) and fill out the medical forms, or they cannot compete in the event!

  • The event has the right to take the temperature of all Players and Guests. If anyone denies us the availability to take their temperature and/or if anyone’s temperature is 100.4 or more, you must leave the facility – no exceptions. This is for your safety and the safety of the other families. Thank you for your understanding.
  • DO NOT PLAY:
    • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of the Corona-virus. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • If you have been in contact with someone with known or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Everyone must follow a minimum of 6’ social distancing (except family members)
  • Everyone must follow a minimum of 6’ social distancing (except family members)
  • Everyone should wash their hands throughout the day.
  • Draws will not be posted on-site (we do not want a gathering of players/parents), please view Draws and Results in Tennislink on your phones/computers

 

PLAYERS

  • May be accompanied by only ONE GUEST on-site – no other guests allowed on-site.
  • Should take change-over breaks on opposite sides of the court. If this is not possible, chairs should be set at a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Use headbands, hats and/or wristbands to avoid touching their faces while playing.
  • Restrooms will be available. Please do not congregate in the restroom, the locker room areas are closed.
  • Come prepared with your own:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Beverages/water, snacks, towels, water, and ice (ice will not be provided on site) and store inside a tennis bag when not in use. Water fountains will be turned off.
    • Participant Chair (if you would like to use your own chair on-court) – chairs will be provided if you don’t want to bring a chair. Spectators should bring chairs

 

STAFF:

  • Tournament Desk staff will wear a mask at all times.
  • Umpires will wear a mask at all times when off the court. When on-court, masks will be worn if within 10′ of any players.

 

TENNISLINK.

  • Event information, weather updates and first matches of the Day court numbers will be posted under the Notes Section on Tennislink.  Please check the Notes section daily for updated event info.
  • For all players that play the 1st matches of the day, they should check in via their phone, and then at the Tournament Desk (we will use social distancing markers) 10 minutes before their start time; this way, the warm-up begins exactly at their start time.

 

FACILITY

  • While On-Site: Everyone must follow the 6 feet (minimum) guidelines (except for family members) while on-court or off-court.
  • All players and guests must wear mask upon entering the event site – No exceptions.  If anyone is not wearing a mask, the event will ask you to leave the facility.
  • Face Coverings Must be Worn by everyone who is off court. Any player leaving the court must wear a face covering while off court. Guests not wearing face masks will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Delray Beach Tennis Center. The upstairs area will be closed for players and their guests. Umpires are the only persons allowed upstairs.
  • Guests: Only one person per chair/bench.
  • Participants’ guests. Please bring a chair to watch the matches, we will not have bleachers/seating for guests (for everyone’s safety).

 

WARM-UP:

  • Practice Courts will ONLY be available for the players playing the first match of the day. You may arrive 30 minutes prior to the match time. Two players per court, 15 minutes maximum. Parents, coaches or spectators are NOT allowed on the courts at any time. This is a health and safety issue. Players should not practice on any other court at the tournament sites. Daily Matches will begin at 8:10am at Delray Swim & Tennis Club.
  • Players with the first matches on will be given a 5-minute warm-up, thereafter 10-minutes throughout the day; for a players’ second match of the day, players get a 5-minute warm-up.
  • Do not enter facility until 15 minutes prior to your scheduled match time, unless practicing for the 1st match of the day, then it is not before 30 minutes before your match time.  We will text players when their match is called. Please confirm receipt, and go directly to the Tournament Desk for details – practice a min. of 6′ social distancing at all times.

 

VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT DESK: This will be the new tool for tournaments, so please embrace it and use this opportunity to learn how to use the MatchTennisAPP. It will be used at this tournament.

  • Check in 20 minutes before your match using the MatchTennisAPP. You should be ready to play.
  • Matches Will Be Called using the MatchTennisApp 15 minutes before your start time. The player and their guest will both receive a text with instructions.
  • Know Who Your Opponent Is: when picking up your balls at the tournament desk.
  • Before leaving the court, report your score in the MatchTennis APP and/or report the score at the Tournament Desk ‘Score Report’ Area. Remember to Social Distance.

 

CHECK-IN:

  • The first matches of the day begin at 8:10am @ DS (Delray Swim & Tennis Club), all players must check in via their phones (Match Tennis App) at least 15 minutes early. We will send your matches to the courts 10 minutes early. This is to reduce your time on-site, plus for the daily matches to stay on schedule. This way, the event will run on-time and reduce the number of persons on-site.
  • In order to save time, be safe, make sure players know who they play, which court to go to, and when they play their next match, we plan on using a Hybrid of Virtual Tournament Desk while continuing to physical distance
  • We’ll use the Virtual Tournament Desk for calling/texting players to come to the Tournament Desk and have cones/markers (separated by a min. of 6’ for players to stand away from each other) that are a min. of 6’ away from the Tournament Desk. If you do not get a text and it’s 10 minutes before your match, please go to the Tournament Desk (must wear a mask) and check-in.
  • If any players want to ‘walk-up’ to the tournament desk, they must stand in front of the marked areas.

 

TENNIS BALLS

  • Each match will receive one can of tennis balls.

 

DURING MATCH

  • Player Chairs: Must be placed at least 6 feet apart and they may not be facing one another or another player.
  • Umpires will try to flip a coin prior to each match, if an umpire isn’t available the players should spin a racket while both are standing at least 6 feet away from the net. The umpires will try to time the warm-up.
  • The Server should clearly call out the score loudly before every point.
  • Score Tenders: Each player should bring 2 used balls which may be needed for the score tender. Do not touch/rotate the score tender. Only touch your tennis balls or the same color ball or home/visitor position on the score tender for the whole match.
  • Raise your Racket to get the attention of a tennis umpire.
  • Coaching is allowed at the fence when players split sets. Social distancing must be followed. The coach must remain outside the fence with a mask on.
  • Changeovers / Set Breaks: Players should take change over breaks on opposite sides of the court or be spaced 6 feet away from the net (creating 12 feet between players). 4 players should not have their bags/chairs between 2 courts.
  • When returning to your chair, do so in a manner where you maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet.
    • Keep your players chairs facing forward towards the tennis court. This way, the players on the adjacent court are facing the away from you.
    • Maintain safe social distance between players during the racket spin at the start of a match. The umpires will try to flip a coin when we can. When we do this, we will ask the players to stand on the service line.
    • Players should clearly verbalize the score at the start of each point.
    • Players should not touch the tennis balls during the games their opponents are serving. They can use their racket to send the ball to their opponent.
    • When players split sets, coaching is allowed at the fence during the rest period. However, social distancing must be followed. Coaching may not happen on the court.

 

COMPLETION OF THE MATCH

  • Offer an acknowledgement such as a nod, thumbs up or ‘good match.’ Please do not shake hands or make contact with your opponent at the completion of the match.
  • Leave the court promptly, clean up your trash and take your belongings with you.
  • Before leaving the court, report your score in the MatchTennis APP and/or report the score at the Tournament Desk ‘Score Report’ Area. Remember to Social Distance.
  • Pick up your used tennis balls – you may keep them or drop them in the used balls box at the Tournament Desk.
  • Upon completion of the match, and after reporting the score (winner reports the score), leave facility within 20 minutes of the completion of your match to help reduce gatherings.

 

WEATHER:

  • In the event of inclement weather (ie rain, lightning), we ask all players to go to their vehicles, enter their up-to-date scores in Match Tennis APP and we will provide updates via the Notes section on Tennislink.
  • Hold onto your tennis balls, no need to turn them into the Tournament Desk

 

SPORTSMANSHIP & ETIQUETTE:

  • Good Sportsmanship is expected from a players and guests.
  • Players should NEVER spit on the court.
  • Inappropriate and unsportsmanlike language, bullying and taunting will not be tolerated and will be coded. Spectators who display inappropriate behavior may be removed from the tournament area for the remainder of the tournament. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Players are NOT allowed on the other side of the net, even if invited by their opponent. If you need a ball mark inspection, then ask a tennis umpire for help.
  • The USTA Point Penalty System, Lateness Rule and Junior Tournament Regulations are in effect.

 

MISC.

  • The event has the right to check temperatures of players and/or their guests. If anyone meets or exceeds the temperature per CDC Guidelines (100.4), they must leave the facility immediately and may not return for the duration of the event.
  • Tournament Staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times.
  • If a guest presents any symptoms of COVID-19 while on site, the guest will be asked to immediately leave the premises and seek medical advice. Emergency medical issues will continue to be handled by contacting 911.
  • Tennis court gates latches, score tenders and on-court chairs will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day
  • Be prepared to play up to 2 matches per day

 

With your help we can make this a great event! Let us know if you have any questions!