The 3rd annual SUNSHINE STATE OPEN hosted by the City of Delray Beach (September 12 – 14, 2020) is organized by Players International Management (PIM), host of the YellowTennisBall.com Series. This USTA Florida sanctioned Level 4 event consists of participants in the Boys and Girls 12s – 18s age divisions. Click here to register and to view draws, results and match times. If you have any questions, feel free to call the tournament office at 561-330-6003.

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Match Tennis App Participant Video Tutorials

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES: IMPORTANT

MAXIMUM 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 7:50am at Delray Beach Tennis Center and 8:10am at Delray Swim & Tennis Club
  • Players with the first matches on will be given a 5-minute warm-up.
  • Players with matches (1st matches of the day) after 8am at DB and after 8:30am at DS, will be given a 10-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. Please go directly to the Site Director Desk.  They will explain the rules and give you the tennis ball – DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE COURT. 
  • 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 7:50am @ DB (Delray Beach Tennis Center) and 8:20am @ 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.
  • Ball cans will be given at the Tournament Desk.
  • If any players want to ‘walk-up’ to the tournament desk, they must stand in front of the marked areas.

 

VIDEO TUTORIALS.

Education Link: Player Guide: https://www.matchtennisapp.com/virtual-tournament-desk/
Player Match Checkin Video: https://matchtennisapp.s3.amazonaws.com/matchcheckin.mp4
Player Match Score Report Video: https://matchtennisapp.s3.amazonaws.com/scorereporting.mp4

 

TENNIS BALLS. Each match will be played with 1 can of tennis balls.

 

DURING MATCH sponsored by Score at the Top

  • 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.
    • 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!

 

SITES & PRACTICE COURTS

 

GO DIRECTLY TO THE SITE LISTED ON THE DRAWS (CHECK ABBREVIATION ON THE DRAW).

 

Locations Per Division:

  • G12s, G16, G18, B16, B18: Saturday – Monday [Delray Swim & Tennis Club (DS) + Delray Beach Tennis Center (DB)]
  • B12, B14 & G14: Saturday – Sunday (Boca Lago Country Club); Monday (Delray Swim & Tennis Club)

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 561-665-4104.

DELRAY BEACH TENNIS CENTER (DB) (561-243-7360) 201 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444. Directions: From I-95 Exit Atlantic Ave., head east, Tennis Center will be 1 mile on left. If you have any questions, call the Site Director at 561-900-0198.

BOCA LAGO COUNTRY CLUB (BL)9045 Vista del Lago, Boca Raton, Florida 33428 (561-706-1601). Tournament Office: If you have any questions call 561-350-1867. Website.

PRACTICE COURTS. 2 per court…15 minutes maximum if others are waiting.

  • Delray Swim & Tennis Club: 16 courts (1st come, 1st-serve from 7:30 – 8am, no courts thereafter). The first matches on (8am) will get a 5-minute warm-up because practice courts were available to them. The rest of the players with 1st matches of the day will get up to 10 minutes. All rounds of matches after their first match of the day will get a 5-minute warm-up.
  • Delray Beach Tennis Center: No practice courts available. All matches scheduled at this site are the 2nd matches of the day, so these matches will get a 5-minute warm-up.
  • Boca Lago Country Club. Friday (4pm – dark; call to reserve + call to reserve spots in the afternoon clinics)… Saturday – Sunday: 12 courts (1st come, 1st-serve from 7:30 – 8am, no courts thereafter).
  • Boynton Beach Tennis Center: (Clay Courts; 10 minutes from Delray Beach):  Due to the Pandemic Covid 19 the Boynton Beach Tennis Center has been extremely busy and still has some restrictions. No walkins allowed. All players MUST call in for reservations up to 24 hours in advance 561-742-6575. $8 for Boynton Beach City Limits Residents and $10 for all other players. Water fountains are still unusable.  3111 S. Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.  Directions: From I-95 Exit Woolbright. Head West to Congress. Turn left (going South) on Congress. Tennis club on the corner of Congress and SW 30th (on right).

 

MATCH FORMAT – EVENT INFO. – DRAWS POSTED

 

Matches. Held at multiple facilities. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE SITE THAT YOU COMPETE AT (check the initials on the draws) & check in 20 minutes before your match time.

FORMAT – DRAW SIZE  (No-Ad Scoring)

  • Event consists of a feed-in Consolation thru the Rd of 16; Quarterfinal losers will go into it’s own consolation draw. There will be a 3/4 Playoff.
  • Singles Main Draw: 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets, with a 10-point Tiebreak for the 3rd set (no-ad scoring)
  • Singles Consolation: Two short sets, first to win 4 games by a margin of 2 games (if 3-3, play to 5) with a 7-point tiebreak at 4-games all. A 10-point match Tiebreak played at 1-set all. (no-ad scoring)
  • There is no Doubles in this event
  • Draws/Match Times. Singles and doubles draws posted online on Thursday prior to the event.

MATCH SCHEDULE (weather pending): Day 1: 2 singles…Day 2: 1-3 singles…Day 3: 1-3 Singles.. Consolation will have 3 singles matches on Days 2 and 3.

REST PERIOD. Minimum one hour rest between matches.

REFUNDS. Once the USTA selects the players, there are no refunds.

TRAINER: Athletic training services will be available throughout the week via Medicine Recovery & Performance, based at DELRAY SWIM & TENNIS CLUB. If you need their assistance, please go to those facilities to make arrangements. If you have specific treatment needs or any questions related to sports medicine that you would like to address prior to or during the tournament, please feel free to contact the head trainer, Mike Petrarca (Medicine Recovery Performance) mike@medicine-recovery-performance.com or (603) 978-1261.. We look forward to working with you and good luck!

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.

ALTERNATES

*Players must check-in and be prepared to play no later than 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled match of the event in which they are an alternate. The order of the original alternates list will be used.

*Players that are defaulted because of lateness, will be replaced in the draw if an on-site alternate is checked in and available to play.

*On-site Alternates may be admitted into the singles (or doubles) main draw to replace withdrawing players of players matches.

 

SPONSORS

 

City of Delray Beach (Host City) is a beach lover’s destination with one of America’s most beautiful seashores and we hope you’ll have some time to take a stroll along the warm surf. We invite you to take a leisurely walk along Atlantic Avenue, enjoy the galleries, boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Click for things to do in Delray Beach.

Vitacost.com. is an online retailer of health and wellness products, providing an award-winning experience to customers through its website, www.vitacost.com.  Vitacost.com features affordable pricing and speedy delivery on nearly 40,000 items, including dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs), hard-to-find specialty foods, organic body and personal care products, pet essentials and sports nutrition products. In addition, Vitacost.com strives to motivate, educate and inspire healthier living for customers by creating and curating thousands of helpful tips, expert articles and recipes.  Vitacost.com is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

Palm Beach Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (with a focus on the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities.

One Tennis Academy is located in the heart of Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida. With 14 clay courts and 4 hard courts, turf field, swimming pool, class room and fully equipped dorms we provide our students with all the necessary amenities to succeed on and off the court. Our coaching team has the know-how to work with kids of all levels starting with red dot program and all the way to the Grand Slam level. Come and experience it for yourself! 561.706.1601 (9045 Vista Del Lago, Boca Raton, FL 33428).

Dwight Global Online School — the top online school for student-athletes grades 7-12 — is proud to partner with YellowTennisBall.com Series, host to many of the most prestigious USTA events in the country, to offer qualified student-athletes a flexible, personalized schedule while receiving a world-class private school education.  Dwight Global students can train, travel, and compete without missing school.  With expert faculty members dedicated to personalizing the Dwight Global experience for every student, athletes are prepared to head straight to the pros or take leadership roles in top college athletic programs. If you have any questions, please call +1 212-724-2420 or email admissions@dwight.global and mention YTB Series for priority admissions assistance.

Medicine Recovery Performance understands beating the competition and taking athletic performance to the next level is important.  That’s why we offer private coaching that’s 100% geared towards the athlete, their unique sport, and exactly what it’s going to take to win.  Unlike other facilities who just focus on general fitness that doesn’t help you improve, we focus on exactly what you need to make it to the next level. Contact mike@medicine-recovery-performance.com or call (603) 978-1261 for details.

We are appreciative of all of the Event Sponsors and Site Partners, and thank them for their support in hosting this prestigious event.

SPECIAL OFFER FROM VITACOST.COM

Vitacost.com, Inc. is an online retailer of health and wellness products, providing an award-winning experience to customers through its website, www.vitacost.com.  Vitacost.com features affordable pricing and speedy delivery on nearly 40,000 items, including dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs), hard-to-find specialty foods, organic body and personal care products, pet essentials and sports nutrition products. In addition, Vitacost.com strives to motivate, educate and inspire healthier living for customers by creating and curating thousands of helpful tips, expert articles and recipes.  Vitacost.com is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

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TRAVEL, HOTEL DISCOUNTS & RENTAL CARS

Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Airports are approximately 35 minutes away from Delray Beach (pending traffic).

The event has secured a limited number of discounted hotel rooms for event participants. Please make all reservations as soon as possible. NOTE: All hotels are approximately 5 – 15 minutes from tournament sites.

WYNDHAM HOTEL – BOCA RATON

1950 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 • 561.368.5200.
Rates start at $109. To make your reservation: Click here.

Please refer to the Sunshine State Open 2020 group when contacting the central reservations or if needed on the website use Group Code: 09126745SU

This special tournament offer rates beginning at $109.00 for a One King or Two Double bed(s); $129.00 for Pool View, One King or Two Double bed(s) accommodation or choose the Suite with a private balcony overlooking our lush courtyard and pool at only $169.  Rate includes breakfast for up to two guests per room.

The Wyndham Hotel is a full service hotel in the heart of Boca Raton, adjacent to world class shopping and dining. It is the only area hotel that emphasizes health and wellness property-wide. We offer healthy dining options, yoga classes, 24 Hour Fitness room, a gourmet tea and coffee lounge, and a tropical courtyard where you can relax in the Florida sun and swim in our salt-water pool. All 182 comfortable guest rooms and suites are newly renovated and offer private balconies and pillow top mattresses.

Located at the hotel is the highly acclaimed Farmer’s Table restaurant featuring delicious and healthy gourmet cuisine. We feature an extensive menu, offering grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood, and free-range chicken, with vegan and gluten-free options.

We look forward to your visit! Reserve your stay by booking online at Wyndham.com; call Wyndham Reservations at 1-877-999-3223 or call the hotel directly at 1-561-368-5200.

OFFICIAL RENTAL CAR:  SIXT rent a car

SIXT rent a car is the official rental car provider for the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.  For rental car rates, click here.