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Tournament Formats NTRP events Senior events Sanctioned tournaments
Designated events Single
Compass draw events
Designed to pit players ages 19 & older* and of compatible skill against one
NTRP levels range from 2.5 to 5.0 (Note: players rated above 5.0 are
required to play in the Open division; junior players who will not reach
their 19th birthday by December 31 MUST play in the Open division).
You may play at or above your specific NTRP level, but not below your
rating. If you don't have a current rating, you may self-rate and play in
*Players turning 19 by December 31 are eligible to compete in NTRP events.
TennisLink does not allow on-line registration for these players. Please
contact the tournament’s director and s/he will manually add you to the
Also called Age Division Tournaments, these events offer players the opportunity
to compete against similarly aged competitors. But be aware: there are no skill
parameters in Senior Events. A player in the draw may be an expert, a novice, or
anywhere in between.
Players must be of division age by December 31 of the current year and may not play in an
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USTA Colorado endorses events that meet certain USTA criteria
for quality and consistency. Only sanctioned event results count toward state
rankings and NTRP ratings. Non-sanctioned tournament results do not factor
toward a state ranking, nor do their results factor into a player’s rating. All
Adult, Senior and Wheelchair Sanctioned Tournaments require a current
USTA membership, as do Junior Championship and Satellite events. Junior Novice
and non-Sanctioned events do not require a USTA membership.
Selected tournaments have been Designated so as to guarantee quality ranking
information by forcing more head-to-head competition among Colorado's top
players in a particular division. View Colorado
The most common kind of tournament draw, and the one you’re probably familiar
with when watching the pro tours. If you lose, you're out. If you win, you go
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These player-friendly formats guarantee competitors at least two matches. There
are several types of consolation formats:
||First Match Losers Consolation – A consolation draw in which the losers in
the first round and those second round losers who advanced to that round by
virtue of a bye or default are entered into the consolation draw.
||First Round Losers Consolation – A consolation draw in which only the
losers in the first
round are entered into the consolation draw.
||Modified Feed-in Consolation – A consolation draw in which the losers from
draw are fed back into another draw against players who lost in earlier
rounds of the
Compass draw events:
Player-friendly formats guaranteeing players multiple matches, even if they lose
every match. A non-elimination format that is so named because players advance
in four to eight different directions depending upon when they lose their first
match and when they lose their subsequent matches.
Another player-friendly format, these draws guarantee competitors multiple
matches as they play against every other players in their draw or flight.
Flights typically consist of three to four players/teams.
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