Tennis Scotland Open Tour

03/10/2019

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The 2019 Tennis Scotland Open Tour has just kicked off, and with 426 people taking part, it’s the biggest tennis event in Scotland.

Back for its third year, the tournament is designed to provide all yellow-ball players with an opportunity to play competitively, regardless of age.

Although the tournament is recommended for those 12-years-old and above, what’s most important is skill – and the Tennis Scotland Open Tour gives you the opportunity to show off yours!

How Does It Work?
If you want to take part in the Tennis Scotland Open Tour, you need to register for the TS300 event local to you – regardless of your skill level.

Players will then be filtered through the TS300, TS500 and TS1000 events dependant on their abilities and ranking.

For example, if Andy Murray wanted to join the competition, he would enter a TS300 event, but because of this ranking, he would get automatically filtered to the TS1000 event.

TS300 (Grade 6)
There are 14 events at TS300 level, with 16 places for men, and 8 places for women per each event. You only can enter one event, so pick the one local to you. These events will take place across October.

You are given two chances to win a match at TS300 level, however you do need to win your first match in order to qualify to the TS500 event.

The TS300 events will use the Fast4 format, which we’ll visit in more detail later, if you’re not too sure how that works.

The winners of the 14 events will gain qualification into one of the TS500 events. These are already set out, so have a look at the diagram to see where your TS500 event would be, should you win a place.

TS500 (Grade 4)
There are four TS500 events, two in Glasgow, one in St Andrews and one in Stirling. The men’s events have 12 spaces for automatic qualification, and the women’s events have four. Both the men’s and the women’s games have four spaces each for the winners of the TS300 events.

The TS500 events will play two sets, plus match tiebreak (first to ten points and win by two points wins the match). These events will be played over the 9th and 10th November.

The winners of the four events will get qualification to the TS1000 event.

TS1000 (Grade 3)
The Tennis Scotland Open Tour culminates in a final event – the Scottish National Championship, a TS1000 event held at the Scottish National Tennis Centre at Stirling University from the 6th – 8th December.

This event has 12 spaces for automatic qualification based on ranking, and four spaces for the winners of the TS500 events – both for the men’s and women’s game.

The game format is best of three, and wins will improve your ranking level. There is also a cash prize of £500.

How to Enter
Although entries for the singles events are now closed, you can still enter the doubles by following this link until 26th November at 10pm.

Fast4 Format
The TS300 events in the Tennis Scotland Open Tour use the Fast4 format. Told in four fast steps, here are the rules:

  1. First to four games wins
  2. Tiebreaker at 3 games all (played to 7 points, 2 clear at 6-6)
  3. Match tie-break at 1 set all (played to 10 points, 2 clear at 9-9)
  4. No ad scoring

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