USTA Sanctions

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  1. SunDog

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    This year at the TN District Combo Doubles Championship, one of the 6.5 Adult Male teams from Memphis decided that one day of competition was enough - and they left after the rirst day of the tourney - leaving their committment to field a team against all RR foes unfulfilled. All teams then got an automantic 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 victory - including the one(s) that had already beaten Memphis on the court the first day. One of the other team captains field a grievance, and the State USTA grievance comittee issued some pretty hefty sanctions.

    The Memphis team captain got two years probation. Several of the offending team members that didnt even make the trip to the tournament got one year probation. Three of the players that made the trip and decided to leave got 11 mos and 29 days suspension from all USTA league play. If any of those three play in the year that follows suspension, and any team that any of them plays on advances to the district championships, that team must front a $500 deposit that will be returned upon completing that teams commitment in the tournament.

    The players that made the trip to the tournament and were willing to play it out recieved no punishment.

    This is kind of a wake up call to USTA league players and especially captains. I could have easily been in a similar predicament in 2004 when several of my mixed doubles players decided to make it hard for me to field the required number of courts due to other personal committments. Fortunately we had bad weather on the appointed weekend - and the tourney got postponed. I would hate to have sanctions against me for the actions of an inconsiderate individual or group. The next time I capatain an advancing team - I will darn sure be more emphatic about getting actual committments.
     
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  2. bleach

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    I say, "way to go USTA", it's a shame when individual matches are defaulted. People (at least in my town) bust their butt to get to a match only to find that they received a default because the opposing team didn't have enough players.

    What about the team that came in second in the local play? I bet they are unhappy!
     
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  3. SunDog

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    In this case - the offending team was the second place local team. They accepted a wild card invite. That means - they made a conscious decision to attend. Even worse.
     
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  4. andfor

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    Thanks SunDog for the update. I have seen this happen twice before done by different teams from a different city at other USTA State wide competitions. It's wise of the USTA to impose the sanctions they did.
     
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  5. bigserving

    bigserving Semi-Pro

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    I have seen this kind of thing especially at the lower NTRP levels. Teams will have a sandbaging ringer or two or three.

    Then, teams or players will tank or forfeit matches in order that they don't get bumped up to the next NTRP level by the computer.

    I am not sure if this is the case here. But I think that sandbagging is a larger injustice than just bailing on an event.
     
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  6. SunDog

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    That is not the case here.
     
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  7. cak

    cak Professional

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    If a team defaults a match the winners show up in the computer, but the people who didn't show also don't show up in the results. It would be impossible to affect your own NTRP level by not showing up. You could get sanctions, but it doesn't affect your level at all.
     
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