Registration has officially closed for a local USTA tournament next weekend. There are only four applicants for Men's NTRP 3.5, so I suspect they will do it as a round robin. My instructor said I should sign up as a 3.0 since it's my first tournament, but there were no other 3.0 applicants, so I signed up as 3.5. I've never been formally rated. I have reviewed the rules of tennis, the Code, and even the Friends of Court book regarding tournaments, but I'm still unsure what to expect. I do plan to tell my opponents it is my first tournament and to invite them to correct any breaches in etiquette. So, after the tournament director says "Taxvictim and Sandbagger, you're on Court 3", what usually happens? We meet at the court, spin the racket, choose sides, and warm up for 10 minutes? How do we report our score? Are we given a score card to turn in afterwards? Does the tournament director provide the tennis balls? (Friends of Court says they do.) How are the rest periods enforced? (90 seconds at changeover, 120 at set break... right?). I played a practice match this weekend and was sucking air big time at the breaks, so chances are I won't be complaining if our breaks run long. But I also don't want to be accused of stalling. What if my opponent asks for a restroom break during the match? (Could take at least five minutes to walk back to clubhouse from the courts.) What if I need a restroom break? Do you remember anything that surprised you the first time you played in a tournament? I don't know any of the other players. I'm 45 years old and haven't played in any organized competition since a club match in high school, so this is all new to me.