Tournament match-ups with Peers

kingcheetah

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So there's a Mens open I'm playing this weekend, and my first round matchups in singles and doubles are both against people I regularly play with (It's at my home club, but still frustrating.) None of us are seeded, and there are 8 teams in the doubles draw, and 16 players in singles-- 5 of us are from the main club in singles, 3 of the doubles teams are that way. Anyone else have similar frustrating experiences?
 
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lol, yeah.
a buddy of mine, that i practiced with regularly (he usually wins.. like 90% of the time), tried convincing me to play a tourney.
it was like an hour+ away.
i hemmed, and hawed, but finally caved in, since it's always fun hanging out with him.
we get there, turns out i have to play him in the first round (16 person draw).
we were joking that it'd have been easier to drive 10min away to play our match.
funny thing is that i ended up winning in a tight 3rd set (beat him purely through attrition, and he got tired).
we always laugh about that time... as he continues to kick my arse in practice :p
 

Startzel

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So there's a Mens open I'm playing this weekend, and my first round matchups in singles and doubles are both against people I regularly play with (It's at my home club, but still frustrating.) None of us are seeded, and there are 8 teams in the doubles draw, and 16 players in singles-- 5 of us are from the main club in singles, 3 of the doubles teams are that way. Anyone else have similar frustrating experiences?
You should say something to your pro.

One of the most important parts of running a tournament is not to let that happen in the first round.
 

kingcheetah

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You're right and your opponent is a cheater. He should have called a let immediately.

If the ball was from HIS pocket, he loses the point anyway. So he's cheating on two different levels.
You should say something to your pro.

One of the most important parts of running a tournament is not to let that happen in the first round.
In his defense, initially I had an in town matchup (but not someone in my training group) in doubles before there was a withdrawal and a change.

I'm frustrated overall though, because it's at the home club... the director knows we all play each other week to week, and we signed up for the tournament to face some new people. If we were seeded, it'd be one thing, but there's one guy out of 5 of us seeded for singles, and one guy out of our 3 total doubles teams that is seeded.
 
So there's a Mens open I'm playing this weekend, and my first round matchups in singles and doubles are both against people I regularly play with (It's at my home club, but still frustrating.) None of us are seeded, and there are 8 teams in the doubles draw, and 16 players in singles-- 5 of us are from the main club in singles, 3 of the doubles teams are that way. Anyone else have similar frustrating experiences?
Contact the tournament director right after you and your friend sign up, and mention that you play/practice against your friend regularly. Politely ask if it's possible to not put you against your friend in the 1st round.

I played a singles tournament some time ago with my friend, and I did just that. The tournament director said he'll see what he can do, and when the draw came out, my friend and I were on opposite sides of the draw. Doesn't hurt to just ask! =)
 
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Contact the tournament director right after you and your friend sign up, and mention that you play/practice against your friend regularly. Politely ask if it's possible to not put you against your friend in the 1st round.

I played a singles tournament some time ago with my friend, and I did just that. The tournament director said he'll see what he can do, and when the draw came out, my friend and I were on opposite sides of the draw. Doesn't hurt to just ask! =)
I had asked, but was declined. it was a random draw with a few seeds.

realistically if tourney directors made accommodations, One could always abuse it to avoid tough players therefore increasing their chance of getting deeper into the draw
 
I had asked, but was declined. it was a random draw with a few seeds.

realistically if tourney directors made accommodations, One could always abuse it to avoid tough players therefore increasing their chance of getting deeper into the draw
True, if people abuse the TD's good will, then he will be less lenient in the future for sure. But if he's too strict, then people in a similar situation may be less likely to sign up for tournaments at his club, especially if they just play tournaments for fun, not for ranking points etc. That means less $$ for the club.

FYI, both my friend and I lost in the 1st round of that tournament anyway..
 

Startzel

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Contact the tournament director right after you and your friend sign up, and mention that you play/practice against your friend regularly. Politely ask if it's possible to not put you against your friend in the 1st round.

I played a singles tournament some time ago with my friend, and I did just that. The tournament director said he'll see what he can do, and when the draw came out, my friend and I were on opposite sides of the draw. Doesn't hurt to just ask! =)
When we run tournaments we let tennislink create a random draw then edit it to make sure locals aren't playing each other in the first round unless it's just unavoidable.
 

NTRPolice

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Happens a more frequently in the higher skill ranges, especially for small draws. Happens a lot in adult league as well.

TBH, I envy 3.5/7.0/4.0/8.0 league because those are the levels that have the most people. It's nice to play a large multitude of different people. It's also why I cant understand 3.0/6.0 "lifers" because they're playing the same people they always play, destroying them over and over. And, they have to dump. That's gotta be so boring...
 

xFullCourtTenniSx

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lol, yeah.
a buddy of mine, that i practiced with regularly (he usually wins.. like 90% of the time), tried convincing me to play a tourney.
it was like an hour+ away.
i hemmed, and hawed, but finally caved in, since it's always fun hanging out with him.
we get there, turns out i have to play him in the first round (16 person draw).
we were joking that it'd have been easier to drive 10min away to play our match.
funny thing is that i ended up winning in a tight 3rd set (beat him purely through attrition, and he got tired).
we always laugh about that time... as he continues to kick my arse in practice :p
The good ol' tournament power boost. Anytime he kicks your around the court in practice, just say, "it's cool, I'm just sandbagging for your confidence." Jk, don't. That's brutal.
 
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