Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rules in Place for When Rain Stops Play

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rules in Place for When Rain Stops Play

Article excerpt

THE first of the summer storms hit in the middle of fixture play last Saturday.

This was a welcome shower for some people.

But unfortunately for our tennis players it caused matches to be washed out and points not allocated.

A couple of rules are in place to cover an event such as this. They are:

1. At least three sets must be completed in a four or five set match for a winner to be declared;

2. Results must be achieved by at least half of the teams in a grade before full points can be allocated within that grade.

This sometimes means a team will have a win or a loss recorded.

However, after all match results come in and are assessed, all teams within that grade will get the equivalent of bye points.

This rule always seems to start an element of confusion among players and spectators but it needs to be enforced for fairness in point allocations.

As matches are played at a number of venues, some matches will be completed and some washed out so if half register a result then points are allocated. …

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