Dear friends!

Today, amateur tennis is an integral part of this wonderful sport. Different people with completely different levels of the play enjoy playing in amateur tennis competitions to get a lot of fun. Some players just want to keep fit, and some want to win and win more.

Royal Cup Open is a great opportunity to participate in real branded amateur tournaments, where excellent conditions are created for absolutely all participants. No matter how much you play tennis, you can take part in the relevant category: from beginners to masters. At tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series you will always feel the real, wonderful atmosphere of tennis.

Qualified judges, friendly organizers, pleasant surprises and unforgettable gifts are always waiting for all of our participants. At tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series, interest in tennis and participation in competitive as well as gaming practice is growing every time. Participation in our tournaments is not only prestigious and exciting, but also, of course, intriguing. After all, at the Royal Cup Open, on the way to the title you can meet on the court with completely different tennis players. This may be the most interesting people of Minsk in the field of art, business, fashion, cinema, and the most ardent lovers of tennis and other interesting life spheres and trends.

We are always happy to see everyone, including new members.

Follow the calendar of our tournaments, take part and see you on the courts of the Royal Cup Open tournaments!

 

TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

REGULATIONS

Amateur tennis tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series (Minsk)

1. General Provisions

1.1. Royal Cup Open is a series of Brand tournaments in Minsk for amateurs, as well as inactive masters of various levels and categories, both male and female (separately).

Tournaments are held in various categories regularly, throughout the calendar year, with the accrual of points of the internal rankings of the Royal Cup Open series  tournaments to players according to the results of performances after each tournament.

For more information about the rating calculation system, see the special section “Rating calculation”.

During each match, starting with the first round of the main tournament (including qualifying matches that are played based on the main one), a referee, balls, water, as well as gifts and surprises from the organizers, the partners and the sponsors of the Royal Cup Open are provided for each game. Finalists and winners also traditionally receive special, valuable prizes and gifts, including commemorative cups, trophies and other souvenirs.

Also, during each tournament, the organizers of the Royal Cup Open, at their discretion, make various nominations-surprises for the participants, in which all the players of this tournament (except for the finalists) who have reached the semi-final stage can participate.

Winners in one or another nomination are awarded with valuable prizes, gifts from partners and sponsors of Royal Cup Open tournaments.

1.2. Any participant applying for a tournament automatically agrees to use his photo (image) in all official resources, including the media, at the discretion of the organizers. The photo of the winner of the tournament is traditionally placed on the poster of the next tournament of the same category.

1.3. When organizing and conducting tournaments, the organizers are guided by the Regulations on the rules of organizing and the order of holding tournaments of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Resolution of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus of December 29, 2004 No. 12 “On Approving an Approximate Provision on Holding a Sport Competition”. Participants of tournaments automatically agree with these provisions, as well as with these regulations.

Detailed information about the rules can be obtained from the main referee of the tournament.

4. ORGANIZERS:

Tennis School “Royal Cup” (Minsk)

GUIDE:

The management of tournaments is the leadership of the Tennis School “Royal Cup”, as well as co-organizers appointed by the leaders of the tournaments.

Functions of Royal Cup Open Directorate :

  • Providing various organizational issues of tournaments;
  • Preparation and presentation for approval the calendar of competitions and other provisions to the tournament organizers;
  • Maintaining a rating, information and consulting activities on all issues of tournaments (information for participants, organizers, partners in all types of communication, including working with the media). Approval of the tournament membership and annual membership fees, as well as attracting partners, sponsors and benefactors for the further development of brand tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series.

Also the tournament directorate is vested with the following powers:

  • Making all operational decisions during the tournaments;
  • Approval of application lists for tournaments;
  • Consideration of personal affairs of tennis players to determine and approve their status;
  • Consideration of disciplinary violations making relevant decisions;
  • Assistance to participants in the organization of arrival at tournaments (rent of hotel rooms, organization of additional events during tournaments, etc.);
  • Organization of judicial service of tournaments;
  • Consideration of disciplinary violations and the provision of full information to the organizers regarding these issues.

Contact the tournament directorate:

+375 (33) 3319500, +375 (33) 3620533.

JOINT COOPERATION:

Ministry of Sports and Tourism;

RPO “Belarusian Tennis Federation”;

Main Department of Sports and Tourism of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

 

2. Goals and objectives

 The main goals and objectives of the tournament are:

  • Development and popularization of tennis, as well as a healthy lifestyle among the residents of Minsk;
  • Further development of the amateur tennis movement in Belarus;
  • Increase the level of sportsmanship of amateur tennis players and masters;
  • Identifying the strongest amateur tennis players in Minsk per year (another period);
  • Strengthening friendly and business ties between tennis lovers and residents of Minsk.

 

3. Categories of players and tournaments

3.1. Player categories

Category FUTURES – beginner-level amateur tennis players, “veterans” * of tennis in Minsk and Belarus in general.

Category CHALLENGER – leading amateur tennis players of the middle level, “veterans” * of tennis in Minsk and Belarus in general.

Category MASTERS ** – high-level players, “veterans”* of tennis in Minsk and Belarus in general.

* Players with “Veteran” status may have the title of “Master of Sports” and must be at least 40 years old. Players with the status of “Veteran”, while having the title of “Master of Sports of International Class”, can take part in tournaments from the age of 45.

** in the category “Masters” may be allowed:

  • Players with 1st adult category who have not played national (Belarusian) tournaments of the 1st, 2nd category, or international (ITF) for 2 years or more;
  • Players with the title of СMS, who have not played national (Belarusian) tournaments of the 1st, 2nd category, or international (ITF) for 3 or more years;
  • Players with the title of Master of Sports, who have not played national (Belarusian) tournaments of the 1st, 2nd category, or international (ITF) for 5 years or more.

In addition, in some cases, the organizers reserve the right to approve and list certain players.

Current CMSs, Masters of Sports, Masters of international class, professionals and ITF players are not allowed to participate in the tournament!

For more information about the level of players, see the special section of the regulation “Level of players”

3.2. Tournament Categories

Tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series are held in accordance with the rules of tennis, the rules of the Belarusian Tennis Federation and these regulations.

Anyone can join the tournament, including a new player who has submitted an application for participation, indicating his level according to the format (see the special section “Player Level”) and, accordingly, should fit this category of a particular tournament. If necessary, the participant can be interviewed by the organizers of the tournament.

Within the borders of the Royal Cup Open tournaments series,  formats and categories to be held are following:

  • Single (male and female separately);
  • Paired;
  • Mixed (mixed).

FUTURES

Beginner level of players (players of higher categories are not allowed). In this category, the participant who wins the tournament twice is automatically transferred to the Challenger category. Also, by decision of the organizers, individually, a player can be transferred to this category, having 1 Royal Cup Open title.

CHALLENGER

The average level of players (players of the Futures category can take part, but players of the Masters category are not allowed). In this category, a participant who wins a tournament once, or up to 4 times, can be automatically transferred to the Masters category by decision of the organizers (in a particular case). A player in this category can have a maximum of 4 Royal Cup Open titles. Adult amateurs from 17 years old can take part in this category.

MASTERS

High level of players (players of the Futures and Challenger categories can take part). Juniors over 15 years old can participate in this category.

MEN’S PAIRED TOURNAMENTS (Challenger + Masters)

Mixed levels and categories of players can take part in men’s paired tournaments. The maximum allowed category is Masters.

MIXED COUPLE TOURNAMENTS (MIXT) (Challenger + Masters)

Men and women of mixed levels and categories can take part in Mixts. The maximum allowed category is Masters. In the case of non-compliance with the rules on the level of categories specified in this regulation, participants who have submitted an application may not be admitted to the tournament, or withdrawn (disqualified) at the time of its holding.

In all categories of tournaments, the status of “Amateur” can be assigned to a player for one year with automatic renewal, subject to the conditions specified in these regulations.

The status and level of the player in each category is coordinated and confirmed by the tournament management on the basis of these regulations.

 

4. Tournament List

At the end of the deadline for receiving applications, the organizers form a tournament list based on the so-called “Fact Sheet” – a document that specifies the tournament format (the number of participants in the main draw and the qualifying tournament), depending on the number of courts, time opportunities of organizers and sponsorship. The “fact sheet” is compiled prior to the commencement of the deadline for submitting preliminary applications. In addition to the main and qualification lists, an alternative list can also be formed, which allows players who have entered the list to take part in the tournament when a “backup place” appears.

The players in the tournament list are ranked according to the rating at the time of the completion of applications! This is the main principle of the tournament list. Although the organizers provide the legal possibility of inclusion in the list of players of interest to them who are not passing by rating. Such players are determined by the Wild Card status (“free” card) and can be included in both the main tournament and the qualifying, regardless of the rating. Also in the tournament grid the admission of players who have not passed the last (or only) qualifying round is considered, in case of failure of the player from the main tournament grid.

Also, information on conditional abbreviations can be found in the “Conditional abbreviations used in tournament grids” section of the regulation.

 

5. Basic match format

Match of three sets to 6 games, with a score of 6:6 tie-break to 7 points. The third set is a super tie-break (up to 10 points). Starting from the semi-final matches of the main tournament, in the case of 1:1 sets, the decisive full set is played.

All qualifying matches, in the case of the decisive third set – a super tie-break (up to 10 points).

Paired tournaments and mixes using the “No-Ad” system (the decisive point draw for the score is “equal”) with such a score the decisive point is announced, the receiving pair chooses a square.

The time for players to warm up is not more than 5 minutes (in some cases, the time can be increased to 8 minutes).

Tournaments are held in the format of the Olympic system (to the first defeat).

There is a judge on the tower at each game of the tournament . Also, in any controversial or unresolved situations during the match, you can attract the main judge or the organizers of the tournament.

Qualifying matches (qualifying tournaments) are played in two versions:

  • In the case of the decision of 2 players to play a match on their territory (that is, not on the basis of the tournament), the players take (if necessary) the costs of themselves. Also, players take full responsibility for the refereeing (or you can attract the official judge of the tournament, agree in advance and notify the administrators of the tournament);
  • In the event that players decide to play a qualifying match in the main tournament, the organizers will provide a referee and balls (as part of the rules).

 

6. Contributions for participation in the tournament

The size of the fee for participation in the main grids of the Royal Cup Open tournaments is determined by the organizers of the tournament for a specific category. At all qualifying matches participation is FREE (except the rental of the court).

With any addition or change of organizational issues, the organizers report and notify specific participants of the tournament separately and in advance. Also, all the details and organizational issues are solved at the draw.

 

7.Player Code of Conduct

The following rules apply to Royal Cup Open tournaments:

7.1. For throwing racquets and balls, verbal abuse, delaying the game, physical impact, foul language, unethical and unsportsmanlike behavior during a match, in accordance with the penalty scale, it is provided:

  • The first violation is a warning;
  • The second  a penalty point (one point is removed in the game, or in a tie-break);
  • The third and each subsequent  a penalty game.

Violation of this point provides for penalties in the form of monetary fines and/or disqualification for a specific period (as decided by the organizers).

7.2. If a player during a match damages sports equipment (a racket, cover, net with a racket) or systematically makes deliberate, rough strikes of a racket to the court, the net, the referee’s board or other structures, then he can be disqualified from the tournament.

7.3. If a player leaves the court during a match without the permission of the referee, he may be disqualified from the tournament.

7.4. The organizers have the right to disqualify or fine a player for certain actions if they harm the image of the Royal Cup Open tournaments, damage property, cover (playing sports shoes with a marking black sole), endanger the health of players, organizers , viewers or attendants.

7.5. A player can use the hint of a coach (or other representative) twice during the whole match during breaks. If a player receives any advice during a match, or any kind of communication occurs between the player and the coach (including representatives or relatives), then this action is regarded as a hint, and the player receives a warning or penalty point at the discretion of the judge.

7.6. The time delay is punishable according to the following scale:

  • The first violation is a warning;
  • The second and each subsequent  a penalty point.

7.7. The participant (couple) who submitted an application (caught in the main draw of the tournament, or in the qualifying stage), but refused to participate without notifying the organizers before 12:00 on the day of the draw (regardless of the reasons for non-participation), is obliged to compensate 50% of the entry fee of the main tournament. The player also undertakes to pay 50% of the entry fee in case of getting into the main tournament from qualifying, and refusal to participate in it (regardless of the reasons for non-participation). In the event of such a situation, the participants undertake to make compensation for refusing to participate.

7.8. Participants who have not paid compensation may not be admitted to the next tournament, even if they get into the qualifying tournament. Tournament organizers have the right not to allow players to participate in the tournament until the participants fully pay the full amount of compensation and fines.

7.9. The player who is late for the beginning of the match for more than 15 minutes without warning, can lose the first game of the first set. In case of a delay of 20 minutes or more, a loss is counted. Only by agreement with the opponent, the match can be returned to the court, or its start is postponed (only if there are free courts and coordination with the organizers). The final decision is made by the tournament organizers.

In doubles, warnings are issued to the team.

In some cases of violations of the Code, the organizers have the right to make a special decision about the disqualification of the player.

The judge on the tower, as well as the organizers have the right to disqualify (or fine) the player for a single violation of the Code or individual actions.

The final authority deciding on all violations of the Code is the tournament management of the Royal Cup Open series and the organizer (Tennis School “Royal Cup”).

DEAR PARTICIPANTS OF THE TOURNAMENTS!

We urge you to show respect and cultural behavior to all players, fans, organizers, as well as sponsors and partners of the tournament. We always try to raise the level of organization of tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series and we want everyone to appreciate their status.

PLAYER LEVEL

NTRP rating (National Tennis Rating Program) or abbreviated as NTRP is a system developed for self-assessment of the level of your game in tennis. The NTRP classification was developed in the USA and is currently widely used throughout the world. The main task of the system is to give an accurate and objective assessment of your game level. With this system, an athlete can determine his playing status and apply for participation in tournaments of the Royal Cup Open series accordingly. Also, a tennis player can control the dynamics of his professional growth.

1.0

A tennis player makes the first steps.

1.5

The player has little experience, improves the stability of shots in the game.

2.0

The player has drawbacks when performing the main hits. He has a shortened swing, can not choose the direction of impact. Often a tennis player of this level practically does not use a backhand, he holds the racket incorrectly in his hand. As a rule, at the net plays extremely reluctantly.

2.5

The player tries to anticipate the direction of the strike, but the sense of court is still poorly developed. In addition, there are some problems with the grip of the racket, the approach to the ball, prefers to run under forehand. Still having difficulties playing at the net. Can support the game at a low pace with partners of their level.

3.0

A tennis player is already good at beating medium-paced balls, but he cannot always control the strength, direction and depth of his punches. He is best at backhands. Attempts to strengthen the serve, which leads to errors in its implementation. The second serve is usually much weaker than the first. At the net has difficulties with low passing shot. Able to perform well simple and medium difficulty candles.

3.5

A tennis player can control the direction of mid-range shots, although he lacks a little control over the depth and diversity, his vision and sense of court is improved. The player is able to perform slack aimed backhands, but powerful shots and high rebounds still need to be improved. When serving, there is sufficient strength and control. He plays more actively at the net, pulls out some circling shots. Stable smash on light balls.

4.0

The player can perform a variety of attacks, can control the depth and direction of the shot, both on the right and on the left. He has a candle in his arsenal, smash, volleys and powerful knocking shots. Performs the first serve strongly, sometimes at the expense of accuracy. He has experience using team tactics when playing in pairs.

4.5

Very diverse shots on the ball, effectively using the force and rotation of the ball. Powerfully attacks from the left, while making mistakes only under pressure. The player competently uses force and spin when hitting, he knows how to control the pace of the game, works well with his feet, controls the depth of his strikes and is able to change tactics in the game depending on the opponent. A tennis player has a strong and accurate first serve, consistently performs the second, is able to attack near the net.

5.0

The player feels the ball perfectly and can often perform special shots on which the game is built. An athlete is able to win points, “kill” balls on the fly, can force the opponent to make mistakes with shortened balls, applies candles successfully, smashes, shots on the semi-fly, and performs the second serve deeply and with strong upper spin.

5.5

The main weapons of a tennis player in the game are powerful shots and stability. Depending on the situation, the athlete is able to change the strategy and technique of the game, can perform reliable shots in difficult moments.

6.0

A tennis player of this level has good qualification. Usually, athletes with a rating of 6.0 participate in national competitions among professionals and have a national rating.

УСЛОВНЫЕ СОКРАЩЕНИЯ, ИСПОЛЬЗУЕМЫЕ В ТУРНИРНЫХ СЕТКАХ

ALT  (Alternate)
Альтернативный игрок в турнирной сетке (или в списке резервных) (игрок, которым заменяют кого-то из поздно снявшихся с турнира).

BYE
Пустой номер при жеребьёвке до ближайшего размера турнирной сетки (квалификационной, а также основной).

D(Defaulted)
Игрок, снятый с турнира за неспортивное поведение (нарушивший Кодекс поведения игрока).

DC(Direct acceptance)
Участник турнира сразу же попадающий в основную турнирную сетку (без квалификации).

LL  (Lucky Looser)
«Лаки лузер» ‒ игрок, проигравший финальный или один/единственный матч квалификационного турнира, приглашённый в качестве замены поздно снявшегося игрока из основной сетки (так называемый «счастливый неудачник»).

LD  (Last Direct Acceptance)
«Последний прямой допуск» ‒ игрок, находящийся последним в списке участников, попадающих напрямую в основную сетку. Это обозначение в турнирных сетках делается для того, чтобы была возможность оценить уровень турнира, исходя из рейтинга первого и последнего участника, допущенных напрямую в «основу».

On-s Alt (On-site Alternate)
Игрок, приехавший на регистрацию турнира без предварительной заявки («на свой страх и риск»).

PR(Protected ranking)
«Защищённый рейтинг» ‒ используется для допуска в турнир игроков, пропустивших долгое время из-за травмы и опустившихся в рейтинге.

Q(Qualifier)
«Квалификант» ‒ победитель квалификационного турнира или секции квалификационного турнира, если они предусмотрены организаторами. В таблице начисления рейтинговых очков используется аббревиатура QLFR.

RTD  (Retired)
Отказ игрока от продолжения игры по ходу матча (как правило по болезни).

R  (Round)
Круг соревнований. К букве приставляется цифра, указывающая очерёдность круга соревнований. Например, R2 (r2) – означает 2-й круг соревнований.

S  (Suspended)
Приостановление матча из-за дождя или темноты.

SE  (Special exempt)
Специальный допуск игроку, который должен участвовать в квалификационном турнире, но на момент начала квалификации заканчивает играть другой турнир (в одиночном разряде), входящий в тот же Календарь соревнований. Для такого игрока резервируется место в основной сетке турнира, если такое предусмотрено организаторами. Уведомление о таком игроке дают главный организаторы предшествующего турнира.

SR(Special rating)
«Специальный рейтинг» ‒ даётся игрокам, получившим травму и выбывших из тура не менее чем от 6 месяцев и до 2-х лет (с момента получения травмы). В этом случае их рейтинг на время лечения травмы «замораживается» и затем после возвращения, они имеют право заявляться на несколько турниров (определяется регламентом турниров), чтобы попадать на турниры своего уровня, но этот статус не даёт права «сеяться».

W  (Withdrawn)
Отказ игрока от участия в соревновании и матче до его начала по уважительной причине (как правило, из-за травмы или болезни).

WC  (Wild Cart)
Уайлд-кард или «льготная карта» ‒ специальное приглашение игроку с недостаточным рейтингом для участия в турнире, которое выдаётся организаторами на их усмотрение.

W/O  (Walkover)
«Победа без игры», когда соперник не явился на матч или отказался от участия в нём.