Capital Tennis Association 

CTA Singles Championships 2018

  • 11 May 2018
  • 13 May 2018
  • Rock Creek Tennis Center and East Potomac Tennis Center (see details for specifics)
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  • - GLTA singles rating cannot be higher than A, if no GLTA rating then - CAPERS singles rating cannot be above 4.5
  • - GLTA singles rating cannot be higher than B, if no GLTA rating then - CAPERS singles rating cannot be above 4.0
  • - GLTA singles rating cannot be higher than C, if no GLTA rating then - CAPERS singles rating cannot be above 3.5
  • - GLTA rating cannot be higher than D, if no GLTA rating then
    - CAPERS singles rating cannot be higher than 2.99
  • GLTA rating of Open or CAPERS rating of 4.5 or above

Registration is closed

**Registration opens Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and closes Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.**

Time and Place

Friday, May 11th, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.:  NEW this year!  We will be kicking off tournament weekend with a few Friday Night Lights matches* at Rock Creek Tennis Center.

Saturday, May 12th, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:  Rock Creek Tennis Center

Sunday, May 13th, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:  East Potomac Tennis Center (Hains Point)

*You will have the option to indicate your availability for Friday evening matches, but we will otherwise NOT be accepting any scheduling requests.  If you register, it is assumed you are available all day both Saturday and Sunday.

Tournament Format

There are five separate draws based on skill divisions: Open, A, B, C, and D, to be dictated by GLTA rating and CAPERS ratings (details are explained in Rules for Registration).

There will be two phases of tournament match play: Round Robin Phase, in which players will be assigned to a group, with one seeded player in each group, and play three shortened-format matches each against three members of that same group; and Phase Two of tournament, where players with the most winning record from group matches will advance to single elimination play, either as quarterfinals (only if large draw), semifinals (most typical), or straight to a final (for small draw).

Match format during Round Robin Phase will be best-of-three-set matches, with no-ad scoring for all games, a standard first-to-7-points-by-2 tiebreak for 1st and 2nd sets, and a first-to-10 points-by-2 super tiebreak as the deciding third "set" if needed (in lieu of a normal third set). 

Match format for Phase 2 single-elimination phase will be normal scoring, best-of-three-full-sets. 

Fast play during all matches will be encouraged and monitored. Seven-minute warm-ups (max), fast between points, brief change-overs, etc.  Please help us stay on schedule!

Rules for Registration

Players can play in the division that corresponds to their current GLTA rating (aka "gradation" for entering GLTA tournaments) and cannot play below that.  

Example: If Rick has a gradation of B in GLTA Singles, but is a C or 3.25 in CAPERS, he cannot enter the C Division because GLTA trumps CAPERS.

If a player does not have a GLTA rating, then the below guidelines using CAPERS ratings should be used (as of 5/4/2018).

- Open:  Players with a CAPERS rating of 4.5 and above

- A:  Players CAPERS rating cannot be above 4.49

- B:  Players CAPERS rating cannot be above of 3.99

- C:  Players CAPERS rating cannot be above 3.49

- D:  Players CAPERS rating cannot be above 2.99r

NOTE: Previous winner: If a player has won the division in the year prior (2017), that player must play up a division level.

Participants will register for the tournament based on these ratings guidelines.  Players can play up a division but not down.  Any questionable registrations shall be approached on case-by-case basis, as policy does allow for appeals to tournament directors to register in a draw that may not be consistent with current policy.  If you have any questions or unsure of your current rating, please do not hesitate to ask the tournament directors.

Determining Group Winners

Group winners advancing to elimination brackets will be determined in the following order:

1.     Most match wins. 

2.     Head-to-head results, if (only) two players have the same number of group match wins. 

3.     Sets won and lost, if more than two players have the same number of match wins or there is no head-to-head result between two players. Match tiebreakers count as sets. 

4.     Games won and lost. Match tiebreakers count as one game. 

5.     Sets won and lost among players involved in the tie. 

6.     Games won and lost among players involved in the tie. 

7.     Coin flip. 

Note, some elimination brackets may need completion from best 2nd place finishes in group play (same ranking criteria, 1-7, will be applied).


We will provide bottled water, Gatorade/Powerade, ice and snacks, peanut butter, bagels, granola bars, etc. On Saturday we will offer an assorted sandwiches and chips lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.   


Please contact tournament directors Ryan Bresnahan and Kevin McCarthy.

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