Capital Tennis Association 

2020 CTA Championships

  • 11 Sep 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • 13 Sep 2020
  • 8:00 PM
  • Rock Creek Tennis Center


Welcome to the 2020 CTA Championships!

This year we will be playing BOTH singles and doubles the same weekend and players will have the option to play either or both.  All matches will be played outdoors on hard and clay courts at Rock Creek Tennis Center.  We will be kicking off tournament weekend Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm and then continue with a full day of matches Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm (possibly later due to weather delays).  Registration deadline is Friday, August 28, 2020.

*If you register, it is assumed you are available to play the full duration of the tournament as scheduled.  However, we understand that not everyone can take off on Friday afternoon and will therefore allow first round matches to be played on Wednesday (9/9) or Thursday (9/10) if both players consent and pay their own court fees.  We will not otherwise be accepting any schedule requests.*

Going with the theme of 2020, things will be a little different this year than in previous years.  So PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BELOW and understand that nothing is set in stone.  Also, logistics for the tournament will be a bit different this year to promote social distancing.  More details on that will be announced as we get closer to tournament weekend.

Tournament Format


Singles:  There will be five separate divisions based on skill divisions: Open, A, B, C, and D, to be dictated by CTA CAPERS singles ratings (details are explained below in Rules for Registration).

Doubles:  There will be three separate draws based on skill divisions: Open/A, B, and C (C & D levels combined), to be dictated by CTA CAPERS doubles ratings (details are explained in Rules for Registration).

Match Format

Due to limited timing to fit all singles and double matches in, we will be trying something different this year and playing a double elimination format for both singles and doubles.  This means that a player/team will cease to be eligible to win their division upon losing two matches.  Each division will have two brackets:  a winners bracket and a losers bracket.  After a player/team loses one match, they will be moved to the losers bracket.  The player/team that wins the losers bracket (1 loss) will play the winner of the winners bracket (0 losses).  If the player/team from the winners bracket wins then they are the champion.  If the winner of the losers bracket wins, a second match will be played and the winner of that match will be the champion.  

For players that lose their first two matches, they will be given the option to play an exhibition match on Sunday should time and court availability allow.

All matches up until the finals (for both singles and doubles) will be played to best-of-three-sets format with no-ad scoring for all games.  A standard first-to-7-points tiebreak (win by 2) will be played at 6-6 in the first two sets.  A super tiebreak, first-to-10-points (win by 2), will be played in lieu of a third set if needed.  Match format for finals will be normal scoring, best-of-three full sets.  If a second "rematch" is necessary (where the winner of the losers bracket defeats the winner of the winners bracket), that match will be played in an 8 game proset with ads (a standard first-to-7-points tiebreak (win by 2) will be played at 7-7).

**Match format modifications may be made at the discretion of the tournament directors due to weather or time related constraints**

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

Any player with a current CTA membership is eligible to register.  All players are required to review and accept the updated CTA League Play and Liability Waiver via this Google Form (you don't need to do it again if you already have done this for league play).  These guidelines will be strictly enforced!

CTA CAPERS ratings will be used to determine division of play eligibility. Players cannot play below their CTA CAPERS rating. If a player does not have a numeric CTA CAPERS rating, the alpha self-rating will be used along with consideration of their GLTA rating if they have one.  Level eligibility will be based on CTA CAPERS rating at close of registration on Friday, August 28, 2020.

CAPERS Rating:

- Players with a CAPERS rating of 4.35 and above must play Open

- Players with a CAPERS rating of 4.0 - 4.34 must play A or higher

- Players with a CAPERS rating of 3.5 - 3.99 must play B or higher

- Players with a CAPERS rating of 3.0 - 3.49 must play C or higher

- Players with a CAPERS rating of 2.99 and below must play D or higher

As in past years for doubles, Open and A divisions will be combined into one division.  Open players must play with a player in a lower division (i.e., two Open players cannot play together, but two A players can play together).  For B and C divisions, if partners have CAPERS ratings that fall in different divisions, then that team must play in the division of the higher player's rating.

NOTE: Previous winners: If a player won the division in prior year (2019), player(s) must play up a division level (or play with a different partner in doubles).

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 are unsure of your current rating, please do not hesitate to ask the tournament directors.


Individually boxed lunches will be provided on Saturday, September 12th.  Additionally, bananas, individually wrapped granola bars, Gatorade and water will be provided throughout the weekend.


Please contact tournament directors Kevin McCarthy and Rick Beckman.

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