to the Tennis Tour!
The Tour is
a Social Network and League that allows you to connect to tennis
players all over the US.
There are two components:
1. Always FREE Players Gallery and Exhibition match play
2. Tennis Tour Leagues - many FREE
Overview - About the Tour
Exhibition Match Play
TennisTour Points Levels
Sign Up - New Tennis Tour Members
The original concept of the Tennis Tour was created around 1995 by myself, Brent Weyer. I didn't like the fact that the only way to find players to play was to join a tennis club. I wanted a way to find players to play at local public courts. So I created the Puget Sound Tennis Tour originally for Seattle players. This has been a hobby of mine that I've enjoyed doing for the past 15+ years. Around 2007 the Tennis Tour expanded Nation wide and has quickly grown to over 7000 players.
The goal of the Tennis Tour is to make setting up and playing tennis as easy as possible by providing multiple player connection tools with a bit of friendly competition mixed in.
The majority of the website will always be free with the goal of making everything free. The only charges are for the leagues/events that require someone to specifically review scores, manage events, or pay for courts, prizes etc.
Take a look around and check back often. New features and upgrades are always being added.
Enjoy the tennis
Players Gallery - Find Players to Play Today - example page
- Set up your
own network of tennis friends
- Receive friendly
invitations to play matches from the automated match scheduler
- Search and
contact players based on match time and location preferences
FREE Exhibition Match Play
- Players start with 1000 Tour Points.
- Play a match against any player then visit their page to submit an exhibition match win.
- Earn TennisTour ranking points for each win. Points are based on the Elo points system with additional points awarded for winning in straight sets and winning more games.
- Every league match win also counts for TennisTour ranking points in addition to league ranking points.
TennisTour Points Levels
- 2200+ | Elite-Master
- 2000-2199 | Master
- 1900-1999 | Elite
- 1700-1899 | Veteran
- 1500-1699 | Pro
- 1300-1499 | Semi-Pro
- 1100-1299 | Amateur
- Below 1100 | Rookie
The point levels will be used increasingly to match players up. This feature was added Jan 2010. See Exhibition play section for more information on the point system.
Players rate their opponents after each match using a form that is emailed out automatically after the winner reports the score. The rating system uses the previous 10 ratings. This is a good way to find out if an opponent is rated fun to play and the level their opponents have rated their game.
The 5 closest players sorted by last login near you. This is a great list to start with when trying to find someone to play. This shows up at the players gallery.
Instructors Near You
See the instructors near you. Players are invited to identify them as instructors for FREE. Tennis Tour players are always looking for instructors. This is a great way to make yourself available.
Players can create Tennis Tour events and signup for events.
Tour Leagues - Track your Rankings and Play Competitive Tennis in every major city
You can add on a tennis tour league membership to your basic tennis
tour account from your Players Gallery profile page.
The first months of the league sessions are open challenge play. You challenge players to earn points and move up in the rankings. The final month and a half include round robin playoffs in masters cup format, just like the pros.
The league works great for active players because it provides the
best flexibility to schedule and play as many matches as you like
at locations you agree to play. You set up the matches convenient
to you by using one of the many website tools like Challenge Mail,
Match Finder, Player's Message Boards, and Direct Email. I think
you find this league style format works great for singles competition
because it provides you with complete control of your tennis schedule
You can play as much or as little as you like. You might play once
a week or every day. You set the schedule. If you are away on vacation,
no problem, just set your status to UNAVAILABLE to avoid challenge
mail and match requests. You will want to play at least once very
two weeks to stay at the top of the rankings in the most active
leagues to avoid dropping due to the two week rule.
If you sign up be ready to play and also be ready to respond to
email requests to play.
You choose where you play because you set up the matches. If
you challenge someone it's typical to play at a location most convenient
to the person you challenge.
We break the league into three levels.
(4.0+) High School Varsity to College Level
B (3.0-3.5) Intermediate
C (below 3.0) Beginner Always FREE
you can see the levels are fairly broad. That's why we have Tiers
which are groups of eight players. As the season progresses the
players move into the appropriate levels by playing matches. You
will find that competition is very close within a Tier by the end
of the season. The playoffs are set up based on the Tiers.
ranking system combines simple ladder ranking with a points based system. Your Tour Rank is the average of your ladder rank and your point ranking. Here is a detailed look at the ranking system and rules.
Finish it off like the pros. Eight person
draws are set up for everyone based on the current tour rankings.
Play three round robin matches to qualify for the semi finals rounds.
Match Scheduler to send invitations to players matching your match
location and time preferences
Email - Encourages response to your challenges. Players have one
week to respond or drop three spots :)
- Weekly Newsletter
Player Stats - Compare player performance by Tier. Great for Scouting.
- Masters Cup
Format Championship Tournament
- Play anyone
in your division - You might start at the bottom of the rankings
but you can play the top players.
- Players show
up to play - Because players agree to the match time and location
no-shows are rare.
Aussie Session Feb-Aprill
Feb-March 15th: Challenge Matches
April: Playoffs in Master Cup Format
Sign up anytime prior to April 1st
French Session May-September
May-August 15th: Challenge Matches
September: Playoffs in Master Cup Format
Sign up anytime prior to August 1st
US Open Session Oct-Jan
October-Dec 15th: Challenge Matches
January: Playoffs in Master Cup Format
Sign up anytime prior to Dec 1st