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ITF / USTA Rules Comparison

ITF vs USTA SR4 Page 1

 

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Rest between matches

If played less than 1 hour-'/2 hr rest If played between 1 & 1.5 hours- 1 hr rest If played more than 1.5 hours- 1.5 hrs rest

2 hours between singles using best of 3 sets format

Rest between 2nd and 3rd sets

Juniors

No rest breaks for ITF Under 18 or Under 16

Mandatory 1 0 minutes for B/G ;

 

 

12-18 age groups. 3 min rest

 

 

period before match tie-break

Seniors

10 minutes permitted for all senior age

Seniors- all except Men's

 

categories

Open/25/30

 

 

10 minutes... NTRP

Wheelchair

W/Ch...l5 minute heat break (if late. ..Time

All W/Ch Divisions except

 

Violations)

Open -10 minutes at option of

 

 

any player

Coaching

No coaching or medical treatment is

Coaching is permitted during

 

permitted.

an authorized rest break.

Bleeding Timeout

5 minutes

Maximum of 15 minutes

Duration of MTO (in it's entirety)

"Reasonable" - a limit of 3 minutes treatment

3 minutes treatment with a maximum time of 15 minutes


 

 

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ITF

 

USTA

 

 

 

Warm up

5 minutes

 

5 minutes, unless otherwise decided by the event organizers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm up

 

 

 

 

 

 

after

 

 

 

 

 

 

suspension

Play suspended from:

 

Play suspended from:

 

 

 

of play

0 to 15 minutes – no warm up

 

0-15 minutes – no warm up

 

 

 

(but not 

15 to 30 minutes – 3 minutes

 

15 + minutes – same as original warm up

 

 

 

after an

30 + minutes – 5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

authorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

rest break)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0–5 min – loss of toss & 1 game

 

 

 

Lateness

Possible default after 15 minutes, at discretion of

5-10 min – loss of toss & 2 games

 

 

 

10-15 min – loss of toss & 3  games

 

 

 

Referee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 15 minutes – Default

 

 

 

 

For ITF Men’s and Women’s Circuit Events

 

 

 

 

 

Time Violations, (may be cumulative)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Junior Events (Heat Rule)

 

1 player <5 min-Game Penalty

 

 

 

Lateness

 

1 player >5 min-Default

 

 

 

Time Violations (may be cumulative)

 

 

 

 

after an

 

Both players <5 min-No Penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

authorized

For Senior Events –

 

Both late/different times-Starts on

 

 

 

rest break

 

arrival of 1st player

 

 

 

<5 minutes...warning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both late >5 min-Ref’s decision

 

 

 

 

5-10 minutes...point penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>10 minutes...game penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

each subsequent 5 minutes...game penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late from

Time Violations after 10 minutes (Jrs’, Women’s

 

 

 

 

Circuit)

 

Same as USTA Regs. on 10 minute

 

 

 

“heat”

 

 

 

 

WCh...15 minute heat break. If late...Time

 

break (see above)

 

 

 

break

 

 

 

 

Violations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill with person not in draw who

 

 

 

 

 

 

won’t affect seeding

 

 

 

Changing

Replace with next player who would have been

Remake the draw

 

 

 

Relocate seeded player as per USTA

 

 

 

seeds

seeded

 

 

 

 

 

Reg II.C.1.a.iii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replace with next player who would

 

 

 

 

 

 

have been seeded

 

 

 

Clay Court matches without officials

Players may cross net to check mark If player incorrectly calls ball “out” he loses the point

 

Players may not cross net to                     check mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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ITF

 

USTA

 

 

 

 

1st...Warning

 

1st...Point

 

 

 

 

2nd...Point

 

2nd...Game

 

 

 

 

3rd...Game

 

3rd...Default

 

 

 

 

4+...Game/Def (Ref Decision)

 

Flagrant” default

 

 

 

Point Penalty System

Ref Default non-appealable

 

appealable to TAC (if

 

 

 

 

Flagrant default...Referee discretion

 

unilateral Def by Ref)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flagrant” default final

 

 

 

 

 

 

(if Ref upholds Def by

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair Umpire or Rover)

 

 

 

 

Women – 2 per 3 set match

 

No limit unless

 

 

 

Toilet Breaks

Men – 1 per 3 set match/2 per 5 set match

 

announced in advance.

 

 

 

M/W Doubles – 2 per team

 

Must be “Genuine” need,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Reasonable” time

 

15 minutes maximum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must be at Set Breaks

 

No limit...should be at

 

 

 

Change of Attire (Women)

Same number as TB’s (above)

 

Set Break or Odd Game

 

 

 

 

Can change attire during Tie Break’s

 

Changeovers

 

 

 

Foot Faults

Cannot be called from outside court

 

When in “direct

 

 

 

 

observation” of court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official may not make from off court. Go to

 

 

 

 

 

Overrules (from off court)

court and advise player that incorrect call

 

Can be called from off

 

 

 

constituted hindrance to opponent and must

 

court if in direct view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

replay the point.

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing ID

Varies...specific restrictions

 

Should be listed on entry

 

 

 

Manufacturers/Commercial

 

form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nomenclature

“Assistant Referee”

 

“Rover”

 

 

 

Duties of Solo Chair Umpire

Call all lines from chair

 

Overrule players’ clear

 

 

 

 

mistakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Replay disputed points

 

 

 

Scoring Disputes

 

 

from proper court

 

 

 

Replay from score of agreed upon points

 

2) Play from mutually

 

 

 

 

 

 

agreeable score, or

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Spin a racket

 

 

 

MTO Cramping

Must be determined by trainer.  May give up

 

One heat related per

 

 

 

points and games to get to changeover

 

match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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