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Change in Lateness Penalties

February 22, 2007 02:41 PM

There has been a major change in the lateness penalty for all USTA SC sanctioned tournaments. 

"The referee may penalize a player who is on site for lateness if a court is available and the player has failed to check in at the tournament desk by the scheduled match time."   (Friend At Court  Regulation IV.A.2, page 122)
"If five matches are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. but only one court is available, the Referee should call all matches shortly before 10:00 a.m. and should start the lateness clock on all players who have not checked in by 10:00 a.m.  When more matches are scheduled that there are courts available, the Referee may put the matches out in any order.  A player does not escape the lateness penalty because the player's match was one of the last matches to be put on the court.  If one of the several matches scheduled at the same time is put out early and when the scheduled time arrives there is no available court, the lateness clock does not start until another court becomes available."  (Friend At Court Comment IV.D.1, page 129)

If you have any questions about the change, contact USTA South Carolina at 800-644-7282.