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  | Tournament Rules | Classification Guidelines | Ranking System | Entry Information |

Tournament Rules

  1. Play will be governed by USTA rules. All players must abide by the Southern California Tennis Association "Code of Ethics." A 15-minute default time may be enforced. Scoring of all matches shall be as follows: all matches shall be best of three sets; all sets shall be regular scoring, using a 12-point tiebreaker at 6-6. A match tiebreaker (first team to 10 points by a margin of 2 points) will be utilized at most tournaments in lieu of the third set unless otherwise noted on the entry form.
  2. The tournament director(s) reserve the right to consolidate divisions to accommodate the draw. ALL DIRECTORS' DECISIONS WILL BE FINAL.
  3. All players are encouraged to report/check-in at the tournament desk at least 15 minutes prior to match time. Defaults may be called immediately after 15 minutes have passed from the scheduled match time.
  5. Depending on the number of entries received, additional tournament sites may be required. You will be informed of this by email. The online draw will also indicate at which site each match is to be played. If still uncertain, call the tournament directors.
  6. All players who participate in the tournament (and spectators) accept full liabilities for accidents, injuries and/or loss of personal items, and will not hold the tournament, its directors, sponsors, or the facility responsible.
  7. In case of questionable or inclement weather, the tournament committee reserves the right to reschedule match times as needed. All players are advised that the rescheduled matches may include tournament participation on or during subsequent weekend(s). It is the player's responsibility to contact the tournament chair for rescheduled match times.
  8. All players must comply with the host club's dress code. If unsure, call the host facility in advance.
  9. Partner substitutions can only be made prior to the commencement of the tournament, and only with prior approval of the tournament director. Furthermore, if the partner substitution affects the seeding of an event, the substitution may not be allowed. Partner substitutions after your first round match has begun are not permitted. Participants in violation of this rule risk disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of their entry fees and any points earned.
  10. Due to the Grand Prix being in most cases one-weekend events, it is important for participants to understand that they need to be prepared to play matches in somewhat rapid succession. All efforts will be taken by the tournament directors to allow for adequate spacing between matches whenever possible. When this is not possible and players find themselves coming off the court from one match and due back on the court immediately for a next round match they can ask for a 30 minute delay to the start of the next match. The total time between coming off one court and going out to the next match will not exceed 30 minutes total.

Guidelines to Determine Classifications

The CVGP utilizes the USTA's National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating system and the rating that is shown on their website to determine the minimum level a player can enter and compete in. In the cases where a player has no rating listed on the USTA website or the player's rating shows as a "0" we will allow those players to review the National Tennis Rating Program as listed on the USTA website to self-assess their current NTRP skill level. These players will be monitored by the CVGP directors over the course of one or more tournaments to make sure the players have accurately rated themselves. All players must play at their highest ability level. WARNING: once the first round begins, the tournament committee reserves the right to disqualify any player or team, regardless of their NTRP or club affiliated rating, that is determined to be over-qualified for the event entered, with forfeiture of entry fee. PLAYERS WHO HAVE NOT REACHED THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY MUST PLAY IN THE OPEN DIVISION.

Remember that you play at the level of the highest player. For example, if a 4.0 and a 4.5 are entering the tournament together, they must enter at the 4.5 level. Players are limited to a maximum of two events per tournament. Players may play one men's/women's and one mixed event per tournament no lower than a player's current NTRP level (except the Mission Hills tournament where players must enter in the same division in both events played due to complicated scheduling issues associated with this event).

Point System For Rankings

In each tournament, players will earn points based upon how far they advance in the draw. Players earn their points on an "individual" basis, even though they are playing doubles. This allows players to play with different partners, if their regular partner cannot play a particular tournament. At the end of the year, each player's points will be totaled "individually". Trophies are awarded to the "High Point" winners in each category and division. Also, the top players in each category and division will be invited to compete in the ALL COUNTIES playoffs. The goal of every participant is to qualify to play in the GRAND PRIX MASTERS FINALS. This tournament showcases only the best players from all over Southern California. These playoffs are held at one of the participating counties on a rotating yearly basis.

For each tournament, points are assigned in each event as follows:
  • 10 points for losing in the first round
  • 10 points for getting a first round bye
  • 10 points for every match won (other than a first round bye) (5 points for consolation round matches)
  • 10 point bonus for advancing to the semifinals
  • 10 point bonus for advancing to the finals
  • 10 point bonus for advancing to the quarterfinals in a draw greater than 16
  • 10 point bonus for beating a seeded player/team (whether their seed is higher or lower than your own seed, or even if you're unseeded)
  • 30 point bonus for winning the finals
  • Consolation draw winners will receive an arbitrary point award equal to 50% of what the main draw finalists received in each tournament starting in 2018
  • No points are assigned if you default prior to your first match

Entry Information

  1. The deadline is ten (10) days prior to each tournament. The full entry fee must accompany the entry form and be postmarked by the deadline date. Split entries will not be accepted. There will be a $10 late fee assessed for all entries postmarked after the deadline. NO REFUNDS AFTER THE ENTRY DEADLINE.
  2. It is the responsibility of the player to obtain his or her match times from the tournament director. NO CARDS WILL BE MAILED BACK WITH NOTIFICATION. The complete tournament draw will be posted on our website 3 days prior to the start of each tournament.
  3. Entries will not be processed unless fully completed and accompanied by payment. DO NOT SEND CASH. Make checks payable to C.V.G.P.
  4. Make check payable to C.V.G.P. and mail it to the address listed on the entry form.
  5. No refunds after the draw is made or for rainouts.
  6. It is each player's responsibility to report any errors made in calculating their point totals. Such errors should be sent in writing to:
  7. All suggestions, appeals, or complaints may be submitted in writing to: