This year's Eva Lane Memorial Tennis Tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th, at the Currituck County High School tennis courts.
The tournament consists of three separate events, one for juniors 10-and-under, one for juniors 14-and-under, and one for high school students and adults.
The 10-and-under event is a USTA Junior Circuit Round Robin, played on Friday evening at 6:00pm. Entrants will be grouped into pools of 3-5 players based on age, gender, and ability. Each player will play every other player in his/her pool, in a non-elimination format. We'll use orange, low compression balls, and the 60' court defined by the blue lines. USTA membership is required, but it is free for all juniors. To register for the 10-and-under round robin, click here.
The 14-and-under event is a USTA L7 tournament, played on Saturday morning, starting at 8:30am. Again the format is non-elimination, either by round robin or compass draw. We'll use standard yellow balls, and play on the standard 78' court. There will be separate divisions for boys and girls, in both 12-and-under and 14-and-under age groups, assuming that there are sufficient entries in each event. USTA membership is required, but free for juniors. To register for the 14-and-under event, click here.
The adult/high school event is a UTR-based open doubles tournament, conducted as a non-elimination compass draw in two categories: Open and Women Only. The Open event is gender neutral, meaning that teams can consist of two men, two women, or one of each. The Women's division is restricted to women only.The teams will be sorted based on UTR rating and ability, with the goal of creating evenly competitive matches. The adult event will start at 11:00 a.m., as the junior event is winding down.
To sign up for either division of the adult doubles event, click here.
The Eva Lane Memorial Tennis Tournament is played each year in memory of Eva Lane, a 2000-2002 member of the CCHS girls tennis team who was killed by a drunk driver on US 158 in southern Currituck County in January 2004, seven months after her high school graduation.
At noon, we will pause play for a brief memorial program to remember Eva's life. Sheriff Matthew Beickert will join us to speak about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.
UTR stands for “Universal Tennis Rating”, a scale from 1 – 16.5 which helps players find others with whom they will have a competitive match. A key goal of UTR is to encourage “level-based play, on the premise that tennis is most fun when the players are evenly matched. The rating is age and gender neutral, meaning that two players with the same rating should have a competitive match, regardless of their age or gender.
As part of the registration process for the adult event, players will create a UTR profile (if they do not already have one), and all match results will be recorded in the UTR system. At the end of the event, players will have three or four match results, and a fairly accurate UTR doubles rating.
For the adult events, players must register independently. If you know who your doubles partner will be, you’ll have an opportunity to tell us that as part of the registration process. If you don’t have a partner, we’ll match you up with someone who is as close to your ability level as we can.
Depending on the number of teams that register in a given event, we may divide the field into two draws, based on ability, or we may keep the field together in one comprehensive draw. Either way, we’ll use a compass draw, which is a non-elimination format, and everyone will be guaranteed three matches.
Match format will be best two-of-three FAST4 sets, with a tiebreaker in lieu of the third set.