This year's Eva Lane Memorial Tennis Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 26th, at the Currituck County High School tennis courts.
The tournament consists of two separate divisions, one for juniors 14-and-under, and one for high school students and adults.
The junior event is a USTA Junior Circuit Round Robin. 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. USTA membership is not required, but you will set up a USTA "account" as part of the registration process.
The adult/high school event is a UTR-based open doubles tournament, conducted as a non-elimination compass draw. The event is gender neutral, meaning that teams can consist of two men, two women, or one of each. 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 the junior event, click here.
To sign up for the adult open doubles, 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.
Ordinarily, we would stop play around noon for a brief memorial program, and for lunch. While we're still providing lunch for players and their guests, the governor's limits on mass gatherings prevent us from holding the memorial program as we have done in the past.
We’ll be observing some special protocols to help everyone stay safe with regard to the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, we are asking that spectators be limited to no more than two people per player, and that all spectators make a special effort to maintain an appropriate physical distance from others. We’ll also have a sanitation station set up on the grounds.
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 event, 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, 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.