Newk camp friend and tournament player Marty Judge writes:
“Have you ever had a situation where a tournament director was so inflexible in scheduling matches that he refused to accommodate a legitimate and unavoidable conflict that was brought to his attention before he even set the draws, thus requiring you to default the first match of the tournament despite that your application fee was accepted? If so, what if anything were you able to do about it?”
• He signed up for a tournament that was scheduled to start on a Saturday and run through the following week.
• And he emailed the tournament director saying he had a conflict on Saturday afternoon; so could he please be scheduled in the morning.
• There was no morning play scheduled and the tournament director’s reply was simply: “Sorry. You are scheduled to play @ 4pm Sat May 17.”
• Marty had to forfeit and had no further reply from the TD
His closing comments:
“It’s not the end of the world and it is only $33. But the curt response, no follow up, and overall tone just rubbed me the wrong way. By contrast, the TD in the last tournament I played could not have been nicer. He actually sent emails to the participants after the tournament was over thanking them for their participation and hoping that they will play the tournament again next year. (And you bet I will!!) He also made it clear on the USTA Tennis Link description of the tournament that, while he could make no guarantees, he is aware that people have jobs and lives outside of tournament tennis and he would do his best to try to accommodate all reasonable scheduling conflicts – provided they are brought to his attention early. A study in contrasts.”
It is possible that the tournament did not have access to the courts in the morning (members only); but he could have perhaps come up with another solution.
Who is more right here?
Below is a schedule of ESPN’s live Wimbledon programming.
Date Time (ET) Event Network
Mon., June 23 –
Thurs., June 26 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Early Round Action ESPN
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPNEWS
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 (simulcast of ESPNEWS)
Fri., June 27 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN
Sat., June 28 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN
Mon., June 30 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Round of 16 ESPN
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Round of 16, ESPN2
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16 ESPNEWS
Tues., July 1 8 a.m – 1 p.m. Women’s quarterfinals, ESPN2
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Women’s quarterfinals ESPN
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Women’s quarterfinals, ESPNEWS
Weds., July 2 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Men’s quarterfinals, ESPN
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Men’s quarterfinals, ESPN2
Thurs., July 3 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Women’s semifinals ESPN
Fri., July 4 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s semifinals ESPN
Sat., July 5 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Women’s final ESPN
Sun., July 6 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Men’s final ESPN
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