If you have ever played a tournament, you probably have been mystified how some of the seedings are made. Well, veteran tournament executive Larry Turville offers up two of his own “Pet Peeves” about the process, which is followed by some others that I have heard voiced by other players…
“I Pay, You Pay”
“First, Player A says to his partner, ‘sign up for the doubles and enter me,’ expecting to pay at some later date or maybe not at all. TDM software has added feature which sends an email to Player A saying ‘Player B has entered you; so please sign up and pay.’ But many do not.”
“So when it comes time to do the draw, the computer then erases the player who has not paid. Then the draw maker has to go back and search who the player B has signed up with in applicants. Then he has to do a search in TDM to add them to competitors. In addition to not paying, two of players that were searched came up with delinquent USTA cards and one was not even eligible because he was too young for the division. Come on man! You can do better than that!”
“So then I can make a draw, which normally doesn’t take very long except for then my second peeve… players pulling out of tournaments. Which means to do it right, the draw maker should move lower seeds up. My issue is with players who withdraw after the draw is made in singles and still play doubles and have the moxie to want their entry fee back. Come on, Man! That’s it for now, just the fun of helping run a tournament.”
Another tournament player has voiced to me a concern about some of the “upper echelon” players who will look at the draw when it comes out and not like what they see (either their own seed or the players in their path) and withdraw from the tournament! How small is that?
Others have expressed concern about not having their “National Ranking” reflected in their seeding at a local tournament. They feel if they have a ranking, they should be seeded over those who do not. Seem logical?
According to Larry T. “As we know the national rankings are far from accurate. The first question is ‘Did you beat anyone of significance to get there?’ Then you have to compare those results with recent head-to-head to make a more reasonable decision on placing players.”
What are you “Seedings Peeves”?
Sterling Oaks Singles
Monday started out raining and turned very windy in the afternoon, delaying my scheduled singles start time from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. – which turned out to be to my advantage.
My opponent, Joe Dyser, the former head pro at Sterling Oaks has a vision problem, which makes seeing the ball at twilight very difficult. So combine that with the fact that in the first set I made ZERO UNFORCED ERRORS, I took the set at 6-0.
With a dozen “Dyser Die-hards” watching in the stands, I remained focused (and wouldn’t look over in their direction), made just three unforced errors and took the second set at 6-1.
Today’s round of 16 singles match is vs. #5 seeded Ralph Grieco of Roswell, GA, someone I have never played (he is the official photographer of many of the senior tournaments).
For all the results and draws, please click HERE.
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