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2021 USTA Tennessee Mixed League Regulations


Local League Coordinator:

 Deidra Dunn

865-680-2277 (TEXT)     865-522-3303

Adult 18& Over  Adult 40 & Over  Adult 55 & Over  Adult 65 & Over  Mixed Leagues  Tri-Level  Combo

Regulations written in BLUE text are specific to KNOXVILLE leagues and may not apply in other local areas.

  1. Dates


Local Registration Opens

Local Team Registration Close (Deadline for legal team roster minimum)

Local Last Day to Add Individual

Local Schedule Released

Local Playoff Dates

Tennessee League Play Deadline

State Championship

All Mixed Leagues

 March 26, 2021

June 19,


July 22,


June 20, 2021


Aug 4, 2021

Aug 20 - 22, 2021



  1. Weekend Play Dates:

June 25-27; July 9-11; July 16-18; July 23-25; July 30-August 1


Weeknight Play Dates:

June 28-July 1; July 5-8; July 12-15; July 19-22; July 26-29


In the event weekend and weeknight are combined, we will do our best to be sure the majority of your scheduled matches will be whichever you requested.


  1. Ball Sponsorship: GKTA will provide home team balls if all rostered players are current GKTA members. CAPTAINS MUST NOTIFY THE LOCAL LEAGUE


Email Players may join GKTA by going to




  1. League Regulations


  1. Where not otherwise stated, USTA League National, Southern, and Tennessee Regulations have full force and applicability. Local regulations may be amended at any time by the USTA Tennessee Adult League Committee, or the Local Rules & Regulations Committee.
  2. KNOXVILLE defines itself as Morgan, Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Union, Grainger, Jefferson, Cocke, Blount, Monroe, Loudon, Knox, Roane, Anderson, and Sevier counties. Teams competing in the KNOXVILLE Local Leagues must play in facilities that reside within the defined area.
  3. All participants must be current members of the USTA. Players must be 18 years of age prior to participating in the USTA League program. Each player over the age of 18 shall have reached the required minimum age prior to or during the calendar year in which such player participates in his or her first local league. Each player must pay a $27 league fee for each team that he/she is joining and shall be paid at the time of registration. There will also be a $3 fee paid to TennisLink at the time of registration. Total fee on TennisLink will be $30 per registrant per team.
  4. Players requesting a refund must do so by contacting the LLC. A refund may not be requested more than four days after the Tennessee League Play Deadline in table above. All refunds will consist of the amount paid by a player for the USTA League (excluding Tennislink Fees) minus a $4 fee that goes to the Local League Coordinator. Only players that did not play a match in the league season or are not advancing to a state championship (Mixed 55 & Over/65 & Over only) are eligible to request a refund.
  5. USTA Mixed Leagues in KNOXVILLE offered in the following divisions.


League Type

NTRP Levels

League Format

Minimum Number of Players Required For Legal Team

Maximum number of players allowed on team roster


18 & Over

2.5 (straight), 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0

3 Doubles



40 & Over

6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

3 Doubles

55 & Over

6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

3 Doubles

65 & Over

6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

3 Doubles


  1. 18 & Over
    1. Mixed 18 & Over 10.0 will play their local league at the USTA Tennessee State League Championship. This level must meet the Tennessee deadline of August 4, 2021 for team and individual registration. No players may be added after August 4, 2021.
  2. The minimum NTRP level for 6.0 is 2.5; 7.0 is 3.0; 8.0 is 3.5; 9.0 is 4.0; 10.0 is 4.5.
  3. The NTRP rating difference between doubles partners shall not exceed 1.0.
  4. The combined NTRP rating of a doubles team shall not exceed the NTRP level.
  5. Divisions may be divided into two or more flights with a playoff at the end of local play to determine the KNOXVILLE champion.

i. The dates for playoffs, if needed, will be the evenings of August 2-4.

  1. If only one team is registered at deadline for any level, an extension of two weeks will be given to meet the National requirement of a minimum of 2 teams.


  1. Team Regulations
    1. Each team shall appoint a captain to manage team activities and to represent the team in USTA League matters. The Captain is the person who is to communicate with the LLC and serves as the liaison between the players and the LLC, and therefore captains must have a valid email address and phone number (preferably cell) listed in TennisLink.
    2. Captains MUST use the following format to name teams: TN/City/Captain’s Last Name. For example: (TN/Nashville/Ontog).
    3. USTA Tennessee will have no residency requirements for teams that are in leagues with local play.
      1. For teams that advance directly to the State Championship or play their local league at the State Championships, USTA Tennessee requires that at least 2 players of the team be residents of the local area from which that team is advancing.
  2. Individual Regulations
    1. Each player will use his/her most current NTRP Computer Rating on file in TennisLink. Players who do not have a computer rating on file in TennisLink shall self-rate in accordance with the National Tennis Rating Program. Self-ratings are valid for two years from the date issued or until replaced by a dynamic or computer rating. NTRP computer generated ratings are good for 3 years for those players 59 years old or under, and 2 years for those 60 years of age or older.
    2. Players may play on more than one team so long as they are not playing on more than one team in the same local area, age division, and NTRP level.  Team captains are responsible for making sure that all team members meet eligibility criteria. Players not meeting the above eligibility criteria will be ineligible and any matches they have played will be forfeited.
      1. A player who participates in the USTA league in violation of any eligibility

provision shall be subject to an Eligibility Grievance.


  1. All players are encouraged to opt in/subscribe to communications regarding their

League in TennisLink. These messages (text and/or email preferences) will come

from the LLC regarding important information regarding the league(s) they are registered.

  1. League Play
    1. Lineups are to be exchanged at the scheduled match time, or before, if captains agree and are ready to play.
    2. In the event of illness, injury, disqualification, or no-show of a player prior to the start of an individual match (once the lineup has been exchanged), a team may substitute a player in the affected position within the 15-minute default time, using a player not already listed on the lineup. The substitute player is entitled to a five minute warm-up. If no such substitution can be made, the affected position only will be defaulted in local leagues.
      1. 5 minutes or less: loss of toss plus 1 game

5:01 minutes to 10 minutes: loss of toss plus 2 games

10:01 minutes to 15 minutes: loss of toss plus 3 games

More than 15 minutes: default

  1. There is no coaching in any form allowed in USTA Mixed League matches. Cell phones must be turned off or silenced during play. Teammates, spectators, and coaches may not comment on line calls or scoring while a match is being played. Remember tennis etiquette when watching or playing a match. All players are encouraged to familiarize themselves with The Code, which may be found by clicking: Friend at Court.pdf.

The Player’s Guide to Fair Play and the Unwritten Rules of Tennis will be found beginning on page 36.

  1. USTA Tennessee Mixed league matches in KNOXVILLE shall be:
    1. All matches will be the best of three sets and the set tiebreak shall be played at

6-all in each set. In lieu of a third set, a match tiebreak shall be played. There will be a two minute set break at the end of each set with NO COACHING. All tiebreaks shall follow the Coman tiebreak procedure.

  1. In the event of a tie at the end of the season, in a team match or in league standings, the tie will be broken by the first of the following procedures that does so
    1. Individual Matches. Winner of the most individual matches in the entire competition.
    2. Head-to-head. Winner of head-to-head match.
    3. Sets. Loser of the fewest number of sets.
    4. Games. Loser of the fewest number of games
    5. Game Winning Percentage: Total games won divided by total games played.
    6. If two teams are still tied after game winning percentage, a one team playoff match will be held between the tied teams prior to the end of the league play deadline.
  2. Captains are responsible for entering and/or confirming match scores on Tennis Link. Captains need to verify and confirm the recorded match scores. All recorded scores will be final 48 hours from match time. If a mistake is made when entering scores and you have clicked out of the scorecard on TennisLink, you will have to email the LLC with the match number and correction.  Only the LLC can make a change to the scorecard.  Any disputes must be made on TennisLink and the LLC must be notified by email before the 48 hours is up.
    1. If scores are not entered into Tennislink within 48 hours, both captains may be subject to a local grievance and sanctions imposed by the Local Grievance Committee.
  3. If a team plays a local match without a full lineup, forfeits must be taken at #3 doubles.
  4. If a team shows up without the minimum # of players required for the team match based on the number of players present, or to be present, it will be a full team default in favor of the opponents. Please refer to National regulation 2.01C(5) on team default procedures.
  5. If a match is begun and a player has to retire due to injury or illness, the match score to the point of default will be recorded on the scorecard (i.e.; 6-2, 2-1, 15-15, retired).
  6. If a match must be forfeited, the name(s) of the forfeiting player(s) are not written on the scorecard. Only the names of the player(s) receiving the default. The written score shall be 6-0,6-0; as if the match had been played.
  7. If a captain knows ahead of time he/she will forfeit an entire team match, he/she must notify the Local League Coordinator and the opposing team captain. If a team forfeits an entire team match and that forfeit affects the outcome of the local league, then all matches played by the forfeiting team will be removed from the standings. If the forfeiting team has no effect on the outcome of the local league, matches played by that team will stand and that team may be eligible to advance.
  8. If play is interrupted by weather, darkness or other factors beyond the control of players, completed individual matches will stand as played. In the event that rain or inclement weather forces the cancellation and/or re-scheduling of a local league team match, the line-up would stand only for those positions that had already started (first service attempt) their match. All other positions, even those that were in warm-up may be changed including defaulted courts.
    1. Rain or Hot Weather procedure: If it is raining or temperature is above 93 degrees as listed on
      1. Both captains agree to find indoor courts and split court fees.
      2. If a match is interrupted or delayed by rain or unplayable courts, teams

must wait one hour to determine if play can resume. After one hour and courts are still unplayable, the match will be rescheduled unless captains agree to wait or make other arrangements

  1. If match play had begun and rain becomes a factor, all points, games and

sets played will count; make-up procedures will begin at the point the match was stopped. The players on court should make a note of the score, server, receiver and all other matters concerning the match.

  1. If the line-up was exchanged but play did not begin because of weather conditions, substitutions may be made. Forfeits offered verbally prior to the original lineup exchange are null and void.
  2. Players should reschedule the match within a two week period. Once the make-up date is agreed upon, that becomes the new “official” match date/time and cannot be altered.
  3. Contact the coordinator for help in rescheduling match if you cannot agree on terms within time allowed.
  4. RESCHEDULING FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN WEATHER SHOULD NOT OCCUR!! In the event this happens the team requesting the reschedule is responsible for any COURT FEES ASSESSED.
  5. Play may be necessary during State or Southern Adult League or any other USTA event. If a team is affected with four (4) players on a local mixed team attending these Championships of either one level or one gender, the captain may request to not play during that particular Championship. The affected team captain MUST NOTIFY the LLC at least 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED MATCH DATE.              
  6. For each team match, a majority of individual matches must actually be played to constitute a valid team match. In a situation where the majority of individual matches would be not played (not a “valid” team match) the first course of action would be for both captains to agree on what individual matches, based on the number of players present, or to be present, can be played to constitute a valid team match. Once that is determined, both captains will re-exchange scorecards. If both captains cannot come to an agreement on what lines will be played to constitute a valid team match, based on the number of players present, or to be present, then the following individual matches will be assigned in sequential order to be played: #1 doubles, then #2 doubles.
  7. If both teams have enough players to play the match and it’s discovered after-the-fact that a majority of the matches were not played to constitute a valid team match, both captains need to come to an agreement of what lines will be played to make the team match valid.  If captains cannot come to an agreement then the individual match(es) to be played will be assigned in sequential order in the above-mentioned regulation. If a captain does not comply with this regulation, then it may be considered a full team default in favor of the opponents. If a team shows up without the minimum # of players required for the team match based on the number of players present, or to be present, it will be a full team default in favor of the opponents. Please refer to national regulation 2.01C(5) on team default procedures.
  1. Championships
    1. Players who qualify to advance to the USTA Tennessee State Championship for Mixed Doubles may advance on more than one team within an age group only if they are different NTRP levels.  No accommodations for scheduling will be made at any Championship for teams with players that may be competing on two or more teams during a championship.
    2. In order to be eligible to compete in a USTA Tennessee League State Championship, players must play in the number of matches listed in the table below:














To advance to any

To advance to



To advance to National Championship


To advance to National Championship


any championship

level through

level through






2 matches

on the same team*


1 default received shall count


All players other than self-rated and computer-rated appealed players:


1 default received shall count



3 matches on the same team



Section Option to require Self-rated and computer- rated appealed players to play up to 4 matches on the

same team


Section Option to declare if 1 default received shall or shall not count



Self-rated and computer-rated appealed players


4 matches on the same team



No default received shall count


  Retirement counts as a match played for all players involved.

  1. If a Mixed 55 & Over/Mixed 65 & Over team has no local competition offered at that specific combined level, a team may advance to the State Championship. Any 55 & Over/65 & Over local league having more than two (2) teams must play a local league. 
  2. The number of advancing from KNOXVILLE is determined by the chart below:









Mixed Doubles








  1. Grievances
    1. Self-rated players who enter the USTA League Tennis Program by misrepresenting their actual skill level are considered to have violated the standards of good conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship and may be subject to a grievance complaint and possible disqualification. A Captain, Local League Coordinator, State League Coordinator or member of the State League Committee can file a NTRP grievance. A player with a valid NTRP Computer (C) rating or, granted an Automatic Appeal (A) rating of a Computer (C) rating is not subject to an NTRP Grievance. Any other player is subject to an NTRP Grievance.
    2. Grievances are filed with the Local League Coordinator.  Please submit via email, including a $25.00 fee.  Should the Grievance Committee find in favor of the person filing the grievance, the $25.00 will be refunded. The LLC will give the grievance to the Local Grievance Committee.  Forms for grievances may be obtained from the Local League Coordinator.
  2. Committees
    1. Rules & Regulations Committee: Sherry Norris, Rob Bray and Amanda Smith
    2. USTA Tennessee Grievance Committee:  Terryann Nelson (Chair), Debbi Booton, Jackie Mills.
    3. USTA Tennessee Grievance Appeals Committee: Roger Ross (Chair), Paul Fultz, Barbara Hooper.
    4. Grievance and Grievance Appeal Committee members may change or individual members substituted at the discretion of the USTA Tennessee Adult League Committee Chairperson.


  1. Other Resources
    1. USTA, USTA Southern, and USTA Tennessee Regulations – 
    2. USTA Tennessee Website –
    3. USTA Southern Website –
    4. GKTA Website: