Knockout Match Rules and Information

Knockout Match Rules and Information


Organising your matches

Once the draw has gone live (always on a Monday), all entered players will have 2 weeks to complete their round 1 match.

For all rounds we will give 2 weeks to play, and the later rounds will have 1 week per match, this will be only from the quarter finals onwards, depending on draw size.

Players are responsible for organising their own matches, with exception of the finals which are hosted by London Tennis.

Both players are responsible for contacting one another on day 1 of the 2 week or 1 week period, text or WhatsApp is highly recommended.

Extensions may be granted under exceptional circumstances and in cases where matches cannot be played a walkover may be given to one of the players, this is done on a case by case basis.


Match Formats, court bookings and dealing with running out of match time

We suggest the best of 3 tie-break sets, see under court bookings options on a third set if this is applicable to your match. 

Court booking should be discussed and agreed by both players and the home player must book the court at a date and time agreed by both players. 

2 hour court bookings are recommended and at 1 set all players should consider the time and either:

1) Play a normal set if there is plenty of time (45 minutes or more)
2) Play a short set to 4 games (30 minutes or more)
3) Play a tie-break to 10 points to decide the match ( less then 30 mins left)

These times are a rough guide at please keep an eye on the time and matches should always be able to finish. 

If a match is not finished it may be finished another time as long as it is within the window for that round. 

If players can only secure a 1 hour court booking then a Fast4 format match may be played, this is sets to 4 and a tie-break at 3 all in each set.

The players should equally split any court fees.


Player Safety

For LT safety is of great importance and we suggest that players check that the courts they have booked are safe to play.

If you feel that a court is unsafe please report to the company who manage them and if not known then report to us.

In the unlikely event that you have any safety concerns relating to your opponent then you must report this to us through the contact section.


The Weather

If the weather is poor both players must agree if the match is to go ahead if they are outside. 

Players must try and get matches played and not be put off by showers. 

If a player refuses to play in bad weather then the match must be rescheduled. 

If a match is part way through it can be finished at another time from where the score was left, not restarted.


Who brings the Balls?

Both players must bring a new set of 4 balls unopened of a good standard and must be pressurised, please do not buy cheap substandard balls. 

Players choose which set to play with and the winner will then keep the unopened can.

Recommended pressurised balls: Tretorn Pro Court, Wilson US Open, Head Tour, Dunlop Fort, Slazenger Open.

Many of these brands will produce cheaper ranges that are substandard and no fun to play with, please avoid.



All LT matches should be played in a good spirits, with good sportsmanship at all times.
Please report any bad sportsmanship issues to us.

Offenders of the rules will not be tolerated and if any player persist in rule breaking after a warning from us then then will most likely be excluded permanently from playing in our knockouts.


Keeping the score

Both players should always keep the score. 

The server should call the score before each point starts.

Any disputes over the score, then the players must play from when they both remember the score.

Players must only call balls on their side of the net.

Calls can only be out, if a player is not sure then the ball counts as in.



Walkovers can be claimed by a player for the following reasons:

1) If their opponent retires during a match for any reason.
2) If their opponent does not turn up for a match for any reason.
3) If their opponent turns up more than 30 minutes late for their match.
4) If their opponent cancels the match with less than 24 hours notice.
5) If their opponent cannot play during the match 2 week window.


Entering Results

Players will be able to enter their own results and this will be the winning players responsibility, results should be entered promptly and within the match time allowance.



Players should not withdraw from any knockout unless it is absolutely unavoidable and refunds cannot be given for any reason.

Please contact us to explain should you need to withdraw prior or during any of our competitions.



IMPORTANT: If players who enter and are inactive and do not inform their opponent or London Tennis then we will suspend that player by not allowing them to enter the next seasons knockout tournament.

We take participation very seriously in fairness to all of our players who want to play great matches.


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