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Tennis Regulations
1. Organisation
a. The Tennis Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games will be responsible for the Tennis competitions of the 13th European Maccabi Games.
b. The Tennis tournaments will be conducted according to the ITF rules of Tennis and the rules as specified herewith.
c. Participation in the tournaments is open to any athlete who is in possession of a Participant Card, issued by the Organising Committee of the 13th European Maccabi Games.

2. Entry
a. The ages for the 13th European Maccabi Games will be as followed:
Junior Boys born between January 1, 1995 - December 31, 1997
Juniors Girls born between January 1, 1995 - December 31, 1997
Open Male
Open Female
Master - cut-off date: year 2011
Male 35 and up
Female 35 and up
Male 45 and up
Female 45 and up
Male 55 and up
Female 55 and up
Male 65 and up
Female 65 and up

In the Master competition, an older athlete can compete in a younger age group. In the Master Doubles competition, players will be entered into the age group of the younger player. If there are not enough competitors to form a competition in a certain category, those players will be moved into another age category.
b. Each participating country may enter a maximum of 12 players (6 male and 6 female) in each age group. Any 6 of these players may be included in either Singles or Doubles draws. Any 6 males (boys) and 6 females (girls) may be included in the Mixed Double.

3. Venues and Times
a. The TC and the Tournament Referee will determine venues and times of the tennis competitions.
b. The Referees are authorized to change venues and times and their decision is final.
c. The tournament will be held outdoors on Clay Court surface.
d. The following days “order of play” will be posted at the Tennis venues and accommodation centers after the end of each days play. Only the order of play released and signed by the referees are binding.
e. Players entered into the 13th European Maccabi Games must be available to play at any time, according to the order of play, during the full duration of the tournament. There will be no exception to this rule. The ITF punctuality/no show regulation will be strictly enforced.
f. Main draw matches will be best of 3 tiebreak sets except in the Master events. Matches in the feed-in tournaments in all categories except for the final round, will be played as one pro-set to 9 games (tiebreak at 8:8); the tiebreak up to 10 points. In the Master events, should the score reach one set all; one deciding tiebreak (up to 10 points) will be played to determine the winner.
g. The tournament will be played with Wilson Tour Daviscup. Further information will be given as soon as possible.
h. Three new balls will be provided for matches. New balls will be provided for third sets. There will not be a ball change in any of the Master events. Practice balls will NOT be provided.

4. Events
Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in each age group specified in 2a (provided there are at least 8 competitors from at least 3 countries in the draw. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the players will be included in the next younger age group).

5. System of Competition
a. Open, Master and Junior (Singles)
The main draw will comprise all players entered. A double knockout system (feed-in tournament) will be in effect up to and inclusive of the main draw Semi-Final losers. The finalists of the feed-in tournament will be the bronze medalists.
Note: Singles withdrawals/ substitutions
If a player withdraws or is withdrawn by the head of the delegation after the draw has been finalized, no substitution will be allowed except if the player is injured or ill. In this case the head of delegation will be permitted to enter a substitute provided that the tournament has not yet commenced.
b. Doubles and Mixed Doubles Sign-in
A maximum of 6 players per country may be entered into
A maximum of 6 pairs per country may be entered into the Mixed Doubles events.
In Master, each country may enter a maximum of three pairs per event.
They do not have to be players entered into the singles.
Sign-in time and date will be announced before the start of the 13th European Games.
Clarification: Doubles and Mixed Doubles teams can comprise players from different countries when a player is unable to find a partner from his own country. If there are an uneven number of players from one country, the better players must pair while the last player will be permitted to pair with a player from another country.
Note: Doubles withdrawls/substitutions
If, after the Doubles draws have been finalized, but before the Doubles tournaments has commenced, one player from a team withdraws, then the remaining player is allowed to pair with someone else. If a team withdraws, no substitution will be allowed. If a player withdraws after the Doubles tournament has commenced, then that team will be defaulted.

6. Draws
a. The draws will take place on a date and at a place to be specified later. The draw ceremony is open to Heads of Delegations and Tennis officials. Information about player’s results to be used for seeding purposes must be submitted as soon as possible.
b. Each head of delegation must present lists of up to 6 players to be included in the draws.
c. Once the seeds have been determined, seeded players from the same country will be placed as follows: The first two in separate quarters, the next four in separate eighths. Unseeded players will be drawn into the remaining spots. There will not be more than 50% of a team in the same half of the draw where there are an even number of players and not more than 67% of a team in the same half of the draw where there are an uneven number of players. Wherever possible, a player will not be drawn to play against a fellow countryman in the first round.

7. Officiating
The Tennis Committee will select a Referees’ Committee, which in turn will appoint the referees of the competition.

8. General
a. These regulations are but one part of the complete 13th European Maccabi Games Regulations, and must be read along with the instructions found in "Basic Regulations and Disciplinary Procedures".
b. In the event of a discrepancy between the regulations written here and those appearing in the "Basic Regulations", the regulations written here will apply and be binding.