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TennisCall.com is a social platform dedicated to tennis enthusiasts of any age and level, around the world.

TennisCall players can connect and play with each other, get in touch with local coaches and tennis clubs as well as keep track of their performance and improvement through regular competitive games. Our mission is to build tennis communities and make tennis even more fun by playing matches on a regular basis.

The beauty of this tennis platform is freedom and flexibility. As a player, you can play with anyone in your city/region, whichever level you are. You will find sparring partners, opponents, leagues and tournaments of any kind, suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced players, in any location. When you travel, you can change your location (city or even country) in just one click (https://www.tenniscall.com/user/update?type=locati...) and immediately connect with a new tennis community. And when you get better, you can change your tennis skills grade to a higher level and challenge better players.

Competitive matches Vs hitting practice sessions

On TennisCall you can choose to play competitive games (Leagues or Tournaments) which earn you points, or just hit for fun without scoring (Social Hitting) without points. The main features of each type of game are:

  • League
    This is a competition within a particular city/region (for example, Dubai League or Kuala Lumpur League) and it is always opens to the public: anyone can join and challenge other players to a TennisCall match;
  • Tournament
  • This is a competition among players of any gender, age or level, who have been invited by an "Organizer" (invitation-only type of competition). The organizer can be a player or a tennis club. So basically, anyone can set up his own tournament and invite his peers. Compared to Leagues, more points are awarded for winning matches in the final phase of the tournament rather than the initial phase (ie. winning the final will get you many more points than winning a round of 32 match);
  • Find a partner (Social Hitting)
  • This feature is suitable to those who are interested in practice sessions or less competitive games (without scoring) and just want to find new hitting partners of any age, level, and gender.

Scope of the game

The final goal for all players is to finish the year as high as possible in the League ranking. The ranking position is determined by the total number of earned points. You can earn points by playing in League or Tournament matches. New players start with 0 (zero) points.

Leagues and Rankings

SETTING YOUR LOCATION

The TennisCall platform is available worldwide. When you set your location (country, region) through your account dashboard, you will join a tennis league in the selected location (your league is visible at Dashboard > "My League" tab). A "region" is a general term that can be associated to a city, a town, a province or city district.

If you travel or relocate, you can change location through your dashboard in just one click. This allows you to meet and play matches with players in the new location straight away. Matches played in the new location will earn you points in the ladder of the new city. When migrating to the new location, you will not carry over the points earned in the old league. However, if you go back to your old location, you will be given all the points you previously had when you left that league.

SETTING YOUR LEAGUE TYPE AND TENNIS LEVEL

There are three League Types in TennisCall based on users' gender and age: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Kids' Singles. Kids are players under the age of 18.

Men's and Women's leagues consist of the following League Levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Senior. "Advanced" is the strongest level where professionals and coaches usually play. Kid's leagues consist of the following levels: Under 18, Under 15, Under 12.

League Type and Level is set during the registration process at Dashboard > My Profile > My League (https://www.tenniscall.com/user/update?type=league). Players can change Level anytime (example, from Beginners to Intermediate, etc.) through their account dashboard. When a League Level gets changed, the player gets automatically assigned to a new ladder accordingly. If the player has no history in that ladder, he will start with 0 (zero) points. The points earned in a league cannot be carried over to the new league when League Level is changed. Points are only accounted for in the league where they were earned.

POINTS AND RANKING SYSTEM

The main goal for all players is to finish the season (year) as high as possible in the ranking table of their League. As a player, your ranking position is determined by the total number of points earned in your current league. You can earn points by playing in League or Tournament matches. Comparing to League challenges, you can win a higher amount of points by playing the final phases of tournaments (the more you advance in a tournament draw, the more points you get for each win). In general, you earn points for every match played on TennisCall.com. Even if you lose a match, you will earn some points and move up the ranking. Find here our points rules:

  • both winner and loser of a TennisCall match earn points;
  • a win gives players more points than a loss;
  • longer matches earn players more points than shorter matches (see below: Best of One vs Best of Three matches);
  • as a rule, the more you play and win, the more points you get;
  • you earn a bonus when playing opponents in the top half of the ranking table (bonus applies in case of win and loss likewise);
  • the better ranked your opponent is, the higher the bonus (points get more than doubled up when challenging players in the top 10% of the ranking table);
  • when challenging players positioned in the bottom half of the leaderboard, no bonus is applied and you get the basic points only;
  • winning a match in straight sets gives you more points than winning on a third set tie-breaker (for example, winning 6-2 6-4 gives the winner bonus points for "straight sets");
  • the higher the games difference between winner and loser, the higher the bonus to the winner (for example, winning 6-0 6-0 gives the winner the highest "games difference" bonus);
  • losing a match by a narrow margin gives the loser bonus points (ex. a 6-7 loss will give loser some bonus points).

Matches and scoring

TennisCall features two types of matches to give players more flexibility: Best of One, Best of Three (SET 3 = long tie break) matches.

"Best of One" matches are played in one SET only. The winner of the match is the player who wins SET-1. Best of One matches can be normally played in less than an hour, so we advise to select this format if you book your court for one hour only.

"Best of Three (SET 3 = long tie break)" matches mean that a maximum of 3 sets can be played to decide a winner. The winner is the player who wins two sets out of three. IMPORTANT: the third set is a super tie-break. If players get to the third set, the winner of SET-3 (and winner of the match) is the player who gets to 10 points (or higher) first with a 2 points lead over the opponent (for example, acceptable third set results are: 10-0..., 10-5..., 10-8, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11, etc.). This type of match is normally played in less than two hours, so we advise to select this format if you book your court for two hours.

The match must be played on a regular size court. Before the match, players should discuss and agree at which tennis club and on which court type they intend to play the match (indoor/outdoor; clay, hard, etc.) and then set the date and the time of the match. To facilitate communication between players, TennisCall provides a private messaging system as well as a commenting feature on each Match-up webpage. If you have questions or suggestions about the scoring system, contact us.

Playing a match - Special cases

NO SHOW

If one of the players did not arrive to play a match ("no show"), the other player has the right to input a default score of 6-0, 6-0.

RETIREMENT

If one of the players retires from the match (for example, due to injury), please input the current score (for example: 6-3, 4-3) AND check the box "Retired" under the name of the player who retired from the match. The label "RET" (retired) will be added automatically to such scores.

SUSPENSION

If a match has been suspended (for example, due to rain or other external circumstances), players should not update the scores online until they finish the match. Players should continue the match on another day starting from the score when the match was interrupted.

Court Etiquette

A few simple tips for less stressful and more fun matches:

  • Matches are self-umpired and should be conducted in the spirit of fair play.
  • You call the balls on your side of the court;
  • If you are uncertain, your opponent gets the benefit of the doubt, and the ball is in;
  • The server keeps score;
  • Don't invade neighboring courts;
  • Don't lose your cool, TennisCall matches are a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, you don't want to give them a bad impression;
  • and respect your racquet and court facilities.

Website Terms and Conditions

  • TennisCall leagues are open to the public and community members;
  • TennisCall is a free service, we do not charge anything for the use of this platform;
  • by creating an account on TennisCall.com, users acknowledge that TennisCall cannot be held responsible for any damage, injury or loss of life related to their use of the website and consequent tennis activity;
  • users participate to TennisCall leagues, tournaments and practice sessions at their own risk;
  • users shall verify that the information submitted onto TennisCall.com is correct and up to date;
  • TennisCall is not responsible of any activities provided by the tennis clubs advertised on this site;
  • by creating an account, each player agrees to all the present game rules, terms and conditions and Privacy policy;
  • TennisCall reserves the right to vary or amend the rules and regulations as necessary to ensure the smooth running of the leagues.

That's all with our game rules! But if you have any question, you can also check the F.A.Q or just drop us a message here.
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