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Overview

Tonghai Financial Mini Red Challenge provides a better Mini-Red tennis experience for young Hong Kong tennis players. The format will increase participation, decrease the emphasis on winning, and educate players on rules, scoring, etiquette, and basic strategies of the game.

Aims:

  • To increase the number of competitive opportunities available to Mini-Red players.
  • To differentiate between participation events, and more formal masters events.
  • To allow Mini-Red players to play tournaments more often, and play more matches at each tournament.
  • To simplify the point-score and ranking system, removing undue pressure placed on this age-group to win.
  • To move closer toward the successful models of other sports such as football, athletics and swimming, where players both train, and compete, each week. For Mini-Red tennis, this means having a tennis lesson or squad training session during the week, and then a competition or tournament experience each (most) weekends.
Events
  • Unisex U7 Singles (Born on or after 1st Jan 2014)
  • Unisex U8 Singles (Born on or after 1st Jan 2013)
 

How it works

  • Maximum 4 players in a pool (per Mini-Red Court), all players play each other (3 matches)
  • Winners of each court will play-off in semi-finals and finals
  • Second, third and fourth places in each pool will play-off against each other
  • Matches will be first to 10 points
  • Players will receive points for winning the event and participation
  • Racquet must be unmodified and its length must be 23 inches or under
  • Players not on court will assist in scoring and being ballkids
  • At the end of play, all players will gather on 1 court for presentation prizes, certificates and photo opportunities
  • Players with the highest number of points will be invited to a Master event, limited draw (twice per year)
  • Players who do not qualify for the Masters will be able to play in an alternate Challenge event
  • Coaches will teach and remind players of the rules and etiquette of playing and scoring at the beginning of each Challenge event
  • Players have 3 minutes for warm up
  • At the start of each match, players will spin the racket to choose ends and who is serving
  • Players serve 2 points each (first court then second court)
  • Serve can be a drop-forehand serve without bounce or an overhead serve
  • When either player reaches 5 points, players change ends for the remainder of the match
  • The match is over when a player reaches 10 points
  • Scoring will be done by the players using a “peg method” on the net
  • At the end of the match players will shake hands and compliment each other
  • Both players must report the results to the supervising coach
  • Players are required to assist with scoring and collecting balls for the next match
  • For round-robin matches, Players will be ranked within each group in the order of:-
    a. higher number of match won;
    b. higher aggregate shots difference;
    c. match results of the players concerned.
  • 1 point for entering the event (participation)
  • Runners-up on every full tennis court will receive 2 points
  • Finalists on every full tennis court will receive 4 points
  • Winners on every full tennis court will receive 8 points
  • Players with the highest number of points will be invited to a Master event (twice per year)
  • The point breakdown will not be published and will not have any bearing on entry into other HKTA tournaments/events.
 

Event Details

There are 18 challenges each year, players will receive points for winning the event, as well as points for participating, for those players with the highest number of points will be invited to a Master event (2 times per year). Players who do not qualify for the Masters will be able to play in an alternate Challenge event on the same day.

Entry Fee

Each challenge day costs HKD$150.

 

Entries

  • Unisex U7 Singles
  • Unisex U8 Singles

 

Date Time Venue Deadline Announcement of Acceptance List and Reporting Time
16/08/2021 0900 (Comp7) HKTA Tennis Centre

7/8/2021 09/08/2021
12/08/2021
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Enrolment Methods

  1. By email, to shirley.fok@tennishk.org OR
  2. By fax, to 2338 7749 OR
  3. By post, to HKTA Tennis Centre, Kowloon Tsai Park, 13 Inverness Road, Kowloon (Please specify “Tonghai Financial Mini Red Challenge” on the envelope cover)
  4. If payment by Cheque, Cheque payable to The Hong Kong Tennis Association Limited
    Please send the cheque to HKTA Tennis Centre, Kowloon Tsai Park, 13 Inverness Road, Kowloon City (Please specify “Tonghai Financial Mini Red Challenge” on the envelope cover)
  • An extra HK$50 administration fee will be charged for late applications.
  • No written confirmation will be provided and please check the acceptance list and the reporting time which would be posted 5 working days after the entry deadline which may be updated from time to time.
  • It’s the players’ responsibility to check the ‘Acceptance List’ on HKTA website to confirm the acceptance status. If you can’t find your name, please contact the HKTA office within 2 days after the acceptance list is posted. No changes can be made after 2 days of the acceptance list is posted.

Date: 16 Aug 2021

Time: 09:00

Limited quotas, on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Challenge will be cancelled once the typhoon signal No. 8 or above is hoisted, or after a Black Rainstorm Warning signal is announced. If typhoon signal No. 3 or below is hoisted, please check the website for latest arrangements.

 

 
 

Acceptance List

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Acceptance List and Reporting Time

It’s the players’ responsibility to check the ‘Acceptance List’ on HKTA website to confirm the acceptance status. If you can’t find your name, please contact the HKTA office on or before 7 July 2021. No changes can be made after 7 July 2021.

 
 
 
 
 

Contact

Ms Shirley Fok
Tel:2336 0109
Fax:2338 7749
Email:shirley.fok@tennishk.org

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