The process is fairly straightforward! If you have entered any other LTA listed tournament then this is just another one of those. For interested ‘seasoned Leicestershire players’ – we have now switched to using the LTA TTP system.
- Visit the Leicestershire Senior County Championships page on the LTA Competitions website.
- Select the events you are interested in by adding them to the basket
- View your basket which will ask you to Login
- Login to your British Tennis Membership account (if you don’t have one use the Sign-up Today button and / or see our FAQ on that!)
- Enter your name and the names of your partners
- If your partner is not already listed in the dropdown box use the Add player button and find your partner (it helps if you know their BTM number in advance)
- Proceed to Checkout and pay by Paypal
- You will then receive a confirmatory email and that’s it!
Please note LTA entry system doesn’t work well with the Internet Explorer (IE) browser.
If you know you have forgotten your Username or Password click the appropriate link on the Login page (just below the Login button).
If you have never had a username & password then click the Create a login button, enter your email address, date of birth and BTM number and you will be able to create the necessary account. It is free to do so!
No – however you will need one before you can enter the tournament.
It is simple and free and you can do it using the LTA website. https://www.lta.org.uk/member/signup/?product=adult-affiliate
Speak to the Tournament Ambassador at your club or your club coach for further help if you need it.
If you play for one of the clubs in Leicestershire it is likely that there is a Tournament Ambassador at your club. Ask around and someone will tell you who it is or speak to your club coach who will point you in the right direction.
Alternatively, call 07976 718 998 for a quick chat and we will try to answer all of your questions.
The level events are usually played by people who play in the higher divisions in the Summer Leagues and those who represent the county in county matches, but not exclusively. Sometimes, in all the level events – singles, doubles and mixed -people fancy a chance to try their game against the players vying for the title of County Champion – sometimes they cause an upset too! It isn’t often that you get the chance to say I was beaten by (or even I beat) a County Champion! (see how the Leicestershire stacks up in the list of county championships)
The handicap events attract a wide range of standards too – from players entering their first senior tournament to a few division 1 or 2 players. (see the question about Strong Players in Handicaps for more on this subject). Every year we have players who don’t play league tennis or play in the lower divisions through to players from the top divisions entering.
The Level Events require that you meet the LTA county criteria for Leicestershire – here are the slightly watered down (but still turgid) rules from the LTA.
- that you haven’t played county tennis for another county in the last 12 months AND
- that your place of birth or permanent residence at date of birth was in Leicestershire OR
- your place of permanent residence has, for at least one year immediately preceding the competition, been in Leicestershire OR
- at any time your place of residence has for a period of five consecutive years been in such area
- Note: A County boundary is defined as that which applies for the purposes of local government (not necessarily as defined by postcode)
The Handicap Events are open to anyone – with no restrictions.
Entries close: Tuesday 9th July
Draw made: Weds 17th July
Schedule for 1st weekend’s play published online: on or before Weds 24th July
Schedules for weekday evening matches published as early as possible the night before – usually around midnight / 1am!
Yes, you can ask for a limited time off when completing your entry form. Please see the extract of rules below covering what is permitted.
Requests which come in during the tournament may not be granted.
We try to accommodate everyone’s wishes but we are not always able to do so. Sometimes what may seem like a perfectly reasonable request is rejected because the scheduling is complex and circumstances dictate.
No requests for time off for Finals Weekend will be accepted. If you aren’t available for finals weekend we would love to have you enter the tournament but would expect you to withdraw at match point up (if it reaches that point) in the last match you are available to play- allowing your opponents to go through.
The rules state:
10. All competitors, without exception, are advised to restrict their entries to four events,
reducing to three events if requesting ‘Leave of Absence’ for any period between Saturday 28th
July to Monday 30th July inclusive. Both individual competitors and partners within doubles’
pairings may not apply to have consecutive days without a match.
- 4 or more events – No absence
- 3 events – Half Sat or Sun or 1 evening absence
- 2 events – Sat or Sun or 2 evening absence
- 1 event – Full weekend or 3 evening absence
The handicaps are set using the playing record of each entrant (or pair in the doubles events). So, initially each player or pair is ranked based on the division in which they play their summer league tennis. Then the handicapping committee look for anomalies – where a player is playing in a lower or higher division than would be expected or where they are enjoying a particularly good or bad run of results.
Consideration is also given to results in matches in previous years of the tournament – even if partners have changed.
Players who the handicapping committee don’t know and / or who have no history of league tennis are difficult to handicap and sometimes the committee ring around their contacts at the various clubs, including coaches, to find out more if possible.
Once everyone has been given their initial handicap the committee go through again trying, on paper, a few combinations of matches to see whether it all looks like it might be close.
The aim of the handicapping team is to have close matches where the victory is up for grabs and that initial feeling when you walk on the court of
- ‘oh dear, they are better than us‘ is replaced with ‘they might struggle to beat us with that handicap if we play well‘
- ‘we should have this in the bag‘ is replaced with ‘better be careful a couple of points going against us and we could struggle here‘
We do try hard to balance the handicaps fairly. Because the strong player could possibly take over the court and pretty much dominate the match (even though that is rarely their intention) their pairing generally has to start with a severe handicap.
The worst situation, from the handicapping perspective, is when a strong player (e.g. Division 1 man or woman) plays with someone who hasn’t played a tournament before and plays no league tennis or who plays in the bottom divisions.
Despite the relative inexperience of the weaker player the pairs handicap will largely reflect the strength of the stronger player.
We have had strong players coming to the desk on their knees (having won or lost) after a long and very difficult match. Fighting both the opposition and the handicap in support of their weaker partner can prove hard work.
Matches are put onto the courts in sequence so the next court available is generally the one you get. We also have an issue when your opponent prefers a different surface from you so if we were to accede to your request we would be penalising your opponent or vice versa.
Most, but not all, level matches are played at the Leicestershire club while the handicap matches are often played at the other clubs who kindly let us use their courts.
We continue to try to improve the tournament and we are eager to hear any suggestions you might have. It is because of suggestions players in the tournament have made that we now have Plate Events for both Mens and Ladies singles.
If you are considering entering 4 0r 5 events please be aware that your schedule could get very crowded with 3 (or in exceptional circumstances – even 4) matches being played in a single day on the opening weekend. If you are successful in multiple events and win a few matches you could find yourself playing two matches each evening and if you are very successful, come finals weekend, you could be in for a busy time too – possibly having to play some semis and finals one after the other.
We are keen for people to play as many events as possible – but the schedulers do have to cram matches in for those in 4 or 5 events to ensure that nothing gets held up.<
Remember you can combine Handicap and Level events.
Do check the FAQ re time off requests.
This applies to both level and handicap events.