Rocket Cup Tournament

This year’s inaugural Club tournament runs from June 27th to July 22nd. The following categories are running in this edition:

  • Adult Singles
  • Junior Singles (under 16)

The winners in each category will receive trophies and will be added to the Club’s online Honours Board.

The recommended minimum age for all the adult categories is 14 years old.


The main contact for all matters related to the tournament is Victor Travieso,

Conditions of entry:

All participants need to be members of Girton Tennis Club for the current year to register for the tournament.


Participants should register for the tournament using the form above, no later than Sunday 26th of June. Junior players should get their parent or guardian to give their consent and provide contact details for match arrangements.

Tournament format:

In all categories, participants are placed into separate groups and play each other in a round-robin fashion. The top placed players in each group will qualify for the finals and play for the trophy in knockout matches. The number of wins is the primary criteria for qualification, followed by head-to-head result and percentage of games won in case of ties.

As a rough guide players should make sure they are available to play up to two matches a week for each category they wish to enter.

Match format:

  • Adult matches: Single set of tennis (first to win 6 games with a two game difference) with an additional 7 point tie-break if the score reaches 6-all
  • Adult Finals: Best of three with final set match tie-break (i.e. third set is played as a 10-point match tie-break when the score is one set all)
  • Junior matches: single set match (first to 4 games) with 7-point tie break at 3 games all
  • Junior Finals: Best of three sets (first to 4 games) with final set match tie-break (i.e. third set is played as a 10-point match tie-break when the score is one set all)

Sets are played under the usual rules of tennis. The players themselves umpire the matches, making the line calls for their side of the court. For reference, the official rules of tennis can be consulted online:

Arranging matches:

During the round-robin phase, players arrange their own matches within the group.

The schedule and the contact details of all players in the group will be available to all participants within the group ahead of time.

The schedule will indicate for each round the ‘home and away’ players along with a play by date for their match. The designated home side proposes at least two dates for the match to the away side. The away side agrees to one of those dates or offers two alternative dates if neither is feasible. Once the date is agreed, the home side should book a court for the match using the online booking system.

Adult matches in the round-robin phase will usually take between 30-60 minutes. A full booking slot of 90-minutes is recommended to allow for a warm-up on court.

Junior matches in the round-robin phase should take between 20-40 minutes and a booking slot of 60-minutes is recommended to allow for a short warm-up.

Junior supervision:

To help with junior matches, the courts will be supervised at the following times:

  • Monday 5-6:30pm
  • Wednesday 5-6pm
  • Friday 7:30-8:30pm (MUGA)

Junior players can agree with their opponents to play within these times and just turn up without booking a court. Otherwise they can arrange a different time and book the court in advance – it is recommended that juniors are supervised by their parent/carer when on court.

Delayed matches:

Failure to play a match by the play by date should be notified to the tournament organizer and might result in the match being forfeited. This includes when a suitable date can’t be agreed, no-show by one of the players (lateness by more than 20-minutes is considered a no-show) or interruptions because of unsuitable weather conditions.

Tournament results:

The designated home player for each match submits the result by email to or via the tournament WhatsApp group, indicating the names of the participants and the result – e.g. “Player1 v Player2, won by Player 2, score 2-6”.

The tournament standings will be updated regularly on the Club’s website.

Match Balls:

The Club will provide a new tube of tennis balls suitable for the competition free of charge to all registered players. The tube should be opened for the first Home match and is meant to be used over the course of the tournament. The designated home side provides the balls for a match. The away side may at their discretion contribute their issued set once it has been opened. The competition tube can be collected from committee members during Wednesday team practice (7-8:30pm), Friday’s social evenings at the courts (7:30pm-9pm) or during the Junior supervised slots. Alternatively a time can be arranged with the membership secretary or tournament organizer.

Good luck to all participants and have fun!