TOURNAMENTS

The River Forest Tennis Club has dozens of singles and doubles competitive tennis events and social tennis events. As an Active Member or Adult Privilege Holder, players can come out and join the competition and fun.  A tournament is a series that takes place over the course of several weeks, while games are played in a single day.

Tournaments - July and September/Labor Day

The Club holds annual doubles and singles tournaments for all levels of competitive play as follows:

  • “A” Level – Advanced Players
  • “B” Level – Intermediate Players
  • “C” Level – Beginner Level Players

All are welcome to sign up for tournament play - there is a tournament for every skill level and participation is highly encouraged!  If you are interested in participating in a doubles tournament but don't have a partner, the tournament committee is happy to help.  

There are: 1) July Tournaments which begin in June and finish in mid July; and 2) September/Labor Day Tournaments that begin in July and end Labor Day Weekend.  

  • July Tournaments - sign up now through Monday, 5/27 at noon!
    • Men: Men's A Doubles, Men's B Doubles, Men's C Doubles, Men's Super Vet Singles (60+), Men's Veteran Doubles (age 50+), Men's Deep C Doubles, Men's Deep C Singles.
    • Women: Women's Veteran Doubles (50+), Women's Open Doubles, Women's B Doubles, Women's C Doubles, Women's Super Veteran Doubles (60+), Women's Deep C Doubles, and Women's Deep C Singles. 
    • Pickleball: Men's Open Doubles, Women's Open Doubles, Mixed Open Doubles
  • September/Labor Day Tournaments:
    • Men: Men A Singles, Men's B Singles, Men's C Singles, Men's Open Singles, Men's Super Veteran Doubles (60+), Men's Open Doubles, Men's Veteran Singles (50+), and Mixed Doubles.  
    • Women: Women's Open Singles, Women's A Singles, Women's B Singles, Women's C Singles, Women's Super Veteran Singles (60+), Women's Veteran Singles (50+), Women's A Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. 

    Important Notes!

    • If you have too many commitments, do NOT sign up for the tournaments. We try to complete the tournaments by set dates, so that we can have a club “viewing” event.
    • If you sign up for the Labor Day Tourneys, please plan to be around Labor Day weekend to play in the finals.
    • Seeding: following USTA suggestions, the tournament committee aims for 1 seed per every 4 entrants in a bracket. In making the brackets, the committee has members most familiar with the various groups weigh in on the seeding. We recognize it’s not perfect, but it’s the best we can do. The remainder of the bracket is completed by random draw.
    • For the singles events, you can sign up for both the Open and a A, B, C event, but please do not sign up for more than one A, B, C event.
    • Draws will be distributed the week of 7/25 with the finals over Labor Day Weekend (9/3 - 9/5).
    • Deep C Classification: You must choose between Deep C and C Doubles, not both. They are both single elimination tournaments ending in July. Deep C singles is a round-robin format early season, and culminates in a tournament bracket in September. You may play in either the Deep C or C Singles bracket in September not both. Please know the Deep C is intended for beginners or players that have not made it past the second round of the C tournament.
    • Booking tournament matches: One player should book a court for 1.5 hour and another play should book the same court (or a nearby court if not available) for an extra hour, for a total of 2.5 hours. Using both players to total 2.5 hours of play is ONLY for match play. Please remember that match play MUST be conducted on the court you booked. You cannot switch with other courts whose condition you prefer.

    Junior Tournaments

    The junior tennis program offers three end of season tournaments — a green ball tournament, and two yellow ball tournaments, one for 14 and under, and another for 18 and under. The championship matches will be held over Labor Day weekend. These tournaments will be managed by John Morlidge and Dara Keidan, and are intended for any JT participants, RFTC members’ children and privilege holders. All participants will need to have advanced to green ball for the green ball tournament and yellow ball for the yellow ball tournament. 

    Please reach out to John Morlidge (jbmorlidge@gmail.com) or Dara Keiden (darak@tenandfit.com) with any questions or if you’d like to sign up your child(ren).


    Photo by Matt Kosterman

    River Forest Tennis Club
    615 Lathrop Ave.
    River Forest, IL  60305
    708-771-7780
    Web: hello@rftc.org

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