OneClick Masters is a competition framework that involves a sequence of matches played over a period of 5-6 weeks. It consists of a 3-match round-robin phase (played within a group of 4 competitors) followed by 2- or 3-round single elimination tournament for the best 2 competitors from each round-robin group. Registration, creation of competition groups, and flexible weekly match playing framework of OneClick Masters is similar to that of OneClick Tournaments and OneClick Championships.
One Click Masters expose some unique and attractive characteristics:
Announced Masters Competition will be shown on the Dashboard tab on the OneClickTennis website. You can register from the Dashboard tab for a period of two weeks following the event announcement. Either player in a doubles duo may register for the duo.
Only OneClickTennis members in good standing (through the announced end date of the competition) may register. In addition, each player must have played enough OneClick matches to expose a meaningful dynamic rating. The details of this requirement may change for the future editions of the Masters Competition. OneClickTennis reserves the right to exclude any registration that, in its sole judgment, would endanger the integrity of the competition.
For the 2009 Masters the following requirements apply:
Each group will consist of 8 or 16 players/duos, with a maximum dynamic rating difference of 0.3 between any two players/duos in a group. Hence, there will be either 2 or 4 round-robin phase sub-groups. The top two competitors from each sub-group will be placed in the tournament draw.
The general idea is that each round of the competition takes a week. Normally, matches of each round get played within a specific week assigned for a particular round. However, in round-robin phase players may mutually agree on playing a specific match at an arbitrary date/time and location as long as the date/time is within the round-robin phase deadline and the mutually agreed arrangements are submitted to the One Click website prior to the initially assigned match date. The tournament-phase matches will be expected to follow the weekly rhythm.
Upon closing the Masters registration and creating competition draws, each participating player will receive, through the One Click Tennis website, an initial schedule of round-robin phase matches. Such matches with be arranged at a default date/time (always a Sunday 3PM) and location. The default location will be chosen (from a list of venues published for a given area) to minimize travel.
For each match players must, before the default match date/time, either play the assigned match or post the new mutually agreed match date/time/location. The OneClickTennis website will provide facilities for modifying match date/time/location. The player/duo that cannot play a given championship match at the assigned date/time/location (the initial one or the one mutually agreed later) loses the match by default.
All matches will be 'best 2 out of 3 sets'. If the players split the first two sets, either a third set or a 10-point Match Tiebreak may be played. We encourage the players to make this decision mutually, but if they can't agree then the player with the higher seed makes the choice. A player who is more than 15 minutes late for a match forfeits the match. Both players (or teams) are expected to bring a can of new balls. The winner takes the can of unused balls, the loser takes the balls used in the match.
Electing the Championships Winner
The round robin phase ends with the standings established based on the number of points earned through playing the championship matches. Each match played (not resolved by default) gives one point and each match won gives 2 points. In particular:
Quarterfinal AB1: #1 of Group A v. #2 of Group B
Fees and Prizes
The registration fee for the 2009 edition is $15, chargeable on the date of publishing the competition groups. Players not admitted to the competition group for which they registered will not be charged.