2022 Mayor Dinkins Cup Rules

  • Players or parents are responsible for checking their match time 24 hours in advance at nyjtl.org/mayor-dinkins-cup
  • For convenience, some match dates are posted 48 hours in advance, but exact match times are subject to change. It is important to check the website regularly.
  • Format of play is 2 out of 3 tiebreak sets, no-ad scoring for all levels unless formats need to be adjusted due to high response in participation.
  • Coaching, verbal or by hand signals of any kind, will not be allowed except during the ten-minute break, should a match result in a third set.
  • Players may be scheduled to play two matches in one day, with 30-60 minutes rest between matches. A player should notify the tournament if they have played in another tournament in the area that day, as players will not be required to play three tournament matches in one day.
  • Roving officials will be on site at all times during the tournament to enforce the rules of tennis. Officials will have the authority to monitor matches, call foot faults, and settle disputes.
  • The roving umpire will be the first in command to issue a point penalty.  If a roving umpire is unavailable or fails to assess the violation, the referee, tournament director, or designated assistant can issue point penalties. Flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct may result in an immediate default.

Point Penalty System:   1st  Offense: Point,  2nd Offense: Game,  3rd Offense: Default

  •  A player is responsible for checking into the tournament desk, or using electronic check in, at least 15 minutes prior to the start of his/her match time. Default time is 30 minutes from the posted time or when the match is called (if later than the posted match time.) However, the tournament director or designee may utilize his/her discretion in issuing a default for lateness.
  • In cases of rain, all players must contact the tournament desk by email or phone to confirm their match times. Any matches interrupted by rain will be played from the score of suspension. Every effort will be made to complete the tournament  according to the stated format.  However, the tournament reserves the right to alter that format and move matches to indoor facilities in the event of  continuous rain.
  • NYJTL is committed to keeping our players, staff, and community safe while continuing to provide the highest quality tournament. We will continue to monitor and follow New York City and New York State health guidelines. Please check our Health and Safety Guidelines for further updates.