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Questions And Answers

What is World Team Tennis?

World Team Tennis is co-ed teams competing in a format that consists of 6 no-ad sets. One set each of men's and women's doubles followed by men's and women's singles, ending with two sets of mixed doubles. Total games won from all sets determines the winner. Substitutions and coaching are allowed.

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What is a WTT team?

A team must have two men and two women, as a minimum, and up to 16 players maximum. This allows for rest periods and missing matches. One player may be replaced on a team roster due to injury, etc. New players must complete at least two matches during the regular season in order to be eligible for playoffs, finals, and advancing to WTT Regional and National events.

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Who can play?

Adults (18 and over) may sign-up as a team or as an individual. Players registering after the season begins will be added to a substitute list.

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When do leagues start?

Matches begin the week of Memorial Day. Typically, regular season matches finish mid-August. Match times vary based on location. Matches start at 6:00 pm (Irving Park) or 6:30pm (all other locations).  Finals are the last week of August or after Labor Day.  Exact dates depend on the schedule and weather.
3.0 and 4.0 matches will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
3.5 Matches will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays.
4.0 matches will be played on Thursdays.
There are matches scheduled for every week except any byes.

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When is the sign-up deadline?

Deadline to register a team is Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Players can be added to rosters during the season. Players entering the league without a team after matches begin will be placed on the substitution list.

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What divisions (levels of play) are offered?

3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 and Above divisions are offered.

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How do I determine my team rating?

The GPTC recommends all WTT players have a NTRP computer rating by the end of the season. WTT requires all participants in a WTT National Qualifier to have a USTA NTRP computer rating.
Players do not have to have a computer NTRP rating to play in the local leagues but must have a verifiable (computer or visual) NTRP rating to advance to WTT National Qualifier and WTT National events.
Players who do not appear on the official team roster are not eligible to play. 
Players may participate in more than one division but cannot participate on more than one team within a division’s flight. For example, a player may participate in 3.0 and a 3.5 team, so long as that person is deemed eligible to participate on each team. A player may play on a 3.0 team in one flight and a 3.0 team in a different flight. There will be no scheduling considerations for players participating in more than one team, regardless of the divisions, during the regular season, playoffs and finals.
Players who have been advanced to the next level by DNTRP are eligible to further compete at the level for which the player initially registered. NTRP ratings will be verified with the USTA/PNW Section at registration.
A team consists of a minimum of two men and two women. The suggested minimum number of players is three men and three women. Team size varies on players’ availability and playing preferences. Teams can carry as many at 16 players, plus a maximum of two substitutes per season. Note: Only 10 players are eligible to compete at WTT Regional and National events.
One player on a roster may be replaced due to injury only if the injured player is not going to return for the remainder of the season.
The average NTRP rating of the top two men and top two women players on your team determines the team rating. This assumes the remaining players on a team are rated lower than the team rating. If you have one player above the team rating, you can only have two players rated at the team rating. All remaining team players must be rated below the team rating.
Joe-4.5 Mary-4.0
Tom-4.0 Jill-3.5
Bill-3.5 Gail-3.5
Joe-3.5 Mary-3.5
Jim-3.5 Joan-3.5 
The best two men and women are: 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, and 3.5. This totals 16. 16 divided by 4 equals 4.0. This team should register for the 4.0 division. 
Example 2:
Joe-3.5 Mary-3.0
Tom-3.0 Jill-3.0
Bill-3.0 Gail-3.0
Joe-2.5 Mary-3.0
Jim-2.5 Joan-2.5 
The best two men and women are: 3.5, 3.0, 3.0, and 3.0. This totals 12.5. 12.5 divided by 4 equals 3.125. This team should register for the 3.5 division.
**Portland World Team Tennis team rating rules are not the same as National WTT rating rules. Please disregard information about determining your team rating at
Portland World Team Tennis allows only one player rated over the team’s NTRP level to compete on a team. If your team is interested in competing beyond the local level, be aware of the differences and requirements for national events.

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Where do we play?

Potential summer locations include: Portland Tennis Center, Washington Park Rose Garden, Sellwood Park, Grant Park, Gabriel Park, Mt. Tabor Park, Irving Park, Portland Heights Park, Arbor Lodge Park, Peninsula Park, Berkeley Park, Williamette Park, Laurelhusrt Park, and Westlake Park (Lake Oswego).

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Can I register as an individual/substitute/team?

Yes. We will help place you on a team if you do not have one. See the Open Night Play schedule by clicking here. After the regular season play has begun your name is available to captains looking for substitutes or additional players. Visit to register.
If you are interested in registering a team, email and provide the captain(s)' name(s), email address, a team name (this can be changed later if unknown), and the team level.


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What is the cost?

The fee is $350/team. One check per team is collected either at the captain's meeting or once the season begins. Typically, teams divide the fee among the whole team, which is approximately $30-$43 per person. Besides a whole lot of fun, this includes playing in an organized league with an opportunity to advance beyond the local level, court fees, tennis balls and discounts to local tennis services.

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Do league winners qualify for a National Qualifier?

Winning teams advance to the WTT National Qualifiers. Your team is eligible to participate in a National Qualifier for up to one year from the end date of your league. For every four teams any official World Team Tennis local league division, one team will be eligible to participate in a National Qualifier. 

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Who do I contact for additional questions?

For more information, e-mail

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