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The Robert Abdesselam Trophy

Founder ICs of the Robert Abdesselam Foundation :IC of Belgium , IC of France , IC of Spain

The founder members can modify and submit proposed rules to the Robert Abdesselam Foundation. 

The competition will take place in the country of one of the three founding ICs every two years since 2013. 

The founding clubs will invite an extra IC to complete the draw.

Format of the Competition

American tournament 

Played over three days 

1 men’s doubles 

1 ladies’ doubles 

2 mixed doubles 

1 male player to be 55+ 

1 male player to be 60+ 

1 lady player to be 50+ 

1 lady to be 55+ 

·         Each rubber to be best of three sets with a tie break at 6-all. Third set to be Champion’s tie break (first to 10 with two clear points lead).

·         A match is the total of all rubbers played by the team and if drawn, is decided by ten point tie break.

·         Each match win counts for 1 point.

·         Two teams have to be seeded (according to ITF ranking of the players if no agreement can be reached between the captains) and will play against each other on the last day.

·         The IC which wins the greatest number of points, whether it be round-robin or open draw, wins the trophy.

NB : SETS AND GAMES AERE NOT RELEVANT IN DECIDING WINNERS OF MATCHES

If the result of the total match is equal in rubbers, there will be a 10 point match tiebreak played by one mixed doubles pair from each side (the choice of the players must be an open choice) to decide the winner of the tie. 

If two or more teams have won an equal number of ties, the following process is to be used to decide the positions within the group using the 10 point match tiebreak mixed doubles: 

a)     Two teams have equal points, they play a 10 point match tiebreak mixed doubles to decide.

b)     If three teams have equal points, a draw to be made to establish which team has a bye to the final play-off, then teams play to decide the winners.

c)     If four teams have equal points, a draw is made to see who plays whom and the winners play off using the 10 point match tiebreak mixed doubles. The teams who win, play to decide the outright winner. 

Captains may change the mixed doubles pairings for each individual tie break match. 

The spirit and principle of this is that tennis decides winners, rather than mathematics and it makes it more transparent and dramatic. 

Example of winners’ tableau:

Belgium

France

Spain

Italy

Overall Result

Belgium

X

0

0

1

1

France

1

X

0

1

2

Spain

1

1

X

0

2

Italy

0

0

1

X

1

In this case, France and Spain would play a mixed doubles to decide the winner.