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Tennis Briefs(2): ITA Bathroom Break Clarification; Naples' Turville World No. 1

February 8, 2011 01:53 PM
College Tennis Medical Time-out/Unauthorized Bathroom Break Rule Clarification

The following is a clarification to an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regulation, an explanation and procedures regarding medical time-outs given to a college tennis player so he/she can go to the bathroom at an unauthorized time:

ITA logo1. This medical time-out (MTO) should be given when a player (man or woman) tells you they cannot wait until the authorized time (changeover or set-break). This is a one-time occurrence per match.

2. The MTO (3 minutes) starts when they get to the bathroom and stops when they leave the bathroom. Travel time is not included in the 3 minutes.
COMMENT: Chair should go with them or know how much time it will take for them to get to the bathroom and back. Before going to a given court, check the time it takes to get to a restroom.
3. If they come back late from the 3 minutes and allotted travel time, the Penalty should be Time Violations. (This agrees with the procedure we follow when a male player is late from a bathroom visit on a changeover or set-break.)

4. This MTO is not the one MTO allowed per match for Division I players. See Page 250, H-1-a

5. The 3 minutes given for something in a player's eye (Page 250, H-5) is not considered an MTO. Try to use good judgment and common sense.

Profile: Naple's Turville Secures World No. 1 60-and-over Ranking

by Fran Coryell, TennisLife-Florida Region 7 (South Gulf Coast) writer

There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Larry Turville.

Turville Larry4webLarry, a seasonal resident in Naples, in October returned from Turkey after winning the team and singles titles for the U.S. in the ITF Super Senior World Championships. That win plus a years worth of effort has given Larry the No. 1 ranking in the world in the 60-and-over division, according to the International Tennis Federation rankings.

Always a staple at the top of the USTA national ratings, 2010 is first year Larry has been rated the No. 1 player in the world.

Larry defeated Jorge Camina 6-2, 6-4 in the tightly-contested individuals final after fighting his way through the 128-person draw. Jorge entered the tournament as the No. 1-rated player, but that title now resides in Florida. While winning the tournament in Turkey is not a requirement to become ranked No.  1, the tournament is worth so many points that it is almost a mathematical necessity.

"I was serving at 0-40 in one game, and 15-40 in separate games in the second set," Larry said. "I was able to win both those games and that was really the key to me winning the match. I have won the doubles championship multiple times, but to get that singles title for the first time was really special."

Larry reports that he normally plays 2-3 times a week while mixing in a round of golf while also keeping busy off the court as well. Larry is the chairman of the USTA Florida Adult Competitive Council, and is also on the Board of Directors for USTA Florida. With the Super Senior Grand Prix of eight tournaments in South Florida occurring, Larry sees no slowing down in the near future. 

Larry is always glad to help grow the game, and he welcomes any questions concerning the tournaments at Lturville@msn.com.






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