CHSAA unveils new tennis playoffs format

The men’s tennis postseason will have a historic new look starting this fall.

The move involves the team state championship, a dual-style tournament in mid-October, according to CHSAANow.com. Individual championships will not change. They will take place in the second week of October.

“It really has to be the best of both worlds,” CHSAA Associate Commissioner Bethany Brookens said in the statement. “Many coaches have told me that doubles during the regular season ‘really count’ this year as teams are vying for a spot in the coveted 16-team bracket.”

The state tennis committee released the 16-team single elimination bracket for classes 4A and 5A on September 23. CHSAANow.com said the highest seeds host the first three rounds. The team championship final will be at Denver’s City Park on Tuesday, October 18th. In each round, the statement said, teams play head-to-head in all seven ladder positions (three singles brackets and four doubles brackets) to determine the winner and which team advances to the next round. The ranking depended on Universal Tennis Rating, league strength, overall record, competition strength, head-to-head records, and common opponents. None of them received more sowing weight than the other.

The first round of the team state title is Wednesday, September 28. Round two is Saturday, October 1st. Regional slots for the individual state title must be completed by Saturday, October 8,

The Class 4A State Tennis Tournament will take place on October 13 at Pueblo City Park. The 5A state tennis tournament is October 13 at City Park in Denver. The 4A/5A Tennis State Championship is Tuesday, October 18, also at City Park.

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