Preliminary rounds & final (2020)

  1. The same "rules of competition" followed during the regular season apply throughout.
  2. The teams are ranked according to the results attained during the regular season. An even number of teams play in the post season series. EX: in a level having 19 teams, only the first 18 teams play for the gold medal. LOOK up "How positions are decided in the standings".
  3. The team with the highest standing is always the receiving team. If its club cannot receive due to court availability, then the opposing team receives.

Any player registered in the league must have played for her team a minimum of 30% of the teams matches during the regular season to be eligible for the series and finals. A bye does not count and must be excluded from the total number of matches. For the player having :

  • 20 matches on her schedule, 6 times
  • More than 20 matches on her schedule, 7 times
  • Only the player with a "5.5" profile (level I) must have played at least 30% of the matches for which she is allowed to participate. (AGM 2019) See Special rule for level 1.

Note: A match lost by retiring because of an injury does not count in the number of times played for both partners. See Rule on retired match.


The finals will be played on the same day, at the same club, for all levels. The Administrative Committee of TFIM will choose this club.

The host club for the finals must allow the finalists one round of practice of two hours during the week preceding the finals. The host club sets the practice time.

During the finals, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.

Finish or concede a match

During the series leading to the finals, the administrative committee of TFIM request that all matches be finished in the same manner as the regular season. All matches count towards the ranking.

However, the committee recognizes that it is ultimately up to the players involved to decide if they want to continue or not. To maintain our transparency and how the CRA is calculated in Tenniscores, it is absolutely necessary to have actual scores and to identify the winning team on three courts.

The following guidelines are suggested to determine the winners of a match being conceded or unfinished:

It must be decided: Which team concedes the match?
The team that concedes loses the game; the victory is awarded to the opponents.
If both teams cannot agree on who concedes the match, the game must continue to determine the winners in the same way as during the regular season.

NOTE: follow the rule of the day at the finals.

In Tenniscores:

For each finished match: The score is entered normally and the winning team is selected from the drop down menu.

For a conceded match: "not finished conceded" is entered in the COMMENTS box. The team declared the winner is selected from the drop down menu. The score for a set must be greater in number for the winners of the set. If the team who concedes was losing when stopping the score is entered as such. If the team who concedes led when stopping, they concede the number of games necessary for their opponents to have a majority of games for each set. EX: the score when stopping was 6-4, 4-2 becomes 6-4, 4-5 and 0-1.

FAQ - post season

Series' rounds

Questions: How are the matches made? Is it a round-robin?

Answer: Normally in a round robin with 16 teams, one match is played against the other 3 teams in the group. In a normal round robin, there is an order to respect following the standing. Since there are 18 and 20 teams participating, TFIM has chosen a format of 3 rounds respecting our desire to have equitable matches for the teams at the top. Teams in the middle of the standings should have equitable matches also. Upsets can happen and should be expected because in the series, teams usually put out their best players; it's a whole new ball game! The Board expects all to enjoy their matches even though their team may not be in the running. Playing your best may make a difference in who goes in the finals. The gold, silver and bronze medals have been given for team performances in the regular season. Congratulations to all! But the true champions of the season will be decided at the finals, even though your standings may not be great, play as if you had a chance. 

in 2020, the matches are preset according to your standing in the regular season. (NOTE: there will be NO DRAW for positions at the captain's meeting)

ROUNDS for a tournament with 18 teams
Round #1   Round #2   Round #3  
1 receive 18 1 receive 11 1 receive 10
2 receive 17 2 receive 12 2 receive 9
3 receive 16 3 receive 13 3 receive 8
4 receive 15 4 receive 14 4 receive 7
5 receive 13 5 receive 6 5 receive 17
6 receive 14 7 receive 15 6 receive 18
7 receive 12 8 receive 16 11 receive 16
8 receive 11 9 receive 17 12 receive 15
9 receive 10 10 receive 18 13 receive 14


ROUNDS for a tournament with 20 teams
Round #1   Round #2   Round #3  
1 receive 20 1 receive 11 1 receive 10
2 receive 19 2 receive 12 2 receive 9
3 receive 18 3 receive 13 3 receive 8
4 receive 17 4 receive 14 4 receive 7
5 receive 16 5 receive 15 5 receive 6
6 receive 15 6 receive 16 11 receive 20
7 receive 14 7 receive 17 12 receive 19
8 receive 13 8 receive 18 13 receive 18
9 receive 12 9 receive 19 14 receive 17
10 receive 11 10 receive 20 15 receive 16

Which team receives during the post season series?

The team that has the highest ranking at the end of the regular season will always host. The number in front of each team name signifies it's ranking at the end of the regular season.

Ball distribution

How are the balls distributed for the post season tournament?

The team that had the highest ranking, during the regular season, receives. At the captains' meeting these teams are given the balls for the whole tournament.

What is the consequence if an unqualified player is in line-up?

Rule 2.7.4 stipulates that only qualified players can play in the playoffs. You must declare a default as during the regular season if you do not have enough qualified players. Any enfringement to any TFIM rules may lead to loosing that playoff round.

How positions are decided in the standings

The standings are sorted in the following order:

1. the team that won the most matches prevails,

2. the team that has the most set points

If there is still a tie, head to head matchup between these teams and:

3. the team that has the most matches prevails,

4. the team that has the most set points.

Finals' journal