Washington University Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Tennis Tournament
Spring 2005

Congratulations to Robert Pless, the 2005 CSE tennis tournament champion!


  • (7 May)  Robert Pless won the tennis tournament with a 8-4 win over Mark Franklin.
  • (6 May)  The semifinal matches are now complete.  Robert Pless will play Mark Franklin in the championship match.
  • (27 April)  Since no round-robin matches have been played and two entrants have withdrawn, the tournament has been simplified into a straight knockout tournament.  See below for matchups.  The new deadline for completing the two first-round matches is Tuesday, 3 May.
  • (14 April)  Players have been assigned to round-robin groups.  See below for your matchups.  Monday, 25 April, is the last day to play and report a round-robin match.
  • (6 April)  The last day to sign up for the tournament is Wednesday, 13 April.

The tennis tournament has a new format, simpler than last year’s tournament.  There will be a two-round single-elimination knockout tournament with three matches in all.  The winner of a match is responsible for reporting the result and the match score (such as 8-4) to me.

Players are responsible for scheduling their matches, providing equipment (rackets and balls) and finding and reserving a tennis court.  Call 935-4619 to make court reservations at the Tao Tennis Center on campus.

Tournament entrants

Match rules:

  1. Each match will consist of a single pro set:  The first player to win 8 (NB: not 6) games wins the match.
  2. The match must be won by 2 games:  8-3 is a win, 8-6 is a win and 9-7 is a win.
  3. Service alternates each game.  Service of the first game can be decided by spinning a racket (or flipping a coin).
  4. If 8-8 is reached, a tiebreaker to 7 points must be played.  The tiebreaker must be won by 2 points:  7-2 is a win, 7-5 is a win, 8-6 is a win, 21-19 is a win, etc.
  5. In a tiebreaker, service alternates after each odd-numbered point, so one player serves the first point, the other player serves the next two points, etc.  Service of the first point can be decided by the player who lost the pre-match racket spin.
  6. If play is interrupted for reasons beyond the players' control, the match should be resumed later at the same point.
  7. The reported match score should include the tiebreaker score (if applicable), like 9-8 (7-4).

Knockout tournament
Sally Goldman Playoff match 1:
Robert Pless
Sally Goldman
Championship match:
Robert Pless
Mark Franklin
Robert Pless
Mark Franklin Playoff match 2:
Mark Franklin
Jim Garner
Jim Garner

Match results are current as of 7 May 2005.  Please e-mail Rob LeGrand at with any questions or problems.