Water-logged weather conditions during the last two weeks have resulted in a backlog of postponed high school tennis matches that still need to be made up.
As a result, the Maine Principals’ Association announced Tuesday that its deadline for completing the regular season for team tennis has been pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday.
That also has prompted changes in the state singles tournament, which was due to resume Friday with the Rounds of 48 and 32 at Bates College in Lewiston.
With both regular-season team matches and preliminary rounds of the singles tournament delayed by wet conditions prevalent around the state, some players had dropped out of the singles competition in situations when it came up head-to-head against team matches, according to MPA assistant executive director Jeff Sturgis.
And the Region 2 girls singles qualifying rounds involving players from Eastern Maine, originally scheduled for May 14, still hadn’t been completed as of Tuesday morning.
Under the revised singles tournament schedule, the Rounds of 48 and 32 now will be played next Monday, with the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals set for next Tuesday and the semifinals and championship matches to be held Saturday, June 4.
Those matches all will be held at Bates College, though in case of rain they would be moved to the Racket and Fitness Center in Portland.
In order not to go head-to-head with the singles tournament, the first three rounds of the team tennis postseason will be pushed back one day each.
Preliminary round matches in Eastern and Western Maine will be held Wednesday, June 1, followed on Friday, June 3, by quarterfinals and on Monday, June 6, by regional semifinals. The regional championships and state finals will be played on their originally scheduled dates, with the Eastern and Western Maine championships on Wednesday, June 8, and the state finals on Saturday, June 11.
“We’ve tried to schedule the singles and team tournaments so kids don’t have to make a decision between the two one way or the other,” said Sturgis.
Sturgis added that this marks the first time the high school tennis postseason schedule has undergone such a significant change during his nine years as an MPA official.
“The problem comes when you have consecutive days of rain, and all last week was a washout,” he said. “It’s one thing if you have one or two days of rain every week, but it’s another thing to have rain every day on the next-to-the-last week of the season.”