World Oilman's Tennis Tournament
History & FAQ
What is WOTT?
The World Oilman's Tennis Tournament, now commonly known as WOTT, began in 1977 and today is considered by our industry to be a world-class event. It started with a simple need. People involved in the oil and gas industry wanted a venue in Houston that would encourage camaraderie and establish friendships while helping to forge strong business relationships throughout the far-reaching petroleum industry. For the past 36 years, the WOTT team has worked very hard to fulfill this mission and preserve the great success our tournament has enjoyed. A very special thank-you goes to every player and sponsor that has been a part of WOTT over the years.
When and Where does WOTT take place?
The 2013 WOTT tournament will be held May 8-11. Since the first tournament in 1977, WOTT has been held at the prestigious Houston Racquet Club in the beautiful setting of Memorial Drive along the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas. Site of the first-ever Virginia Slims Women's Pro Championship and the birthplace of the women's professional tour, the Houston Racquet Club continues its prominent role in the tennis community, hosting local, regional and national events, and lists more ranked players than any other Texas club over the past 25+ years. The club offers the perfect blend of superior tennis and fitness, outstanding meeting and event space and resort style recreation…a perfect setting for a world-class tournament. You can visit www.houstonracquetclub.com to learn more about this spectacular club.
Who attends WOTT?
WOTT is truly a "world" event, having drawn participants from over seventeen states within the United States and eight countries around the world. Participation is reserved for those associated in some way with the petroleum industry and is by invitation only. Each year the event hosts an average of 320 tennis players, 130 sponsors and well over 1000 guests who attend the social aspects of the tournaments. Most of the participants represent the executive leadership of our industry and are directly responsible for exploration, production, drilling or marketing.
What is the format and levels of play for the tournament?
The Tournament features three separate tennis events including Main Doubles, Scrambles, and WOTT Mixed Doubles. These events include six divisions: "Championship", "A-1", "A-2", "B-1", "B-2" and "B-3", allowing players of almost any skill level to be grouped with those of similar playing abilities. Each INVITED Player can enter up to two events: Main Doubles, and a choice of either Scrambles or WOTT Mixed Doubles. With a double elimination format, participants are assured of at least two matches in each event entered. More details on the format of tournament play can be found on-line at www.wott.org.
Do I need a partner to play?
It is not necessary to have a partner to enter the tournament. If you do not have a Main Doubles partner, the Tournament Committee will pair you with someone of generally equal ability. However, should you wish to be teamed with a specific partner, it will first be necessary for you to determine whether your prospective partner has also received an invitation to the Tournament. Each team will be placed in the division of its highest-rated player. No tennis professionals will be permitted to play in any division and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to upgrade or downgrade teams based on previous performances.
What are the social events?
Over the years, WOTT has become renowned for its social events during the tournament. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Club each day with refreshments available throughout the Tournament at courtside. Two very special social events have been planned for Thursday and Friday evenings. The Thursday evening Sponsors’ Gala will be business casual. For the gentlemen, jackets are recommended, ties are optional, but please, no shorts or blue jeans. The Friday evening party will be casual attire. The tournament every year will highlight a theme that will be announced in the Confirmation Letter emailed to all confirmed players.
How can I participate?
Participation is by invitation only. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Mr. Ivar Siem at 713-568-4723, or Mr. John Goodpasture at 713-553-6195.