- A Compass Draw is a tennis tournament draw that is divided up into 8 brackets, each bracket representing a point on a compass (i.e., North, South, North-East, etc.). When a player loses a match, he or she simply moves into a new bracket. This is explained in the figures below.
- All players start in the middle column of the large draw shown at the center of Figure 1.
- In round 1, winning players move into the East bracket and losing players move into the West bracket.
- In round 2, winning players in the East bracket stay in the East bracket, while losing players in the East bracket move into the North bracket. Similarly, winning players in the West bracket stay in the West bracket, while losing players in the West bracket move into the South bracket.
- This process continues in rounds 3 and 4 where players can also be moved into the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, or Southwest brackets.
Figure 1. Compass Draw format. In the first round, all players start in the middle. Winning players move to the right (East) while losing players move to the left (West).