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The British Tennis Leaderboards are a mathematical method of ranking players who compete in a competition circuit over a specific period of time.
Every player who has competed in the qualifying, main or consolation draw of a British Tennis Competition Circuit will be included in the relevant British Tennis Leaderboard. The one exception is the British Tour leaderboard which includes points acquired in main draws only.
Leaderboards are in operation for players competing in competitions graded 2 – 5 which fall into the categories of National Tour (Grade 2), Regional Tour (Grade 3) and County Tour (Grades 4 & 5). Postal competitions and leagues do not fall into these categories.
Leaderboards are in place for 9U to 18U.
In 9U and 10U events multiple permutations of draw formats are possible and each can produce different outcomes in relation to Leaderboard points. Tournament organisers are provided with recommended formats to ensure that leaderboard points are awarded as fairly and consistently as possible. However particular circumstances, such as court availability and player withdrawals, can result in deviations from the ideal formats which may impact upon the allocation of points.
Consolation draws are not permitted in formats in which the winner of the consolation would receive more points than the player who loses in the main draw. In such cases any extra play off matches must count for ratings only.
The main junior Tour Leaderboards are available at three different levels:
From April 2015 the 12U – 18U Summer Regional Tour and Summer County Tour Leaderboards will be discontinued as a result of the improvements made to the British Tennis Ranking system. Players will be able to filter the new ranking lists by county and region for a particular age group. Following the success of including doubles in the leaderboards in 2014, doubles participation will be rewarded in the new rankings system.
Find out more about the rankings changes.
The results should be entered in the system within 72 hours of the tournament end date. Once entered, all tournaments remain in the system for the circuit period.
The British Tennis Leaderboards will be published no later than the mid point of the season and then run weekly on a Friday.
Leaderboards only take into account results from matches played 5 days prior to the weekly Leaderboard updates unless otherwise stated.
Competitions must be agreed in advance by the LTA to be part of the relevant British Tennis Competition Circuit and Leaderboard. All competitions which are part of a British Tennis Competition Circuit must follow LTA rules and guidelines.
Regardless of how many tournaments a player plays in, only results from a player’s top 6 tournaments (top 3 for National Tour) will go towards his/her final total.
Points are allocated based on tournament grade (Grade 6 & 7 tournaments do not carry Leaderboard points).
The minimum size for an event to count for Leaderboard points is 5 singles players and 3 doubles pairs.
In the summer competition season points acquired in National, Regional and County Tour doubles events will count towards leaderboard totals for players in age groups 12U - 18U. A player's points tally will comprise his/her best singles results plus his/her best doubles results, (3 best singles and 3 best doubles for the Summer National Tour since there are fewer tournaments)
The overall figure will be calculated according to a 75% / 25% split: three quarters of a player's points will come from singles events and the remaining quarter from doubles events. This change is designed to promote participation in doubles.
Doubles points will not count in relation to the Nike Junior Tour, Aegon British Tour or University Tour leaderboards.
Points can be earned from qualifying, main and consolation draws. Points are assigned according to the round reached in a draw and a player must win a match in a draw in order to receive points respective to that particular draw stage. Where there are multiple draws in an event, a player will be given the highest single set of points earned. Occasionally leaderboard points will be adjusted where corrections are necessary.
Note: a compass draw has its own inbuilt consolation (left hand side of the draw) and therefore no additional consolation draws are eligible for points; these will count for ratings only. In an 8 player compass main draw the player who loses his/her first match and wins the next two will receive consolation winner points, not 5# points.
Leaderboard points are the same value as the British Tennis Ranking Point tables.
If a draw is not completed players will receive Loser points for the round reached.
The format of the tournament is at the discretion of the organiser/referee and this can influence the allocation of Leaderboard points. Organisers and Referees are given guidance about recommended draw formats to ensure that competitions are delivered as consistently as possible.
Where players are tied they are shown on the Leaderboard in alphabetical order. For selection purposes, when two or more players have the same total number of points, ties shall be broken as follows:
At times Leaderboard points may need to be adjusted if an error has occurred in the allocation of points.
Also if a player contravenes LTA Competition Regulation 3.10 on playing two tournaments in one week then Leaderboard points from both tournaments will be removed.
At the end of the 9U and 10U National Tour circuits the top players on the leaderboards will qualify for the National Tour Finals.*
Prizes will be awarded to winners of the County Tour leaderboards.
The Leaderboards will be reset to zero at the start of the next competition season.
* This includes players who are 'playing up' in their next ball colour since these players, whilst playing up for experience, are eligible to feature on the leaderboard listings.
LTA Tennis Services Assistants in your local LTA office are there to support you if you have any questions on competition leaderboards.
Contact your local support team for more information