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Aegon Junior Internationals are tournaments held in Great Britain that are part of the ITF Junior Circuit or the Tennis Europe Junior Tour.
The ITF Junior Circuit caters for juniors in the 18U age group, whereas the Tennis Europe Junior Tour caters for players in the 16U, 14U and 12U age groups.
TE is one of the regional associations of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is comprised of 49 European member nations.
The Tennis Europe Junior Tour is divided in 3 age groups; 16U, 14U and 12U, with the events played at three levels, from the top level Category 1 events, which attract the strongest draws, to the more numerous and accessible Category 2 and 3 events.
Entering TE tournaments
Online Entry for TE tournaments was introduced in 2010. British players no longer require endorsement from the LTA when entering a tournament, the online entry procedure is sufficient.
Find out more on online entry through TE Player Guide
TE Ranking points
Tennis Europe introduced a new junior ranking system in 2010, which uses one combined points system for all age groups. The aim is to have a ranking system that shows the relative strength of all players, regardless of where they have achieved their results and picked up ranking points.
Read more on how the ranking system works through the TE Tour Rules and Regulations (Appendix B).
Acceptances & Sign In Procedures
TE Junior Tour website
The ITF Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments for players aged 18U aimed at improving competitive opportunities and helping to develop a player’s skills.
It provides a platform for the most successful junior players at national level to measure their standard against the best players from other nations.
The 2014 Circuit is open to players born between 1st January 1996 and 31st December 2001. Players may not participate in any ITF Junior Tournament unless they have reached their thirteenth (13) birthday before the start of the main draw.
In accordance with the ITF Junior Age Eligibility Rules, players are limited on the number of tournaments that they are permitted to participate in, within a calendar year according to their age. This is counted between the date of a player’s birthday and the day before their next birthday, see the table below;
16 (unless a top 20 ITF Junior Ranking in which case an extra 4 permitted)
14 (unless a top 20 ITF Junior Ranking in which case an extra 4 permitted)
10 (unless a top 50 ITF Junior Ranking in which case an extra 4 permitted)
Entering ITF Junior Tournaments
Players must first register for an IPIN (international player identification number) before entering, find out how to get an IPIN.
Online entry and withdrawal is available for ITF Junior Circuit tournaments and players no longer need to obtain endorsement from their National Association. Players can access this service via their IPIN account.
Tournaments are graded according to the strength of entry, with the most ranking points being awarded for the nine major championships (Grade A), which include the four Grand Slam events. Other tournaments are graded from Grade 1 to Grade 5.
ITF National Ranking
A national ranking can be assigned to British players who do not have an international ranking. This national ranking then serves as an order or merit for tournament acceptance. The GB national rankings are produced as follows:
Acceptances & Sign In Procedures.
Results are fed into a computer to produce the Combined Junior World Rankings. Rollover rankings, which are updated on a weekly basis and published every Monday, are based on a player’s best six singles results plus one quarter of the best six doubles results over the previous 12 months.
ITF Junior Circuit website