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The matrix sets out important ranking milestones for players of each age and gender. The LTA uses this matrix to make decisions on player funding and support.
The LTA has based the matrix on a number of factors. Firstly, for senior players, it has looked at the ranking history of a number of ATP and WTA Top 100 players, to give a clear guide in order to measure progress against players who have reached the Top 100.
Secondly, the LTA has analysed junior players' performances as indicated by their national and European (Tennis Europe & International Tennis Federation) rankings. This analysis is based upon the historical pathways of successful players.
The matrix awards players different funding amounts according to their age and playing level.
Players aged between 8U and 14U can gain a matrix level through attendance at Talent ID days. Talent ID days are held during the year and the levels achieved by the players are recorded.
Older players gain a place on the matrix through either domestic or international competition results. These rankings are recorded twice a year at the end of the domestic winter and summer season, and together these rankings will decide the matrix levels for the forthcoming year.
Matrix levels then determine what level of individial direct support that the player will receive from the LTA for the following year, this includes Camps, Trips, Talent Team Support, and funding. In addition to this individual support, all performance players receive support from the LTA through its network of Performance Centres. These are regional centres which provide training environments for the very best players. You can read about the Performance Centre Network here.
Individual player matrix funding is provided to support players’ training programmes and is paid over the following year in two instalments directly to the player’s training centre.
Current matrix funded players can read more information about the programme by logging in and accessing the Matrix Player's Online Area.
The seasonal British Tennis ranking lists show all ranking points for the current season only.
Seasonal Rankings from both the winter and summer seasons in each year are used solely to determine matrix funding, since the inception of the competition age group system. Matrix Levels and funding are therefore calculated using an average of your performance over both seasons in any year. They are different from the Aegon British Tennis rankings.
You can view the Seasonal Rankings, or previous end of season rankings by using the Seasonal Rankings Search.
If you have any questions on these rankings then please see the FAQs here
Our lead partner Aegon are now involved in tennis from grass-roots to major championships and they also sponsor our support programme for the youngest performance players. Some of the matrix players are also a part of the Aegon FutureStars programme, these are the players aged between 11U - 16U. These players receive support and kit from Aegon and promote our association with our Lead Partner by wearing a patch on their playing kit.
The LTA has a Manual Matrix Adjustment (MMA) Policy which is in place to assist those players who have not reached a domestic or international ranking position due to illness or personal circumstances and have therefore not been invited to NTID as expected, or reached their expected matrix level on the LTA Player Matrix.
Please note that you must meet the specific criteria stated in the policy in order to apply for an MMA.
The MMA Panel sit twice a year to determine any awards for the previous season. Dates of the meetings will be published on this page and applications must be received at least a week prior to this date. Players not attending NTID must notify the Performance Team as soon as they are aware of an issue.
The dates for the MMA panel meetings following the Winter Season 2013/2014 will be as follows:
There are some changes to how we fund players. Read about them here.
The seasonal British Tennis ranking lists show all ranking points for the current season only. Seasonal Rankings from both the winter and summer seasons are used solely to determine matrix funding for the following year.