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TS Open Tour 2024 – Schedule, prize money and everything else you need to know

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Tennis Scotland has announced the schedule and prize money for the national tennis tour in 2024.

Following an exciting 2023 campaign, which saw an increased number of entries, further investment has been made into the TS Open Tour to enhance the player experience and create more opportunities to compete on home soil.

A total of 17 ‘Leaderboard’ events will be held across Scotland, starting at the North East of Scotland Indoor Championships in Aberdeen, before the season-ending showpiece Tour Finals in Stirling just before Christmas.

With significant investment, thanks to renewed sponsorship, approximately £90,000 in prize money will be paid out – an increase of around 10% from 2023 - allowing domestic players to fund their tennis careers both at home and internationally.

Bonus prize money will also be paid out to players to reward their consistency and commitment to the Tour, while a four-figure sum will be awarded to two individuals at the end of the year to reward good sporting behaviour.

In addition to the Leaderboard events, the TS Open Tour National Doubles Championships, held for the first time in November 2023, will return in 2024.

The Tour was created by Tennis Scotland in partnership with clubs, organisers and other partners as a national structure of competition for yellow-ball players, creating opportunities for all levels of play.

By also hosting workshops and development competitions, many Tour events also provide opportunities for tennis coaches and junior players to develop their skills.

In 2024, the TS Open Tour will consist of the following areas:

  • Leaderboard events
  • Tour Finals
  • National Doubles Championships
  • TS Club Series

Leaderboard events

By competing in TS Open Tour Leaderboard events – 17 existing Grade 2 and 3 singles competitions played across Scotland – players are awarded ranking points based on their performances.

Those ranking points are accumulated over the season into men’s and women’s Leaderboards, which act as a qualifier for the TS Open Tour Finals.

To further reward their consistency, the top player on each Leaderboard will also be awarded with a £1,000 bonus prize.

Updates will be published regularly on the Tennis Scotland website and social media channels.

TS Open Tour Leaderboard Schedule 2024

Tour Finals

The top 16 men’s and women’s players on the Leaderboard following the Scottish National Championships in November qualify for the two-day TS Open Tour Finals.

At the showpiece event, they will compete for a £10,000 prize pot and the coveted Sword trophies – named after Scotland internationals Derek and Allan Sword.

National Doubles Championships 

The TS Open Tour National Doubles Championships were held successfully for the first time in 2023, attracting more than 160 entries and producing four days of drama in Glasgow.

In November 2024, the competition will return. The winning teams will pocket prize money of £2,000, with the runners-up earning £1,000, semi-finalists £500 and quarter-finalists £250.

TS Club Series

Adult and Junior players with a World Tennis Number between 20-40 can take part in tournaments at clubs across Scotland.

Run by local organisers, the competitions follow the Fast4 format and take part either over a full or half-day.

All events can be entered via the LTA competition search tool.

TS Open Tour 2024 Prize Money

 TS Open Tour Finals

  • Winner - £2,000
  • Runner-Up - £1,500
  • Semi-Finalists - £500
  • Quarter-Finalists - £400

Leaderboard Events – Tier 1

  • Winner - £1,250
  • Runner-Up - £750
  • Semi-Finalist - £400
  • Quarter-Finalist - £250

Events include:

  • Scottish Indoor Open Championships
  • British Tour - Scottish ‘Grass’ Court Open Championships
  • British Tour - Scottish ‘Clay’ Court Open Championships
  • West of Scotland Open Championships
  • Scottish National Open Championships

Leaderboard Events – Tier 2

  • Winner - £700
  • Runner-Up - £300
  • Semi-Finalist - £150
  • Quarter-Finalist - £75

Events include:

  • North East of Scotland Indoor Championships
  • University of Stirling Open
  • Whitecraigs Easter Championships
  • East of Scotland Championships
  • Bridge of Allan Open
  • Ayrshire Open Championships

Leaderboard rules

How are rankings calculated?

Ranking points are accumulated based on performances in the singles tournaments at the 17 Leaderboard events.

Players are then ranked in order of most points accumulated.

If there’s a tie, how is the order determined? 

  • Highest number of Leaderboard events played.
  • Player with the highest singles ranking points received from an individual event.

TS Open Tour Finals

Entries for the 16 men’s and women’s places at the TS Open Tour Finals will be accepted in order of the Leaderboard following the final qualifying event.

A total of two wildcards in each draw may be awarded. To be eligible for a wildcard, a player must have played in at least one Leaderboard event in the calendar year and won a match.

A wildcard may be awarded to a player who has not entered the tournament and that player may be seeded.

Seedings for the draw will be based on:

  • ATP/WTA singles ranking
  • ITF World Tennis singles ranking (1500 or better)
  • ITF World Tennis Number (followed by LTA ranking)

Other rules & regulations

Grade 2 singles events will follow rules in line with the British Tour, which can be found here: LTA British Tour Professional Tennis Competition

Grade 3 singles events will follow LTA competition rules and regulations, however acceptances and seedings will be based on:

  • ATP/WTA singles ranking
  • ITF World Tennis singles ranking (must be 1500 or better)
  • ITF World Tennis Number (followed by LTA ranking if WTN same)

Withdrawals

Players withdrawing after the deadline will receive late withdrawal points, with the exception of a player who withdraws because they are competing in an LTA GB Pro-Series/ITF World Tennis Tour /ATP/WTA event.

Prize money

Quarter-final prize money will only be awarded when the main draw includes at least 16 players.

Should fewer than 16 players feature in the draw, prize money will be awarded from the semi-finals only.

Where a draw is published with a minimum of 16 players and then withdrawals subsequently lead to fewer than 16 players starting the event, quarter-final prize money will be paid.

Fair Play Award

For 2024 we are introducing a new TS Open Tour Fair Play Award, designed to encourage all players to adhere to the Fair Play Pledges and maintain a good standard of fair play throughout the year across all tournaments.

Based on input from the organisers of each event, our tournament committee will nominate one men's and one women's player to receive the Award.

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