Whether you’re a parent or a junior player looking to get involved in your next competition in Wales, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
From LTA Youth to playing on the international stage – check out all the different options available to you in Wales.
Don’t know where to begin? Check out our ‘How to start competing' page below:
To play in any competition you will need an ITF World Tennis Number – find out more below:
What is LTA Youth Matchplay?
Matchplay is often a child’s first experience of individual competitive tennis. In two- or three-hour sessions they compete in both singles and doubles matches against players of a similar ability.
- Quick competitions for kids aged 10 and under, split into different age groups.
- Games last two hours for 8U and 9U and three hours for 10U and yellow ball age groups.
- The 10U and yellow ball age groups will be using one FAST4 set (see below) whilst 8U and 9U will use one match tie-break to 10 points.
What happens in LTA Youth Matchplay?
- The organiser will give a friendly welcome, take the kids through an energetic warm up and explain the rules.
- There’ll be lots of quick matches against players of a similar ability.
- While they aren’t playing in matches will keep score and be ball kids. No hanging around here!
- Players will always compete in singles and doubles matches – this develops both their tennis and social skills.
The Local Tour offers a range of one day competitions throughout the year for juniors from U8 - U18. The Local Tour gives players their first opportunity to compete, earn ranking points and matches count towards the ITF World Tennis Number.
The County Tour is a great circuit of events for players to hone their skills and are open to all young players from 9U to 18U, including doubles competitions for 11U to 18U.
These events are Grade 5 and 4 competitions, meaning they’re suitable for players competing at a local, county or regional level.
One of the most enjoyable weeks of the year – the County Championships bring together all players in the local area to battle it out for the title of county champion. North and South Wales have singles and doubles tournaments for junior players of all ages, from 8U to 18U.
The competition is only restricted by the county that you live in – this means you can only enter your local County Championships.
South Wales: Dinas Powys Tennis Club - 28th May to 2nd June 2023
Every year, players come together to represent North or South Wales county in the annual LTA County Cup team competition.
Players compete in teams in a combination of singles and doubles events, travelling to tennis venues right across GB to compete against English and Scottish county associations from U8 – U18.
Battle it out with the very best players from around Wales in our Regional Tour competitions.
These tournaments are most suitable for players who are getting strong results on the County Tour or competing regularly in regional or national tournaments.
The Junior Regional Tour is split into a summer and winter calendar, with a mixture of weeklong Grade 3 competitions during school holidays, and the LTA Staged Winter Regional Tour that takes place at weekends.
Every year players from across Wales come together to play for the title of Welsh champion. This is the biggest event in the Welsh calendar, welcoming players to compete for the biggest trophies and prizes in Welsh tennis.
2022 Championships will take place in Penarth across Penarth LTC and Windsor, Penarth LTC. Entries will opens on 5th July 2023.
Ready to compete against the top players in Wales and across Great Britain? Welcome to the National Tour.
The National Tour is a combination of Grade 2 and Grade 1 tournaments for players aged 9U to 18U (12U-18U for doubles).
These tournaments are for players who are getting strong results on the Regional Tour or competing regularly in national or international tournaments.
One of the biggest team competitions in Britain and Wales – the National League has something for everyone.
Anyone in Wales can play in the county events but we also have Premier Tier competitions for 12U, 14U and 18U age groups – boys and girls – on a regional and national level. The best teams get the chance to play for the title at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Teams should be from an LTA registered venue (that could be a park, club, school or university) and should have a minimum of six players – competing in both singles and doubles.
The biggest event in the junior tennis calendar – the Junior National Championships showcase the very best in young British talent from 11U to 18U.
Taking place at both the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton and the Nottingham Tennis Centre, players compete across singles and doubles draws for the chance of becoming the national champion.
Former champions include Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Dan Evans, and there are even Wimbledon wild cards on offer!
Junior are selected to represent Wales to compete annually against England, Scotland and Ireland at an International Four Nations event. Tennis Wales select players to travel for the four day international competition which rotates around the country each year.