Performance tennis competitions calendar
Our Tennis Performance Competitions Calendar provides significantly enhanced opportunities for British players at each age and stage of the performance player pathway. Importantly these new opportunities will all be on home soil.
Here are just a few things that our calendar will do:
- Complement our existing performance strategy and enhance player development by providing more meaningful playing opportunities for players of all ages.
- Deliver a mixture of national and international competitions to give all players the widest possible number of playing opportunities.
- Provide a clear pathway for the youngest players through to adults, with multiple opportunities to play matches at the appropriate level in Britain.
- Allow players to earn progression upwards to the next stage of competition. Success will be rewarded with more opportunities to ‘play up’ in higher level competitions or older age groups.
The performance tennis competitions calendar is split into different age ranges to provide a breakdown of all tennis tournaments taking place throughout the year.
For Junior players aged 10 years and under we want to increase the number of appropriate competitions for this age group to support overall development and build their competitive experience.
However, we are mindful of the need to keep activities fun and inclusive alongside appropriate levels of competition.
We will continue to deliver a new 9U National Tour Circuit, and 10U National Tour Circuit.
Our goal is for regular opportunities throughout the year for the best players to come together and enjoy a high volume of competitive matches.
For junior players between the ages of 10 and 14 we want to increase the number and quality of competitions to provide them with more opportunities to play the best opponents at national and international level more regularly. We also want players to gain as much experience as possible against different opponents on all surfaces.
So, in 2019 we only staged 5 Tennis Europe 14U and 12U events, we now run more than double including some tournaments of a higher category including the Flagship Category 1 events at Bolton and on the grass at Roehampton. This gives British players the opportunity to experience international competition on home soil, whilst benefitting from lower travel costs.
We run four flagship Grade 1 events on each of grass, clay, hard and indoor hard at 11U, 12U and 14U age categories. Our national events have expanded draw sizes to allow for a larger player field, as well as increasing the number of guaranteed matches per player per event.
In 2022 we introduced national level competition for the 11U age group including a new 11U National Championship, as well as wildcard playoff events into the 12U TE events, to provide young players with early international competition experience.
We have also re-establishing our mixed gender invitational 11U International Team Event, which will include some of the strongest European nations and takes place every summer at Queenswood School.
For Junior players over the age of 14 our intention is to enhance the quality of both international and national competition.
Since 2019 we have more than doubled the number of 18U junior ITF events, as we move to at least 20 female and male 18U events next year as well as adding more events of a higher category. Our flagship event is the Junior International at Roehampton which is the build up event to the Junior Wimbledon Championship.
As this is a key stage in a player’s development, our aim is to wherever possible reward success and provide opportunities for players to play up at higher levels in order to improve their game. So, there will continue to be earned progression and wildcard opportunities for players who win competitions. This will include continuing the arrangement with the AELTC to grant wildcards into The Championships qualifying and junior events in 2023 for the winners and runners-up at the 18U/16U National Championships.
We will also continue to offer junior feed up opportunities through the allocation of wild cards into LTA British Tour events to provide opportunities for juniors to play up in adult national level competition, further supporting their game development.
Our goal has been to support British players with more opportunities to earn international ranking points on home soil, as well as providing more match play and prize money earning opportunities.
So, we are doubling the number of Pro Level International ITF World Tennis Tour events staged in Great Britain for both men and women compared to 2019. This is in addition to the grass court season playing opportunities already in place. We want to provide more opportunities for players to compete more regularly at a higher level and make progressive ranking gains at the early stages of their career.
Alongside this we are also enhancing our own LTA British Tour and working with partners such as the UK Pro League and the Progress Tour to offer more domestic prize money opportunities throughout the year.
This means that in 2023 there will be over 40 weeks of either international ranking point or prize money earning opportunities in Great Britain. Across these events we will be introducing progression through wild card feed ups into higher level competitions and retaining the LTA Tournament Bonus Scheme in addition to prize money earned.
So, through this mix of international ranking point and prize money competitions we want to help, support and encourage a larger player base in this country - as more British players take advantage of the events we are staging, as well as benefiting from lower travel costs and home advantage more often.
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