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Aegon British Tour

Introduction to the Aegon British Tour 2016

The Aegon British Tour provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit. The tournaments are grade 1 (premier & tier 1) & grade 2 (tier 2) and therefore primarily aimed at performance players with a rating of 4.2 or better, although any rating may enter.

Who can play the Aegon British Tour?

The tournaments are open age group category with a mixture of adults and juniors competing. The tournaments are grade 1 (Premier & Tier 1) & grade 2 (Tier 2) and therefore primarily aimed at performance players with a rating of 4.2 or better, although any rating may enter. 

Format

Both men’s and women’s singles events are run at each tournament. Most tournaments start on a Monday. Qualifying draws feed through to the main draw which usually commence on the Wednesday with the Finals normally scheduled on the Saturday. Matches are scheduled during the daytime.

2016 will see a small number of 3 day Aegon British Tour events introduced with a Thursday-Saturday, Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday (May Day Bank holiday) format. These will have one men’s and one women’s draw, each with a typical draw size of 28, playing a match tie-break as the final set.

For any Aegon British Tour event, please check Tournament Schedule, or with the event referee for exact days and dates, as these may vary.

Some of the tournaments are solely an Aegon British Tour competition with Men’s and Women’s Singles. However, some of the tournaments in the summer (e.g. Ilkley, Newcastle, & Sutton) are part of a larger tournament, which also offer other events (this will be viewable when entering the competition online).

Order of acceptances is based on ATP/WTA singles ranking, followed by LTA rating at the entry deadline.

(Open ranking will be used to determine the order of players with the same rating). Seeding in all draws is based on ATP/WTA singles ranking, followed by LTA rating (and then Open ranking) at the time of making the qualifying draw (7 day rank). Wherever feasible (after ATP/WTA singles ranking), each draw is composed of players in ratings groups.

Once qualifying draws have been published, only in exceptional circumstances, will any players be moved from a pre-qualifying draw to qualifying draw, or qualifying draw to main draw.

 

Main Draw

Qualifying/Pre-qualifying

Draw size

Max 32

Varies based on number of entries and number of courts

Direct Acceptances

Max 28

-

Qualifiers

Varies

-

 

All draw sizes will vary according to the number of entries, rating of entries, and number of courts available.

The 3 day format will just have a main draw.

New for 2016

In 2016 there will be a small number of pilot 3 day events. These will simply operate a men’s main draw, and women’s main draw, typically with 28 players in each draw (may vary). Matches will be played as best of 3 sets, with a match tie-break as a 3rd set. Match schedule – day 1 first round; day 2 last 16 & quarter-final; day 3 semi-final & final. Refer to tournament information specific for that event.

Wild cards

1-4 wild cards per main draw may be awarded at the discretion of the Tournament Director providing the wild card applicant is within the main draw acceptance cut-off for that tournament. In certain circumstances and if there are spaces in the main draw, this number may be increased at the discretion of the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director. A wild card may be awarded to a player who has not entered the tournament. A wild card may also be awarded into the relevant Qualifying or Pre-Qualifying draw, to a non-entered player of the relevant rating, in a situation where all the originally entered players have moved into the event. In both the above instances a Wild Card may be seeded.

For wild card requests please contact the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director, by Friday (midday) before the event for Main Draw, and by the withdrawal deadline for Qualifying or Pre-Qualifying.

Wild cards will normally be allocated in order of ATP/WTA world ranking, followed by LTA rating (LTA Open ranking will be used to determine the order of players with the same rating).

Aegon GB Pro-Series / Pro events

The following rules apply when there is an Aegon GB Pro-Series/ ITF Pro-Circuit, ATP/WTA Tour and an Aegon British Tour in the same week:

  • If a player is in the main draw of a Pro event (Aegon GB Pro-Series/ITF Pro/ATP/WTA) singles or doubles they cannot compete in an Aegon British Tour in the same week.
  • If a player is in the qualifying of a Pro event (Aegon GB Pro-Series/ITF Pro/ATP/WTA) they may also compete in an Aegon British Tour in the same week – if a player qualifies for the main draw of the Pro event then they must withdraw (free from penalty) from the Aegon British Tour. At ATP / WTA events a player losing in Qualifying still needs to be ‘released’ by the ATP / WTA Supervisor.
  • A player must have lost in the qualifying of a Pro event, before playing their first match in the Aegon British Tour.

It is the player’s responsibility to contact the relevant Aegon British Tour event.

Scoring

All singles matches are the best of 3 tie break sets (unless otherwise stated). A small number of finals will be appointed a chair umpire to officiate the match. A referee will be on-site for the duration of all tournaments. 

Leaderboard

A leader board will operate for Aegon British Tour tournaments. The points allocated to each tournament follow the Aegon British Tennis rankings point’s distribution for grade 1 & 2 tournaments, with enhanced leader board points for a player reaching the last four of a Premier Tier. Only main draw points count towards the leader board (see below). Points gained from ALL Aegon British Tour events played count towards the Leader Board. This breakdown is as follows:

 

Premier Tier (grade 1)

Tier 1

(grade 1)

Tier 2

(grade 2)

Winner

6000

4000

3000

Runner-up

4500

3000

2260

Losing semi-finalist

3300

2200

1660

Losing quarter-finalist

1600

1600

1200

Losers of the last 16

1200

1200

900

Losers of the last 32

1

1

1

 

Points allocated for leader board positions will fall in line with the LTA ranking’s points for grade 1 & 2 events. Player’s reaching the last 4 of a Premier Tier event, receive 1.5 the number of points of a grade 1 event.

Points are assigned to the losers of the round indicated above. A player needs to have played and won a match to receive points allocated for losers of last 16, and beyond.

See Aegon British Tour Masters information, for how players qualify for the year end Masters.

Prize Money

Equal prize money is available in men’s and women’s main draws.

By entering an Aegon British Tour event, a player is expected to be available to compete in each part of the event which they progress to. If a player is unable to start a match or withdraws from a match (including due to a prior commitment), the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director may decide to withhold all or part of any prize (including any prize money) won by the player. Where the Aegon British Tour Tournament Director decides to withhold any prize pursuant to this paragraph, they will notify the player as soon as practicable. The player may appeal against the Tournament Director’s decision by providing written notice of the appeal, with details of the evidence that will be provided in support of the appeal, to the LTA Disciplinary Officer (ltadiscipline@lta.org.uk) within 72 hours of receipt of the notification of the decision to withhold all or part of the prize.

In addition, where a club has increased the prize money, the club and tournament may withhold all or part of this additional sum.

The Prize money break down for 2016 is as follows:

 

Premier Tier

Tier 1

Tier 2

Winner

£1,000

£600

£200

Runner-up

£600

£350

£100

Losing semi-finalist

£300

£175

£50

Losing quarter-finalist

£150

£75

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Feed Up to Aegon GB Pro-Series

Wild cards to Aegon GB Pro-Series tournaments will be available to British players (within a 12 month period) as follows.

(Men & Women):

  • Winner of ABT Premier or Tier 1  events will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k)  - to be determined by the Men’s or Women’s Tennis Team
  • Winner of ABT Tier 2 will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw of a men’s Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k)  - to be determined by the Men’s or Women’s Tennis Team
  • If a player wins 3 ABT Tier 2 events during 2016 they will receive a wild card into the main draw of an Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament ($10k) - to be determined by the Men’s or Women’s Tennis Team

Player’s need to make a timely request to the appropriate person in the LTA Men’s or Women’s Team. Which event the wild card is awarded, is at the discretion of the LTA Men’s or Women’s Team.

LTA Wimbledon wild card play offs (16-17 June 2016)

1. Felixstowe (Premier Tier) 22-27 May, the winner of the Men’s & Women’s events will receive a wild card into the LTA Wimbledon Wild Card Play Offs. If the winner does not require a Wild Card, this will be offered to the runner-up. If the runner-up does not require a wild card then the wild card will be released.

2. A wild card slot will also be allocated to the player at the top of the Aegon British Tour leader board after Felixstowe (22-27 May). If not required by the player at the top this will be offered to the second placed player, and then down to the 3rd placed player only. If the wild card is not taken up then it will be released.

Bonus Pool Winner

In 2016, the male and female players who finish top of the Leader board, after the Aegon British Tour tournaments staged during 2016 (excluding the Masters), will receive a Bonus Pool payment of £500.00.  Where there are two or more players at the top of the Leader board on the same number of points, the £500.00 Bonus Pool payment will be equally shared.

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