Junior Winter Competition | Tennis in Britain

Junior winter competition

Winter junior competition provides competitive opportunities nationwide for juniors at all levels from local, county, regional through to national level and run from 1st September to 31st March.

Winter county tour

The winter county tour comprises both grade 4 and 5 competition for juniors from 8U through to 18U age groups. Players will ranking points towards their ranking and for 9U and 10U players these ranking points will count towards the winter county tour leaderboard.

For the 2016 Winter Season (September 2016 – March 2017) 10U to 18U age group events in the winter county tour will using the FAST4 scoring format whilst 9U will use the best of 3 tiebreaks to 7 points or one match tiebreak to ten points.

Enter a winter county tour competition.

What is FAST4?

FAST4 Tennis provides a simple, exciting way of speeding up a conventional tennis match. The fundamentals of tennis remain the same, but there are four innovative rules that ensure matches are fast, competitive, exciting and can be completed in a reasonable period of time.

In summary the rules of FAST4 are:

  • First to 4 games wins.
  • Tiebreak at 3 games all.
  • No Ad scoring.
  • Play lets.

Find out more about FAST4 Tennis.

Why FAST4 Tennis?

Having listened to players and parents we have adopted this format to:

  • Reduce time – we accept parents lives are busy and you want quicker matches. FAST4 matches take around 45 minutes.
  • Play more matches – with the introduction of FAST4 scoring format players can now play up to 4 matches in one day
  • Accept more players – in oversubscribed areas of the country organisers will be able to accept 16 players (subject to court bookings) reducing the number of entries turned away.

Rules and regulations

In relation to LTA Staged Winter Competitions (ie. National Tour, weekend Winter Regional Tour, and weekend Winter County Tour tournaments) a player can enter only one competition at each grade in the same age group taking place on the same weekend.

Read the full competition rules and reglations.

Winter linking tournaments - 2016-2017

9U Boys 12U Boys & Girls 
9U Girls 14U Boys & Girls
10U Boys 16U Boys & Girls
10U Girls 18U Boys & Girls

Winter county tour information pack

Download the winter county tour information pack.

Winter Regional Tour

The Winter Regional Tour (WRT) is a series of Grade 3 competitions, staged by the LTA, which provide regional level competition on indoor courts from October 2016 to March 2017 for the 9U – 18U age groups.

The aim of the WRT circuit is to provide aspirational junior players with an opportunity to:

  • Develop their skills – putting their coaching/practice into match play
  • Compete against a variety of players
  • Earn a link space from a County Tour competition
  • Earn a link space to the National Tour competition
  • Improve their ranking

The Tour offers the players:

  • Guaranteed indoor matches
  • Experienced & accredited officials
  • Friendly & comfortable venues

Enter a Winter Regional Tour competition

 

Tournament Timeline

Action Timeline
Tournament opens for online entries 46 days before the tournament date
Closing deadline for entries 10am Tuesday, two weeks before the tournament
Withdrawal deadline 10am Monday, one week before the tournament
Draw published By 10pm Wednesday, before the tournament date
Results uploaded to player’s profile Friday after completion of the tournament


LTA Staged Rule

In relation to LTA Staged winter competitions (ie. National Tour, weekend Winter Regional Tour, and weekend Winter County Tour tournaments) a player can enter only one competition at each grade in the same age group taking place on the same weekend – see Regulations on Overlapping Competitions

 

Download the Winter Regional Tour information pack


2016-17 Winter Calendars

9U winter regional tour - boys

9U winter regional tour - girls

10U winter regional tour - boys

10U winter regional tour - girls

12U winter regional tour

14U winter regional tour

16U winter regional tour

18U winter regional tour

Winter National Tour

The Winter National Tour (WNT) is a series of Grade 2 tournaments, staged by the LTA, which provide national level indoor competition for the 10U – 18U age groups from October 2016 to March 2017.

The end of the Tour culminates in the Nike Winter National Tour Finals for the best players in the Tour, from each age group, to determine the Champion.

The aim of the WNT circuit is to bring together the stronger aspirational payers providing them with an opportunity to:

  • Test & develop their skills against other strong players
  • Earn a link space from a Regional Tour event to the National Tour event
  • Earn bigger ranking points

For the 10U & 12U age groups there are three tournaments in the Tour. For the 14U – 18U age groups there are two tournaments in the Tour. There are no longer any 9U Winter National Tour competitions.

The Tour offers the players:

  • Guaranteed indoor matches
  • Experienced & accredited officials
  • Friendly & comfortable venues

Enter a Winter National Tour competition

Tournament Timeline

Action Timeline
Tournament opens for online entries 46 days before the tournament date
Closing deadline for entries 10am Tuesday, two weeks before the tournament
Withdrawal deadline Various – please check relevant tournament details
Draw published By 10pm, two days before the tournament date
Results uploaded to player’s profile Friday after completion of the tournament

LTA Staged Rule

In relation to LTA Staged winter competitions (ie. National Tour, weekend Winter Regional Tour, and weekend Winter County Tour tournaments) a player can enter only one competition at each grade in the same age group taking place on the same weekend – see Regulations on Overlapping Competitions

Download the Winter National Tour information pack

View the Winter National Tour calendar

Nike Winter Tour National Finals 2016-17

The Nike Winter National Tour finals bring together the most successful players, according to the positions of the Winter National Tour leaderboard, to determine the champions in each age group at the end of the season. Players will have accumulated leaderboard points from each Winter National Tour event (Grade 2) which will feed into the leaderboard for each age group.

Roll of Honour 2016 – 2017 Nike Winter National Tour Finals

Age Group & Event

Singles Champion

Play County

18&U Boys Singles

Hamish Stewart

West of Scotland

18&U Girls Singles

Bronte Murgett

Yorkshire

16&U Boys Singles

Kai Maxted

Sussex

16&U Girls Singles

Alessandra Ruggieri

Surrey

14&U Boys Singles

Toby Samuel

Dorset

14&U Girls Singles

Caitlin Ward

Yorkshire

12&U Boys Singles

William Jansen

Middlesex

12&U Girls Singles

Kristina Paskauskas

Dorset

10&U Boys Singles

Kai-Luca Ampaw

Surrey

10&U Girls Singles

Vlada Kozak

Lancashire

Congratulations to all players who reached the Nike Winter National Tour Finals!

The National Tennis Centre was busy most weekends in February and March with each age group Nike Winter National Tour Finals being completed in a competitive spirit.

The 16 players from each age group were invited due to their top positions in the WNT Leaderboard.  Each final in this Grade 1 competition was umpired by British Tennis Officials, including the 10U event.

The players showed off their skill and determination in their attempt to be crowned champion whilst the 10U boys and girls displayed such good technique and understanding of the game that their transition to yellow ball will undoubtedly be successful.

Congratulations to our newly crowned champions!

Download the Nike Winter National Tour finals information pack

Nike Junior Internationals

Nike Junior Internationals are tournaments held in Great Britain that are part of the ITF junior circuit or the Tennis Europe junior tour. The ITF junior circuit caters for juniors in the 18U age group, whereas the Tennis Europe Junior Tour caters for players in the 16U, 14U and 12U age groups.

View the Nike Junior Internationals calendar