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 September 2017 to March 2018 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 venue

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

2017-18 Winter Calendars

9U winter regional tour - boys

12U winter regional tour

9U winter regional tour - girls

14U winter regional tour

10U winter regional tour - boys 16U winter regional tour
10U winter regional tour - girls 18U winter regional tour

Download the Winter Regional Tour information pack

Enter a Winter Regional Tour Competition

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 2017 to March 2018.

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.

How will players know if they are in the Finals

The relevant players will be notified via email shortly after the last Winter National Tour event and once the final leaderboard is calculated.

Dates, schedule & venue for Nike Winter National Tour Finals 

Age Group

Code

Dates

Withdrawal Deadline*

Venue

18U

SUR17W0873

2 - 4 Feb 2018

10:00am Mon 22 Jan 2018

National Tennis Centre, Roehampton

16U

SUR17W0885

16 – 18  Mar 2018

10:00am Tues 6 Mar 2018

14U

SUR17W0882

9 - 11 Feb 2018

10:00am Mon 29 Jan 2018

12U

SUR17W0886

23 - 25 Mar 2018

10:00am Tues 13 Mar 2018

10U Boys

SUR17W0883

3 – 4 Mar 2018

10:00am Tues 27 Feb 2018

10U Girls

SUR17W0884

10 - 11 Mar 2018

10:00am Tues 6 Mar 2018

Dates, schedule & venue for Nike Winter National Tour Finals 

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