The ITF assists Regional and National Associations to host tournaments and training camps for the best players from those regions, especially at 12/14 & under level. The aim of the circuits is to increase competitive opportunities for junior players from developing tennis nations.
Increasing the competitive opportunities for junior players from less developed tennis nations is a major priority of the ITF Development Programme. This has now grown into 24 junior tournaments which are supported by the Development Programme providing much needed competition for the best players in 18, 16, 15, 14, 13 and 12 & under age groups across the globe (Central America & Caribbean, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Pacific Oceania). This is accomplished by:
a) Assisting National Associations in arranging a well planned tournament schedule at national level, especially for the 13/14 & under age group.
b) Assisting with the formation and annual staging of international junior tournaments and circuits in these regions. These events then act as a means of identifying talent and of selecting players for ITF junior teams.
c) Helping to increase the number and grading of ITF Junior World Ranking events in these regions. These tournaments provide the opportunity for top juniors to compete internationally and win ITF Junior World Ranking points which lead to a junior international ranking.
Dates for the latest circuits under the Development Programme can be found on the calendar.