With a number of developed tennis nations found in Western Europe the Development Programme aims to help those nations who cannot compete on such a stage to gain vital experience and build the game across the continent. Two events have previously been held annually to help with this aim comprising 14 & Under and 12 & Under Championships. From 2013 these events will be replaced by a 13 & Under Development Championship held in Turkey.

European 14 & Under Development Championships

2011 European 14 & Under Development Championships Opening Ceremony
The European 14 & Under Development Championships are a chance for some of the emerging European tennis nations to train with and compete against each other. A short training camp is generally followed by a pair of tournaments. A number of today’s top professionals, including Victoria Azarenka and Marcos Baghdatis have benefitted from playing the event in the past.

In 2012 the event was held in Antalya, Turkey attracting players from 18 different countries. Ukrainian players dominated the event with Denys Klok scoring victories in both of the boys' draws beating compatriot Vladyslav Chumak on both occasions before pairing together to take both doubles events.

In the girls events Natalya Malenko of Ukraine proved to be the star, beating top seed and countrywoman Anastasiya Klymenko in the final of both tournaments. The Ukrainian girls then also teamed up to win the first week’s doubles event.

A report from last year's event can be found here.

European 12 & Under Development Championships

2012 European 14 & Under Development Championships medal winners
The European 12 & Under Development Championships can often act as a first taste of regional competition for many of the players competing. The Championships are a week-long event run in conjunction with Tennis Europe and are followed the week after by the Tennis Europe 12 & Under tournament joining the very best young players from across Europe.

The 2012 European 12 & Under Development Championships were held in Rakovnik, Czech Republic for the second consecutive year. Slavco Temelkovski of Macedonia lifted the boys’ title after winning all his matches, dropping only one set, whilst his compatriot Marija Elenova came out on top in the girls’ singles. A total of ten countries attended the event including nations such as Azerbaijan and Moldova who are making rapid progress in developing youth players.

A report from last year's event can be found here.


Follow the links below to find out more about the circuits running in the regions:

> Overview

> Africa

> Americas

> Asia

> Europe

> Pacific Oceania


12-23 March: European 13 & Under Championships, Turkey

11-26 May: ITF/Tennis Europe 12 & Under Competition Project, Lithuania and Estonia