ITF Junior Circuit FAQs



General Information

Please click on the following link for more general information on how to start participating on the ITF Junior Circuit: http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/start-playing.aspx.

Q. What is the ITF Junior Circuit?

A. A series of international tennis tournaments for successful national standard players. The circuit gives players the opportunity to measure their standard against the best players from other nations and provides experience of international competition as a junior player transitions into a career in professional tennis.

Q. How old do I have to be to compete on the 2014 ITF Junior Circuit?

A. The 2014 ITF Junior Circuit is open to players born between 1st January 1996 and 31 December 2001. Players must have reached their 13th birthday in order to participate in an ITF Junior Circuit tournament. Players are able to enter ITF Junior Circuit events via their IPIN account from the age of 12 years 11 months.

Q. Are there different standards of tournaments?

A. Yes, standard of event is determined by its ‘grade’. Tournament grades range from Grade A, which is the highest category and includes the four Grand Slam junior tournaments, then Grades 1-5, with Grade 5 being the lowest category.

Q. How do I know whether I’m good enough to get into the qualifying draw or main draw of a tournament?

A. A new player should be performing at a very high level in national tournaments. Ideally, the player would have experience of international competition, having already participated in tournaments organised by their regional association (for example Tennis Europe) before participating in the ITF Junior Circuit.

We recommend that a new player considers Grade 4 and 5 tournaments to begin with.

Q. Is there a way of measuring the strength of particular tournaments other than grade?

A. Yes. We recommend that players use the Cut Offs document as a guide. This document explains what ITF Junior World Ranking, if any, was required to be accepted into the Qualifying Draw and Main Draw of a tournament in 2013 and previous years. 

The Cut Offs document is available here: http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/cut-offs.aspx. This can be found in the “Tournaments” section of the ITF Juniors website.

 

IPIN

IPIN is the International Player Identification Number. All players that wish to participate in an ITF tournament must firs register for an IPIN. Registration is available here: www.itftennis.com/ipin.

IPIN is also the method by which the ITF communicates with players and by which players enter and withdraw from ITF tournaments.

We refer you to the IPIN FAQs found inside a player’s IPIN account: https://ipin.itftennis.com/shared/pdfs/IPINFAQ.pdf

Please note you must keep your registered email address up to date as all communication regarding tournament entries, withdrawals and code of conduct are sent to this account. To change your registered email address, or password, login to your IPIN account and go to the ‘My Profile’ section, and then the ‘Security Details’ section.

 

Entering ITF Junior tournaments

Q. Do I need an IPIN?

A. Yes. To play ITF Junior Circuit tournaments a player must first register for an IPIN. IPIN stands for International Player Identification Number. Each player has a unique IPIN number.

An IPIN costs $35 USD per annum and can be obtained at www.itftennis.com/ipin.

Q. How do I enter tournaments?

A. Through the IPIN Online Service. A player can login to their IPIN account and select the Enter/Withdraw tab to view a weekly calendar. The player will be able to select the week of choice and see all tournaments in that week.

To submit an entry, click the “ADD” button next to the tournament of your choice and follow the instructions.

The entry will be confirmed via email and the player’s name will appear on the entry list, which is also visible in IPIN.

The “My Schedule” page inside the IPIN account will also show what tournaments the player has entered.

Q. Is there an alternative method of entering a tournament?

A. If IPIN is unavailable an official ITF Entry Form can be completed, signed and sent to the ITF Juniors Dept. It can be sent via email to juniors@itftennis.com or via fax to +44 208 392 4735. It must be received prior to the Entry Deadline. It remains the player’s responsibility to check that an Entry Form was received.

The Entry Form can be found here: http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/entrieswithdrawals.aspx.

Q. Can I enter more than one tournament a week?

A. A player may enter up to three ITF Junior Circuit tournaments in a tournament week and can assign a priority number to each entry (1,2,3) at the time of entry. If no priority is stated, the ITF will assign a priority based on the timing of the entries. The priority number acts as a reminder of which entry is the player’s preferred, but it does not guarantee acceptance.

Q. Is there an Entry Deadline?

A. Yes. Grade 1 to 5 tournaments have an Entry Deadline of 14:00hrs GMT on Tuesday, 27 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week. Grade A events have a deadline of 14:00 GMT on Tuesday, 27, 34 or 41 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week.

The Entry Deadline of each tournament can be found on the tournament’s fact sheet, published within IPIN and on the ITF Juniors website calendar. A “countdown” clock also exists in the “Enter/Withdraw” tab in IPIN. This explains how much time remains before the tournament’s Entry Deadline.

Q. What happens if I miss the Entry Deadline?

A. Late entries cannot be accepted.

A player is still eligible to sign in for the Qualifying event as an On-Site Alternate. There is no guarantee of acceptance as an On-Site Alternate. A player may also request a Wild Card from the Tournament Director. There is no guarantee of receipt of a Wild Card.

Q. Can I play more than one tournament a week?

A. No, only one tournament per week is permitted. This includes all other tournaments, not just ITF Junior Circuit events.

Q. The tournament I want to enter is not available for entry in IPIN, but other tournaments in the same week are. Why is this?

A. Each tournament must submit a fact sheet to the ITF at least 10 weeks in advance of the tournament start date. If the fact sheet is late, entries via IPIN will be closed until the ITF receives a satisfactory fact sheet.

 

Acceptance Lists

Q. When are the Acceptance Lists published?

A. Acceptance Lists are published inside IPIN and on the ITF Junior Circuit website a few hours after the Entry Deadline (see below).

Q. What are the criteria for acceptance into ITF Junior tournaments?

A. We refer you to Regulation 46 on pages 14-15 in the 2014 ITF Junior Circuit Regulations.

Q. What rankings are used for acceptance into tournaments?

A. The ITF Junior World Rankings and ATP/WTA rankings as at the time of the Entry Deadline. Once an Acceptance List has been published, it will not be updated with subsequent ranking changes.

Q. Is my national ranking considered?

A. Yes, but only if you do not have an ITF Junior World Ranking or ATP/WTA ranking. National rankings will be used to order unranked players from the same nation that enter the tournament.

Each National Association can submit four National Ranking Lists to the ITF per calendar year. These lists consist of 75 boys and 75 girls, all without an ITF Junior World Ranking or ATP/WTA ranking. If you have any queries regarding your eligibility to appear on this list, please contact your National Association.

Q. How many Acceptance Lists for tournaments in the same week can I appear on?

A. A player may enter three tournaments in one week and can appear on up to three Acceptance Lists. The Acceptance Lists will remain open until the Freeze Deadline, 1400GMT on Wednesday five days before the Monday of the tournament week. The lists will update as players withdraw from the tournament.

It is a player’s responsibility to know his/her position on the Acceptance List(s) of all entered tournaments.

If a player enters more than one tournament in the same week, before the Withdrawal Deadline, it is the player’s responsibility to choose which tournament to play and withdraw from the other tournament(s) entered.

 

Withdrawing from ITF Junior tournaments

Q. How do I withdraw?

A. You must withdraw via your IPIN account. Login to your IPIN account and go to the Enter/Withdraw section to submit your withdrawal.

Q. What happens at the Withdrawal Deadline?

A. If a player is still entered in more than one ITF Junior Acceptance List, IPIN will automatically decide which tournament the player will play.

The decision will be based on the player’s status in each Acceptance List (Main Draw acceptance, Qualifying acceptance, Alternate). IPIN prioritises Main Draw acceptance before Qualifying Draw acceptance or Alternate status.

For example, if a player is accepted in Main Draw in one tournament and has Qualifying acceptance or Alternate status at another tournament, IPIN will decide the player must play the tournament where he/she has Main Draw acceptance. IPIN will automatically withdraw the player from all other tournaments.

If a player has equal status in more than one tournament, the Priority Number that the player assigned to each entry will be used to decide which tournament the player will play.

IPIN’s decision cannot be reversed. It is our strong recommendation that a player is proactive and makes this decision themselves, prior to the Withdrawal Deadline.

Q. After the Withdrawal Deadline, can I change tournament?

A. No. Once the Withdrawal Deadline passes, you are committed to one tournament and you cannot change this.

There is one exception to this rule, outlined in Regulation 48. Definitions c) Wild Cards, on page 17 of the ITF Junior Circuit Regulations. In some circumstances it is possible to accept a Wild Card into another tournament, if you move from Qualifying to Main Draw, or if it is for a higher Grade tournament.

Q. What happens if I forget to withdraw, or I do not withdraw via IPIN/Withdrawal Form?

A. A ‘No Show’ penalty will be given to a player accepted in to Main Draw or Qualifying that does not sign-in or officially withdraw.

Please see the Code of Conduct section on page 9 of this document for more information on penalties.

Q. If I’m an Alternate do I need to withdraw?

A. No. An Alternate at the Freeze Deadline is not “accepted” into the Main Draw or Qualifying Draw, so an Alternate does not need to withdraw. It is a player’s responsibility to know his/her position on an Acceptance List.

Q. What is a Late Withdrawal?

A. A Late Withdrawal is any official withdrawal made after the Withdrawal Deadline. The Withdrawal Deadline is at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday, 13 days before the Monday of the tournament week. The player must withdraw via IPIN or the official Withdrawal Form.

Q. Will I be penalised for a Late Withdrawal?

A. The first three Late Withdrawals in the calendar year will not be penalised. All further Late Withdrawals will result in a penalty. The player must always withdraw via IPIN or the official Withdrawal Form.

Q. Do I need to submit a medical form to withdraw from a tournament?

A. No. A player can withdraw online via IPIN or send an official Withdrawal Form.

Q. I have a long term injury and have withdrawn late from a series of tournaments in a row. Will I be penalised for all of these Late Withdrawals?

A. If a player withdraws late from 2 consecutive tournaments, these will be automatically combined to make just one Late Withdrawal.

If a player withdraws late from more than 2 consecutive tournaments, these can also be combined on request. The player must submit medical documentation covering the dates of all tournaments. The ITF will then combine the Late Withdrawals together.

If this is one of the first three Late Withdrawals that calendar year, there is no penalty. If the player has already made three Late Withdrawals, the first Late Withdrawal in the sequence will be penalised.

 

Rankings

 Q. How do I win ITF Junior World Ranking points?

A. A player must play and win at least one round of the Main Draw of an ITF Junior Circuit tournament in order to be eligible for ranking points*. Depending upon the size and Grade of the Main Draw, a player may need to play and win more than one round. A Walkover is not counted as playing and winning a match.

A table of all available ITF Junior World Ranking Points can be found in Regulation 33 of the 2014 ITF Junior Circuit Regulations.

*Grand Slam tournaments award ranking points to Qualifiers that lose in the first round of Main Draw.

Q. How is my ITF Junior World Ranking calculated?

A. The ITF Junior Circuit uses a Combined Rollover Ranking, updated on a weekly basis, with the new rankings published after each new round of tournaments has been completed.

A ranking is determined by the player’s best six singles and six doubles results over a 52 week period. Doubles ranking points are divided by four, for ranking calculation purposes.

Q. When are the rankings published?

A. Every Monday, taking into account the results from the previous week’s tournaments.

Q. What rankings are used for acceptance into tournaments?

A. The ITF Junior World Rankings and ATP/WTA rankings as at the time of the Entry Deadline. Once an Acceptance List has been published, it will not be updated with subsequent ranking changes.

Q. What ranking is used for seeding purposes?

A. The most recent rankings available to the Referee will be used for seeding purposes.

Q. I have a long term injury. Can I have my ITF Junior World Ranking protected?

A. No, rankings are not protected on the ITF Junior Circuit.

  

Code of Conduct

The ITF Junior Circuit Code of Conduct can be found in Appendix D of the regulations: http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/rules-regulations.aspx 

Q. How does the Junior Circuit Code of Conduct work?

A. There are Entry Offences and On-Site Offences. A player that commits an offence will receive a penalty, in the form of Suspension Points.

The player will receive email notification of any suspension points given.

Q. Where can I see my Code of Conduct status?        

A. There is a Code of Conduct page inside each player’s IPIN account.

Q. Can I make an appeal if I believe an error has been made?

A. Yes. A player can submit an appeal via email to the ITF Juniors dept before the Appeal Deadline.

The Appeal Deadline is written in the penalty email notification sent to the player and is also visible on the Code of Conduct page inside the player’s IPIN account.

Q. How many Suspension Points can a player accumulate?

A. If a player accumulates 10 or more Suspension Points in a 52 week period, the player will be suspended from the ITF Junior Circuit for a minimum of four(4) weeks. At the end of the suspension, the 10 Suspension Points will be cancelled.

Q. If I am suspended can I still play on the ITF Professional Circuit?

A. Yes, the suspension applies to ITF Junior Circuit only.

Q. Do I lose ranking points if I get Suspension Points?

A. No. Ranking points are completely different to Suspension Points. We do not deduct Ranking Points as a penalty. However, please note that there are some offences that mean a player is ineligible to receive Ranking Points from the tournament where the offence occurred.

 

How to Contact the ITF Juniors Dept

Our general email addresses are juniors@itftennis.com and ipinjuniors@itftennis.com.

Our general telephone number is +44 208 392 4652

Our general fax number is +44 208 392 4735

Our address is ITF, Bank Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5XZ



EXTERNAL LINKS

Please find below a selection of links that you may find useful for learning about junior tennis in your region:

Tennis Europe

Asian Tennis Federation

Oceania Tennis Federation

Confederación de Tenis de Centroamérica y El Caribe (COTECC)

Confederacion Sudamericana de Tenis

Tennis Canada

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