ITF Junior Circuit FAQs



General Tournament Information

Please click on the following link for more general information on how to start participating on the ITF Junior Circuit: http://beta.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 ITF Junior Circuit?

A.  The 2013 Circuit is open to players born between 1st January 1995 and 31 December 2000. 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. Firstly, you should be performing at a very high level in national tournaments. Ideally you would have experience of international competition having already participated in tournaments organised by your regional association (for example Tennis Europe) before participating in the ITF Junior Circuit. We recommend you look at 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 you use the Cut Offs document as a guide. This document will tell you what ranking, if any, was required to be accepted into the Qualifying Draw or Main Draw of a tournament in 2012 and previous years. The Cut Offs document is available here: http://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/cut-offs.aspx  in the “Tournaments” section of the website. 

 

Entering Tournaments

Q. Do I need an IPIN?

A. Yes. To play ITF Junior Circuit tournaments players must register for an IPIN. An IPIN costs $35 USD and can be obtained at www.itftennis.com/ipin.

Q. How do I enter tournaments?

A. Through the IPIN Online Service. Login to your IPIN account and select the Enter/Withdraw section to view the calendar, where you will be able to select a tournament and submit an entry online. Your entry will be confirmed via email and your name will appear on the entry list.

Q. Can I enter via fax?

A. Faxed entries are only accepted when a player does not have access to the IPIN account and must be sent to +44 208 392 4735, prior to the entry deadline.

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 must 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 sequence of the entries.

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.

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 or request a Wild Card from the Tournament Director.

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. A tournament I want to enter is not available to enter in IPIN, but other events 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 not be possible until the ITF receives a satisfactory fact sheet.

 

Acceptance Lists

Q. What are the criteria used for acceptance into tournaments?

A. Please refer to Regulation 45 on pages 14-15 in the ITF Junior Circuit Regulations or see the attached PDF at the bottom of the FAQ’s.

Q. What rankings are used for acceptance into tournaments?

A. The rankings 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, for Acceptance purposes only. Each national association can submit four national ranking lists to the ITF per calendar year. These lists consist of 75 boys and girls, all without an ITF Junior ranking. If you have any queries regarding your national ranking please contact your National Association.

Q. When are the Acceptance Lists published?

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

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

A. A player can enter three tournaments in one week and can appear on up to three Acceptance Lists. The Acceptance Lists will update as withdrawals occur. It is the player’s responsibility to know his/her position on the Acceptance List(s) of all entered tournaments.

The player must choose which tournament to play and withdraw from the other tournament(s) entered before the Withdrawal Deadline. It is the player’s responsibility to do this.

Q. What happens at the withdrawal deadline?

A. At the Withdrawal Deadline, if a player is still entered on more than one ITF Junior Acceptance List, IPIN will automatically decide which tournament the player will play, 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. So, if a player is in a Main Draw and Qualifying/Alternate in another, the player will be committed to the tounament where he/she is in Main Draw and automatically withdrawn from all others.

Only when a player is accepted into more than one Main Draw, IPIN will apply the Priority Order the player assigned to each entry.

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 Appendix D, Point 4.C on page 40 of the ITF Junior Circuit Regulations. In some circumstances it is possible to accept a Wild Card into another tournament, if it allows you to move from Qualifying to Main Draw, or if it allows you to play in a higher Grade tournament. Please see the PDF attached at the bottom of the FAQs.

 

Withdrawing from Tournaments

Q. How do I withdraw from tournaments?

A. Before the Freeze Deadline, 14:00 GMT Wednesday before the tournament week, you must withdraw via your IPIN account. Login to your IPIN account and go to the Enter/Withdraw section to submit your withdrawal.

After the Freeze Deadline, 14:00 GMT Wednesday before the tournament week, the IPIN service closes. All withdrawals after the Freeze Deadline must be submitted on an official withdrawal form. A player must send this to the Referee and the ITF office in London via fax.

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 the player. Please note that an email, telephone call to the Referee/Director or a medical certificate, is an unofficial withdrawal and will result in a No Show penalty.

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

A. No. If you are an Alternate at the Freeze Deadline you do 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 a 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.

Q. Will I be penalised for a Late Withdrawal?

A. The first three Late Withdrawals in the calendar year will not be penalised. After a player has used the permitted three Late Withdrawals, the player will receive a penalty for any further Late Withdrawals made that calendar year.

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

A. No, only an official withdrawal form is required.

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. An automatic penalty may apply. However, a player can submit an appeal to the ITF to cancel this penalty. A player must submit to the ITF 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 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.

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

Q. How is my ranking calculated?

A. A ranking consists of a 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 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 ranking frozen?

A. No, rankings cannot be frozen 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://beta.itftennis.com/juniors/organisation/rules-regulations.aspx

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

A. A player that commits an offence (an entry offence or an on-site offence) will receive suspension points. Suspension points are valid for 52 weeks. The player will receive email notification of any suspension points you receive and an appeal period in which to contact the ITF, if an error has been made.

Q. How many suspension points are required before I face a suspension?

A.  If a player receives 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 weeks.

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

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

Q. Do I lose ranking points if I get suspension points?

A. No. Ranking points are separate from suspension points. Suspension points have no impact on a player’s ranking.

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

A. Yes. Each penalty includes an emailed notification with details of an Appeal Deadline. A player can submit an appeal via email to the ITF Juniors dept before the Appeal Deadline.

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

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

 

IPIN

Please refer 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, inside your IPIN account go to the My Profile section and then Security Details.



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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