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Please find below useful information for those players wishing to start playing on the Junior Circuit. To the right of this page you will also find a series of links to a selection of organisations that you may find helpful in gaining more information of junior tennis in your region.  More information can be found on our FAQ page by clicking here.

Tournament Grades

The ITF Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments for players aged 18 & Under, aimed at improving competitive opportunities and helping to develop a player’s skills.

The 2018 Circuit is open to players born between 1st January 2000 and 31 December 2005. Over 500 tournaments will be held in approximately 138 countries throughout the year.

There are six levels of tournament on the ITF Junior Circuit: At the top end are Grade A (Super Series) tournaments, which include the four Grand Slams events, followed by Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, where Grade 5 is the lowest grade.

Tournaments are graded according to the strength of entry, with the most ranking points being awarded at Grade A events and the fewest points at Grade 5 tournaments. Grades are listed with tournament details on the ITF Junior Circuit Calendar.

An ITF Junior World Ranking will almost certainly be necessary to be accepted into Grade A, 1, 2, and 3 tournaments. Entry into Grade 4 and 5 tournaments is likely to be based on players ITF Junior World Rankings to an extent, but with more opportunity for unranked players to be accepted.

Results from these tournaments are fed into the ITF database in order to produce the Combined Junior World Rankings. Rollover rankings, which are updated on a weekly basis and published on a Monday, are based on a player's best six singles results plus one quarter of the best six doubles results over the previous 12 months.

Information given in the ITF Junior Circuit Calendar may be subject to alteration during the year. Players must therefore ensure that they carefully study the tournament fact sheet to see if there have been any alterations to detail.

In particular it is recommended that the hospitality provision for players and coaches, and the closing date for entries are checked as ITF information is prepared some time in advance of the scheduled start date for most tournaments.

Entering Tournaments

For information on how to enter ITF Junior Circuit tournaments please go to the Tournament Entry/Withdrawal page.

Tournament Regions and Zones

The ITF Junior Circuit hosts tournaments in three zones: Asia/Oceania, Euro/Africa, The Americas.

These zones are then further divided into the following regions: Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and North America.

The ITF strongly recommends that players who have no rankings points, or those who have a low ITF Junior World Ranking, begin by playing only tournaments within their own region. For purposes of acceptance into tournaments, unranked players from the host nation will be given priority, followed by all remaining players from within the region where the tournament is taking place. Players from a different region but within the same zone will be accepted next, followed by players from outside the zone.

For more information on acceptance criteria please refer to the ITF Junior Circuit Regulations.


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