ITF Men's Circuit
The ITF Men’s Circuit provides the entry level of Professional Tournaments enabling players to eventually reach the higher level tournaments on the ATP World Tour.
The ITF Men’s Circuit offers 600+ tournaments across 77 countries and incorporates two prize money levels of tournaments known as 'Futures'.
Futures Tournaments are single week tournaments that offer either $10,000 or $15,000 each in prize money. They must be scheduled with a minimum total of $30,000 in prize money, so either three consecutive weeks of $10,000 each in prize money or two consecutive weeks of $15,000 each in prize money.
ITF Women's Circuit
The ITF Women’s Circuit provides entry level tournaments enabling players to eventually reach the WTA Tour.
The ITF Women’s Circuit offers some 500+ tournaments in 65 countries worldwide and currently has six prize money levels: US$10,000, US$15,000, US$25,000, US$50,000, US$75,000 and US$100,000.
Junior Exempt Programme
The ITF Junior Exempt Programme helps to integrate juniors into the ITF Pro Circuit. At the year-end the top ten players on the ITF Junior World Ranking list can select three events* on the ITF Pro Circuit Calendar for the coming year where they will be given a place in the main draw of each event.
* events that can be chosen are determined by each players year-end junior ranking as outlined in Appendix B of the Men's section and Appendix C in the Women's section of the ITF Pro Circuit online rulebook.
A number of positive performances were achieved in the first two years of the project. Of those players eligible in 1997, Amelie Mauresmo, the 1996 ITF Junior World Champion, claimed the title at a $50,000 tournament in Greece, while second placed Mirjana Lucic won a $75,000 event in Croatia.
Samantha Reeves reached the final of a $25,000 tournament in Newport Beach, USA, and Olga Barabanschikova reached the semifinals of a $50,000 tournament in Southampton, Great Britain, before injury halted her progress.
The 1998 participants also acquitted themselves very creditably. Justine Henin travelled to Orlando, USA, defeating all comers to collect the title at a $25,000 tournament. The 1997 ITF Junior World Champion, Cara Black, reached the semifinals of a $75,000 event in Portugal, while Jelena Kostanic also reached the same stage at a $25,000 tournament in Germany.
In 2005, Michaella Krajicek opened the year with a win at her allocated $75,000 tournament in Italy in January. 2005 was a year that saw her rankings rise from 245 to 58 (as at 14 Nov) - a great example of a successful Junior Exempt player who has made a smooth transition from ITF Junior Circuits to ITF Womens Circuits and then onto WTA Tour.
Another notable performance in 2005 came from Viktoria Azarenka who made at least the quarterfinals of all three Junior Exempt tournaments she competed in.
As of April 2012, there have been four ex-Junior Exempt female players who have gone on to achieve a WTA Number One singles ranking and three who have collected ten Grand Slam singles titles between them.
Four ex-Junior Exempt male players managed to break into the ATP Top 100 with one reaching as high as 40 in the singles ranks.
Grand Slam Development Fund
Some ITF Pro Circuit tournaments are aided by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF). This GSDF assists the lesser developed countries which helps the development of tennis in regions that without funding would not be able to be part of the ITF Pro Circuit.
This funding also creates more opportunities for players to play Professional Tennis both internationally and also within their own region.
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