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ITF Junior Rules

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) oversees a circuit of junior tournaments which take place in over 118 countries each year. These events are a series of 18 & under junior events. Players are not eligible to participate in any ITF Junior Tournament until they have reached their thirteenth (13) birthday. ITF events use Year of birth eligibility as opposed to month of birth eligibility. Therefore a player turning 19 in December would be unable to play any ITF the year he/she is turning 19.

Overview

Prior to entering, all players must register for an International Player Identification Number (IPIN) membership. This alpha numeric identification number is a prerequisite to entering an ITF junior event anywhere in the world.

Since the ITF is closed on the weekends and it usually takes 1-3 days to get an IPIN, it is recommended not to wait until the last minute to get an IPIN.  All players, including onsite alternates need an IPIN so if you show up without one you will be unable to sign-in.

Tournaments on the ITF Junior Circuit are graded according to the strength of entry, with the most ranking points being awarded for the eight major championships (Group A), which include the four Grand Slam events.

Players will need an ITF Junior World Ranking toget into the Main Draw of Group A, 1, 2, and 3 events, but even entry into Group 4 and 5 events is likely to be based on players' ITF rankings.

ITF Tournament Levels

Tournaments are divided into the following grades:

  • Group A (Super Series, including four Grand Slams)
  • Group B (Regional Championships)
  • Group C (International Team Competitions)
  • (Groups 1-5) Level 1 events are the strongest and level 5 are the weakest events in this group
ITF Junior World Ranking points are available at all tournaments. In order to get a ranking a player must reach a round where points are available. The number of points available in each round will vary depending on the grading of the tournament and the round reached.
 
Grade A events offer the most ranking points, these include Junior Grand Slams which also offer bonus points to the winners. Grade 5 events offer the least ranking points and should be used as an introduction to the ITF Junior Circuit.

ITF Entry Regulations

Players are selected into the Qualifying draw based on the official order of acceptance as written in the current ITF Junior Circuit Regulations. Currently the system of merit is as follows*:

Boys
  1. ITF Junior Ranking
  2. ATP Ranking of 550 or better-Main Draw Acceptance
  3. ATP Ranking of 750 to 551-Qualifying Acceptance
  4. All Non Ranked ITF players will be handled as follows:
    •   50% from players on the USTA Top 200 National Ranking (If event is held in the USA)
    •   Players from the Region (North America)
    •   Players from the Zone (The Americas )
  5. No ITF ranking-Ordered Randomly (Not by USTA National Ranking )
Girls
  1. ITF Junior Ranking
  2. ATP Ranking of 350 or better-Main Draw Acceptance
  3. ATP Ranking of 500 to 351-Qualifying Acceptance
  4. All Non Ranked ITF players will be handled as follows:
    •   50% from players on the USTA Top 200 National Ranking (If event is held in the USA)
    •   Players from the Region (North America)
    •   Players from the Zone (The Americas )
  5. No ITF ranking-Ordered Randomly (Not by USTA National Ranking )
*Please note that the ITF Easter Bowl is a closed ITF event and thus has a different selection procedure.

ITF Rankings Regulations

In 2004 the ITF introduced the Combined Junior Ranking (CJR), replacing the Singles and Doubles Ranking. Currently, the CJR is the sole junior ranking published by the ITF and aims to encourage the doubles game at junior level and subsequently at professional level.

A player's ranking will be calculated using the best six singles results plus one quarter (25%) of the best six doubles results.
 
For example:
 
Player X's best six singles results = 950
Player X's best six doubles results = 880
One quarter of 880 = 220
950 + 220 = 1170 = Combined Ranking points total
 
Points are counted on a 52-week rollover system.

Ranking Points (Tournament & Regional Championships)

Singles
Placement & Points
A
1
2
3
4
5
B1
B2
B3
Winner
250
150
100
60
40
30
180
120
80
Runner-up
180
100
75
45
30
20
120
80
50
Semi-Finalists
120
80
50
30
20
15
80
60
30
Quarter-Finalists
80
60
30
20
15
10
60
40
15
Losers in last 16
50
30
20
15
10
5
30
25
5
Losers in last 32
30
20
-
-
-
-
20
10
-
     
Doubles (Each Player)
 
Placement & Points
A
1
2
3
4
5
B1
B2
B3
Winners
180
100
75
50
30
20
120
80
50
Runners-up
120
75
50
30
20
15
80
60
30
Semi-Finalists
80
50
30
20
15
10
60
40
15
Quarter-Finalists
50
30
20
15
10
5
30
25
5
Losers in last 16
30
20
-
-
-
-
20
10
-
 
Grade A Super Series Bonus Points
 
Placement & Points
Singles
Doubles
Winning 3+ Grade A Events
250
180
 
Grand Slam Bonus Points
 
Placement & Points
Singles
Doubles
Winner
250
180
  • Qualifiers losing in the first round of the main draw of a Grand Slam will receive 25 ranking points
  • Players losing in the final round of qualifying of a Grand Slam will receive 20 ranking points
Grade C Team Competitions - Regional Qualifying
 
 
No. 1 Singles
No. 2 Singles
Doubles Win
 
Player Win
Player Win
Each Player
Final
80
60
60
Semi-Final
60
40
40
Quarter-Final
40
20
20

General Information

General Information

  • Always check the Fact Sheet. The Fact Sheet will provide you all the information about the event.
  • Qualifying sign-in is usually at 6 pm on Friday and Main Draw sign-in usually closes at 6pm on Sunday. Please note 6:01 pm is past the deadline and a player will not be permitted to sign-in. However the deadline day and times can be different at some events, so always check the fact sheet.
  • All players accepted into the Main Draw of singles are guaranteed into the doubles event as long as they play with another main draw players (except that wild cards are treated differently). Please check the ITF Jr Rules and Regulations. Players must sign-in for doubles on site during main draw registration. Doubles sign-in closes at 12:00 pm on the first day on main draw singles. (Again always check the fact sheet for variations).
  • Players who are watching the acceptance list should do so knowing that wild cards are not updated on the ITF list. Thus players on the qualifying list could have moved into the main draw.
  • Also you should check the acceptance list and if there are only 46 players in the main draw (for a 64 draw) than that means that two spots are left for SE’s. Thus players who are the top two alternates are guaranteed into the main draw.
  • A Special Exempt is a spot provided in the main draw to a player in an ITF Junior event the week before the current event because they are still playing in the main draw of the event the week before. However the event must be the same grade or 1 level above or below. So if I’m playing in the finals of a level 4 event and I’m in the qualifying the next week of a level 1 or 2 then I can’t receive a special exempt.

Match schedule

ITF events are designed to prepare players for the procedures used at entry level professional events. Therefore schedules for most ITF events in the USA use a "followed by" match schedule. Because draws for ITF events use ITF software the match schedule is not easily posted on the website. So check with the tournament information provided on where to obtain match times, because Tennislink is usually not the location for match times. Make sure to ask where you find the schedule during registration.

Rules of Tennis

Please note that some of the rules used by the ITF are different from the USTA rules. Here are a few examples. 

 There is a Code Violation-Warning in ITF events.

  • All singles matches are 2 out of three sets (unless weather causes disruption and any changes of scoring must be approved by the USTA Jr Comp Department and ITF) – So normally no 10-point tiebreakers for the third set.
  • All doubles is two our of 3 sets with a 10 point tiebreaker played in lieu of a 3rd set with no-ad scoring.
  • There are no back draws at ITF events
  • There is no break between 2nd and 3rd sets, so no coaching is allowed.

Withdrawal Information

The withdrawal deadline for all ITFs is 2 weeks prior to the Monday at 14:00 GMT (which typically is 6 am Pacific and 9 am Eastern) that the main draw begins. Players should withdrawal by logging into their IPIN account. Each player is allowed 3 withdrawals without penalty after the deadline. However it is important that you never No Show at an event. So players should always withdrawal even as an alternate if they know they are not planning to attend an event. This will also allow other players to plan to take a chance to sign-in.

In addition to the withdrawal deadline there is a freeze deadline which occurs at 14:00 GMT on the Wednesday proceeding the tournament week. All withdrawals made after this point must be made using the official withdrawal form and sent to the ITF and Referee before the close of sign-in. The published acceptance lists is not update with any of the withdrawals. This transpires because the Referee takes over managing the withdrawals. Any player who withdraws from a tournament Main Draw or Qualifying Draw after the close of Qualifying sign-in without using the official withdrawal form, sent to the ITF and the ITF Tournament Referee, will receive a No Show penalty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more answers to your questions by clicking the FAQ Document.

 

 Still searching for answers? For additional information, feel free to consult the ITF Junior Competition homepage.

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