USTA Junior Tournaments: Earn your Ranking
When you’re ready to play in ranked competitive tennis, USTA Junior Tournaments are a great way to get out on the court and test your game. You’ll have every opportunity to learn from the best, play against the best – and even make new friends along the way. By participating in USTA Junior Tournaments, you’ll have a better chance to take your game as far as you want – high school, college or even the pros.
USTA Junior Tournaments are offered in a variety of formats, including individual, team, non-elimination and elimination. There are also competitions for wheelchair players. This wide range allows you to compete in a way that makes you feel comfortable, suits your level of play and helps you experience success.
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When Should I Start Playing in USTA Junior Tournaments?
After players have achieved success in USTA Junior Circuit events, they may want to explore USTA Junior Tournaments. We strongly recommend beginning at Level 7 tournaments, an intermediate level competitive tournament that guarantees multiple matches in a short period of time.
USTA Rankings and Nationwide Structure
Seven Levels of Competition
The structure of USTA Junior Tournaments utilizes seven levels of events, ranging from Level 7 (Intermediate) to Level 1 (National Championships) and a universal ranking system that distributes points consistently across the country. For intermediate players who are ready to earn ranking points, you can start by playing in Level 7 and Level 6 events which offer low cost of entry.
How Do I Know When I Am Ready to Move to the Next Level?
There are different philosophies for advancing through competition, but one universal principle is that a player should only advance to the next level if they are consistently winning more matches than they are losing.
RESOURCES FOR USTA JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
- Comparing the Ranked Event Levels (PDF)
- Adjustments and Focus Areas for 2023
- A Research-Backed Tournament Pathway (PDF)
- 2023 Junior Tournament Regulations (PDF) (as of Jan. 1, 2023)
- 2023 USTA Junior Tournaments Point Tables
- 2023 USTA Junior Tournaments Ranking System (PDF)
- Bonus Points
For additional information and resources, including the National junior competitive structure, seedings and National entry criteria, visit our Resources and Tools page.
For questions, please contact JuniorTournaments@usta.com.