Tournaments are divided into several different categories of events:
The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments provide players with the opportunity to participate in a competitive environment for the first time, whilst still undertaking the key elements of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Program. ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Tournaments will incorporate all elements of the Hot Shots program, using modified courts, lighter racquets and low compression balls.
The Junior Development Series (JDS) is a series of introductory tournaments aimed for beginner to intermediate players aged 11/u – 15/u across our state and regions of Australia. The JDS tournaments do not offer Australian Ranking points and are played in a round-robin format to maintain a development focus.
Optus Junior Tour tournaments (OJT’s) are separated into five levels of events – white (weakest), bronze, silver, gold and platinum (strongest). Across Australia OJT’s are conducted for players (boys and girls) in age groups 16/u, 14/u and 12/u. All OJT’s in these age groups carry Australian Ranking points depending on level of tournament sanctioning. Entry is open to all juniors subject to the rules and regulations governing each tournament.
International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Junior Circuit consists of over 300 tournaments in 115 countries for players aged 18/u. All ITF Junior tournaments are graded according to the strength of entry from Grade A (the Grand Slam juniors), then Grade 1 down to Grade 5. All players require an IPIN to enter ITF Junior tournaments.
National Junior Championships are held in age groups 12/u, 14/u, 16/u and 18/u with limited draw sizes. They are Platinum level tournaments run by Tennis Australia and held throughout the year. Entry into a National Junior Championship event is based on Australian Rankings, whilst some wildcards are also awarded.
Australia Money Tournaments (AMTs) are positioned just below the ITF Open Pro Tour events. There are five levels of AMTs – white (lowest), bronze, silver, gold and platinum (highest). The number of Australian Ranking points and prize money available are based on the level of the tournament.