What is it?
The ITF Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments for players aged 18 and under. The circuit’s aim is to improve competitive opportunities and help develop players’ skills. ITF Junior World Ranking points earned by Australian’s are converted each month and calculated for their Australian Ranking.
Who can enter?
The 2016 circuit is open to players born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2003, however, athletes must have turned 13 years of age before the start of the tournament to be eligible to enter. Over 300 tournaments will be held in approximately 115 countries throughout the year.
Online entries will be launched for all tournaments on the 2016 ITF Junior Circuit calendar, allowing players to enter tournaments online using the IPIN Online Service. This will require all players to have an active IPIN Membership.
Enter an event
Entries are now open for ITF Junior events. While Tennis Australia operates the event, all entries must be done through the IPIN system online directly with the ITF. Tennis Australia does not process or accept entries directly for ITF Junior events.
Within the IPIN system, players will be able to:
- Enter and withdraw from tournaments online
- Manage their tournament schedule via the IPIN Online Service
- View up to date entry and acceptance lists
Additional entry information
- Entries for all ITF Junior tournaments (Grade 1–5) will close at 2:00 pm GMT on the Tuesday 27 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week.
- Entries for all Grade A events will close at 2:00pm GMT on the Tuesday either 27, 34 or 41 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week.
- Entries for all events should open a minimum of six weeks before the entry deadline.
- The withdrawal deadline for all ITF Junior tournaments will be 2:00pm GMT 13 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week.
- Players will be able to withdraw without penalty until that time.
- The Freeze deadline for all ITF Junior Circuit tournaments will be 2:00pm GMT on the Wednesday, five days prior to the Monday of the tournament week. From that time players who are on the qualifying list will no longer move into the main draw and players who are alternates will no longer move into qualifying. Vacancies onsite will be filled by signed in alternates (qualifying) and lucky losers (for main draw).
- Under this new system the players have all of the responsibility for entering and withdrawing from events. Since it is the player’s responsibility to enter and withdraw, the players must be much more aware of deadlines so as not to be penalized.
- Refer to the 2016 Junior ITF rules and regulations document for additional information.
If you have any problems entering online through your IPIN account or need to withdraw from an ITF Junior event after the withdrawal deadline, you can download an entry or withdrawal form from the ITF Junior website and fax it to the ITF office in London.
Late withdrawals (before the withdrawal deadline, after the withdrawal deadline and then after the freeze deadline)
A player can withdraw from an ITF Junior event up until the withdrawal deadline (2:00pm GMT 13 days prior to the Monday of the tournament week) without penalty via their IPIN account.
If a player needs to withdraw from an ITF Junior event after the withdrawal deadline, but before the freeze deadline (2:00pm GMT on Wednesday, five days prior to the Monday of the tournament week), they can also do this via their IPIN account or by faxing a withdrawal form to the ITF Junior office in London. A player can withdraw late (i.e. after the withdrawal deadline) twice in a calendar year without penalty.
If a player needs to withdraw from an ITF Junior event after the freeze deadline, they will not be able to do this via their IPIN account. The only way to withdraw from an ITF Junior event after the freeze deadline is by sending a withdrawal form by fax to the tournament site as well as faxing it to the ITF Junior office in London. Sending by email is not acceptable.
All documentation for any late withdrawals must be submitted to the tournament and the ITF Junior office by the close of qualifying sign-in. Players that withdraw or submit the withdrawal documentation after qualifying sign-in has closed will be automatically penalised by the ITF.
The acceptance lists for each ITF Junior event is released onto the ITF Junior website immediately after the entry deadline has passed. The acceptance list places players in order based on the ITF Junior rankings and national rankings thereafter. However, the ITF Junior office only accepts the national rankings of the Top 150 18/u players that do not hold an ITF Junior world ranking. Players outside of this list are drawn into their position on the acceptance list in random order. Please be aware that this specific Australian Rankings list is only accepted by the ITF Junior office four times per year. Because of this, we send the latest Australian Rankings to the ITF Junior office in time for each Australian circuit and not on a monthly basis throughout the year.
For results from ITF Junior tournaments played overseas, go to www.itftennis.com/juniors