Tennis Australia would like to inform all players, parents and coaches that the tournament structure of the very popular Junior Tour will be changing as of 1 January 2013. Below is a list of the major changes being implemented across Australia.
Qualifying format now optional for Silver, Bronze and White events
It is optional for Junior Tour tournaments in the Silver, Bronze and White categories to implement the main draw and qualifying formats. These tournaments must choose what main draw and qualifying draw size they wish to operate under when applying for a tournament. For example, main draw only or a larger main draw option with a qualifying event (48 or 64-player main draw and 32 qualifying event for example).
Main draw positional play-offs (3rd to 8th)
All Junior Tour tournaments will now feature an additional match for the losing semi-finalists in the main draw, which is a playoff match to determine 3rd place. The points table will be updated to reflect the additional points that can be earned by winning this playoff match.
All Junior Tour Platinum and Gold tournaments feature play-off matches for the losing quarterfinalists in the main draw to determine positions 5 to 8.
Mandatory online entry and My Tennis membership numbers
To assist all staff and volunteers to effectively manage their tournaments, it is now mandatory for all players to enter all Australian Ranking events via the online entry system (no exceptions).
The online system only allows players who have a valid My Tennis membership number to enter tournaments. These are 11-digit numbers that start with 61. If you do not have your number, please contact your club or member association. If you are not a member of a club, register for a My Tennis number now
Entry closing dates
All Junior Tour tournaments will close their entries 14 days prior to the start of the qualifying event and will not extend their entry closing dates. Players, parents and coaches will need to be switched on to avoid disappointment.
Once the tournament entries have closed, each tournament will compile an acceptance list, showing the list of players that have been accepted directly into the main draw and the list of players that are required to compete in the qualifying event. There will be a withdrawal deadline (7 days prior to the start), so players will need to keep an eye on the acceptance list as it will be constantly update.
Questions, regulations and feedback
Tennis Australia has produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help explain some questions you might have.
The 2016 Australian Ranking Tournament Regulations and updated Australian Ranking points tables and regulations are now available for you to view,
Any questions or feedback can be sent via email: