Regulations and Code of Behaviour
2017 Tournament Structure
Tennis Australia will be changing the Australian Ranking tournament structure in some key areas from January 1, 2017 with the goal of simplifying and improving the customer experience at these tournaments as well as competitive opportunities for aspiring Australian tennis players.
The Australian Money Tournaments (AMTs) and Junior Tournaments (JTs) are the cornerstones of the Australian Ranking system, which currently lists 4212 males and 2059 females based on performances in tournaments over the past 12 months. Nick Kyrgios and Samantha Stosur currently hold the title of Australia’s top ranked male and female player.
Since mid-2015, discussions have taken place between Tennis Australia, its Member Associations and other key stakeholders to evaluate the Australian Ranking tournament structure for 2017 and beyond. Using the insights of customers (parents and players), coaches, tournament organisers and officials, Tennis Australia will be implementing the following changes:
- Ensuring tournaments and competitions can successfully co-exist by separating them into specific blocks during the year (this will occur gradually in some areas of Australia)
- Junior Tournaments and low-level Australian Money Tournaments to avoid clashes with school days (limited exemptions will apply for national championship and international tournaments)
- Condense the spread of tournaments across four (4) levels and not five. Tournament levels will be Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
- Introduce the Fast4 and Best of 2 scoring formats into singles events at the Bronze AMT and Bronze & Silver JT levels to reduce the length of tournaments
- Restrict entry numbers into Platinum and Gold AMT and JT events to ensure these events only cater for the high-performance player market
- Increase the amount of officials and education opportunities for 12/u & 14/u Bronze and Silver level tournaments
- Each tournament will be required to submit a tournament match plan with their sanctioning application to help organisers better plan and schedule their tournament(s)
- Incentivise tournaments to conduct better customer experiences through awards and funding opportunities
- Encourage junior players to compete longer in junior tournaments by only allowing players to accrue AMT ranking points from their 15th birth year
- In a pilot exercise, Victoria will restrict the top 10 players in their age group from competing in Bronze junior tournaments to ensure introductory tournament players experience the right level of competition
Further detail regarding the above changes will be provided when the 2017 Australian Ranking tournament rules & regulations are made public later this year. Tournament organisers will also be informed of changes during the tournament application period in July/August. Tennis Australia may also announce additional changes later in the year if required. If you compete regularly or are apart of organising Australian Money Tournaments or Junior Tournaments, we recommend that you read the full summary document below.
Code of Behaviour
The Code of Behaviour regulates behaviour breaches related to and during tournaments and weekly competitions in Australia.
2016 and 2017 Australian Ranking Tournament Rules and Regulations
The 2016 Australian Ranking Tournament Regulations are now available, with sections added/modified underlined accordingly. You will notice that all rules covering both the AMT and JT circuit are covered within one document. However when needed, sections within the document refer to AMT’s and JT’s only and even further, various requirements across each level. The Australian Ranking (AR) Rules and Regulations are included in this document (see Appendix 1).
Rules of Tennis (ITF)
The International Tennis Federation regulates the Rules of Tennis. The complete Rules of Tennis are available on the ITF website. Rule Books are available from your Member Association.
Extreme Weather Policy
The policy is designed to protect competitive tennis players from injury and illness that may result by playing tennis in extreme weather conditions.
Australian Ranking Tournaments Dress Code
Like most sports in Australia, tennis has certain requirements for players’ dress and equipment. These requirements vary depending on the type and nature of the event.
Tennis Etiquette and Rules for Non-Umpired Matches
The Rules of Tennis, as published by the ITF, assure the presence of a Chair Umpire or other officials to determine and interpret particular situations. Rules for non-umpired matches cover certain situations where players are determining their own matches.
The correcting errors documents provide clear answers to situations where a Rules of Tennis error is made.