In 2023, the Australian Junior Tour will comprise more than 200 Tennis Australia-endorsed events. These events will be held all across the country and provide junior players with opportunities to compete for qualifying points throughout the year for the end-of-season Junior Tour Masters in Melbourne as well as their respective State Masters events.
The qualifying age categories for the Junior Tour events and the Junior Tour Masters will be 12U, 14U & 16U.
The following events currently in the competitive play calendar will be designated as Australian Junior Tour events and will carry the following points designations to assist players, parents and coaches determine the number of points available to the winner of these respective events. This is consistent with the naming conventions found within the ATP and WTA tours.
National 1000: 1000 points
Signature 500: 500 points
Premier 250: 250 points
Junior Series 125: 125 points
AGE QUALIFICATION – JUNIOR TOUR EVENTS
A player’s competition age category and his/her eligibility to participate in the Junior Tour will be based on the player’s age as of the last day of the month of the respective qualifying events.
AGE QUALIFICATION – JUNIOR TOUR MASTERS
A player’s competition age category and his/her eligibility to participate in the Junior Tour Masters will be based on the player’s age on the last day of the month of the Masters Finals.
For the 2023 Junior Tour Masters, this will be the player’s age as of the last day of the month in which the event is held.
All players should take note of what age category they are eligible to compete in at the end of the National & State Masters.
|YEAR BORN||JUNIOR TOUR MASTERS AGE CATEGORY|
*Players under the age of 10 shall not be eligible for entry into the Junior Tour Masters. The player’s age as of the first day of the event Main Draw shall be used.
The points qualification period for the Junior Tour Masters will be from 1 January to 8 November.
ENTRIES & SEEDING – JUNIOR TOUR EVENTS
Entries and seeding into all TA Endorsed Junior Tour events will be based on a player’s UTR Rating at the close of entries.
QUALIFYING EVENTS – POINTS ALLOCATION
A player’s best 8 results in Singles & Doubles will count towards the player’s Points Race total.
Singles: Best eight (8) results can be calculated from events contested in the players’ Masters age category. If applicable, a player can have results from a maximum of three (3) other events outside of the player’s Masters age category.
Doubles: Best eight (8) results can be calculated from events contested in the player’s Masters age category. If applicable, a player can have results from a maximum of three (3) other events outside of the player’s Masters age category.
Example: A player who ages out of 12U into the 14U age category through the year will be permitted to use a maximum of 3 results from outside their Masters eligible age category of 14U.
JUNIOR TOUR MASTERS – RACE POINTS PUBLICATION
The Points Race Leader Board will be published monthly on the 8th day of each month starting on 8 February 2023 unless the 8th day of the month falls on a weekend whereby it will be published the following Monday.
All players will be displayed in the Points Race Leader Board for which they are eligible to participate e.g. a player eligible to compete in the 14U Masters will be displayed in the 14U Leader Board from the outset of the year.
|AGE CATEGORY||LEADER BOARD||MASTERS ACCEPTANCE*|
*Final acceptance will not be confirmed or published until 10 November 2023.
PLAYING IN HIGHER AGE CATEGORIES
From 1 January 2023, players are permitted to play up in higher age categories. The rule where players had to compete ‘in age’ for National, Signature and Premier series events will be removed.
JUNIOR TOUR EVENTS – DRAW SIZES, TYPES & FORMATS
|Draw Size (max)||32||32*||32*||32|
|Draw Size (max)||16||16||16||32|
|Draw Type||Single Elimination||Single Elimination
*A draw extension can be granted by Tennis Australia if entries marginally exceed the originally advertised draw size and all players are within the recommended UTR Rating.
Qualifying points will be on offer at all TA endorsed National 1000, Signature 500, Premier 250 and Junior Series 125 events.
The detailed breakdown of points allocation can be found here.
QUALIFYING EVENTS – AGEING OUT EXCEPTIONS
Players who collect points from the 14s Nationals & 15s Nationals Teams Championships and age out ahead of the end-of-season Masters will not be permitted to carry over the points accrued at these events to go towards their final points race total.
JUNIOR TOUR MASTERS – DRAW SIZES, ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA & DATES
Qualification to the Junior Tour Masters will be a blended draw with qualifying players taken from the following criteria and in the following order:
12U & 14U
- Top 8 players based on their UTR Ratings in their respective age categories
- Top 24 points qualifiers from their respective age categories
- Top 12 players based on their UTR Ratings in their respective age categories
- Top 12 points qualifiers from their respective age categories
Final leader boards and acceptances will be confirmed and published on 13 November 2023.
JUNIOR TOUR MASTERS 2023 – PROPOSED DATES
The 2023 Junior Tour Masters will form part of the 2023 Showdown to be staged at Melbourne Park.
JUNIOR TOUR – STATE MASTERS 2023
Points and the road to qualification for the Junior Tour – State Masters proposed in each State will be taken from points accumulated across the season from all identified Junior Tour events.
Each Member Association will be responsible for confirming and determining the following;
- Eligibility for their respective State Masters
- Size, draw and formats for State Masters
- Dates and venues for State Masters
|ACT + NSW (combined)||04-06 December|
|South Australia||14-17 December|
|Western Australia||16-19 December|