Which events are eligible for Junior Tour points?
Junior Tour points can be collected from the following endorsed Junior event categories:
- National 1000
- Signature 500
- Premier 250
- Junior 125
Can I compete in both a National Masters and State Masters event?
No, a player will only be eligible to compete in one end-of-season Junior Tour Masters event. i.e. should a player qualify for the National Junior Masters, they will not be eligible to participate in their State Masters in the same calendar year.
How are my end-of-year total points calculated?
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 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 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 age category.
Why can’t my results from the 14s Nationals or 15s teams event count towards my 16s Junior Tour Masters race total?
At present, we currently do not run a 16s National event on Grass, Clay or Hard. Also, some players who are in the 16U category may not qualify for the Australian Teams 15s Championships. Therefore, it would be unfair for a player who has had the opportunity to accumulate points from these events to carry them up into the 16s Race total.
Why can only a maximum of 3 results (singles & doubles) from outside my eligible Junior Tour Masters age category contribute to my end-of-year points total?
As age eligibility for events is based on a player’s birth month, then we need to take into account that a player who may age out later in the year will still have to secure points from the age category that they will age up into for the end-of-year Masters.
Do my best 8 singles & 8 doubles results have to come from the same 8 events?
No, your best 8 singles and best 8 doubles results will contribute to your end-of-year points total regardless of the event. However, a maximum of 3 singles results and 3 doubles results outside of your eligible Junior Tour Masters age category can contribute to your end-of-year points total.
Do I have to collect points from 8 singles & 8 doubles draws to be eligible for the Junior Tour Masters events?
No, your end-of-year points total is made up of your best 8 singles & doubles results. If a player competes in fewer events, they will still appear on the Junior Tour leaderboard, however they may not give themself the best chance of making the Masters Events.
Can I play in a higher age category, even if I won’t be ageing out e.g. a 12U player wishing to compete in the 14U age category?
Yes, players may elect to play up in higher age categories, provided their rating allows them to be accepted. However, only a maximum of 3 singles and 3 doubles results from draws outside their eligible Masters age category can contribute to your end-of-year points total.
I will age out into the age category above, but I cannot get into any draws to meet the criteria of 5 singles & 5 doubles results from my eligible age category?
As the rating is retained as the entry and seeding for the events, then there will be occasions where a player may wish to play in a Signature 500 or Premier 250 event but cannot gain entry. There will be opportunities at other Premier 250 and Junior 125 to compete in the age above which could assist towards your final points tally.
Won’t a player who ages out towards the end of the year have a greater advantage than a player earlier in the year?
Firstly, we want to ensure that our very best players compete in the Junior Tour Masters and have introduced a blended draw which sees the Top 8 players based on their UTR Rating qualify and then joined by the points qualifiers.
The ability for a player to only have 3 results (singles & doubles) from age categories outside of their eligible Junior Tour Masters age category is intended to negate this scenario.
Don’t I have to compete ‘In Age’ for National, Signature & Premier series events throughout the year?
No, the ‘in age’ rule has been removed for 2023.
Why have you removed the ‘In Age’ ruling?
The ‘In Age’ ruling has been removed to permit players to play up at any event or any stage through the year provided their UTR Rating allows.
Will the same rules apply for qualification into the Junior Tour State Masters as the National Masters?
The basis on which a player secures and accumulates points will be consistent.
The composition of the States Masters draw and any other criteria to validate a player’s eligibility for their State Masters will be confirmed by the respective Member Association’s Competitive Play teams.
Will a Top 8 player who qualifies by their UTR Rating alone have to have played any Junior Tour events to qualify?
No, if a player’s rating is good enough to automatically qualify them for the end-of-year Junior Tour Masters events, then there are no additional requirements for them to validate their qualification
What is the points breakdown per event?
Please refer to the points structure document available on the website.
Where can I view my points total?
Tennis will provide the location of the Junior Tour leaderboard prior to 1 January 2023
How often will the Junior Tour leaderboards be updated?
Junior Tour points totals and leaderboards will be updated on the 8th day of each month (or the first working day if the 8th is on a weekend). The first update will occur on 8 February 2023.