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2013 Australian Ranking Tournament Rules & Regulations

2013 AR Tournament Rules & Regulations

The 2013 Australian Ranking Tournament Rules & Regulations document is now available.  There have been a few modifications and we recommend that you review the underlined sections carefully.  Whilst the regulations cover both the AMT and JT circuits, when needed, sections within the document refer to AMT’s and JT’s only and even further, various requirements across each level.

Summary and major changes
2012 was a year of significant change to the Australian Ranking tournament circuit, with the focus shifting from one of growth to an increase in quality. The change of draw formats which separated players in many tournaments into main draw or qualifying was aimed at increasing the quality of matchplay opportunities.  Below is an outline of the major rules and regulation changes for the 2013 tournament season:

  • It will become optional for Australian Money Tournaments and Junior Tour tournaments in the Silver, Bronze and White categories to implement the main draw & 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 (64main draw and 32 qualifying event for example).
  • It will remain compulsory for Australian Money Tournaments and Junior Tour tournaments in the Platinum& Gold categories to implement the main draw & qualifying formats.
  • There has been a reduction in the officiating requirements at the Platinum, Gold and Silver levels as well as an officiating funding grant program that these tournaments can apply for.
  • In some instances where chair umpires may be unavailable, court supervisors will be employed to undertake an adjudicator rule for semi-finals and finals matches.
  • The breakdowns (direct acceptances, qualifiers and wildcards) for draw sizes between 32 to 128 has been re-introduced into the 2013 rule book.
  • For tournaments choosing to accept doubles entries by a sign-in process on-site, they must advertise the closing date and time on the fact sheet prior to the tournament.
  • The rules and procedures regarding round-robin draws has been extended.
  • The number of sets permitted in a day has been modified
  • The overlapping tournament rule has been rewritten, allowing more flexibility for players to compete inmultiple tournaments.
  • There are four new brands of tennis balls that are now approved by Tennis Australia – Diadora, Tretorn, Pro Kennex and Technifibre.

The updated Australian Ranking rules and regulations are listed in Appendix 1.  The significant changes to the Australian Ranking rules are listed below:

  • A change in the breakdown of points given to athletes in their 13th birth year that will take effect when the End of January rankings are released on February 8.
  • Qualifiers receiving both points for qualifying and points earned in the main draw
  • Round of 32 points and main draw consolation semi-finals points reintroduced for Silver, Bronze and White events

Updates to 2013 Australian Ranking Rules (May 22, 2013)

  • Tennis Europe now recognise points earned by players competing in 12/u events for their 14/u ranking. Therefore, Tennis Australia will recognise points earned at 12/u Tennis Europe events on a direct 1 to 1 conversion.
  • Semi-finalists in the Main Draw and Qualifying Consolation events will now also be eligible for Australian Ranking points, please refer to the points table in the below document.
  • Players will only receive additional points for qualifying if they successfully win a match in the subsequent main draw event of the same tournament. Wins in the main draw consolation are not counted for this purpose.

2013 Australian Ranking Rules

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