What are International Tours?
The International Tours Program provides junior athletes under the age of 18 with an opportunity to compete internationally against the world’s best athletes. These tours are designed to enhance athletes’ development in their pursuit of a career on the ATP/WTA tour.
Who are the coaches?
We align National Coaches with the athletes they are directly accountable for. This ensures that the athlete has a consistent coaching mentor while competing overseas.
How can I be selected for an International Tour?
All athletes are required to satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for an International Tour. Athletes must:
- meet the minimum fitness standards defined by Tennis Australia and maintain these while competing internationally
- maintain excellent behavior throughout the tour. Athletes will be disciplined for inappropriate behaviour
- satisfy the Tennis Australia Education Policy
- meet ITF citizenship requirements.
Athletes should also be aware of, understand and comply with the:
The National Selector Committee, on advice from Tennis Australia or a Member Association, may declare a player to be “not in good standing” and thus be regarded as ineligible for selection. Such reasons may vary from a breach in their NA Athlete Agreement or failure to pay previous NA or tour fees.
In considering the criteria for selection, the selectors may in their discretion give weight to “extenuating circumstances”. Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to, injury or personal bereavement.
Where can I find more information about the International Tours Program?
The International Tours Document outlines the touring opportunities for all Australian athletes. This document will be updated throughout the year.
Athlete funding and estimated expenses
Every International Tour will see the athlete incurring out of pocket expenses. Representation opportunities are divided into two streams a) National Representation and b) International Tours.
a) National Representation
No athlete funding is required because all costs associated with representing Australia in official team competitions are covered by Tennis Australia. To be selected to represent your country is an honour, and an athlete’s ability to be a part of a national team should not be influenced by financial considerations.
The following official team competitions are considered ‘national representation’ at a junior level:
- Boys’ and Girls’ World Junior Teams Competition (14/u)
- Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup (16/u)
b) International Tours
Selection on Tennis Australia Touring Teams is subject to the specific criteria of each official tour. All athletes who are selected to be part of an official TA Touring Team receive resource funding in the form of touring managers and/or coaches (dependent upon scholarship status) as well as full tour arrangements – all of which is provided at no cost to the athletes (see below for details). In addition to these tour resources, financial funding is available to national scholarship holders who have fulfilled the performance criteria required (see below for details).
Full Scholarship Holders:
i. 75 per cent of travel costs up to the value of AUD$3000
ii. AUD$50 per diem per day when hospitality is not provided
iii. Professional team management – Tour Manager and/or Tour Coach
iv. Official Australian Team Tracksuit and Travel Polo
v. Coordination of all tour travel and accommodation arrangements, tournament entries and training base logistics.
Partial Scholarship Holders:
i. 50 per cent of travel costs up to the value of AUD$2000
ii. Subsidised Professional team management – Tour Manager and/or Tour Coach
iii. Official Australian Team Tracksuit and Travel Polo
iv. Coordination of all tour travel and accommodation arrangements, tournament entries and training base logistics.
Associate/Non Scholarship Holders:
i. Subsidised Professional team management – Tour Manager and/or Tour Coach
ii. Official Australian Team Tracksuit and Travel Polo
iii. Coordination of all tour travel and accommodation arrangements, tournament entries and training base logistics.
Tennis Australia will endeavor to make sure each tour is financially viable without inhibiting the athlete’s development and experience. An estimated financial cost has been allocated to each tour. All estimated financial costs have been devised as of 1 December 2009.