Tasmania, 28 March 2019 | Tennis Tasmania

Tasmania’s Junior Development Series (JDS) is back in 2019, with a number of exciting new changes.

The series is a collection of tournaments held to encourage junior players to develop their skills in a competitive, yet fun environment. It is designed as a stepping stone to Australian Junior Tournaments that offer Australian Ranking (AR) points.

Instead of two four-week blocks, the 2019 JDS runs for a six-week block beginning on 5 May. The series is split into two regions: north and south.

Round Date North venue South venue
1 5 May Launceston Geilston Bay
2 12 May Launceston Rosny Park
3 26 May Burnie Kingston
4 9 June Burnie Sunshine
5 16 June Devonport Sorell, Geilston Bay
6 23 June Devonport Domain

How does it work?

Players compete in the following age groups: 9 and under, 11 and under, 13 and under, 15 and under.

Across the six-week series, players accumulate points based on their results. The top-performing players qualify for the invitation-only Tassie Showdown, which is held at the conclusion of the series.

> Learn more about the Junior Development Series

What is new in 2019?

  • Instead of two four-week blocks, the JDS runs for a six-week block during term two.
  • A rookie event has been introduced. This is designed for players competing in their first JDS and wanting to play matches against other new players to the tournament scene. New players can opt to play in the JDS age groups if they feel comfortable competing against existing tournament players. The rookie event is a yellow-ball event for players aged 15 and under as of 31 December 2019 and players will continue to accumulate points to be eligible for the Tassie Showdown. There are no set age groups, as numbers will determine how draws are made.
  • At the end of the last match in each age group, players will play one Fast4 doubles match with a partner determined by how players go throughout their singles event and at the tournament director’s discretion. There are no points allocated to this event but it’s important that players also experience a doubles environment as part of their learning and development.

How to enter?

Using a MyTennis number, players must enter each round before the entry deadlines. To find out more about getting a MyTennis number and entry deadlines, visit our JDS section.

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