The State Teams competition is traditionally held during the December Showdown for the 12/under and 14/under age groups. This event involves teams of two or three players from each state competing in a round robin style tournament. In recent years teams from China, New Zealand and the Oceania Pacific have also been added to this event to provide extra strength and variety. One of the major benefits of this competition is that a manager/coach is present on court, in a similar style to that of Davis Cup/Fed Cup, to help guide the players through their matches.
It is very prestigious to be selected to represent your State and positions are always very competitive. Selections are made in the first two weeks of fourth term by the Tennis West Performance Team.
The order of priority by which players are selected are as follows:
- Tournament results – in particular the last six months of competition
- Head to head results – results against your immediate competition
In the event that the selectors deem a position(s) too close to call, a ‘playoff’ may be required. This involves the selected players playing a best-of-three set match to determine that particular position. The format of the play off may vary depending on how many players are vying for a particular position or positions. The winning player(s) are granted selection to represent their state.