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National Competitive Structure Information

Competition is the heartbeat of competitive tennis.

Here you can find competition-related information in three sections below:

  • National Events, which includes the Indoor/Outdoor Junior Nationals and National junior open series
  • Tennis Canada policies, which includes Rules of the court, Rule Changes and Competition policy
  • ITF Competition, which includes Ranking list protocol, Tournament Acceptance rules and ITF Policy

National Events

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National Junior Open Series

A series of three National Junior Open Series taking place across Canada in July and August.

For more information, view the full rules and regulations.

Juniors must qualify through their Provincial Tennis Association process (please contact your Provincial Tennis Association for more details).

There are qualifying events preceding the U16 & U18 Indoor Junior Nationals main events. Draw sizes are limited and will be based on Rogers rankings. To be eligible to enter players must have participated in their Provincial Qualifying process and not secured a place in the main draw.

2018 Schedule

Date Event Venue Format
Mar 24-30 U12 Indoor Junior Nationals The Tennis Academy,

Calgary

Compass format singles

Doubles

Team Championships

Unused Allocation Process in effect

Mar 21-22 (Qualifying-32 draw)

 

Mar 23-28 (Main Draw)

U16 Indoor Junior Nationals Club de tennis Iles des Soeurs,

Montreal

Qualifying: 32 draw, 4 qualifiers

Main Draw: singles, feed-in consolation, doubles

 

 

Mar 30-31

(Qualifying-32 draw)

 

Apr 1-6 (Main Draw)

U18 Indoor Junior Nationals Mayfair East,

Markham

Qualifying: 32 draw, 4 qualifiers

Main Draw: singles, feed-in consolation, doubles

 

 

 

Apr 1-7

 

 

 

 

U14 Indoor Junior Nationals

 

 

 

UBC Tennis Centre,   Vancouver

 

 

Compass format singles

Doubles

Team Championships

Unused Allocation Process in effect

 

2018 Outdoor Junior Nationals schedule

Category Date Site Format
U18 Qualifying:

Aug 9-10

 

Main Draw:

Aug 11-16

Ontario Racquet Club

Mississauga, ON

Qualifying: 32 draw. 4 qualifiers

 

Main Draw:

Singles, Feed-in consolation, Doubles

 

 

 

 

 

 

U16

 

 

 

Aug 18-237

 

 

 

Gatineau, QC

 

 

Singles, Feed-in Consolation, Doubles

U12 Aug 21-27 Tennis Mont-Tremblant,

Mont-Tremblant, QC

 

Compass Format Singles, Doubles

 

Team Championships

U14 Aug 27-Sept 2 Tennis Mont-Tremblant,

Mont-Tremblant, QC

Compass Format Singles, Doubles

 

Team Championships

NCAA Presence at U18 Nationals

The U18 Outdoor Rogers Junior Nationals, at the Ontario Racquet Club, will continue to be a “College Showcase” event with every effort to ensure a number of NCAA coaches are present.

Seeding Guidelines

Download the seeding guidelines for the Rogers Junior Nationals and National Junior Open Series events.

2016 Junior National Updates

Compass Draw Format – A compass draw divides participants into several pools of competition. When a player loses a match, he or she moves into a new bracket.

Have a look at our compass draw format rules.

Rewards for top results

(Players in the National Junior Training Program or full time in the Montreal NTC are not eligible.)

The winners of the Boys U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior Nationals will receive a wild card to a Futures event and the winner of the Girls U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior Nationals will receive a wildcard to the qualifying of a Challenger event. The specific events and details will be determined at a later date by the Tennis Canada High Performance staff.

The winners of U16 and U18 events will receive a $1,000 travel grant and the runners-up will receive a $500 travel grant for competition.

The Top 3 finishers of U16 and U18 Rogers Outdoor Junior Nationals will receive a formal invitation to a training camp at the Montreal National Training Centre (NTC) program.

 

Rewards for top results at Provincial Championships – 

(Players in the National Junior Training Program or full time in the Montreal NTC are not eligible.)

The winner of each U16 and U18 Outdoor Provincial/Regional Championship (ON, BC, QC, AB, ATL, PRA) will receive $500 travel grants for competition.

 

2018 National Calendar

For a complete overview of nation-wide tournaments, please take a look at our calendar.

Tennis Canada policies

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Please find information on Tennis Canada’s player policies and other important information below.

Tennis Canada and its provincial partners feel strongly in a player’s responsibility associated with entering a tournament. Please view our policy for late withdrawal and failure to complete required tournament events.

Please see the official changes to Rogers Rankings for junior players across Canada which will come into effect on Jan 1st, 2017.

Tennis Canada will implement the “no service let” rule at the National Junior events in the summer of 2018. It will be used in all age divisions at the 2018 Outdoor Junior Nationals (U12-U18) and the National Junior Open Series events (U12-U16).

In addition, it will be in effect at all ITF Junior events in Canada, and around worldwide. This rule adoption in Canada is a positive move for our juniors who are competing in ITF Junior events, and ensures we are aligned with the ITF.

New ‘Playing Up’ rules in effect for Under 10 and Under 12 competitors as of January 1, 2016

It is recommended, as per the Long Term Athlete Development Plan, that players ideally choose competition that will allow for a 3:1 win-loss ratio (see LTAD guidelines for additional details). This will help ensure that young competitors are playing in the appropriate competition for their age and stage of development and not just chasing ranking points. To help ensure that this is the case, Tennis Canada in conjunction with our Provincial Tennis Associations have agreed that each Province adopt a policy that limits the number of age groups an Under 10 and Under 12 competitor can “play up” above their official age group.

The specific recommendations are as follows:

Under 12 players are only allowed to compete up to 2 age groups above their actual playing category. In the case of Under 10 players, the same rule would apply but the specific provincial rules will prevail because of the differences in the competitive structures. This means that:

  • U10 players: only be allowed to compete in the U10, U12 and in certain provinces, depending on the provincial rules, in the U14 categories
  • U12 players: only be allowed to compete in the U12, U14 and U16 categories

It has also been agreed that each province will have an “exception clause” to this recommendation, which will allow players who have demonstrated results in top provincial or national level events to compete in more than two age groups above.

Please see the chart below for specific details for each province:

“Playing Up” rule – by Province, as of January 1, 2017

Note: Tennis Canada and the Provincial Tennis Associations will review this recommendation in 6 months, to ensure it is meeting the objectives mentioned above and may take additional steps if it is not.

How will this rule be enforced in the case where an out of province player, wants to enter an event, in another province?

In this case, all provinces have agreed to enforce the stricter rule that is in place. In other words, whichever rule is more limiting between the host province or the province where the player has officially registered as a competitor.

Below are some examples:

  • If a U12 player from Ontario tries to enter an U18 tournament in Nova Scotia, then the Ontario rule would apply and the player would not be allowed to enter. Rationale: Although the tournament is in Nova Scotia, the Ontario rule would apply as it only allows U12 players to compete in U16 tournaments.
  • If a U10 player from Ontario tries to enter an U14 tournament in Quebec, then the Quebec rule would apply and the player would not be allowed to enter. Rationale: The rules of Quebec, the tournament host would apply as Quebec rules only allow a U10 player to compete in U12 tournaments.
  • If a U10 player from Quebec tries to enter an U14 tournament in Ontario, then the Quebec rule would apply and the player would not be allowed to enter. Rationale: Although the tournament is in Ontario, the Quebec rules would apply as they only allow U10 player to compete in U12 tournaments.
  • If a U12 player from Newfoundland tries to enter an U18 tournament in Alberta, then the Alberta rule would apply and the player would not be allowed to enter. Rationale: The rules of Alberta, the tournament host would apply as Alberta only allows a U12 player to compete in U16 tournaments.

Note: Players are responsible for knowing the aforementioned “Playing up Rule.” If a player enters an event/category for which he/she is ineligible based on the playing up rules and it is not caught at the time of entry, the PTA reserves the right to remove the player from the tournament draw. In the case where a player is allowed to play the event by mistake, the rankings points earned in the tournament will not be counted.

Exceptional Player clause (for BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

U10s: if they qualify on their own merit for U14 Nationals or are meeting the published performance levels for 2nd year U10 Players (see below), then they can compete in U16 events.

U12s: if they qualify for the U16 Nationals on their own merit or are meeting the published performance standards for 2nd Year U12 players then they can compete in U18 event.

Tennis Canada performance levels

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Download and view the 2016 ‘Playing Up’ rules. (PDF)

The Rules of the Court 2018 is intended as a resource for Officials, Tournament Administrators, Coaches and Players at all levels.

This book incorporates the rules and regulations followed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the WTA Tour, and the ATP Tour, the three international governing bodies of Tennis. The rules, regulations and procedures presented here are those that should be followed at all Tennis Canada sanctioned events:

2018 Tennis Canada Rules of the Court

Summary of 2018 rule changes

The following is a comprehensive overview of Tennis Canada’s policy on player clothing and equipment:

Player attire policy

The Junior National Championships are open to players with the following residency status:

  • Canadian Citizens
  • Permanent Residents

Players with any other status are ineligible to participate in the Junior National Championships.

In addition, players may need to satisfy other Provincial or National requirements to gain entry
into the Junior National Championships.

Tennis Canada and our Provincial Tennis Association partners currently use the calendar year to determine age group eligibility for sanctioned national and provincial events.  This process has worked very well over the years as it follows the International Tennis Federation (ITF) lead along with the majority of tennis nations.

Age group eligibility is an important process to keep an eye on as it determines the age group that a junior competitor will compete in. The following is an update on our recent review of our current practice, process and data related to age group eligibility as it relates to player results and retention rates: Age Group Eligibility (July 2018)

ITF Competition

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Four times per year Tennis Canada sends lists of top juniors and top Open players to the ITF which is used by the ITF for determining their acceptance lists (main, qualifying, and alternate) for entry into junior and professional events. Please see links below for further details and dates.

Information and dates on junior and open ranking lists

(Used for entry into Junior ITF and Pro Events.)

Junior list information and dates

Open list information and dates

Acceptance list ordering and allocation of wild cards

Read further details here.

Code of behaviour

Download ITF Coach and Player Support team members’ code of behaviour.

Download ITF Player code of behaviour.

Rules changes

Access important changes to the Rules of Tennis with respect to Player Analysis Technology equipment

Learn more about important rule changes regarding the ITF Junior Circuit in 2018.