Update on the state of the Rogers Rankings in the wake of the suspension of all National events 

The Rogers Rankings have been frozen for all categories as of Week 12, 2020 (Junior, OPEN, Adult, Seniors and Wheelchair) and will remain unchanged through the extended suspension of Tennis Canada’s National events. This measure is consistent with what the ATP, the WTA and the ITF have done. We are currently working on a plan to have a modified ranking structure in place when competition is resumed. Our goal is to ensure a fair outcome for all Canadian players when we resume our activities. Many options are being considered as we speak. We will send out another communication when the plan is finalized.


The national junior competitive structure pathway is designed to increase the base of players, retain them throughout the system, and assist them to reach their potential across all stages of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) from active start to active for life. This includes a competitive structure pathway aimed to identify current and future Next Gen players and assist them to develop and transition to the Pro game. This section provides information on the Indoor and Outdoor Junior National Championships, National Junior Open Series events, and the overall national calendar of events.

QUalifying for Junior Nationals

Juniors must qualify through their Provincial Tennis Association process (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.

2020 Junior Nationals schedule

*Unfortunately, there will be no tennis tournaments until at least the week of July 12, 2020. Please continue to check our website for up to date information on when the tennis season will resume.

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.

Rewards for top results*

Tennis Canada is pleased to provide travel grants to the U16 and U18 Outdoor Junior Nationals singles Champions and Finalists. (Upon submission of receipts) Champions will receive $1,000 and finalists $500 to help offset the costs for travel to tournaments outside of the Province or country. In addition to assist with their development, champions and finalists (upon request) may be granted a wildcard into designated ITF junior, or entry level pro events. Players have until the 2nd week of December to claim their travel grant.

*Players selected to participate in the National Junior Training Programs or full time in the Montreal NTC are not eligible.

Rewards for top results at Provincial Championships*

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

*Players in the National Junior Training Program or full time in the Montreal NTC are not eligible

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

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For a complete overview of nation-wide tournaments, consult our calendar.

*Unfortunately, there will be no tennis tournaments until at least the week of July 12, 2020. Please continue to check our website for up to date information on when the tennis season will resume.

Tennis Canada in consultation with our Provincial Partners have implemented a set of policies to ensure fair and equitable competition across Canada. The policies are aligned with international standards (where applicable) and help maintain the integrity of competitive tennis in Canada. Please find Tennis Canada’s current player policies and related information below.

Tennis Canada and its provincial partners feel strongly in a player’s responsibility associated with entering a tournament.

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Tennis Canada and its provincial partners feel strongly in a player’s responsibility associated with entering a tournament.

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New ‘Playing Up’ rules have been 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.

“Playing Up” rule by province

Consult the “Playing Up” rule by province chart for specific details for each province.

*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.

(For BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and 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

(For BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and 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

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.

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Tennis Canada has a procedure for the handling of player suspensions and appeals resulting from major infractions at national events.

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The domestic competitive calendar includes a full range of ITF Junior tournaments at all Grade levels aimed to assist players transition to College or Pro tennis.  Please see links below for further details, dates and information regarding ITF competition.

These protocols are used for entry into junior ITF and pro events.

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This document details the acceptance list ordering and allocation of Wild Cards.

As of 2019, for tournaments at Grade A and Grade 1 on the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, an on-court coaching rule will be implemented. Please review our outline of the protocols in place for this process.

Got questions? Check out the ITF’s FAQ on on-court coaching.