23 Jun Guidelines- Summer tournaments ITF/TEU14/16/Tour1000 Clash
Regarding the upcoming ITF and Tennis Europe events, we would like to clarify some points as there has been a bit of confusion around the protocol for entry to such events. Please note that the following are a set of guidelines, but that we would encourage events/tournaments that are affected to carefully take the guidelines into consideration for all events that are clashing over the summer. We understand that some tournaments had to make decisions around their tournaments in advance of receiving this information and we will work with them to assist the smooth running of their tournaments.
- Players may enter in both an ITF U18 and TI 1000 U18 that overlap once the domestic event agrees to the following. The same logic applies to a TE U14/16 and domestic U14/16
- Hold off on making their TI 1000 – U18 draws (in the case of TE events, U14 or U16 draws) until the Tuesday evening of their event to accommodate players who have been knocked out in qualifiers or in some cases 1st rounds of the ITF (TE U14 or 16). (e.g., If a tournament runs from 2nd to 9th July , U18 draws will be done on Tuesday 5th July). All other draws for the tournament will be done as normal.
- This will enable players that are knocked out of the U18 ITF at either qualifying stage, or 1st round, to play in Grade 1 National Event and therefore strengthen the Grade 1 tournament.
- We encourage domestic tournaments to make 4pm on the Tuesday of the tournament the cut off time that players need to be out of the ITF
- We would encourage the TI 1000 to schedule their U18 event (TE U14 or 16) in advance of completing their draw to give players visibility of their potential matches. This will help both the tournament and players to plan.
- Any player who intends to play in an ITF -18, should only enter the TI 1000 U18 event. The same guideline applies to Tennis Europe U14 (players can only enter the U14 event in the domestic tournament) or U16 (players can only enter the U16 event in the domestic tournament. (This includes players in the main draw list, qualifying list and those that may be in the Alternates list but hope to move into the Qualifying List or take an On-Site Alternate Position)
- Players who are still in the ITF (or TE U14/16) draw after 4pm on Tuesday will be automatically taken out of the acceptance list for domestic TI 1000 Tournament.
- We would encourage domestic tournaments not to permit players that are playing in the ITF (TE U14/16), to enter a lower age group event in the TI 1000. They will however, be permitted to enter the same age group event in the TI 1000 as per the rules above.
- Finally, any player who wishes to play in the TI1000 tournament, will not be permitted to play in the doubles event in the ITF (TE U14/16).