PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

COMPETITIVE PATHWAY

    Please feel free to reach out to us via email at CompetitivePathway@usta.com with any questions regarding the changes in the competitive structure.

Pathway Changes coming August 26, 2019

This document outlines the upcoming changes which will take effect August 26, 2019

Competitive Pathway Changes - August 2019

See attached PDF presentation that outlines the changes coming to the Competitive Pathway in August.

WEBINAR: Competitive Pathway Changes - August 2019

View recording of webinar explaining the changes coming to the Competitive Pathway in August.

Upcoming Webinars: Pathway Changes coming August 26

Wednesday, July 17 at 12 PM EST

Thursday, July 18 at 2 PM EST:  View Recording

Friday, July 19 at 11 AM EST

New Terminology Explained

Beginning in 2019, The ITF WOLRD TENNIS TOUR will be the new umbrella name for all former Pro Circuit and Junior Circuit tournaments and will serve as the player pathway between the junior game & the elite levels of professional tennis.

“Pro Circuit”, “Futures”, “Transition Tour” & “Junior Circuit” will no longer be used as tournament terminology.

Under the ITF World Tennis Tour umbrella, tournaments will be split into the following categories:

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Each tournament will be identifiable by gender, prize money and a host city.  For example:

  • M25 Weston = Men’s $25,000 tournament in Weston, FL
  • W80 Palm Harbor = Women’s $80,000 tournament in Palm Harbor, FL
  • J4 Irvine = Junior Grade 4 tournament in Irvine, CA

WTA Age Eligibility Rule

The Age Eligibility Rule (AER) is applicable in professional tennis tournaments world-wide, including all WTA tournaments and Women's ITF World Tennis Tour events that receive WTA points. 

2020 Competitive Pathway Merit-Based Wild Cards

The USTA Competitive Pathway Merit-Based Wild Card System was created to enhance and accelerate player progression using earned advancement opportunities and merit-based wild card linkages from the juniors, collegiate and National Open event pathways; into professional tennis. This helps parents, coaches and players to optimize their competitive and training schedules and creates greater transparency and more efficient communication. Please refer to the USTA Competitive Pathway Merit-Based Wild Cards document regarding procedures, criteria and linkages and note that specific wild cards are linked to designated events. 

2019 USTA Competitive Pathway Merit-Based Wild Cards

The USTA has undertaken an integrated and deliberate process to develop a formal system of wild card linkages in order to create developmental and progression opportunities for our best American* players.

2020 Wild Card Reports

MEN'S WOMEN'S
Weston M25 Daytona Beach W25
Dallas ATP 100 Vero Beach W25
Palm Coast M25 Midland W100
Cleveland ATP 80 Nicholasville W100
Naples M25 Rancho Santa Fe W25
Columbus ATP 80 Jackson W25
Phoenix ATP 125 Palm Harbor W100
Bakersfield M25 Pelham W25
Calabasas M25 Dothan W80
Sarasota ATP 100 Osprey W25
Sunrise, M15 Charlottesville W80
Tallahassee ATP 80 Fountain Valley W15
Orange Park M15 Charleston W100
Savannah ATP 80 Naples W15
Vero Beach M15 Bonita Bay W100
Pensacola M25 Shreveport W15
Fountain Valley M15 Charleston W60
Salt Lake City ATP 90 Bethany Beach W25
Little Rock ATP 80 Sumter W25
Wichita M25 Wesley Chapel W15
Tulsa M25 TBC
South Bend M15 Naples W15
Champaign M15 Berkeley W60
TBC Concord W60
Pittsburgh M15 Evansville W25
Rochester M15 Ashland W60
Norman M15 Springfield W15
Bingharnton ATP 80 Lexington W60
Iowa City M15 Ft. Worth W25
Champaign M25 Landsiville W100
Lexington ATP 80  
Decatur M25  
Aptos ATP 90  
Edwardsville M25  
Memphis M25  

National Open Events List

National Open Tournament Registration Links
  • USTA National Open Clay Court Championships - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • USTA National Open Hard Court Championships - San Diego, CA
  • USTA National Open Grass Court Championships - Newport, RI
  • USTA National Open Indoor Championships - Flushing, NY

How to start playing Professional tournaments

The ITF World Tennis Tour provides entry level professional opportunities for players desiring to compete at the highest stages of professional tennis. As players compete, they have the opportunity to earn prize money and ranking points.   Players earn ITF World Tennis Ranking points and/or in some events ATP or WTA Ranking points.   As players having successful performances, they earn greater ranking points which assist players to move up to the next level of the professional tournament.

 

 
 
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