Category Archives: ITF Junior Tennis Tour

This category contains posts about the International Tennis Federation’s junior tennis tour. This tour is worldwide and is for players aged 18 years old and under who compete on the ITF junior world rankings tour.

Boys Junior Tennis World Rankings

The current boys junior tennis world rankings on the ITF Junior Tour (18 years and under), as at 14 May 2012 are:

  1. 1,566.25 – Luke SAVILLE from Australia, ATP rank = No.742
  2. 801.725 – Liam Broady from Great Britain, ATP rank = No.810
  3. 738.75 – Kaichi Uchida from Japan, NO ATP ranking
  4. 736.25 – Gianluigi Quinzi from Italy, ATP rank = No.1,299
  5. 730.00 – Kimmer Coppejans from Belgium, ATP rank = No.1,917
  6. 711.25 – Nikola Milojevic from Serbia, NO ATP ranking
  7. 710.00 – FilipPeliwo from Canada, ATP rank = No.579
  8. 650.00 – Mateo Nicolas Martinez from Argentina, ATP rank = No.1,226
  9. 647.50 – Thiago Monteiro from Brazil, ATP rank = No.636
  10. 625.00 – Mitchell Krueger from the USA, ATP rank No.1,917

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

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18-year-old Luke Saville first achieved the No.1 ranking on the ITF Junior Tour on 2 January 2012 in his sixth year of ITF Junior Tour tennis. The right-handed Saville won the 2011 Junior Wimbledon singles event and the 2012 Junior Australian Open singles event, in doing so earned 1,000 ITF Junior Ranking points. Saville is pictured above at the 2012 Australian Open.

The South Australian has a current ATP men’s singles No.742 was the runner-up at the 2011 Junior Australian Open to former Junior World No.1 Jiri Vesely with a score line of 0-6, 3-6. Saville began playing the ITF Junior Tour in 2007 from the very first year that he was eligible to compete on the ITF Junior Tour i.e.2007. As soon as you turn 13 years old you are eligible to compete on the ITF Junior Tour tournaments in the week after your birthday.

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Girls Junior Tennis World Rankings

The current girls junior tennis world rankings on the ITF Junior Tour (18 years and under), as at 14 May 2012 are:

  1. 1,272.50 – Taylor TOWNSEND from the USA, WTA rank = No.416
  2. 1,073.75 – Irina Khromacheva from Russia, WTA rank = No.254
  3. 960.00 – Ashleigh Barty from Australia, WTA rank = No.327
  4. 822.50 – Anna Danilina from Kazakhstan, WTA rank = No.672
  5. 782.5 – Yulia Putintseva from Russia, WTA rank = No.122
  6. 775 – Elizaveta Kulichkova from Russia, WTA rank = No.977
  7. 702.50 – Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, WTA rank = No.352
  8. 682.50 – Chalena Scholl from the USA, WTA rank = No.711
  9. 647.50 – Indy De Vroome from the Netherlands, WTA rank = No.1,020
  10. 630.00 – Ons Jabeur from Tunisia, WTA rank No.482
  11. 630.00 - Grace Min from the USA, WTA rank = No.203

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

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16-year-old Taylor Townsend first achieved the No.1 ranking on the ITF Junior Tour on 23 April 2012. The left-handed Townsend won the 2012 Junior Australian Open singles event and in doing so earned 500 ITF Junior Ranking points. Townsend is pictured above at the 2011 US Open. The current WTA women’s singles No.416 in the world defeated the highest ranked ITF Junior girl on the women’s WTA ranking list (at No.122) Yulia Putintseva in the Junior Australian Open singles final in three sets.

17-year-old Irina Khromacheva was ranked No.1 on the ITF Junior Tour until Townsend took her long-held spot. The 1.67m Khromacheva was the runner-up at the 2011 Junior Wimbledon singles event and a semi finalist at the 2011 Junior Roland Garros singles event. The left-hander earned 180 ITF Junior Ranking points at Wimbledon and 120 points at Roland Garros.

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Girls Junior Tennis World Rankings: Top 10

The junior girls current Top 10 Singles World Rankings on the ITF Junior Tour (18 years and under), as at 28 November 2011 are:

  1. 1,345 – Irina KHROMACHEVA from Russia, WTA rank = No.338
  2. 1,247.5 – An-sophie Mestach from Belgium, WTA rank = No.627
  3. 1,105 – Ashleigh Barty from Australia, WTA rank = No.680
  4. 1,062.5 – Grace Min from the USA, WTA rank = No.352
  5. 1,015 – Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, WTA rank = No.301
  6. 835 – Caroline Garcia from France, WTA rank = No.145
  7. 782.5 - Danka Kovinic from Montenegro, WTA rank = No.363
  8. 773.75 – Montserrat Gonzalez from Paraguay, NO WTA ranking
  9. 737.5 – Indy De Vroome from the Netherlands, NO WTA ranking
  10. 717.5 – Ons Jabeur from Tunisia, WTA rank No.1208

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

16-year-old Irina Khromacheva was the runner-up at the 2011 Junior Wimbledon singles event and a semi finalist at the 2011 Junior Roland Garros singles event.

The left-handed Russian earned 180 ITF Junior Ranking points at Wimbledon and 120 points at Roland Garros. Khromacheva achieved her career-best WTA ranking to date of No.336 on 21 November 2011 and turns 17 on 12 May 2012. The 1.67m Khromacheva is pictured above about waiting in the ready position during the 2011 Junior US Open.

The Top 10 junior girls are ranked higher on the women’s tour compared to how high the Top 10 junior boys are ranked on the men’s tour.

The highest ranked junior girl on the women’s tour is Caroline Garcia with a women’s ranking of No.145 and half of the Top 10 junior girl are ranked higher on the women’s tour than the very highest ranked boy on the ATP men’s ranking list at ATP No.603.

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Boys Junior Tennis World Rankings: Top 10

The junior boys current Top 10 Singles World Rankings on the ITF Junior Tour (18 years and under), as at 28 November 2011 are:

  1. 1,462.5 – Jiri VESELY from the Czech Republic, ATP rank = No.603
  2. 1,258.75 – Luke Saville from Australia, ATP rank = 1,939
  3. 1,145 – Oliver Golding from Great Britain, ATP rank = No.709
  4. 983.75 – Bjorn Fratangelo from the USA, ATP rank = No.787
  5. 958.75 – Hugo Dellien from Bolivia, ATP rank = No.1,100
  6. 936.25 – Thiago Monteiro from Brazil, ATP rank = No.693
  7. 878.75 – Filip Horansky from Slovakia, ATP rank = No.896
  8. 831.25 - Dominic Thiem from Austria, ATP rank = No.640
  9. 825 – George Morgan from Great Britain, ATP rank = No.722
  10. 742.5 – Liam Broady from Great Britain, ATP rank = No.667

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

18-year-old Jiri VESELY won the 2011 Junior Australian Open singles title. By doing this, Vesely earned 500 ITF Junior Ranking points. The Czech was the runner-up at the 2011 Junior US Open where he earned another 180 ITF JUnior Ranking points. Vesely achieved his career-best ATP Tour ranking to date on 21 November 2011 at No.566.

Vesely is a left-hander who uses a double-handed backhand and is pictured above in the forward swing phase towards making contact with ball for this double-backhand drive at the 2011 Junior US Open.

The Top 10 junior boys are NOT ranked as high on the men’s ATP Tour compared to how high the Top 10 junior girls are ranked on the women’s tour.

The highest ranked junior boy on the ATP Tour is Jiri Vesely with a men’s ranking of No.603, whereas the Top women’s ranking amongst the Top 10 junior girls is No.145. The lowest men’s ranking amongst the boys Top 10 juniors is No.1,939 and one boy has not earned an ATP ranking, whereas half of the junior girls Top 10 are ranked higher on the women’s tour than the No.1 boy is on the ATP Tour.

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ITF Tennis Boy’s Junior Singles Rankings

The current Top 10 Singles World Rankings on the boy’s world junior 18 and under rankings (known as the ITF Junior Rankings), as at 28 February 2011 are:

  1. 1,393.75 Jiri Vesely from the Czech Republic – ATP rank = No.847
  2. 806.25 Dominic Thiem from Austria – ATP rank = No.914
  3. 792.50 Hugo Dellien from Bolivia – ATP rank = No.1,216
  4. 783.75 Oliver Golding from Great Britain – ATP rank = No.1,144
  5. 777.50 Mate Pavic from Croatia – ATP rank = No.1,521
  6. 733.75 Joris De Loore from Belgium – ATP rank = No.1,307
  7. 723.75 George Morgan from Great Britain – ATP rank = No.944
  8. 663.75 Roberto Carballes Baena from Spain – ATP rank = No.653
  9. 602.50 Filip Horansky from Slovakia – NO ATP ranking
  10. 580.00 Jeson Patrombon from the Philippines – NO ATP ranking

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

17-year-old Jiri Vesely won the 2011 Junior Australian Open singles title. By doing this Vesely earned 500 ITF Junior Ranking points. The Czech achieved his career-best ATP Tour ranking to date this week by moving up to No.847 before he turns 18 (on 10 July 2011). Vesely is a left-hander who uses a double-handed backhand and is pictured above just after making contact with ball with his backhand drive at the 2010 Junior US Open.

The Top 10 junior boys are NOT ranked as high on the men’s ATP Tour compared to how high the Top 10 junior girls are ranked on the women’s WTA Tour. The highest ranked junior boy on the ATP Tour is Roberto Barballes Barena with a men’s ranking of No.653, whereas the Top women’s ranking amongst the Top 10 junior girls is No.202. The lowest men’s ranking amongst the boys Top 10 juniors is No.1,521 and two boys have not earned an ATP ranking, whereas the lowest women’s ranking by a Top 10 junior girl is No.637.

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ITF Tennis Girl’s Junior Singles Rankings

The current Top 10 Singles World Rankings on the girl’s world junior 18 and under rankings (known as the ITF Junior Rankings), as at 28 February 2011 are:

  1. 1,375.00 An-Sophie Mestach from Belgium – WTA rank No.478
  2. 1,350.00 Daria Gavrilova from Russia – WTA rank No.481
  3. 1,027.50 Monica Puig from Puerto Rico – WTA rank No.429
  4. 1,010.00 EIina Svitolina from Ukraine – WTA rank No.498
  5. 965.00 Lauren Davis from the USA – WTA rank No.431
  6. 856.25 Irina Khromacheva from Russia – No.629
  7. 847.50 Zheng Saisai from China – WTA rank = No.341
  8. 777.50 Yulia Putintseva from Russia – WTA rank = No.608
  9. 725.00 Caroline Garcia from France – WTA rank = No.202
  10. 722.50 Ons Jabeur from Tunisia – WTA rank = No.637

The number prior to the player’s name is their ranking points total.

16-year-old An-Sophie Mestach won the 2011 Junior Australian Open singles title. By doing this Mestach earned 500 ITF Junior Ranking points. The 1.7m Belgian has a career-best WTA ranking of No.449 before she even turns 17 (on 7 March 2011). The right-hander uses a double-handed backhand and is pictured above about to move into the forward swing phase of this forehand drive at the 2010 Junior US Open.

The Top 10 junior girls are ranked higher on the women’s WTA Tour compared to how high the Top 10 junior boys are ranked on the men’s ATP Tour. The highest ranked junior girl on the WTA Tour is Caroline Garcia with a women’s ranking of No.202, whereas the Top men’s ranking amongst the Top 10 junior boys is No.653. The lowest women’s ranking amongst the girls Top 10 juniors is No.637, which is 16 places higher than THE top ranked boy. Two of the Top 10 boys have not earned an ATP ranking as yet and the lowest men’s ranking by a Top 10 junior boy is No.1,521.

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Understanding ITF Junior Tour Rankings #2

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In this ITF Junior Tennis Tour post we will take a closer look at the “Grade A” category tournaments for the girl’s and boy’s international junior tennis tours. ITF stands for International Tennis Federation. The junior tennis tour is called the ITF Junior Tour and has only one age group, which is 18 years and under.

The ITF Junior tournaments have 6 main categories of tournaments from Grade A events, which offer the most ranking points, through to Grade 5 events, which offer the least ranking points. There are 9 Grade A tournaments each year and they are the most important singles events that an ITF junior player can play. Their importance is in terms of earning a higher number of ranking points, testing themselves against the world’s best junior players and bridging the gap between ITF Junior tennis and the women’s and men’s professional tennis.

The 4 most prestigious ITF Junior tournaments are the Junior Grand Slam events, which are held in the final week of the women’s and men’s Grand Slams. The Junior Grand Slams are officially known as: the Australian Open Junior Championships, the Roland Garros Junior Championships, the Junior Championships Wimbledon and the US Open Junior Tennis Championships.

The other 5 Grade A tournaments on the ITF Junior Tour are: the Casablanca Cup in Tlalnepantla (Mexico), the Gerdau Cup in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Italian Open in Milan (Italy), the Osaka Mayors Cup in Osaka (Japan) and the Orange Bowl in Florida (USA). The winner of a Junior Grand Slam singles title earns a bonus of 250 ITF Junior ranking points, which means he or she will earn 500 ranking points.

The ITF Junior ranking points for Grade A singles tournaments for both girls and boys are allocated to the players like this:

  1. The winner earns 250 ITF Junior ranking points;
  2. The runner-up earns 180 points;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 120 points;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 80 points;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 50 points; and
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 30 points.

The players who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ITF Junior ranking points. No points are awarded to a player until he/she has won a round. Progressing through the draw due to receiving or walkover in the 1st DOES NOT count as winning a round, so no ranking points would be awarded. Progressing through to the next round when your opponent retires after beginning the match will count as winning so you will be awarded points.

The players, who qualify for the main draw and then lose in the 1st round, are awarded 25 ITF Junior ranking points. The players, who win through to the final round of the junior qualifying singles event and then lose in The Qualifying Round, receive 20 ITF junior ranking points. There is one more way of earning points in Grade A ITF Junior tournaments. IF any player wins 3 Grade A singles titles within a 12 month time frame, then they are awarded an further 250 bonus points as a reward for that achievement.

Pictured above is former Junior Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer positioning the ball and getting himself prepared to serve. In 1998 Federer won Junior Wimbledon, was a runner-up at the US Open Junior Championships, made the semi finals at the Junior Australian Open and lost in the 1st round of the Roland Garros Juniors. Federer ended 1998 as the World No.1 ranked junior boy on the ITF Junior Tour.

Only 4 male players have won the Junior Wimbledon singles title and then gone on to win the Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon in the Open era, they are Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash and of course, Roger Federer. Only 2 female players have achieved this feat. Martina Hingis won Junior Wimbledon in 1994 and the Senior title in 1997. Amelie Mauresmo won Junior Wimbledon in 1996 and the Senior title in 2006.

More ITF Junior Tour information will be covered in future posts on this tennis website. If YOU would like to know something about the ITF Juniors you can ask your questions by making a comment below.

Click these links for further ITF Junior Tennis Tour posts: Understanding the ITF Junior Tour #1Understanding ITF Junior Tour Rankings #1Tennis in Hong Kong: ITF Junior Event and Hong Kong ITF Junior Tennis Results.

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Understanding the ITF Junior Tour #1

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In this ITF Junior Tennis Tour category post we will explore the girl’s and boy’s international junior tennis tours and make it easier for our readers to understand exactly how the tours work.

ITF stands for International Tennis Federation. The junior tennis tour is called the ITF Junior Tour and has only one age group, which is 18 years and under. 18 years and under means you can play to the end of the year in which you turn 18 but are ineligible to play from January 1st of year that you will turn 19 years of age.

The ITF Junior Age Eligibility Rule states that a player must have turned 13 years old prior the 1st day’s play of the Main Draw in the ITF Junior tournament that they apply to participate in.

There will be more than 350 ITF Junior Tour tournaments held in 2010 spread out across 115 countries in the world. At the end of each year a Junior World Champion is honoured in both the girl’s and boy’s tours. 2005 Girls’ World Junior Champion Victoria Azarenka and 2004 Boy’s World Junior Champion Gael Monfils have transitioned into the top end of professional tennis rankings.

There are 6 categories of events on the ITF Junior Tour. Grade A events offer the most ranking points with Grade 1 being the 2nd highest category and so on. Therefore, Grade 5 is the lowest category of ITF junior tournament. The following are the 6 categories:

  • Grade A;
  • Grade 1;
  • Grade 2;
  • Grade 3;
  • Grade 4; and
  • Grade 5
There are 9 Grade A tournaments each year and they are the most important singles events that a junior ITF player can play. 4 of these are the Junior Grand Slam tournaments and are the:
  1. Australian Open Junior Championships (Hard Court);
  2. Roland Garros Junior Championships (Clay);
  3. The Junior Championships, Wimbledon (Grass); and
  4. US Open Junior Tennis Championships (Hard court)

The other 5 Grade A events on the ITF Junior Tour are:

  • Casablanca Cup, Tlalnepantla, Mexico (Hard court);
  • Gerdau Cup, Porto Alegre, Brazil (Clay);
  • Italian Open, Milan, Italy (Clay);
  • Osaka Mayors Cup, Osaka, Japan (Hard court); and the
  • Orange Bowl, Key Biscayne, Florida, USA (Hard court)

Pictured above is former WTA World No.1 and 7-time Grand Slam singles champion Justine Henin just after making contact with her forehand drive at the US Open in 2005. Henin made the quarter finals of both the US Open and Wimbledon junior singles events and won the Roland Garros junior singles tournament when she was 15 years old.

More ITF Junior Tour information will be covered in future posts on this tennis website. If YOU would like to know something about the ITF Juniors you can ask your question/s by making a comment below.

Click these links on this tennis website for further ITF Junior Tennis Tour posts: Understanding ITF Junior Tour Rankings #1, Tennis in Hong Kong: ITF Junior Event and Hong Kong ITF Junior Tennis Results.

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