A description of the types of tournaments offered by SA Junior Tennis.
SA Junior Tennis Circuit Info
2018 Season - Runs from September 2, 2017 - August 30, 2018. Players may begin playing at any point during the season prior to the Masters Invitational Playoffs in August 2018.
Masters Invitational Playoffs - The season culminates with the Masters Invitational Playoffs Tournament, which determines the season winners for each age division. Winners of the Masters in regular age divisions 10-16 go on to represent San Antonio in a team competition at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in September, the State Championship Tournament.
Eligibility - Players are invited to participate in the Masters based on their performance during the season. The 10 players that have earned the most points in each age division throughout the season will be offered the first option to compete.
The Levels Tournaments in the circuit allow players to compete with other players of their level, leading to a level system of play more finely tuned than that of three-tier systems.
Based on player levels, these tournaments are great for all levels of player. Higher level players are placed in separate draws from lower level players with a degree of separation based on the mix of levels that register. Beginning players without prior tournament experience should register at Level 1.
Since divisions are based primarily on level, genders and ages may be combined in the same draw. The format for these tournaments is an ad-scoring pro set.
Results do not affect Gran Prix point standings.
Gran Prix Tournaments
Gran Prix - These are age-based singles tournaments with three levels of play.
- Regular Gran Prix: Open to all players not qualified for Champ or Super Champ divisions; basically, Challenger level. (Points: players are awarded 4 Gran Prix Standings points per main draw match won and 2 points per consolation round.)
- Super Open: Open to all levels, including Champ or Super Champ players. (4 Gran Prix Standings points per main draw match won, 2 points for consolation)
- INTRO: Level-based division limited to Level 1-2 players of all ages and genders. Format is an ad-scoring pro set. (Does not affect Gran Prix Standings.)
Age divisions 10-16 are based on the ages players will be on September 1, 2018.
Gran Prix+ - Weighted Gran Prix tournament that counts for double standings points. Champs players may compete in any of the non-INTRO divisions.
Gran Prix Doubles - Doubles with similar age and level divisions to the Gran Prix singles tournaments. Players are able to register for up to two divisions, one mixed and one regular doubles. (Main draw wins earn 3 points per match, consolation wins earn 1 point.)
Pass the Racquet Doubles
Fun doubles event in which players on a team share one racquet and must alternate who hits each shot during a point by handing off the racquet between shots. Singles sidelines apply.