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(Page last updated 3/19/06)

  1. If you compete in USTA Sanctioned events, you may play an age division until the month in which you age up, or, in other words until your birthday month. This means that players who are 12,14,16 or 18 years old may continue to play in their 12,14,16 or 18 age division until the month in which they turn 13,15,17 or 19, respectively. For example: A player who turns 15 in October, may play in the 14 and under age division up to and through September 30. Starting October 1, this player must play in the 16 and under age division.

  2. You may also elect to play in an older age division before you are required to do so. However, it is important that you consult your section’s rulings to be certain of your eligibility in more than one age division before making this choice.

  3. The starting date of a tournament determines the player’s eligibility for that tournament. For example: A player who turns 15 in April is eligible to play the 14 and under age division in a tournament that starts in March and continues into April.

  4. When scheduling tournament play, everyone should be planning ahead, but especially the group that "ages up" between significant events. We suggest that you consult with your parents and coaches to decide what age division is best for you and your tennis development. If you plan to play The Nationals you must meet your Section’s endorsement requirements for the age division that you will be playing at The Nationals. The same requirement is true, of course, for the National Clay Courts and the National Indoors; sectional endorsement requirements must be met for the intended tournament!

  5. Please examine your section’s endorsement requirements to see if they permit you to play in both age groups. If your sectional rules allow you sufficient flexibility, if you are eligible and would like to play national championship events in different age divisions, you will have to meet the endorsement requirements for each age division, in a timely manner, for the specific events. For example: A player may be able to meet endorsement requirements for the 14’s Clay Courts and the 16’s Nationals or Indoors.

  6. Please note: The month a player “ages up” he/she is dropped from the standing list and the ranking list on which they previously appeared.

 

Junior Age Eligibility Requirements For Ranking Purposes

Age   Year
Division Born End of Eligibility
18 1987 Last day of month preceding month of 19th birthday
18 1988 and later Eligible all year
16 1989 Last day of month preceding month of 17th birthday
16 1990 and later Eligible all year
14 1991 Last day of month preceding month of 15th birthday
14 1992 and later Eligible all year
12 1993 Last day of month preceding month of 13th birthday
12 1994 and later Eligible all year
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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