ITF Seniors Introduces New Tournament Grades for 2021

New ITF Seniors Tournament Grades to Launch in 2021

Tournament Structure, Grading Criteria and Rankings Descriptions

ITF Seniors Development Plan 2019-2021

The ITF Press Release regarding the new tournament grades reads in part:

“2021 will see changes to the tournament structure, tournament grading system and a new tournament recognition scheme….”

“Among the most important changes to be introduced in 2021 is a new, refined and simplified tournament structure. The previous Grade A to Grade 4 naming will be replaced by numeric figures representing the points available to the winning player or players in each event.”

[These will be the World Championships, ITF Seniors 1000 (maximum of 12 world wide, minimum of one but no more than four in any one region) 700, 400, 200 and 100 tournaments.]

“The ITF Seniors World Championships – Young Seniors, Seniors and Super-Seniors categories – will remain the highlight of the season and the highest grade on the circuit.

The 2021 structure will also introduce a new grade – ITF Seniors 1000, a small number of global tournaments aimed at elite players within each age group. These events will offer a greater value of ranking points, relative to the points available at the World Championships.

In addition, four further grades will exist to provide a more appropriate tournament experience to players of different standards. Clearly defined entry-level tournaments – ITF Seniors 100 – are designed to provide more competitive opportunities and appropriate tournament formats for the huge number of players who already compete, while also attracting new tournaments and players to the circuit.”

“Matt Byford, Manager, ITF Seniors said: “We are very pleased to announce several developments to further enhance the tournament experience for players, officials, tournament organisers and our member nations from 2021 onwards….”

Tournament Structure, Grading Criteria and Rankings

The above linked article contains the information about the 2021 ranking points.

2021 ITF Seniors Circuit Ranking Points