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ITF Junior Grade System Breakdown

ITF Junior Grade System Breakdown
The ITF Junior circuit grading system can get confusing, so we're breaking down the different tournament levels to give you a better understanding of the system.

The grade scale is as follows: Grade A (junior slams, plus five other tournaments), Grade B (regional championships), Grade C (international team competitions -- none this year) and Grades 1-5.

The ITF states:
"An ITF Junior World Ranking will almost certainly be necessary to be accepted into Grade A, 1, 2, and 3 tournaments. Entry into Grade 4 and 5 tournaments is likely to be based on players ITF Junior World Rankings to an extent, but with more opportunity for unranked players to be accepted."

Here is a breakdown of each grade in order of points awarded:

Grade A
Only the four Grand Slams and give other top-tier tournaments are given the distinction of Grade A tournaments. The winner of a Grade A tournament earns 250 points.

There are a total of nine Grade A tournaments:
  1. ​Australian Open
  2. Wimbledon
  3. French Open
  4. US Open
  5. Italian Open
  6. Orange Bowl
  7. Porto Alegre Junior Championships
  8. Osaka Mayor's Cup
  9. Abierto Juvenil Mexicano

Grade B1
There are five Grade B1/regional championship tournaments. Argentina, India, Korea, and the U.S. are hosting the five B1s this year. The winner of a B1 even earns 180 points.

Grade B1 tournaments:
  1. ​Sudamericano Individual (Argentina)
  2. Easter Bowl (U.S.)
  3. MahaVitaran Asian B1 Junior Tennis Championships (India)
  4. Pan Am ITF Championship (U.S.)
  5. Seogwipo Asia/Oceania (Korea)

*Grade 1
There are 26 Grade 1 tournaments this year, and the winner of a Grade 1 event earns 150 points. There are three Grade 1s in the U.S. that you may be familiar with:

Grade 1 tournaments:
  1. ​USTA International Spring Championships
  2. International Hard Courts
  3. Eddie Herr
*We will be streaming the Trofeo Juan Carlos Ferrero tournament on April 7-9 -- a Grade 1 event in Spain and the last chance for juniors to earn points that count towards Roland Garros. 

Grade B2
There are only two Grade B2 events this year, and the winner of each event earns 120 points.

Grade B2 tournaments:
  1. ​CAT African Junior (Tunisia)
  2. Oceania Closed Junio (Fiji)

Grade 2
There are 51 Grade 2 tournaments this year, and the winner of a Grade 2 event earns 100 points.

Grade B3 
There is only one B3 tournament this year, and the winner will earn 80 points:

Grade B1 tournament:
  1. ​JITIC U18 Regional Championship (Trinidad and Tobago)

Grade 3
There are 36 Grade 3 tournaments; the winner of each tournament will earn 60 points.

Grades 4-5
The lower grades are entry-level tournaments into the world circuit. There are a lot more tournaments at these bottom grades. These tournaments give players the chance to build up their world rankings to break into the higher grade tournaments.

Grade 4: 159 tournaments, winner earns 40 points
Grade 5: 219 tournaments, winner earns 30 points

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