ITF Junior Grade System Breakdown
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 AOnly 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:
- Australian Open
- French Open
- US Open
- Italian Open
- Orange Bowl
- Porto Alegre Junior Championships
- Osaka Mayor's Cup
- Abierto Juvenil Mexicano
Grade B1There 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:
- Sudamericano Individual (Argentina)
- Easter Bowl (U.S.)
- MahaVitaran Asian B1 Junior Tennis Championships (India)
- Pan Am ITF Championship (U.S.)
- Seogwipo Asia/Oceania (Korea)
*Grade 1There 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:
- USTA International Spring Championships
- International Hard Courts
- Eddie Herr
Grade B2There are only two Grade B2 events this year, and the winner of each event earns 120 points.
Grade B2 tournaments:
- CAT African Junior (Tunisia)
- Oceania Closed Junio (Fiji)
Grade 2There are 51 Grade 2 tournaments this year, and the winner of a Grade 2 event earns 100 points.
Grade B3There is only one B3 tournament this year, and the winner will earn 80 points:
Grade B1 tournament:
- JITIC U18 Regional Championship (Trinidad and Tobago)
Grade 3There are 36 Grade 3 tournaments; the winner of each tournament will earn 60 points.
Grades 4-5The 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