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AITA restructures junior circuit

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has restructured the junior circuit with a fresh set of rules, effective from this month, to ensure proper conduct of events and sustain the enthusiasm of the players.

The under-12 players will be allowed to participate in a maximum of 18 tournaments in a season, from January to December.

The under-14 players can play 25 tournaments, the under-16 players 30 tournaments, and there will be no restriction on the number of tournaments for the under-18 players. The AITA has clarified that qualification events will not count as tournaments and the count will be from April to December for this year.

The tournaments will also be allotted only to centres or academies registered with the AITA. In an attempt to have progressively better quality tournaments, each State will have to host a Championship series event after six Talent series tournaments. After the next six Talent series events, a Championship or Super series event, and a National series event thereafter.

Tournaments featuring two age groups will be allowed, at the discretion of the AITA, only when there are six courts with lighting.

All tournaments will be spread over a week, and the practice of three-day tournaments will be discontinued.

The top 150-ranked players in an age group would not be allowed to compete in the Talent series events and the top 75 would not be eligible to compete in Championship series events.

Talent series events in a zone will have restricted participation from players of that zone. While there can be more than one Talent or Championship series event in the same week, the Super and National series events for a particular age group will be held, one event a week across the country. No player can compete in two tournaments in the same week.

Points system

The National championship will carry the maximum of 200 points for the champion. The National series will award 75 points, the Super series 50 and the Championship Series 25 points, for the winner. Talent series tournaments will carry 15 points for the champion. The participation in the Nationals is mandatory for all players if they wish to be part of the National team. The rankings will be on the basis of best eight results in singles and 25% of eight best doubles results.

Players competing in the National championship will be paid an allowance of ₹1000 per day, from the first day of the main draw, till the day they are eliminated. The daily allowance has to be paid even if a day is lost to weather or any other reason.

For National series events, the daily allowance will be ₹800, for Super series, ₹600 and for Championship series, ₹400. Players, coaches, relatives have to sport their best behaviour and no coaching will be entertained during matches. Any violation of the disciplinary rules “shall constitute as a major offence, and a player may be defaulted from the tournament.”

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