Since 1990, the Rochester Junior Tennis Grand Prix has been an outlet for our young tennis community. It was an important event that brought local clubs, parks, schools and universities together for a common goal – providing juniors with opportunities to develop their tournament play for a very low registration fee. This event had a large impact on my development – not only was I participant and Master’s champion as a junior – but I was also an assistant and Tournament Director for many years. I am sure that many juniors who have competed in the Grand Prix throughout the years have felt the same way. My team and I have put together a great line-up of tournaments throughout the Greater Rochester Area, making it accessible to many families and players. Keep reading below on the format, schedule, and how you can register for the upcoming summer series.
There will be 3 main groupings for Juniors Ages 10-17. These divisions will be determined by playing experience: Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. This year, the entry level will be open for children between the ages of 10-12 and we will be using green dot balls only. The Intermediate and Advanced levels will be mostly broken down based on whether or not the player participated on their Modified/JV or Varsity high school team. These different formats allow the tournaments to be competitive for those looking for more traditional competition, but also give more exposure to those who are just starting out. The participants may only register for one level per tournament, but there is an opportunity to move up based on performance. Players collect points for participating as well as advancing within tournaments. Please see breakdown below - participants must fit at least TWO of the bullet points within the respective level. The entry fee per event is $15 for each participant. This year we will also have the Summer Pass available for $89. This will include cost to ALL 8 tournaments (as well as the Masters) throughout the summer and comes with a tournament kit filled with some match essentials.
For our aspiring younger players 8 & Under, the Rochester Junior Tennis Grand Prix will host FREE 1-hour play-days on the Sunday of each tournament weekend. These play-days will use appropriate red balls and court sizes, and have several activities and games to keep the kids excited about tennis! All levels are welcome and racquets will be provided if necessary.
All players receive points for each tournament they enter plus the opportunity to earn additional points based on their results. Point breakdown is as follows: PARTICIPANT - 15 PTS CONSOLATION WINNER - 25 PTS ENTRY 5TH-8TH PLACE or INT/ADV QUARTERFINALIST- 50 PTS ENTRY 3RD & 4TH PLACE or INT/ADV SEMIFINALIST - 100 PTS FINALIST - 150 PTS CHAMPION - 200 PTS
The Masters Tournament
The top eight point-winners from each division of play will be invited to the Masters Playoff Showdown at the end of the summer. The Masters will showcase these top players in a compass draw to determine the overall champion of the Rochester Junior Tennis Grand Prix with a consolation match immediately following their first round. Awards will be given to the Leaderboard Winners and the Grand Prix Champions of each division.
Updated Leaderboards will be displayed here on the Monday after each tournament. Below are the current standings for the 2019 Rochester Junior Grand Prix.
We are so grateful to all the generous supporters featured below who have helped bring the Rochester Junior Tennis Grand Prix back to our tennis community! If you are interested in contributing your time or resources to help our cause, click here to contact Jason Speirs.
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