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.
This summer will mark an evolution in the format of the Grand Prix. The two main divisions will be determined by age which will further be segmented by Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). With the implementation of UTR by local high schools, we felt it was necessary to also use this system to help those who currently compete on their school teams, as well as those hoping to participate in future seasons. Players will be grouped based on their level once registered. There will still be a relative Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced grouping for both age divisions. For the 10-12 division, the kids will start off in the Green Ball Entry Group if they have little or no experience competing. They will have the chance to move up to the Yellow Ball group within the same age division as their score increases. We've also decided to combine boys and girls into these divisions. Because UTR is level-based, this provides a broader pool of participants giving them opportunities to compete against a variety of different players while still keeping each match appropriate and competitive. Each division will follow a similar format, starting with a Round Robin followed by one or two playoff rounds, depending on the age division. 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 grouping.
Please note, that since these are now UTR events, players must create a profile on UTR if they don't already have one. All registrations and payments will be handled through that site. Once we receive notification of registration, we will then place participants in their respective levels. Although participants will only register for one level per tournament, there is an opportunity to move up based on performance and increase in level. The entry fee per event is $15 for each participant. This year, we will also have the Summer Pass available for $99. This will include cost to ALL 10 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.
Has won at least ONE 10-12 Intermediate Tournament
Has won at least ONE 13-17 Entry Level Tournament
SATURDAYS 9 - 11 AM
ADVANCED LEVEL (UTR 3-6) Junior Varsity (JV)
13-17 years of age
UTR Level 3-4
Has won at least ONE Intermediate Level Tournament
SATURDAYS 11 AM - 1 PM
13-17 years of age
UTR Level 4-6
Has won at least ONE JV Level Tournament
SATURDAYS 1 - 3 PM
FORMAT: Each grouping will have a preliminary Round Robin (times listed above). The number of games played will be determined by the number of participants in each tournament. The top game winners will move on to the Playoff Rounds. For both Entry groups as well as the 10-12 Intermediate, there will be ONE Final Playoff Round (top 2 players) immediately following the Round Robin. For the 13-17 Intermediate & Advanced groups, there will be a Semifinal (Sundays 9am) and Final (Sundays 1pm) Playoff Round. The weekend schedule is also linked as a PDF towards the bottom of this page.
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.
Updated Leaderboards will be displayed here on the Monday after each tournament. Below are the final 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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