Rationale/Objectives: The rationale for the new professional structure of the ATP, WTA and ITF is to create an improved professional player pathway that can be navigated by players who are able to compete, win and earn a living in professional tennis. Professional player jobs, income and the quality of the professional tennis product will be improved by the changes at the entry-level into professional tennis by: (i) reducing the number of ATP and WTA ranked players from 2500+ to 500 – 750 ...
USTA Men's Competitive Pathway. USTA Men's Competitive Pathway. Click here for the 2021 USTA Men's Competitive Pathway calendar, updated on Aug. 20. The 2022 calendar is available here. Check out the latest draws, schedules and other men's tournament information below:
For some collegiate tennis players, the dream extends beyond the NCAA Championships. With the resources available at today’s top programs, the college game has cemented its reputation as a pathway to the professional level—as illustrated by the college-to-pro “dream team” unveiled at the end of this piece. “Most universities at this level are like Olympic villages, in terms of the training opportunities,” explained Vanderbilt women’s head coach Geoff Macdonald.
The Player Pathway is a seamless pathway for tennis champions that nurtures people, teams and leaders. Players on the pathway will start at the National Performance stage which normally covers development from 7-14 years, players are then selected to progress to the Pro Tour Stage which usually starts at age 14. The final stage is for those singles players who reach the world's top 100 and doubles players who reach the world's top 32 in the ATP/WTA rankings.
The ITF World Tennis Tour provides entry level professional opportunities for players desiring to compete at the highest stages of professional tennis. As players compete, they have the opportunity to earn prize money and ranking points. Players earn ITF World Tennis Ranking points and/or in some events ATP or WTA Ranking points.
Training Pathway. Here you will find information about various training programs that aspiring pros can take advantage of in their quest to make it to the professional tour. From ANZ Tennis Hot Shots for kids right through to the Davis Cup and Fed Cup squads for Australia’s elite players, there is a program for every player at each stage of development.
Competition Pathway. There are many competitive opportunities for players to test themselves against the best, not only in Australia but worldwide, as they transition to the professional tour. Here you will find information on the leagues and tournaments available in Australia.
Tennis-Teaching Professionals Beginning November 1, 2020, new USPTA applicants joining at the professional level will undergo a new certification pathway requiring: 1. 6 to 9 months of hands-on work experience under the guidance of a USPTA approved mentor 2. 300 hours of online and/or in person education 3. USTA Safe Play including background check