About the Junior Grand Prix

The Junior Grand Prix is geared towards all junior tennis players in the Chicago area. The circuit is a series of single-night, round-robin tournaments throughout the indoor season (Labor day - Memorial day). The tournaments are held in a single night - either Friday or Saturday evening. The Junior Grand Prix is open to all competitive levels of tennis - from players just beginning match play to USTA ranked players. Whether you are a novice or experienced player, there will be some good competition for you. High school tennis seasons will not be affected.


Player eligibility

Players who appear on any 2014 USTA Midwest and/or District Final Rankings list must play an age division higher that he/she is ranked. The USTA Girls' 16 and under ranking list will govern the Girls' 15 and under Junior Grand Prix eligibility. NOTE: Current USTA seedings/standings lists do not have any impact on current eligibility to play in the Junior Grand Prix.


Age group availability for 2017 - 2018 Season

Boys 10 and under (born on or after 5/1/2007)
Boys 12 and under (born on or after 5/1/2005)
Boys 14 and under (born on or after 5/1/2003)
Boys 16 and under (born on or after 5/1/2001)
Boys Open and under (born on or after 5/1/1999 or High School Student)
Girls 10 and under (born on or after 5/1/2007)
Girls 12 and under (born on or after 5/1/2005)
Girls 15 and under (born on or after 5/1/2002)
Girls Open and under (born on or after 5/1/1999 or High School Student)


Tournament Formats

5 or more players - Each player will be randomly placed into the tournament score sheet. Each player will have play 4 rounds of play. These rounds will consist of 5-game rounds, for the younger age divisions, and 6-game rounds for the older age divisions. A total number of games won will be noted on the tournament score sheet. The top 4 totals will qualify for the elimination playoff and the other players will go home. If there is a tie for 4th place, a one-game playoff bracket will be used to determine playoff qualifiers. For more rules information click on the following link - Rules & Regulations. Each playoff round will consist of a one-set match. The third place match will be decided by a super-tiebreaker.


4 players - If there are 4 players, the players will play 6-game rounds in a round-robin format. After conclusion of the round-robin, the top 2 players will face off in a one set final (using no-ad scoring).


3 players - If there are 3 players, the players will play 9-game rounds in a round-robin format. After conclusion of the round-robin, the top 2 players will face off in a one set final (using no-ad scoring).


2 players - If there are 2 players, the players will play a 2 out of 3 set match, (using no-ad scoring) and a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a 3rd set.


Scoring & accumulating points

All players start with 0 points and work to accumulate as many points as possible throughout the season. New players may enter the race at any time within the season. Within each age division, there is a limit to how many tournaments count towards a point total, which makes it fair for late-joining players. POINTS - 5 or more players
Participation: 10 points
Each game won: 5 points
1st place in playoffs: 40 points
2nd place in playoffs: 20 points
3rd place in playoffs: 10 points
4th place in playoffs: 5 points


POINTS - 3-4 players
Participation: 10 points
Each game won: 5 points
1st place in playoffs: 40 points
2nd place in playoffs: 20 points


POINTS - 2 players
Participation: 10 points
Each set win = 30 points
Each game won = 5 points (no points awarded for tiebreaker game)


2018 Junior Grand Prix Championship Tournament points will be added to the end-of-the season total


If a tournament has 17-24 players, each playoff player receives 20 extra tournament points. Players who finish 5th and 6th receive 10 and 5 extra tournament points, respectively.


If a tournament has 25 or more players, each playoff player receives 30 extra tournament points. Players who finish 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th receive 20, 15, 10, and 5 extra tournament points, respectively.


If a tournament has 3 or 4 players, each player receives 5 points per game won, plus 10 participation points. 1st place receives 40 playoff points and 2nd place receives 20 playoff points.


Playing "Up"

Playing in older age divisions (playing "up") - any players playing "up" will be allowed to have their best 2 "higher age tournaments" count in all younger eligible age divisions. Those tournaments will count towards the maximum amount of events to be counted for the season-end point totals.


Circuit standings will be posted on this website at in the Standings section.


After the end of the regular season:


It is time to enter the Junior Grand Prix Championship. Do you qualify? The top 16 players in each age division qualify for the year end championship.


The Junior Grand Prix Championship is a feed in consolation tournament. Points from this tournament will be added to the total number of points gained throughout the season.


2017 Midwest Junior Team Tennis Invitational (July 2017) {TBD}


Top players will be selected from the Junior Grand Prix standings to participate in this tournament. For an idea of what this wonderful event is like please visit the End of Year Tournaments page at the bottom of the JGP site for an idea of what this wonderful event is like.


Chicago & St. Louis - reciprocity


Chicago Junior Grand Prix players are welcome to play any Junior Grand Prix tournaments in the St. Louis area and visa versa. Please visit the St. Louis section of this website for more details on tournament signup. You do not need to pay any league fee to play. You only need to pay the tournament fee.


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