Why are you introducing an 11 & Under (11U) age group?
An 11U age group is being introduced to aid the transition from Green Ball to Yellow Ball tennis and mitigate the relative age effect. We also know that the current 12U age group caters for children in both Primary and Secondary Schools, despite the maturity levels varying greatly between these players. Introducing the 11U age group will provide a better competition experience for both groups of players.
Players will be able to play in the 11U age group when their tennis age is 10 or 11. In 2020, players born in 2009 or 2010 will be eligible to compete at 11U. Competitive opportunities will exist at all grades of competition in both a team and individual format.
Players competing in the 11U age group will earn 11U ranking points and the 11U ranking points table will be published in February 2020.
There is no intention to create a 13U or 15U age group at this time because the research suggests there wouldn’t be a significant benefit in doing so and we need to consider the size of the player base in each age group, in addition international age grouping is 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U not 11U, 13U, 15U and 17U.