In tennis choosing the right tournaments is often crucial for any upcoming player. A talented Indian tennis player needs to choose the right tournaments. This not only gives him the right exposure but also the much required points in the circuit.
Let us chart the roadmap for two imaginary examples of two talented kids Akshay and Neha who are both 10 years old. Let us make their present and future tournament schedule till the age of 18 years. These two kids are supposed to be the most talented in the country.
- By 10 years both Akshay and Neha start competing at the various age level Talent Series (TS) and Championship Series (CS) tournaments organized by AITA.
- By the age of 12 years they start competing in the various under 12 tournaments.
- Play various under 16 AITA tournaments
- Start playing ITF juniors
- Play under 18 AITA tournaments
- Keep playing ITF juniors
- Play Road to Roland Garros and Road to Wimbledon
- Play Men`s/Women`s AITA tournaments
- Play Grade A ITF junior tournaments which also includes the Grand Slams
- Start playing ITF 15K Men`s & Women`s series mostly in the Asian circuit and often the European circuit
- Keep playing ITF 15K Mens`s & Women`s series
- Akshay starts playing in ITF 25K series and ATP Challenger tournaments; Neha starts competing in ITF 25K – 1Lac and WTA 125K series
- Akshay to play high end ITF Men`s circuit and ATP Challengers; Neha to compete in high end ITF Women`s circuit and WTA 125 Series
- Play the occasional qualifiers in ATP & WTA tours and start qualifying
*The above chart is made keeping in mind the talent for a country like India. The above tournament schedule will be different for a stronger tennis nation like Spain or USA.
* it is also important for players to choose the geography well. For more effectiveness in terms of cost and conserving energy it is important that a player should choose tournaments judiciously. For example if the player is playing a ITF Futures in Kazakhstan then he should be competing in the neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, China etc. Same should be done for the European circuits.