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Playing In Tournaments

Johnny Shiels
06-10-2010, 10:26 PM
Hello forum.
Hope all's well.

I'm new here so i'm hoping you guys can help me.

I'm looking to play pro tennis & to compete in tournaments.
Can anyone tell me where to start please? How do I play in the tournaments? How do I get my name on the mens tennis rankings table?

Thanks to any help.

David Kenzie
06-10-2010, 10:27 PM
Start by changing country !

Johnny Shiels
06-10-2010, 10:46 PM
Start by changing country !
Why do you say this?
I'll represent GB over any other country all day long!

Voo de Mar
06-10-2010, 10:49 PM
I'm afraid Johnny, your question isn't adequate to this section :wavey:

A_Skywalker
06-10-2010, 10:49 PM
start with amateur tournaments, you cant be so good from the nothing to start competing with pros

allpro
06-10-2010, 10:56 PM
I'm looking to play pro tennis & to compete in tournaments.
Can anyone tell me where to start please? How do I play in the tournaments? How do I get my name on the mens tennis rankings table

If you do not know this information, then most likely you are not capable of playing at the professional level.

out_here_grindin
06-10-2010, 10:58 PM
Are you good enough to play with the pros?

Johnny Shiels
06-10-2010, 11:05 PM
Are you good enough to play with the pros?

Actually I guess not. Not the TOP guys.
Someone suggested I get an ITF Tennis IPIN?

out_here_grindin
06-10-2010, 11:08 PM
Actually I guess not. Not the TOP guys.
Someone suggested I get an ITF Tennis IPIN?

but do you think you have a serious shot at winning some future matches?

Yes you have to get an IPIN 1st.

Johnny Shiels
06-10-2010, 11:10 PM
but do you think you have a serious shot at winning some future matches?

Yes you have to get an IPIN 1st.

I do, yes.

FormerRafaFan
06-10-2010, 11:12 PM
You should contact your national tennis association. They can help you register for the ITF futures.

ShotmaKer
06-10-2010, 11:16 PM
ask your coach ?

n8
06-11-2010, 02:11 AM
Hi Johnny.

Before you can enter most Futures tournaments you need to enter national tournaments and get your national ranking up. Before players have ATP points, national rankings are used for preference spots in Futures draws (including qualifying). I wouldn't bother getting a Ipin (needed to play Futures events - details here (http://www.itftennis.com/ipin/)) until you have gotten a decent national ranking.

Check out this page (http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentacceptancelist.asp?tournament=1100022100&event=&order=Position) for the F8 Futures event in Great Britain starting at the end of this month. You will see that the first accepted player who doesn't have an ATP ranking has a national ranking of 49. Don't be put out that he is 18th on the alternates list (below the qualifying list) as most of the players on that list will not end up playing the event (see their priority) and therefore he will probably get a spot in qualifying.

To get this national ranking, you will need to enter national events (lower level than Futures). I think details on how to do that are here (http://www.lta.org.uk/Competition/) and then click on the 'AEGON British Tour Competition Pack 2010.pdf' resource for more information. There are also contacts in that pdf. For Future event contacts see the ITF website, for example here (http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/entryinfo.asp?tournament=1100021737) shows the email address and phone number for the F7 Futures event just past.

Johnny Groove
06-11-2010, 04:06 AM
You don't really need a national ranking to get a spot in a future qualifying.

Gotta have an ipin, though.

Fee
06-11-2010, 04:45 AM
You don't really need a national ranking to get a spot in a future qualifying.

Gotta have an ipin, though.

This is true. There are many futures events that don't fill their qualifying draws and let walk-ups sign in if they have an IPIN.

Go to www.itftennis.com and read everything. Feel free to come back here and ask more questions once you've done that, but your thread will probably be moved to the tennis players section near the bottom of the forum. :)

docking34
06-11-2010, 04:45 AM
how hard is it to enter future events in usa? anyone..

Fee
06-11-2010, 04:58 AM
how hard is it to enter future events in usa? anyone..

get an IPIN at the www.itftennis.com website, put your name on the entry list 3 weeks in advance, show up to sign in for qualies on Friday night before 9 pm and pay the fee. Depending on how many other people show up, you could get in the draw (take at look at the q draw for the futures this week in Loomis California and notice the byes). I've heard from friends this week that the ITF is getting really picky about people having IPINs and registering in advance, but other than that, they still let guys without points into the draw if there's space.

Johnny Shiels
06-11-2010, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the information everyone.
I'm going to enter into the ''LTA'' (http://www2.lta.org.uk/Search/FindACompetition/default.htm) tournaments. Then I imagine the ''FUTURES'' (http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentSearch.asp) are the next step up?