2017/2018 saw the implementation of a 16-month transition Calendar which comes to an end on the
31st of December 2018.
Transition points were in place at the end of 2017 to allow this 16-month Calendar to be successful, there will be no transition points this year.
The 2019 Calendar season will run from January 1st – December 31st.
This change will come into effect for all affiliates and competitions operating under the jurisdiction of Tennis Ireland.
What is the purpose of this?
This change will align the Tennis Ireland Calendar with international norms including both the International Tennis Federation and Tennis Europe’s Calendar. The change will also align the Tennis Ireland calendar with the calendar year thereby simplifying the age eligibility rule.
What effect will this change have?
The main change resulting from this new policy is that all players will be able to play in their respective age group through to the end of December each year as opposed to moving to a new age group from September 1st. Players will still have the option to play up an age group if they so wish.
For Example; Brian plays tennis in Munster and is 11 years old. He will not turn 12 until 2nd December. In the current calendar, Brian will play his last 4 months of competitive tennis as an 11-year-old in the u14 age group. Under the new rule Brian will be able to play u12 until the 31st December.
Will this change have an effect on ranking points?
Ranking points have a life span of one year regardless of when they begin so there will be no impact on
the current ranking points rule.