Getting started in tennis tournaments for the first time can be a little confusing. The information below is a guide to help you navigate the tennis pathways of tournament play. These are:
- ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Match Play
- Junior Development Series Tournaments
- Junior Tournament
- ITF junior and National Junior Championships
- Australian Money Tournaments
Vida Tennis runs, manages, and hosts a number of tournament events at our various locations. To view tournament options at your Vida Venue, click on the Get Started button below in the section which suits you.
There are many different tennis pathways, ranging from professional to just getting started. Tennis Australia and its associated state bodies are the governing bodies that oversee and run all tournaments and events in Australia.
If you are interested in all the tournament options in your area Click Here. The majority of sanctioned tournaments are held during the school holiday breaks and long weekends.
Below is an overview of each type of tournament.
Hot Shots Tournaments
Hot Shots tournaments are great tennis pathways for kids to start their tournament pathway. In addition, these events are generally round robin and have sections based on age groups that use orange or green tennis balls.
Vida Tennis hosts a lot of these entry-level match play days at our venues. Speak to your head coach for more information on the next event.
For details on when the next Hot Shots Tournament is on, go to
General Category Events & Junior Development Series Tournaments
The General Category events are open to both juniors and seniors. These events are both run as round-robin events, so each player gets to participate in many matches. The events are also a great way to enjoy tournament tennis in a friendly environment.
The Junior Development Series (JDS), on the other hand, is a series of introductory tournaments aimed at beginner to intermediate players aged 11 and under, 13 and under, and 15 and under across the state and regions of Australia.
Vida Tennis hosts several of these Tennis Victoria events. To view a full list of all events across Australia, click here.
Junior Points Tournaments (JT)
Junior Tour tournaments (JT’s) are events that have an Australian ranking attached to a player’s results. These events are separated into four levels:
- Bronze (lowest)
- Platinum (highest)
All JT’s in these age groups carry Australian Ranking points depending on the level of tournament sanctioning. Entry is open to all juniors, subject to the rules and regulations governing each tournament. Learn more here.
Australian Money Tournaments (AMT)
Australia Money Tournaments (AMTs) are positioned just below the ITF Open Pro Tour events. There are four levels of AMTs – bronze (lowest), silver, gold and platinum (highest).
The number of Australian Ranking points and prize money available is based on the level of the tournament. These events are open to any player over the age of 13 years.
Pro Tour Events, Davis Cup & Federation Cup and Grand Slam Events
These tournaments are all at the professional level. Tennis Australia sanctions and runs these events at venues throughout Australia.
How to Enter?
Entering a tournament for the first time can be tough. Here is a step-by-step guide to make things easier:
- To enter tournaments, you must be registered with Tennis Victoria through either a tennis club or Tennis Victoria directly and have a current My Tennis ID (an 11 digit number starting with 61).If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, or to find out your My Tennis ID, please contact the customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Create a profile.
- Once completed, use the search tab and add filters to find a tournament.
- The age group your child will be able to play in is the age shown in the title. For example, “11/u” can be entered by kids aged 11 or younger, but not if they are turning 12 that month.
- Remember, all tournaments have an entry deadline, which is normally 2-3 weeks prior to their start date. Make sure you register within this time frame. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to participate
- The tournament page gets updated regularly. This is where you will find updates about times, dates, and locations of your matches for the whole tournament.