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Competitions Explained

Star Tennis encourages all players to compete when they are ready as this is a great way to learn and challenge yourself. Competitions can be fun and social and a way to meet new people regardless whether you win or lose or be more serious where players are trying to earn ranking points on a circuit.

Types of Competitons 

Beginner – Team Challenge , Club Box Leagues, Social Matchplay nights

Intermediate /advanced

  • Team / League – e.g Local Doubles League NECL.com, National Team Tennis (teams of 4 playing singles and doubles
  • Cheshire Tour – tournaments open to all players a series of comps based around Cheshire
  • Club Comps – For members only e.g. club championship, family cup and handicap event

Competition Age Groups

Competitions are usually based on age from u8, u9 etc / Open Age / Seniors e.g. over 60’s so players can play against similar level players.

Mini Tennis – u8 – red / u9 – orange / green u10

Junior – u11 to u18 age groups

Adult & Seniors – Open  age / over 35, 40, 45 etc

Competition grading
To help players identify suitable competitive opportunities so they can play against others of a similar standard competitions are graded from 7-1, progressing from local club level to county, regional and finally national level competitions.
Grade 7
If you are just starting to compete, Grade 7 competitions offer a great opportunity to gain some competitive experience in a local environment. These include local competitions such as club or squad box leagues and ladders. This grade of competition counts for ratings but not rankings. To find out more contact your local tennis venue or LTA regional office.
Grade 6
Competitions in this grade are usually match-plays which are open to all players to enter. They are run throughout the year and across the country and offer players in all age groups the chance to develop their competitive tennis. This grade of competition counts for ratings but not rankings.
Grade 5
These competitions take place at local club or county level and are open to players of all ages and abilities. They might be for specific age groups or cater for different age groups within one tournament. These competitions count for both ratings and rankings. From September 2019, players will be accepted for Grade 5 competitions on a First Come, First Served basis. Find out more information about this change.
Grade 4
These are county level competitions giving players the opportunity to gain competition experience at the next level and count for both ratings and rankings.
Grade 3
These are regional level competitions that count for both ratings and rankings. There are opportunities for players of all ages to compete in grade 3 competitions throughout the year.
Grade 2
These are national level competitions and count for both ratings and rankings.
Grade 1
This is the top level of national competition and counts for ratings and rankings.
Competitive tennis: The health benefits
To get the maximum benefit from the competition side tennis has to offer, we recommend joining your local tennis club. The beauty of tennis is that you are never too old or too young to join a club and start competing. It’s the best way to make the most of your leisure time amongst a busy working schedule, stay healthy and happy during retirement, or get the children out of the house and active – and we can back that up!
It’s a beneficial byproduct of playing sport that your body releases serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel good about yourself. Having the time on court to let off some steam can, therefore, lead to a much happier you.
Tennis is a non-impact sport which improves bone-density and flexibility of muscles and joints, with a minimal risk of injury. The cardiovascular elements of the game will also help towards a healthier lifestyle.