ITF collaborates with ATP on unique programme to accelerate careers of promising young players

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the ATP have announced the launch of the Accelerator Programme, a ground-breaking initiative designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring tennis players from 2023. By May Zhao

The programme will see playing opportunities at ATP Challenger Tour level and ITF World Tennis Tour events reserved for the world’s top Junior players and forms part of the ITF’s long-term strategy to develop more opportunities for players to progress through the player pathway to the top level of the game.

Each player ranked in the Top 20 of the ITF Junior Boys Year-End Rankings will be granted up to eight Accelerator Spots at ATP Challenger Tour 50 and 75 tournaments the following season. These will be split between Main Draw (Top 10) and Qualifying (11-20), with players also eligible for two Accelerator Spots at M15 or M25 ITF World Tennis Tour events.

Players ranked 21-30 in the year-end ITF Junior Rankings will be eligible for eight spots at M15 or M25 events.

For players ranked in the Top 20 of the ITF Junior Girls Year-End Rankings, there will be a total of five opportunities to access main draws at women’s events on the ITF World Tennis Tour, from W15 to W100 level – depending on ranking[MB1]. For the first time, this will include access to the new W40 category, introduced for 2023 as part of the ITF’s drive for gender parity across the sport.

The new programme supplements the 2023 ATP Challenger Tour changes announced in September, which signal ATP’s long-term strategy for the circuit through significant prize money increases, a balanced calendar, and an increase in total and premium playing opportunities.

David Haggerty, ITF President: “It is important that tennis works together to create new opportunities for young players. By collaborating, we can create a brighter future for the sport and ensure that future generations have opportunities to progress to the top of the game. We are excited to be part of the effort to make this happen.”

Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman: “Tennis has always been a sport that rewards hard work, and we must create an environment that allows young, aspiring players to reach their potential. It is our responsibility to open the door to opportunity and allow them to thrive in the sport. The Accelerator Programme is creating a pathway for the next generation of champions and showcases tennis using its collective influence to remain a sport for all. We look forward to seeing it come into play from 2023.”

Source: Letter from London

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