During its annual meeting, the USTA decided to make some major changes to National Junior Tennis involving rankings and eligibility. Below is a summary of the most important items:

National Ranking System- Beginning in January of 2004, the USTA will eliminate monthly rankings AND change rankings to a "Points Per Round System." Each tournament will be tiered to their level of importance. Although the change will not be implemented until January 2004, all Level 1-5 tournament results from May 1, 2003-December 31, 2003 will be counted under this new system.

Eligibility Status- The USTA has passed a "Call Item" that would allow professional players (18 and under) to compete in highest level junior events on the USTA National Junior Schedule (Super Nationals). The effective date for this is January, 2004. It is very important to note, however, that this has no bearing on NCAA regulations. A junior who turns professional may be allowed to play certain USTA National Junior events, but they will not be allowed to play College Tennis.

For more specific information on these and other changes, contact the USTA Junior Competition Department at jrcomp@usta.com. You can also find information on the USTA website.

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