Competing in Jersey
Club Open and Closed Tournaments
The Clubs hold Open and Closed Tournaments during the course of each year. Open tournaments can be entered by any player irrespective of their Club. Closed tournaments can only be entered by members of that Club.
The External League is a doubles event run throughout the Summer. In recent years it has been based around Clubs competing against other Clubs.
In 2014 it is intended that the format of the External League will change to generate more interest and encourage more teams from across the Island to enter.
The Masters is a singles and doubles event for over 40’s which is run in the second half of the tennis season.
Competing as Jersey
Sportsmen and women compete in the Tournoi Multisports Tournament which is held every year alternately in Jersey and in France. It came about as a result of discussions between the county council of La Manche in Normandy and the States of Jersey. The 2 authorities have held regular meetings since 2006 to liaise over common issues and development opportunities.
The sporting event, which featured football and tennis in 2013, normally takes place over a weekend in April and is the first of its kind. The next Tournoi will be in Jersey in 2014.
Matches against Guernsey are arranged towards the end of the tennis season. The main event is where the top players from both Islands compete. However there are also matches for the over 35’s and for the Vets and Super Vets (over 45 and over 55 respectively).
Junior Inter-Insulars are arranged if they are considered by the Coaches to be positive to the development of junior players.
Jeux des Isles
The Jeux des Iles is a celebration of youth sports, a chance to interact with different cultures and a journey into the traditions of islands all around the world. It is a multi-sports event for [under 16’s] and is run every year. Tennis continues to be a strong supporter of this excellent event.
The last Jeux des Isles was hosted on the island of Corsica during May 2013. This year Majorca will be hosting and a team of 4 players will be part of Team Jersey.
NatWest Island Games
IGA logoThe International Island Games were founded in the Isle of Man in 1985 and today include 24 member islands in, or associated with, the nine sovereign nations of Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK, plus the Caribbean.
The Islands come together every two years to compete in friendly competition in a range of up to 14 sports chosen by the host Island from an approved list of 18. Tennis has been an integral part of the Island Games for some time.
Between 27 June and 3 July 2015 the Island Games came to Jersey!
The Games will be in Gotland in 2017, Gibraltar in 2019 and Guernsey in 2021.
More informaiton can be found on the NatWest Island Games website (link opens a new window).
Competing as The Channel Islands
Aegon County Cup Events give players the opportunity to represent their County in team competition in national/regional stages. The age group categories range from 9U to 35+.
Events are held at different times of the year and in order to compete players have to be selected by their County. In the Summer, Winter and 18U Events, the 44 competing counties are organised into groups according to their performance in the previous year’s event.
In the 14U, 12U and 10U events the counties are organised into groups on a regional basis with winning teams progressing to a finals stage. The 9U is solely a regional event.
Team composition and match formats vary from event to event with singles matches qualifying for rating wins and ranking points.
Road to Wimbledon
The Road To Wimbledon is all about Clubs supporting their juniors and organising a Road To Wimbledon tournament giving opportunities for keen juniors to progress to the County Finals and then onwards to the National Finals at Wimbledon.
The event is in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. The event is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during 2013 and have not reached the age of fifteen during 2013.
Stage 1 : A Club first applies for, then organises a singles tournament for a minimum of 8 boys and/or 8 girls. Some have a much larger entry of players but eight is the minimum entry requirement.
Stage 2 : The winners, and often the runners-up, automatically qualify for the County Finals, held on set dates in June/July. This means that every Club that enters is automatically represented at the County Finals. No player may represent a Club at the County Finals that has not staged and run a minimum 8 player draw.
Stage 3 : The National Finals are held at All England Lawn Tennis Club, in August 2012, where the 44 County Finals winners and 20 runners-up qualify to play singles & doubles at the famous Wimbledon grass courts.
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