June 12, 2024

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ITF revamps senior tennis, too

The ITF is not just instituting major change on the pro circuit.

Even the seniors (the over-35s) are feeling it.

A “strategic development plan” for 2019-2021 was announced in January.

And now, for July 1, come changes to the seniors’ ranking system. In the meantime, as the new ITF Tour did, they will have shadow rankings.

(A quick sampling reveals that most players’ rankings have changed).

They’re talking about things like “evening and weekend” formats, shortened formats and, on the plus side, expanding the number of tournaments.

Currently, some 75 per cent of ITF seniors events are held in Europe.

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