British Tennis LTA competiton
Starting to compete in graded competition as a player or a parent can be daunting. For answers to lots of questions regarding tennis competition in the UK, please have a look at the LTAs competition resource page.
Remember, to enter most competition you will need a BTM number - this is free as a member of our club simply register here
All graded competitive opportunities in the UK can be found here
There are also two measures to help players understand and monitor their playing standard:
- British Tennis ratings - indicates a standard of play and allows players to monitor their progress.
- Nike British Tennis rankings - a measure of where you stand in your age group nationally and within your county.
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.
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.
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. Within Highland District the following grade 4 competitions are available: - North of Scotland (Elgin TC), Grantown-on-Spey Open, Nairn Open, Inverness Open which happen July - Aug annually. Enter here
Grade 3 - These are regional level competitions that count for both ratings and rankings.
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 count for both ratings and rankings.