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Hagar and Shin Competing In Kentucky Tennis Derby
This week, ATA Academy players Josh Hagar and Charlie Shin are in Lexington, Kentucky, competing in an International Tennis Federation tournament.
The ITF Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments for players aged 18 & Under, aimed at improving competitive opportunities and helping to develop a player’s skills.
“ITF tournaments are the pathway to junior grand slams,” Coach Jack Newman said. Newman, ATA’s owner and a USTA Master Professional, is traveling with Josh and Charlie and coaching them in the event.
The 2011 Circuit is open to players born between 1st January 1993 and 31 December 1998. Over 350 tournaments will be held in approximately 115 countries throughout the year.
There are six levels of tournament on the ITF Junior Circuit: At the top end are Grade A (Super Series) tournaments, which include the four Grand Slams events, followed by Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, where Grade 5 is the lowest grade.
Tournaments are graded according to the strength of entry, with the most ranking points being awarded at Grade A events and the fewest points at Grade 5 tournaments.
The Kentucky International Tennis Derby, in which Josh and Charlie are competing, is a Grade 4 hard-court event.
Follow Josh and Charlie's results on Twitter by searching #ATAResults, or by following @jacknewmanATA.
*information from itftennis.com