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Major Events in Africa in 2021

11-03-2021 07:55:40  



CAT Press Release of 10th March 2021

To African National Associations Members of CAT

Subject: Major Events in Africa in 2021

 

The Tennis family Worldwide in general and in Africa in particular has been trying all possibilities to resume tennis activities, in respect with the specificities of the current pandemic situation that affects everyone, some more than others.

In Africa, the Confederation of African Tennis together with the ITF has been holding a number of meetings in order to produce a tentative calendar of events for this year 2021, which is attached to this message. Please note that the calendar is not final and can be subject to changes. In any case, concerned parties will be informed in due time.

 

It is still impossible to foresee what is going to happen in the few months to come in regard with the COVID-19 pandemic evolution, the CAT in common agreement with the ITF Development Department decided a priori to plan the organization of the various major African events to take place during the second half of the year 2021 (between July and November), such as  the African Junior Championships for all ages’ groups, zonal and final competitions for the 12 years and under and the tournaments of the African 14 & under circuit and its Masters to which is added the African Junior Teams’ Championships (AJTC) and CAN; as well as the various team competitions organized by the ITF: JDC, JBJKC, WJTF and the Europe / Africa zonal competitions of the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup.

 

In view of the fact that a very large number of events have been planned to take place over a fairly short period (5 months), and in order to limit the number of trips for young players, it was recommended to try as much as possible to combine organization of several events (same place and same date). This is how and as a first initiative, it was strongly recommended to organize exceptionally in 2021 the 16 & U African Championships and the 1st African 14 & U Championship during the same week and in the same site.Below is a table summarizing the proposed dates in order of priority for the various major junior events in 2021:

 

#

Events

Proposed Dates

Observations & Recommendations

1

African Junior Teams’ Championships (AJTC)

21 – 26 June 2021

Confirmed to take place in Egypt – A qualifying event for the World Junior Teams’ Competitions.

2

African 18 & U Championships B2 & Team’s Cup for 18 & U

1st Priority :

19 – 25 Juily2021

This date would offer more chances to African players in view of being eventually accepted to participate in the US Open 2021.* The potential host country is requested to organize an ITF Junior Tournament of Gr (3) or higher (2; 1) during the week preceding the AJC 18 & U.

2nd Priority :

26 July – 1st August

* The potential host country is requested to organize an ITF Junior Tournament of Gr (3) or higher (2; 1) during the week preceding the AJC 18 & U

3*

World Junior Tennis Final (World Team’s competition for 14&U)

2 – 8 August 2021 Czech Republic e

2 African boy’s teams +

2 African Girl’s Teams will take part

4

African Junior Championships for 16&U and 14&U

1st Priority :

6 au 11 September 

* The potential host country is requested to organize an ITF Junior Tournament of Gr (4) at least during the week preceding or the one following the AJC of 16 & U.* The potential host country is requested to organize a CAT 14 & U Gr.1 Tournament during the 4/5 days preceding the AJC 14&U.

2nd Priority :

30 August – 4 September

* The potential host country is requested to organize an ITF Junior Tournament of Gr (4) at least during the week preceding or the one following the AJC of 16 & U.

* The potential host country is requested to organize a CAT 14 & U Gr.1 Tournament during the 4/5 days preceding the AJC 14&U.

5*

Junior Davis Cup & Junior BJK Cup (The World Cup for the 16&U by team)

27 September – 2 October 2021

2 African boy’s teams +

2 African Girl’s Teams will take part

6

Zonal Teams’ Competition for 12&U

Between 30 August and 26 September 2021

6 days for each zone to be designated during the proposed period

7

Final Event of the Teams’ Competition for 12&U

1st Option :

22 – 27 November

 

2nd Option :

15 – 20 November

 

8

African  Nations’ Cup  – CAN

8 – 14 November

This competition was scheduled in Tunisia in 2020 and has been postponed for 2021 due to COVID-19

9

African 14 & U Masters

1st Option :

10 – 14 November

During CAN week and in CAN host country.

2nd Option :

Just after the 2nd AJC 14 & U

The 2nd African 14&U Championships is planned to take place from 18 – 23 October or from 11 – 16 October 2021  

10

The Tournaments of the African 14&U Circuit and the 2nd African 14&U Championships

15 to 20 tournaments will be organized in the different African regions between 15 June and 15 December 2021 National Associations can organize their National CAT Circuit Tournaments of Grade (D1) & (D2) between 15 March and 15 June 2021

 

NB: Competitions # 3 & 5 are organized worldwide by the ITF Finally, and for the National Associations which would be interested in hosting the events mentioned above, the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) will circulate the Specifications and the minimum requirements as well as the Application Forms for each of these major African events starting on 11th March 2021.

 

Click  here to see the Project of the African Calendar for the year 2021