The ITF Seniors Tour will be one for the ages next year.
The Tour is getting both younger—and older— in 2021.
The ITF announced it will add a new 90-and-over age category to the Seniors Tour.
The news follows the announcement earlier this week that a 30-and-over age category is also to be introduced next year, with the ITF pledging it is “committed to making improvements at both ends of the age spectrum on the Seniors Tour. The ITF’s mission is to make seniors tennis the leading sport.”
Players aged 90 and over will be able to compete exclusively against one another at events which offer the new category in 2021—rather than playing against players in their mid-80s, with players in their 90s currently competing in the 85-and-over age categories.
In 2021, a total of 81 registered players on the ITF Seniors Tour will be aged 90 or over (compared to 51 players in 2020). This number is forecast to further grow in the years to come, the ITF says.
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