Interprovincial Eligibility and UTP Rankings

Ulster Interprovincial Eligibility

The following criteria will apply for eligibility for representation on Ulster Under 14 or Under 18 Interprovincial teams (2018 season):

In order to be eligible for selection on an Ulster Interprovincial team, under normal circumstances players must play a minimum of three Ulster tournaments. One of these Ulster tournaments must take place after 1st May 2018. The Winter matchplays and Spring Closed Matchplays will count separately to this total, i.e. players playing both matchplay events will be regarded as having played two Ulster tournaments. National or International tournaments held in Ulster do not count as Ulster tournaments.

Each Interprovincial team will consist of the top four players in the UTP rankings at the time of selection plus a wild card as chosen by the non-playing captain (assuming players meet the eligibility criteria above). Players with a poor disciplinary record during the season may also be deemed ineligible for selection.

UTP Ranking System Eligible Tournaments

The following rules now apply to the UTP Rankings system:

1. UTP ranking points will only be allocated to certain Irish tournaments outside of Ulster. The following events will qualify for ranking points; these are National-level tournaments and Provincial Grade 1 events:

  • National Winter Matchplays
  • National Spring Matchplays
  • National Indoor Championships
  • National Spring Championships
  • Templeogue Junior Open
  • Malahide Junior Open
  • Munster Junior Open
  • Leinster Junior Open
  • Connacht Junior Open
  • Irish Junior Open

No points will be given for any other Irish tournament outside of Ulster. It remains the responsibility of the player to ensure that an email is sent to the UTP email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it within 3 days of the completion of the above events for points to be allocated, with the exceptions of the National Matchplays, National Indoor Championships and the Irish Junior Open where points will be allocated automatically.

2. For Irish tournaments outside Ulster, where there is a qualifying draw, no points will be allocated for any qualifying matches, only for main draw results.

3. National and International events (ITF/ETA/LTA) – points will be allocated as before for main draw results, and for qualifying draws if a player wins (or receives a walkover in) at least one match. No points will be allocated if a player loses their first match in qualifying.

4. For Ulster tournaments players will be allocated points automatically.




Ulster Veterans Open Postponed

Please note that the Ulster Veterans Open due to take place on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March 2018 has been postponed.

The new date for the tournament is Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Online Entry HERE


Ulster Veterans Open 2018 @ Belfast Boat Club - Postponed New Date Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April 2018

The organisers have taken the decision to postpone the planned Ulster Veterans Open which was due to take place this weekend.  

The tournament will now take place from Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April.  If you have already entered you should have got an e-mail about this already with details of arrangements for refunds if needed.

Online Entry Click HERE

Online Entry closes 15th April 2018 @23.59


Lisburn Junior Open 2018

Entry for the Lisburn Junior Open 2018 at Hilden Tennis Club  is now open Click HERE to enter online.

The online entry has been extended to Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 22.00GMT


Belfast Boat Club General Manager Vacancy

General Manager

Belfast Boat Club Sports & Leisure

We have an exceptional General Manager opportunity for a commercial leader with strong business acumen and a real passion for getting things done. You will be experienced in all aspects of team management as well as operational and financial control of a substantial and/or complex business. You will have at least 5 years’ experience in managing a successful multi-sports club or similar enterprise.

You'll be capable of constantly improving our services to members as well as attracting new people to the Club. You will promote and develop the Club, maintaining our brand standards and inspiring excellence in everything we do.

If you are interested in this challenging position, please request an application pack by contacting the Club Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Completed applications must be returned not later than 5:00pm on 20th March 2018.


Tennis Ireland Competitions Manager Vacancy

Applicants are invited to apply not later than 5pm on the 21st March 2018 by sending a CV and brief cover letter stating relevant experience to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Spring Matchplays Regional Qualifiers

Entries are open for the Spring Closed Matchplay Regional Qualifiers - please note the following for this year's events:

  1. All entries must be made on-line via the tournament site at the link below
  2. All players must be members of clubs affiliated to Ulster Tennis
  3. All players must have a Tennis Ireland PIN number and enter in when making your entry. Your PIN number is now associated directly with your Tournament Software account. If you do not have a Tournament Software account please click the "Sign Up" link on the site - a PIN will be allocated immediately when you create a new account.
  4. Under 12 players may enter Under 14 age groups, Under 16 players may enter Under 18 age groups. Under 12/14 players may NOT enter Under 18 age groups.
  5. If you entered the Winter regional matchplays, you must play in the same region in the Spring matchplays
  6. There will be a charge of £6 for regional events which is payable when entering
  7. As last year some players will be exempt from playing regionals based on their current UTP ranking - these players are listed below
  8. If you have any queries about the matchplays please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The matchplays will be run according to the following rules:

Matchplay Rules 2016-17

The list of clubs in each region is contained in the following:

Matchplay Regions


The closing date for entries for each regional matchplay will be:

 Day of Matchplay  Closing Date and Time
 SUNDAY  Preceding Friday at 23:59
 SATURDAY  Preceding Thursday at 23:59
 FRIDAY  Preceding Wednesday at 23:59 


Players must be under the specified age on 31st December 2016. Under 14 players may not play up to Under 18 The following table shows each age group and the years of birth which qualify:

Age Group Year of Birth to qualify
Under 14                       2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Under 18 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

*Players born in 2008 are Under 10 and are not eligible for Under 14 events unless they hold a current Tennis Ireland Passport allowing them to do so. See


The following players are exempt from playing regional matchplays in the age groups specified. If your name is listed here you do not need to enter the regional matchplays if you intend to play in the Ulster event.


Under 14 Under 18
Johnny McCracken Caleb Ralston
Tristan Ferguson Cian McDonnell
Jonathan Mooney Jordan McKeown
Mackenzie Connor                Harry Ellesmere                           


Under 14 Under 18
Rachel McCrum Megan Chambers  
Eve Callaghan Jessica Leeman
Katie Lowry Ciara Hill
Caoimhe McDonnell     Mary Parkash                   


Dates for other regions will be published as soon as available.

South East Region

(NOTE: If you are a member of CIYMS or David Lloyd you are in the South Eastern region)

Under 14 Boys          Sunday 18th March  10:00 am  Bangor Tennis Club
Under 14 Girls  Sunday 18th March  10:00 am  Donaghadee
Under 18 Boys and Girls  Sunday 18th March  10:00am  Royal Belfast

Southern Region

Under 14 Boys and Girls  Sunday 4th March      10:00 am      Portadown            
Under 18 Boys and Girls      Friday 16th March
 6:15pm  Downshire

North Eastern Region

Under 14 Boys and Girls  Saturday 3rd March  1:30 pm  Ballycastle
Under 18 Boys and Girls  Sunday 4th March       4:00 pm            ATT                  


Western Region

Under 14 Boys and Girls     Sunday 4th March  1:00 pm    Enniskillen
Under 18 Boys and Girls  Saturday 10th March  10:00 am  Omagh          

Belfast Region

(NOTE: If you are a member of CIYMS or David Lloyd you are in the South Eastern region)

Under 14 Boys and Girls  Sunday 18th March  10:00 am  Belfast Boat Club
Under 18 Boys and Girls  Sunday 18th March  5:00 pm  Hawarden


  1. Click on the tournament entry link below - if you do not have a Tournament Software account then you can create one through the website itself. Having an account will allow you to easily enter your details when entering any tournament which has online entry
  2. Follow the steps to enter the appropriate event - make sure that you have checked the date and time of the actual event for the appropriate region in the tables above
  3. Pay the entry fee of £6 when requested - this can be made using any credit/debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one
  5. Submit your entry
  6. You will receive an email confirmation of entry to the email address which is associated with your entry.



Ulster Spring Closed Matchplays

Spring Junior Matchplay Series

To all Ulster junior players and parents


Please note that the Tennis Ireland Spring Matchplay series has been discontinued from this season due to the heavy junior tournament schedule at National level during the spring weeks.

However Ulster Tennis will run an Ulster Spring Closed Matchplays event, which will be open to players in Ulster only. This event will be run on the following basis:

  • be run over Under 14 and Under 18 age groups only
  • age groups will be limited to a maximum of 16 players in each age group
  • the top four players in the 2018 UTP rankings at Under 14 and Under 18 level will qualify directly for the corresponding age groups in the Ulster Matchplay event
  • regional qualification events will run at Under 14 and Under 18 level (with the same format as the current regional matchplays) and the top two qualifiers from each region will also qualify for the Ulster Matchplay event
  • Under 12 players may play up to Under 14, and Under 16 players may play up to Under 18 (Under 14 players may NOT play up to Under 18)
  • UTP ranking points will be awarded for the regional and Ulster events

This event will provide a further opportunity for players to play at regional and Ulster level and gain points towards their UTP ranking. This will also count towards the total of three Ulster junior tournaments that players must play to be eligible for selection for the Interprovincial championships this season.

Regional qualification events will be held during March and the Ulster Closed Matchplay event is expected to take place in April (after Easter). Dates will be advertised on the Ulster Tennis website very shortly.

If you have any queries about the Matchplay events please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




UTP Rankings 2018

The initial UTP Rankings for 2018 are now available from the rankings page. These include points for David Lloyd Belfast Indoors, the Winter Regional, Provincial and National Matchplays and the National Indoors tournaments. 


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