A transformed December Showdown Masters will be hosted at Melbourne Park in December, with the top ranked players in each of the respective age categories; 18/u (top 16), 16/u (Top 32), 14/u (top 16) and 12/u (top 16), invited to compete against their highest ranked peers.
The Grasscourt championships for 12/u and 14/u competitors will be contested next January in Wodonga, Victoria. The Claycourt championships were held earlier in the year in Canberra.
“National junior championships are a great way for younger up-and-coming players to come together, and gain experience competing against some of the best other young players in the country in a fun and organised environment. It’s also very important for junior development to offer multiple opportunities for young players to gain experience competing on different surfaces,” Australian Championships Tournament Director Francis Soyer told tennis.com.au
“The introduction of the new look December Showdown, will also bring together and reward the country’s highest ranked players, to compete in a professionally run tournament at the home of the Australian Open, across all junior competitive age groups from 18-and-under, down to 12-and-under players.”
The December Showdown is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The competition was first introduced by Tennis Australia in 2008, and has seen many of Australia’s most prolific players - such as Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, and Alex de Minaur - competing and winning national titles as juniors.
December Showdown Masters: 3-17 December 2022 (Melbourne, Vic)
o 3-10 Dec: 2022 Australian 18U Championships
o 5-10 Dec: 2022 Australian 14U Championships
o 11-17 Dec: 2022 Australian 16U Championships
o 12-17 Dec: 2022 Australian 12U Championships
Grasscourt Championships: 5-9 January 2023 (Wodonga, Vic)