Selection Policies

Athlete & Wildcard Selection Policy

Tennis NZ wishes to ensure that we are contributing strongly to an increased likelihood of success on the international stage, as measured by athlete performance against the athlete development criteria. Tennis NZ is also seeking to select and support athletes that demonstrate strong personal qualities in terms of grit, perseverance, problem-solving and consistent levels of effort. In keeping with that philosophy, Tennis NZ will select representative teams which have the best possible opportunity of competing with distinction in international competition.

Davis Cup/Men's WTT Wildcard selections:

Alistair Hunt (Captain), Christophe Lambert (High Performance Director)

Fed Cup/Women's WTT Wildcard selections:

Christophe Lambert (High Performance Director)

Junior Representative Teams:

Christophe Lambert (High Performance Director), Matt Alexander (Development Coach)

The selectors shall have the right to make objective and subjective assessments in making their decisions and to weight each assessment on a case-by-case basis, without in any way creating any form of precedent relevant to the determination of any subsequent case. The size of the team may change depending on the event, age group and available budget but the process will at all times be fair and transparent. When the Selection Committee is deciding on those players to represent New Zealand, they will use the criteria below in selecting the team. Other criteria, which will be communicated, may also apply for certain trips.

Ranking/Ranking progression 

Significant weight will be placed on the ranking most relevant to the circuit and age group of the trip. Consideration will also be given to players who have achieved good rankings in higher age groups or circuits.

Results

The quality of recent results will be considered, particularly where players have made progress within events close in standard to the trip under consideration. This will normally mean ATP/WTA, ITF, Tennis Europe or Tier 1 and Tier 2 National Junior Events. Results from Australian age-group events will also be taken into account. As a guide, results from the last three-six months will be the most relevant.

Game development

The Selection Committee will consider whether a player has a high level of on- going development in the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of the game and a game style that has the potential to be successful in professional tennis.

Physical performance

The committee reserve the right to conduct a full and comprehensive fitness testing battery on potentially selected athletes. This may be used to ascertain preparedness to compete abroad both from an injury and performance perspective. Every attempt will be made to forewarn athletes of required benchmarks prior to 30 days from departure with regard to minimum standards.

Development opportunity 

The Selection Committee will consider whether a player shows the potential to develop their game to an international standard and will gain a benefit from being selected for this trip.

National Player Camp attendance 

A player’s attendance record will be taken into account at the time of the trip/selection. A player’s attitude and performance at the national player camp will also be considered.

Professional standards/Personal Qualities 

Players are expected to display the attitude and conduct required of an aspiring professional tennis player at all times. This will include giving maximum effort, displaying high levels of commitment and respect and having high operating standards. Poor conduct may result in a player not being selected or being subject to further education in this domain during a tour.

With regard specifically to the B2 ITF junior event, the following selection policy shall apply:
  • Currently, the four (4) highest ITF-ranked athletes from throughout the Oceania region gain automatically entry into this event, regardless of birth year. This means that if any New Zealand athlete is amongst the 4 highest-ranked athletes accepted into the event as per ITF/iPin protocols, he/she will be automatically accepted into the event.
  • Currently, New Zealand has access to 7 remaining slots allocated for New Zealand athletes in both the boys/girls events.
  • These slots for New Zealand athletes that have entered the event by the entry deadline will be allocated as follows:
1. Top two highest ITF-ranked 2002 (or younger) birth-year athletes. These selections are only automatic if the athletes are ranked inside 500 ITF at the time of the acceptance list being made (closing date of entry). In the event that this ranking benchmark is not met, these two slots will become additional wildcard slots to be allocated at TNZ’s sole discretion as per (3) below. This may mean the wildcard total reaches (3) or (4) in any given year. 2. Top three highest ITF-ranked 2003 (or younger) birth-year athletes. 3. One further WC selection to be offered at Tennis New Zealand’s discretion. The selection panel will be the Junior Representative Teams panel described above.4. One further qualifying WC selection to be offered at Tennis New Zealand’s discretion. The selection panel will be the Junior Representative Teams panel described above. 5. An alternate list in ITF junior ranking order will be created from those entered players that are not accepted into the main draw.

Travelling Coach Selection Policy

Tennis NZ wishes to ensure that we are contributing strongly to an increased likelihood of success on the international stage, as measured by athlete performance against the athlete development criteria. Tennis NZ is also seeking to select and support coaches that demonstrate high levels of commitment toward their own continuous learning and improvement. Additionally, coaches that demonstrate a holistic sense of care for assigned athletes, show a proven willingness to travel to pinnacle domestic performance events and a broader support of Tennis NZ’s national camps and programmes are also important factors to be considered. A proven understanding of the relationship between an athlete’s programme and their developmental priorities is also essential.

New Zealand Travelling Coach Selections: 

Christophe Lambert (High Performance Director)

The selectors shall have the right to make objective and subjective assessments in making their decisions and to weight each assessment on a case-by-case basis, without in any way creating any form of precedent relevant to the determination of any subsequent case. The size of the team/number of coaches may change depending on the event, age group and available budget but the process will at all times be fair and transparent. When the Selection Committee is deciding on coaches to represent New Zealand, they will be guided by the philosophy outlined above. Other criteria, which will be communicated, may also apply for certain trips. Coaches should also be aware that they will be required to provide a police check (automatically occurs upon registration for Tennis NZ national programmes) and sign Tennis NZ's code of coaching ethics as a part of their contractual responsibilities.