The ITF Junior Circuit will make a maiden two-week stop in Abuja in November, with youngsters from all over the world coming in to battle for supremacy and vital ITF World Junior Rankings.

The tournament, which will be a Grade 5 event – known as J5 Abuja – will hold on the hard courts of the National Tennis Centre, Abuja for two weeks – 4 November to 17 November. For the first week, hostilities will get under way on the 4th – 10th.

Action for the second week will serve off on 11 November – 17 November.

Both the boys’ and girls’ category have a main draw size of 32 and also a qualifying draw size of 32. Hospitality will be provided.

Players looking to compete at the event will require an International Player Identification Number (IPIN). For those without it, the process of obtaining an IPIN is outlined below:

In registering for an IPIN:

  • It is advisable to do so between the hours of 8:15am – 6:15pm.
  • You must have instant access to the email address to be used. Please note that mails may be delivered to your junk/spam folder during registration.
  • IPIN registration fee is between $40 to $65. Also note that the registration cost/fee is to have membership access to the online service and all of its features. It is usually paid in full. Fee is for membership for a year (January – December).

Firstly, click the registration link —

2. Choose your preferred language e.g English

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3. Click: ‘Click here to register for your IPIN membership now

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4. Fill in your functional/accessible email address and click submit

5. Wait and check for an email from the ITF within the next few hours. Click the verification link in the email from the ITF.

6. Fill in your family name (surname), gender (male/female), Nation(country), date of birth. After that, click submit.

7. On the next page, as a first timer, click ‘request an IPIN’

8. On the next page, fill in your first name, select the ‘any of the circuit shown above‘ option, then fill in your contact details (primary details, town/city, country), then click submit.

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9. Wait for an email from the ITF authorizing your IPIN request with the next few hours. When the email arrives, click the link in the mail to return to the ITF website and continue the IPIN registration process.

10. Input a very strong alphanumeric password. Select and answer a secret question, then click submit.

11. On the next page (contact details), scroll down and click submit.

12. On the next page that has the Player Welfare Statement, read through the info and then tick the checkbox at the bottom and click confirm.

13. On the next page, briefly read the terms and conditions and tick the box to accept it [terms & conditions]. Then scroll down and click pay by cash (that’s the only available payment option).

You will then be required to pay the IPIN membership fee in cash to the ITF Referee/Tournament Director at your next tournament, before the start of your first match. Failure to pay the fee at this time will result in you not being allowed to play.

After payment, you will be sent an email confirming your IPIN membership registration. That mail will contain your IPIN. It is advisable to print that last email when coming for the tournament in November.