The 2016/17 Grand Prix circuit gets under way on 20th & 21st August, with the Lifestyles Tennis Centre in Liverpool playing host as the traditional curtain raiser once again.

Last season’s event saw a strong entry with Overall Men’s Singles champion Ryan Jenkins claiming his only victory of the main circuit. Consistency was the key for Jenkins on route to securing an unprecedented 8th Grand Prix title. Fellow Welsh international and eventual overall runner-up on the Women’s side, Charlotte Carey, also won her only Grand Prix of the season in Liverpool last year.

The online entry system is now live, and paper entries are being accepted.  The closing date of 4th August is just over a month away so act quickly to avoid missing out.

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Last season’s circuit saw a big increase in entry numbers with a few Grand Prix having to be restricted and some unlucky entries were turned away. Based on this, we have done our best to select larger venues that can cope with more tables and therefore accept more entries. Even with this measure in place, we advise all players to enter early so that they aren’t left disappointed. Nearly all of the venues have now been confirmed for the new season and can be seen on the Grand Prix map below.

GP Circuit map 2016-17

The biggest change for next season sees the Women’s groups returning to groups of four players rather than the larger pool of six that has been used in recent seasons. Surveys were conducted towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign, and more research will be done with a view to more changes coming in from the start of the 2017/18 season, in line with the competition review.

The banding points have again been reviewed and updated to help keep a balanced field of entries. Please be sure to check your points and what band you are eligible for before entering. The 2016/17 band restrictions can be seen below:

Men’s Band 1      2101 – 3000                       Women’s Band 1       2301 – 2700
Men’s Band 2      1601 – 2100                       Women’s Band 2       1501 – 2300
Men’s Band 3      1401 – 1600                       Women’s Band 3       1201 – 1500
Men’s Band 4        701 – 1400                       Women’s Band 4        up to 1200
Men’s Band 5          501 – 700
Men’s Band 6          up to 500

Entry forms for the next Grand Prix will be released in due course.