I'm new to this forum, but have been following the posts here for a while and these posts are very informative. As the parent of an exceptionally gifted 10 yr old, I'm curious as to how the seedings in U-12 Orange Bowl are determined. Given that regular junior ITF tournaments cannot be played before the age of 13, how can a Russian kid Artem get number 1 seed in the U-12 section? I do know there are some ITF tournaments (mostly in Europe) for U-12 categories - I believe these can be found under Tennis Europe, if I'm not mistaken. I also know Artem and other foreign kids who were seeded in U-12 Orange Bowl this year did well in these U-12 Tennis Europe tournaments. So, the question arises as to whether the performances in these tournaments were used to seed these foreign kids higher than the American kids. That is a bit surprising as Tennis Europe I believe states on their website no rankings for players under 12? I also have a question, as to if it is a good idea for a very talented American junior who wants to turn pro one day to try playing some of these U-12 Tennis Europe tournaments or just play the USTA tournaments and wait till 13 for the regular ITF tournaments? Which Tennis Europe tournaments should be considered first? Is there a good resource for American juniors wanting to play on the junior European circuit?