Major Tennis Organisations
The ITF was founded in Paris on 1st March 1913. Originally known as the International Lawn Tennis Foundation (ITLF), the organisation was created to satisfy the apparent need for a unifying body to bring together influential figures in the increasingly popular sport of Lawn Tennis.
Whilst the activities of the ITLF were initially disrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, by March 1923, the organisation had managed to codify a set of rules to be used in international competitions, including the four tournaments which would soon become known as the Grand Slams. In 1977, the organisation decided to modernise its name by omitting the word ‘Lawn’ from its title; it has been known henceforth as the International Tennis Federation.
The ITLF/ITF grew stronger during the course of the 20th Century and was involved in a number of important decisions relating to major Tennis tournaments, including the Grand Slams and the Davis and Fed Cup (the latter being the female equivalent of the Davis Cup). The organisation also works in conjunction with the ATF each year to ensure that the Masters Cup runs smoothly. The ITF has also worked hard to improve the international standing of Tennis, and was instrumental in persuading the International Olympic Committee to include Tennis as a full medal sport in the 1980s.
The information on the ITF website is well presented and comprehensive, but specific queries not addressed can be directed to:
International Tennis Federation
Tel.: +44 (0)20 8878 6464
E-mail enquiries can be submitted by completing the feedback form on the ITF website.
Tennis Europe is affiliated with the ITF. Based in Basel, Switzerland, the organisation does the work of the ITF in Europe, including promoting the sport, providing information and organising events. It’s also responsible for competitions independently of the ITF such as the European Tennis Championships.
Tennis Europe currently has 48 member nations and is dedicated to improving cooperation between them. It was for this reason that the organisation was originally formed in the 1970s. Tennis Europe was officially recognised as a governing body for the European region in September 1976.
The website provides information about the Men’s and Women’s professional circuits, including the latest results and information about upcoming events. It also contains information about senior and youth Tennis, including player information, an events calendar and current rankings.
Any information not provided by the website can be obtained by contacting Tennis Europe by post, telephone or e-mail:
Zur Gempenfluh 36
Tel.: +41 61 335 90 40
The LTA was founded to support Tennis players of all abilities within Britain. Details about entering competitions and tournaments can be found on the website.
More information about the organisation, along with information about other British Tennis organisations, can be found in the section entitled ‘Playing Tennis in the U.K’.
The USTA is the governing body for Tennis within the United States. The organisation was established in 1881 to promote the sport and oversee important competitions. The USTA oversees a number of American professional competitions, including the U.S. Open.
The USTA has a well organised and helpful website. Although much of the information provided is obviously of greatest interest to players within the United States, there is also a lot of advice which is relevant to anyone interested in the sport, including the latest news about the U.S. Open. A section containing advice for the parents of budding Tennis players is also included.