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About the ITF

ITF LogoThe Davis Cup is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis. With over 200 member nations, it’s one of the largest federations in world sport.

The ITF oversees the following five areas of the game:

  • Administration and regulation
  • Organising international competition
  • Structuring the game
  • Developing the game
  • Promoting the game

1. Administration and regulation

The ITF administers and regulates the game through affiliated National Associations, together with six Regional Associations. The ITF is responsible for the Rules of Tennis, including the technical specifications for courts and equipment, and the running and enforcing of a joint anti-doping programme.

2. Organising international competitions

The ITF controls the major international team events for all age groups and for Wheelchair Tennis, including the world’s two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for men and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for women.

The ITF is involved at the highest levels of the game, including the 'the greatest show on earth', the Olympic Games, to which tennis was reintroduced as a full medal sport in 1988.

In addition, the ITF works closely with the four Grand Slams – Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – through its presence on the Grand Slam Committee and supports each event with administrative, officiating and media services.

The four Grand Slams are all official championships of the ITF, while the Japan Open, Italian Open Championships and International Championships of Spain are also recognised championships of the ITF.

3. Structuring the game

The ITF structures the game by sanctioning the following international circuits and events:

  • ITF Juniors’ Circuit
  • ITF Men’s Circuit
  • ITF Women’s Circuit
  • ITF Seniors’ Circuit
  • NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour
  • Hyundai Hopman Cup

4. Developing the game

The ITF develops the games through its worldwide development programme. The Grand Slam Development Fund and ITF invest more than US $4 million per annum into initiatives for the growth of tennis around the world.

5. Promoting the game

The ITF promotes tennis through television, PR, marketing, event management and sponsorship. The official websites of the ITF also reach out to players and fans around the world, including, and

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    The roots of the ITF can be traced back to 1911 when Duane Williams initiated the concept of National Associations coming together for tennis to be uniformly structured around the world.

    Williams sadly died on board Titanic but his idea was realised at a General Conference in Paris on 1 March 1913, at which the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) was founded.

    To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1963, the ILTF launched the Federation Cup – later rebranded as Fed Cup in 1994 – to provide an international team competition for women, sistering the Davis Cup for men.

    In 1977, exactly 100 years after the first Championships was played on grass at Wimbledon, the ILTF dropped ‘Lawn’ from its name to create the International Tennis Federation.

    The ITF is based at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton, London.


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