The ITF has over 80 staff based at its headquarters in Roehampton, south-west London, and also employs individuals on a contract basis around the world, such as coaches, development officers and officials.
The main forum for the National Associations is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) where major policy initiatives and topics of current controversy or concern are debated and decided. Any amendments to the Rules of the ITF, the Rules of Tennis or the regulations of the major ITF competitions have to be passed by the AGM.
The AGM takes place in a different country each year and all National Associations may send delegates, although only full member nations are entitled to vote. The 2012 AGM took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, while the 2013 AGM is being held in Paris, France on 9-12 July.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is elected every two years by the National Associations at the AGM, while the President serves a four-year term.
The Board, composed of candidates nominated by National Associations from different parts of the world, has the administrative power to implement day-to-day management decisions in between AGMs, including managing and overseeing the ITF’s international competitions, as well as Rules, Regulations and Codes of Conduct.
In addition, the Board administers the finances of the ITF and appoints committees for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Finance, Juniors, ITF Rules, ITF Women’s Circuit, Olympics, Rules of Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Seniors.
The current Board of Directors for the years 2011-13, elected at the 2011 AGM in Bangkok, is as follows:
Francesco Ricci Bitti (ITA)
Executive Vice President
Juan Margets (ESP)
David Jude (GBR)
Jean Gachassin (FRA)
Geoff Pollard (AUS)
Jon Vegosen (USA)
Ismail El Shafei (EGY)
Lucy Garvin (USA)
Jack Graham (CAN)
Chris Kypriotis (BRA)
Suwat Liptapanlop (THA)
Roman Murashkovsky (RUS)
Stuart Smith (GBR)
Rene Stammbach (SUI)
Georg Von Waldenfels (GER)
The day-to-day duties of the ITF are carried out by the secretariat, led by the President and Executive Vice President.
Francesco Ricci Bitti
Executive Vice President
Gillian Burgess, Finance and Administration
Kris Dent, Professional Tennis
Jan Menneken, Commercial
Dave Miley, Tennis Development
Dr Stuart Miller, Science and Technical
Heads of Department
Justine Albert, Davis Cup and Fed Cup
Jackie Nesbitt, Professional Circuits
Mat Pemble, Information & Communications Technology
Luca Santilli, Juniors and Seniors Tennis
Barbara Travers, Communications
Mark Bullock, Wheelchair Tennis
Jamie Capel-Davies, Science and Technical
Jane Dawes, Sponsorship
Jane O’Sullivan, Human Resources & Administration
The ITF is split into six main departments that work together to achieve the organisation's objectives.
Presidential and Communications
The closeness of the Presidential and Communications areas ensures that communications and public relations are fully integrated within decision making processes. The Communications department also produces numerous publications, oversees the management of the ITF’s family of websites, and provides media support for the Grand Slam events, and Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.
The Commercial department has responsibility for TV rights and sponsorship sales. The department concentrates on developing and strengthening the ITF's existing brands, and also maintaining relationships with existing and new sponsors, broadcasters and the tennis industry as a whole.
The Professional Tennis department has wide responsibilities, from the ITF's flagship competitions - Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and Olympic Tennis Event - through to officiating, men's and women's entry-level circuits, and beach tennis tour.
The concentration of juniors, wheelchair and seniors tennis, along with development activities, enables the ITF to employ key skills across all these areas for the benefit of tennis players worldwide.
Science and Technical
The Science and Technical department is responsible for all areas of tennis science, which includes monitoring developments in equipment technology in order to protect the nature of the game at all levels; laboratory testing of balls for ITF Approval and classification of surfaces according to their pace; sport science and medicine; and administration of the unified Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.
Finance and Administration
The responsibilities of the Finance and Administration department are broad and include human resources, staff travel, accounts and information technology.
Committees and Commissions
ITF Committees and Commissions exist in order to deal with matters relating to and focus attention onto various aspects of the game. They are made up of representatives from the Board of Directors, full member nations and other invited individuals.
For a full list of current members of ITF Committees and Commissions, view the ITF Constitution (available in PDF format at the bottom of this page in English, French and Spanish).
Davis Cup Committee (appointed every two years)
- Manages the World Group and Zone Group events
- Ensures the uniform application of the Davis Cup Code of Conduct
- Administers the funds of the Competition
- Reports to the Board of Directors on all financial matters
- Imposes penalties according to the Davis Cup Regulations
Fed Cup Committee (appointed every two years)
- Manages the World Group I, World Group II and Zone Group events
- Ensures the uniform application of the Fed Cup Code of Conduct
- Administers the funds of the Competition
- Reports to the Committee of Management on all financial matters
- Imposes penalties according to the Fed Cup Regulations
- Regulates the finances of the ITF and reports to each Board Meeting on all financial matters
ITF Women’s Circuit Committee
- Ensures that the rules are unified
- Discusses and approves any rule amendments
- Promotes and develops the junior game
- Organises the Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup and the World Junior Tennis events
- Regulates the calendar of International Junior Competitions
- Organises all aspects and controls the technical direction of tennis events included in the Olympic Games, in accordance with, and under the overall control of the International Olympic Committee
- Provides technical advice and assistance to organising Committees of Regional Games and other such games
- Advises and makes recommendations to the Rules of the ITF, and the Regulations for Davis Cup, Fed Cup and other Official Team Championships and Competitions of the ITF.
Rules of Tennis Committee
- Advises and makes recommendations on the Rules of Tennis
- Promotes Seniors Tennis
- Controls the calendar of Senior International Tournaments
- Maintains and publishes international rankings of veteran tennis players
Wheelchair Tennis Committee
- The Commission offers advice on any matter relating to coaching at all levels of the game
- Provides a forum for coaches to meet regularly so that ideas can be exchanged
Joint Media Commission (consisting of representatives across all areas of the media)
- Improve working conditions for journalists at the Grand Slams, Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, the Olympic Games and other ITF events
- Establish a forum to discuss issues within the ITF and within the game at large
- Develop ways to better promote the game, the ITF and ITF competitions, both with journalists and with the public
Sports Science and Medicine Commission (established in 1985)
- Holds authoritative role on tennis-specific sports science and sports medicine issues
Technical Commission (includes representatives from the men's and women's professional tours)
- Responsible for protecting the nature of the game by monitoring developments in equipment manufacturing and ensuring that technical specifications are adhered to
- Keeps a balance between the preservation of the challenge and skills traditionally required to play the game, while encouraging innovation in product development designed to make tennis more exciting to play and watch
- Maintains close contact with equipment and facility manufacturers, academic institutes with expertise in sports technology, and other parties with interests in the future of the game so that the Rules of Tennis (as they relate to equipment) are administered, with particular reference to racket and ball technology
Development Advisors Group