02 Aug 2017

2017 ITF Conference and AGM opens in Vietnam

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Photo: Paul ZimmerITF President David Haggerty at the 2017 ITF Conference and AGM

ITF President David Haggerty formally opened the 2017 ITF Conference and AGM in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Wednesday.

Haggerty's opening address focused on how the ITF2024 strategy is delivering for nations as he called upon the record number of attendees to work together for the benefit of the sport.

The ITF President outlined the programme for the week and welcomed 13 nations who are in attendance at an ITF AGM for the first time.

Nations making their debut at the 2017 ITF AGM are: Bahrain, Democratic Republic Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Kiribati, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Tahiti and Zimbabwe. A record number of 16 Class C (non-voting) nations are also in attendance this week.

Haggerty explained how the world governing body of tennis will increase spending in the development programme by more than $4million between 2016 and 2018, and urged delegates to align behind a package of Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms in order to safeguard the ITF's flagship competitions.

"The ITF must lead and this week I need your support to ratify the significant changes that will strengthen the ITF," said Haggerty.

"This week we must think about what is best for the ITF." 

He also encouraged delegates to engage with the ITF on the implementation of important new initiatives such as the Transition Tour, which will be introduced in 2019.

The President outlined how the ITF has increased funding to nations by $11.7million since 2015 in order to develop, grow and promote tennis around the world.

The ITF Conference continues on Wednesday and Thursday before the formal AGM takes place on Friday 4 August.