A Century of Contribution to Tennis
A Century of Contribution to Tennis, written by Chris Bowers, charts the ITF’s considerable role in developing tennis against a backdrop of political turmoil, the changing geography of the globe of the last 100 years and the impact that this shifting landscape has had on an international sport.
The book examines the formation of the organisation, beginning with 15 founding member nations in 1913, at a time when the game was already being played at championship level and in gardens across the world.
From Wimbledon walk-outs to the now infamous ‘parking-lot press conference’ held by the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1988, the publication also looks at the professionalisation of the game after tennis finally went open in April 1968. The transition from amateur status challenged the fundamental character of tennis, including the role of the ITF and its National Associations, impacting on the sport in ways which are still evident today.
In a section on the ITF’s cutting edge laboratory, the book demonstrates how the ITF balances technological developments in the sport while remaining true to the spirit of the game. It also covers the sport’s difficult relationship with the Olympic Games in the early 20th century and reveals some of the challenges navigated by the ITF along the way to tennis's re-inclusion into the Games in 1988 and its status as fourth most-watched sport at London 2012.
Other chapters look at the growth of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, that bring top-level tennis to over 120 countries each year; the establishment of the ITF rules of tennis; the strict anti-doping measures; and the player code of conduct.
The book also reflects on how the ITF, which has grown to include 210 nations, has created opportunities for players of all ages, from juniors to seniors, and overseen the dynamic rise of Tennis 10s, wheelchair tennis and the relatively new discipline of beach tennis.
Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the International Tennis Federation said: “On our 100thbirthday, I hope the full range of the ITF’s involvement in tennis can be recognised. Much as we highlight the successes of our top players, we are equally proud of our role in encouraging players at all levels to participate in the sport. A Century of Contribution to Tennis reveals just some of the work of our 210 member nations, six regional associations and the hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the ITF to make tennis the global success it is today.”
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To celebrate the launch of A Century of Contribution to Tennis the ITF offered 12 signed copies to the lucky winners of a daily competition that ran from Monday 4 March until Friday 15 March.
Here is a list of the winners with the answers to the questions:
Question 12 - Sergio Molina
Q. How many tennis ball specific wind tunnels, used to test the aerodynamic properties of spinning tennis balls, are there in existence?
Question 11 - Louise Musson
Q. BNP Paribas is title sponsor of six ITF properties: Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Worldwide Coaches Conference, Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup, and, what?
A. Wheelchair World Team Cup
Question 10 - Doug Corbett
Q. Beach Tennis doesn’t have to be played on a beach or in a seaside resort. Which surprising choice of city is hosting this year’s World Team Championships?
Question 9 - Daniel Ahl
Q. Which was the first Grand Slam to add wheelchair tennis as an official discipline in addition to the men's, women's and junior events?
A. Australian Open
Question 8 - George Turner
Q. In 2002, 16-year-old Rafael Nadal was part of the winning Spanish team that won Junior Davis Cup. Which nation won Junior Fed Cup that year?
Question 7 - Bigna Mueller
Q. A portion of tennis’s development funding comes from code violation fines. When a player is fined for breaching code of conduct, the money he or she has to pay goes into development funds. True or false?
Question 6 - David Steed
Q. Until the arrival of Fed Cup in 1963, the only team competition available for women tennis players was the Wightman Cup. It was a competition for only two nations – which ones?
A. USA and Great Britain
Question 5 - Roland Erne
Q. BNP Paribas was Davis Cup’s first title sponsor. True or false?
Question 4 - Marie Tremblay
Q. After years of testing and final approval by the ITF, the electronic line-calling system, Hawk-Eye, made its official debut in which year and at which tournament?
A. 2006 Hopman Cup
Question 3 - Victoria Benoza
Q. The split amateur and professional era came to an end in which year after the ITF came to an agreement on ‘open’ tennis?
Question 2 - Pin Jui Lin
Q. The ITF successfully campaigned for the inclusion of mixed doubles at the London 2012 Tennis Event. Prior to 2012, when was the last time that mixed doubles featured in the tennis event at the Olympic Games?
Question 1 - Jimi Cardona
Q. How many nations were there when the ITF was formed on 1 March 1913?