The ITF was founded on 1 March 1913 and this year it is celebrating its centenary as the governing body of tennis.
The ITF was formed to bring uniformity to an already internationally popular sport. By 1913 the Davis Cup was already a fully-fledged success with tennis part of the Olympics and the ITF’s key role was to guide and grow the sport, which it continues to do to this day.
The ITF is celebrating its centenary as the governing body of tennis in 2013 with a number of celebrations, including a specially-commissioned book, the launch of World Tennis Day and the Davis Cup Commitment Award.
This year 210 member nations will return to Paris - the birthplace of the ITF - to celebrate the AGM and the French capital will also host a centenary-themed World Champions Dinner at the Pavillion D'Armenonville.
Both of the ITF's annual team competitions have much to celebrate in the year of the centenary. Davis Cup by BNP Paribas launched the Commitment Award at the 100th Final in Prague in 2012 and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is celebrating its 50th birthday having been founded to mark the 50th anniversary of the ITF.
The ITF has also commissioned a book to mark its centenary, with author Chris Bowers chronicling the history of the governing body in A Centenary of Contribution to Tennis. World Tennis Day is being launched on 4 March in a bid to promote tennis and increase participation around the globe.