01 Mar 2013

The ITF by the numbers

News Article

Photo: Paul ZimmerChildren at a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas clinic

The International Tennis Federation is celebrating its 100th birthday today so we thought we would give you an overview of the world governing body of tennis by the numbers.

1 – There is only one tennis ball specific wind tunnel in existence, which is housed at the ITF’s headquarters in London. It is used to measure the aerodynamic properties of spinning tennis balls.

2 – Just two men have been made Honorary Life Presidents – Philippe Chatrier and Brian Tobin.

3 – The number of certifications for officials who have passed a Level 3 School and are International Chair Umpires (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

4 – The number of Grand Slam nations. Wimbledon was the first major ever held in 1877 and the Australian Open was the last to join the club being staged for the first time in 1905.

5 – The most Olympic medals won by one player – Great Britain’s Kathleen McKane (one gold, two silver and two bronze).

6 – The number of ITF Wheelchair Tennis Ambassadors - Jonas Bjorkman, Sven Groeneveld, Tommy Robredo, David Hall, Monique Kalkman and Brad Parks.

7 – Years that the ITF has managed, administered and enforced the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the ATP. In 2007, the ITF also managed it on behalf of the WTA.

8 – Only eight players (five men and three women) have held the ITF Junior World No. 1 ranking and either the ATP or WTA world No. 1 ranking – Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Marcelo Rios, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Victoria Azarenka.

9 – The number of junior world champions since the ITF introduced Combined Junior Rankings for singles and doubles.

10 – The number of Development Officers ‘out in the field’, advising and assisting National Associations with their activities. There is also one Wheelchair Development Officer based in London.

11 – The number of competitive age categories on the ITF Seniors circuit.

12 – The age of the youngest Fed Cup by BNP Paribas player – Greece’s Denise Panagopoulou in 1977.

13 – The number of nations that have won Davis Cup. USA leads the way with 32 titles, with Australia in second place on 28.

14 – The number of Beach Tennis tournaments when the Tour was launched in 2008. It has grown to over 100.

15 – The number of times that tennis has been a medal sport at the Olympic Games.

16 – The length in metres of a Beach Tennis court.

17 – The number of Philippe Chatrier Award winners that have been presented at the World Champions Dinner in Paris. The award recognises ‘long and outstanding service to the game’ and is the highest accolade the ITF can bestow.

18 – The number of medals that were on offer to wheelchair tennis players at the London 2012 Paralympic Games (six gold, six silver and six bronze).

19 – The percentage of the ITF Development Fund that goes to Asia. Development funding has so far provided free equipment to 100 national associations, in the form of 7,778 rackets, 14,989 mini-tennis bats, 22,690 cans of balls, 990 mini-tennis nets, 1,640 200-metre reels of strings and 7,904 coaching books.

20 – Years since the ITF took the decision to split its veterans’ event into Seniors and Super-Seniors.

25 – The anniversary that the ITF’s official mixed team event, the Hopman Cup, celebrated this year.

50 – Years that Fed Cup by BNP Paribas has been in existence having been created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ITF.

59 – The age of the oldest player to compete in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas – Togo’s Yaka-Garonfin Koptigan in 2001.

100 – Years the ITF has been formed after being founded on 1 March 1913.

210 – Member nations of the ITF in 2013.

223 – The amount of court surfaces which are currently classified as part of the ITF’s Court Pace Classification Programme.

1,067 – The number of ITF Pro Circuit events that are held every year.

4,096 – The number of balls that were tested by the ITF in 2012.

4,985 – Revolutions per minute, the maximum recorded spin that a player has imparted on a ball.

27,200 – Officially the biggest crowd at a tennis match in history which happened in the 2004 Davis Cup Final at Seville’s Olympic Stadium.

83,000,000 – The amount in US Dollars which the ITF and the Grand Slam tournaments have contributed to the ITF Development Programme since 1986.