Board Summaries



ITF Board of Directors Meeting Summary

The ITF Board of Directors meets four times a year. Please find below a summary of the most recent Board meeting, which took place in Indian Wells, California on 7-8 March 2017.

MEETING SUMMARY

The Board of Directors held a highly productive one-and-a-half-day meeting in Indian Wells where discussions and decisions were in line with the long-term vision of ITF 2024, the blueprint for future growth at all levels of the game.

The meeting produced unanimous support for Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms and the Player Pathway project. The Board also reviewed key issues such as integrity, financial accounts, commercial plans, Olympic strategy and development programmes.

Davis Cup and Fed Cup

The Board was unanimous in endorsing reforms for Davis Cup and Fed Cup. The measures include a change to best-of-three sets for Davis Cup and a possible move to a two-day format, pending further discussions with commercial partners.

The Board also reviewed the ongoing Fixed Final bid process, which has shown good interest from potential host cities for 2018. Final commercial bids are due in mid-May and a full analysis will be presented to the Board in June.

The AGM will vote on proposed Davis Cup and Fed Cup changes in August.

Player Pathway

The Board approved the Player Pathway strategy, which includes the introduction of the ITF Transition Tour in 2019. This project will aid the transition from the junior to the professional game and provide a structure which is more clearly defined for aspiring professional players. Further updates will be provided to the Board in June.

An extensive communication process will take place with the national and regional associations and the playing community regarding changes that will be implemented in 2019.

Integrity

The Board received an update on the progress of the Independent Review Panel, which expects to release an interim report in May. The Board heard from the ITF’s new in-house counsel, a role created in early 2017 to support the ITF’s 2024 Integrity priority including governance and regulatory functions.

The new dispute resolution procedures implemented for 2017 are in place, with both the Internal Adjudication Panel (IAP) and the Independent Tribunal hearing matters within their jurisdiction. The Board approved amendments to the Procedural Rules for the Internal Adjudication Panel, which became effective 9 March and approved appointments to the Internal Adjudication Panel.

Finances

The Board approved the audited 2016 accounts, which showed a good overall performance with a planned drawdown from reserves (an operating deficit of $0.9m delivered on budget) being exceeded by investment returns of $2.5m (6.3% growth). Accumulated reserves increased to $49.6m.

Having achieved greater financial stability with significant accumulated reserves and guaranteed income streams, the Board approved funding key strategic priorities to be invested from reserves. Executives will recommend investment areas to the board at the June 2017 meeting

Development

The Board was briefed on plans to boost development funding and expertise to grow tennis around the world, including a funding increase in 2017 of more than $2 million. 

The first three months of 2017 have seen the launch of new 12 & Under team competitions across five regions and increased financial support for host nations of World Junior Tennis and Junior Davis and Fed Cup events.

The Development programme includes new International Player Grants provided by the Grand Slam Development Fund that offer significant financial support to assist talented players in their transition to professional tennis. The programme also involves the creation of a second international GSDF 18 & Under touring team.

Olympics

The Board confirmed the importance of building even stronger relations with the IOC. The Board was informed that Dave Haggerty and Kelly Fairweather would meet with IOC President Thomas Bach in March as well as other key IOC staff members on Olympic related matters.

Partnerships

WTA CEO Steve Simon addressed the Board and spoke of the need for even stronger cooperation and collaboration among all tennis governing bodies. His message was well received by the board.

Dave Haggerty has held extensive meetings with allied partners including the ATP, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments, as well as commercial partners BNP Paribas, Rolex and Adecco. He noted that the beiN partnership is also helping the ITF reach new levels of viewership with Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

Communication

The Board was reminded of the ITF’s commitment to engage, listen to, understand and work more closely with the National and Regional Associations. An International Relations Department has been created to improve relations and communications with the members.

The President, COO, Development Director and Development staff will attend ITF Regional Association meetings to update and engage the members. Taskforce meetings were held in London in February. The first 2017 edition of the President’s Update was communicated to the tennis family.

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