The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, oversees the following five areas of the game:
- Administration and regulation
- Organising international competition
- Structuring the game
- Developing the game
- Promoting the game
1. Administration and regulation
The ITF administers and regulates the game through over 200 affiliated National Associations, together with six Regional Associations. The ITF is responsible for the Rules of Tennis, including the technical specifications for courts and equipment, and the running and enforcing of a joint anti-doping programme.
2. Organising international competitions
The ITF controls the major international team events for all age groups and for Wheelchair Tennis, including the world’s two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for men and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for women.
The ITF is involved at the highest levels of the game, including the 'the greatest show on earth', the Olympic Games, to which tennis was reintroduced as a full medal sport in 1988.
In addition, the ITF works closely with the four Grand Slam tournaments – Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open – through its presence on the Grand Slam Committee and supports each event with administrative, officiating and media services.
The four Grand Slam tournaments are all official championships of the ITF, while the Japan Open, Italian Open Championships and International Championships of Spain are also recognised championships of the ITF.
3. Structuring the game
The ITF structures the game by sanctioning the following international circuits and events:
- ITF Junior Circuit
- ITF Men’s Circuit
- ITF Women’s Circuit
- ITF Seniors Circuit
- ITF Beach Tennis Tour
- UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour
- Hopman Cup
4. Developing the game
The ITF develops the games through its worldwide development programme. The Grand Slam Development Fund and ITF invest more than US $4 million per annum into initiatives for the growth of tennis around the world.
5. Promoting the game
The ITF promotes tennis through television, PR, marketing, event management and sponsorship. The official websites of the ITF also reach out to players and fans around the world, including ITFtennis.com, DavisCup.com and FedCup.com.