As the world governing body of tennis, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is responsible for overseeing the uniformity of the sport and publishes various annual rulebooks for this purpose.

Rules of Tennis

The International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), which later became the ITF, first adopted the Rules of Tennis on 1 January 1924. They are now published annually with any changes being decided at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Click the flipbooks below to view the Rules of Tennis in English, French and Spanish.

Rules of Tennis (English)

Rules of Tennis (French)

Rules of Tennis (Spanish)

Grand Slams

The Grand Slam Committee is responsible for the coordination of the general management, direction, financial control and government of the four Grand Slams. Click the flipbook below to view the Grand Slam Rulebook.


The ITF produces a guide regarding the requirements that equipment and courts must adhere to. Click the flipbook below to read the ITF Approved Tennis Balls, Classified Surfaces and Recognised Courts, or visit the Technical website for more details.



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