Programmes and Funding

The International Tennis Federation’s development programme was first conceived in the late 1970s with the aim to help raise the level of tennis worldwide and increase the number of countries competing in mainstream international tennis.

The current programme includes a broad range of initiatives in less developed countries ranging from the grass roots to Grand Slams. Activities include touring teams, funding for junior and professional tournaments, funding for tennis facilities, travel grants for talented players, training centres and coach education, the supply of tennis equipment and the Junior Tennis Initiative. More information on all these schemes can be found throughout the site.


The programme is funded by the ITF and the Grand Slam® nations (via the Grand Slam® Development Fund). In recent years the total annual investment in Development Programme activities has risen to in excess of US$10 million, with over half of this being provided by the ITF and the balance coming from the Grand Slam nations. In addition, Olympic Solidarity (OS) provides approximately US$300,000 for development projects each year.

Funding is divided into four specific pillars that cover all areas of development support: Coaching; Events; Facilities & Programmes. 

2018 Development Budget


The ITF Development department provides a range of initiatives, programmes, events and grants that develop the game from grass roots level up to participation at Grand Slams. 

A National Association's eligibility to access development support is determined via assessment of a nation's financial resources and its representation in men's and women's professional tennis.

Resource Criteria        
A. June 2017: World Bank Ranking of nations above the Global Average GDP per Capita.                                       
B. December 2016: UN National Accounts Main Aggregates Database Per capita GDP ranking of nations (above the World Bank Global Average GDP per Capita).

Representation Criteria       
A. Men's Representation - At least three men (singles main draws) in 2014-2017 Grand Slams (16x Slams), with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier status only; Top 24 Davis Cup Rankings (year-end rankings 2017 (08.11.17)).                                                                                                      
B. Women's Representation - At least three women (singles main draws) in 2014-2017 Grand Slams (16x Slams), with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier status only; Top 24 Fed Cup Rankings (year-end rankings 2017 (08.11.17)).

Based upon assessment of a nation's resources and representation, each nation is categorised in one of four tiers. The least well resourced and represented nations are placed in Tier 1 and are eligible for all forms of ITF development support. Tier 2 nations are also eligible to apply for all ITF grants, initiatives and programmes. Tier 3 and 4 nations are assessed to have a greater degree of tennis maturity and lower requirement for development support. 

2018 Development Tiers of Eligibility

All ITF development assistance is directed via, and in conjunction with, the National Association in the country concerned. the ITF provides a dedicated "National Association portal" through which National Associations can access a secure application process.