02 Dec 2013

Productive Tennis Europe seminar in Budapest

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ITF's Alistair Williams at the 2013 Tennis Europe conference in Budapest

The Hungarian Tennis Association hosted a combined Tennis Europe Junior Tour and Pro Tennis Conference in Budapest on 26-28 November.

A total of 85 delegates representing 30 of Tennis Europe’s member nations were in attendance for the two-day event, which saw speakers from Tennis Europe joined by five International Tennis Federation heads of department in addition to contributions from several national associations and external speakers.

The meeting was opened by Tennis Europe President Jacques Dupré and chaired by ITF Officiating Executive for Europe, Anders Wennberg, alongside Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Olli Mäenpää.

A comprehensive agenda was prepared with topics covered including event management, tennis integrity, player welfare, anti-doping, officiating, and tennis technology. Wednesday afternoon saw the group splinter for presentations and subsequent working group sessions that were specifically tailored to junior or professional tennis administrators and moderated by the chairpersons of the respective committees, Karin van Bijsterveld and Stefan Tzvetkov.

Budapest was also the scene of meetings of the Tennis Europe Board of Management, the Junior Tennis Committee, Pro Tennis Committee and the Officiating Task Force.

The official dinner was held at the hosting Expo Hotel, where the parents of Hungarian Tennis Europe 16 & Under Player of the Year, Mate Valkusz, were on hand to collect the award on his behalf.

Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Olli Mäenpää said, “We have had a very productive few days in Budapest. It has been a positive experience to combine the Tennis Europe Junior Tour and Pro Tennis Conferences, which have been held as separate events in the recent past. Tournament organisers and administrators face many common challenges, whether they are organising junior or entry-level professional events and by combining the conferences we have been able to create a wider platform for the sharing of experiences and best practices. I’d like to thank the Hungarian Tennis Association for their hard work and hospitality in helping us to organise the event, as well as all of the speakers and delegates for their contributions to the programme and working groups.”