ITF Pro Circuit - Timeline



Circuit Growth

 

In 1984, the ITF assumed responsibility for the development of an apprentice level women’s circuit. In that one year alone the ITF achieved a 185% growth in prize money and a 177% growth in the number of tournaments on the circuit.

In 1990, the ITF assumed responsibility for the development of an apprentice level men’s circuit. In that one year alone the ITF achieved a 58% growth in prize money and a 65% growth in the number of tournaments on the circuit.


Milestones

 

1984

- ITF assumes responsibility for the development of an apprentice level women’s circuit.

 

1986

- First edition of the ITF regulations for Approved Women's Tournaments.
- Grand Slam Trust Fund established resulting in expansion of competitive opportunities worldwide.
- $1 million prize money threshold broken with 108 women’s tournaments staged.

 

1990

- ITF assumes responsibility for the development of an apprentice level men’s circuit.
- $1.5 million prize money threshold broken for men.
- $2 million prize money threshold broken for women.
- Women’s ‘Feed Up’ project introduced.

 

1992

- Women’s $75,000 prize money level tournaments introduced.

 

1993

- $2.5 million prize money threshold broken with 80 men’s Satellite Circuits staged.
- $3 million prize money threshold broken for women with 201 tournaments staged.

 

1997

- Since assuming responsibility the ITF achieves 323% growth in prize money and 351% growth in the number of men’s circuits.
- $3 million prize money threshold broken with 109 men’s Satellite Circuits staged.
- The Junior Exempt Project was introduced for the women's circuit.

 

1998

- One week men’s Futures Tournaments launched. Players given more opportunity to earn ranking points.
- $4 million prize money threshold broken for men. The number of men’s tournaments worldwide moves towards the 300 mark.
- $5 million prize money threshold broken for women and the number of women’s tournaments worldwide moves towards the 300 mark.

 

2000

- Women’s $50,000(+H) and $75,000(+H) prize money level tournaments offering hospitality and additional ranking points introduced.

 

2001

- $4.5 million prize money threshold broken for men.

 

2002

- Over $40 million prize money distributed to male players over a 13 year period (1990-2002)

 

2003

- $6 million prize money threshold broken for women.
- 302 women’s tournaments staged in all regions of the world
- With victory in the Roland Garros singles final, Justine Henin became the first former Junior Exempt player to lift a Grand Slam singles title and in October she became the first to achieve a WTA Number One singles ranking

 

2004

- $7 million prize money threshold broken with 349 women’s tournaments staged.
- IPIN (International Player Identification Number) introduced

 

2005

- $8 million prize money threshold broken with 374 women’s tournaments staged.

 

2006

- Women’s $100,000 prize money level tournaments introduced.
- $8.5 million prize money threshold broken for women with 408 tournaments staged.
- Final year that men’s Satellite tournaments were staged.

 

2007

- The Junior Exempt Project was introduced for the men's circuit.

 

2008

- The men's circuit awards $6,265,000 in prize money, a record that still stands! (correct as of 2011)
- Women's circuit prize money exceeds the $10m barrier for first time.

 

2009

- ITF appoint a Player Welfare Officer

 

2011

- Women's circuit prize money in excess of $11m is awarded, a new record high!
- Hawkeye makes full tournament debut on the ITF Pro Circuit when it's used in all rounds of the main event at a $100K women's tournament in Taipei

 

2012

- Introduction of new $15,000 prize money category on the Women's Circuit
- 21 February sees the launch of a new look website

 

2013

- Live scoring feature is added to the website on 1 July
- Order of play for tournaments is added to the website on 23 September


Overall

 

- The Women's Circuit has seen over US$10m awarded in prize money during 2012 with a total of 484 tournaments staged across 63 countries.


- 2012 stats for the Men's Circuit reveal prize money in excess of US$6m has been awarded from 582 tournaments in 72 countries.



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