ITF Recognition is an acknowledgement that a court meets the recommendations provided in the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces.
ITF Recognition is targeted at those venues where the standard of play demands the specification of precise playing characteristics, e.g. at international tournaments, national/regional tennis centres.
ITF Recognition is retained until the court is resurfaced or for 10 years, whichever is the sooner. However, the results are only valid for the day of testing. Properties of the court may change, due to factors such as ambient conditions, use and maintenance.
Two-Star ITF Recognition
To obtain Two-Star ITF Recognition, the average Court Pace Rating (CPR) of the court must be within 5 points of the ITF Classified value for the surface product (ITF CS 01/02) in addition to fulfilling the requirements for One-Star Recognition.
If the surface product is not already classified, the product supplier may apply for ITF Classification of the surface product based on the average results of all courts using the product tested on-site. The full ITF Classification fee will apply and classification will be valid for 3 years.
Recipients of Two-Star Recognition shall receive a certificate from the ITF, confirming that the court(s) tested meet to recommendations of the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces, and stating the category of Court Pace Rating.
All testing to obtain Two-Star ITF Recognition can only be undertaken by an ITF Accredited laboratory or the ITF Technical Centre.
TWO-STAR ITF RECOGNISED COURTS
||Tennisclub Altlünen, Lünen
||3 & 4
||Tennis Force (clay)
||21 JUN 2012
||Tennis Park, Moscow
||2 NOV 2011
||Olympic Park, London
||27-28 SEPT 2011
Note: It is not possible for Two-Star ITF Recognition to be granted to courts where the surface product has not been classified under the ITF Court Pace Classification Programme.
One-Star ITF Recognition
To obtain One-Star ITF Recognition, the court is tested for quality of installation:
- Visual inspection. The court is inspected for visual flaws.
- Evenness (ITF CS 02/02). Undulations in the surface of the court are measured.
- Slope and planarity (ITF CS 03/03). The height of the surface is surveyed at a range of locations around the court.
- Dimensions (ITF CS 04/02). The positions of the lines and net are measured.
All test results must meet the recommendations contained in the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces to be eligible for One-Star Recognition.
To obtain One-Star ITF Recognition, courts can be tested by an ITF Accredited laboratory or a surveying company that has demonstrated to the ITF’s satisfaction that it has the skills, equipment and experience to conduct the tests.
Recipients of One-Star Recognition shall receive a certificate from the ITF, confirming that the court/s tested meet the recommendations of the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces.
ONE-STAR ITF RECOGNISED COURTS
|Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain
||National Tennis Centre, London
||1 & 6
||7 December 2011
Validity of ITF Recognition
The results of the tests for which ITF Recognition is awarded are valid on the day of the test only, which shall be stated on the test report and certificate. Recognition will cease to be valid once a court is resurfaced, at which time a new application for ITF Recognition must be submitted, to maintain the Recognised status of the court. Listings of Recognised facilities and/or companies/individuals will remain on the ITF website for 10 years or until such time as the ITF is informed that the court/s have been resurfaced, whichever is the sooner.
Note: ITF Recognition is not mandatory, nor does it imply any form of ITF approval or endorsement. The ITF reserves the right to deny or remove ITF Recognition at any time.
Below is a video demonstrating some of the processes involved in court recognition testing.
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