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Advantage Tennis Europe

1 Game 50 Member Nations 37,000 Clubs 106,000 coaches 195,000 co u rt s 1, 600 ,0 0 0 L i c e n s e d J u n i or P l ayers 26,000,000 Players 845,000,000 Population


With 50 member nations, ranging from the gi­ ants of the tennis world to the tiniest princi­ palities of the continent, Tennis Europe is the largest and most diverse regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation. Through sanctioning, sup­ porting and managing over 1,200 international tennis events each year, Tennis Europe services up to 26 million players of Europe’s most popu­ lar individual sport.

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of History 1975 – 1985

The European Tennis Association was founded in Rome on May 31st 1975, in order to represent the united interests of its member national tennis federations, and to strengthen and develop the bonds of friendship in the European tennis community. Within the first ten years, membership increased from 17 to 26 nations. 1985 – 1995

Consolidating its role in world tennis, Tennis Europe accepted a further 20 member nations. 1995 – present

A stratified membership system of A, B and C-nation status was established to reflect the differing needs of the members of an increasingly diverse organization. With 50 constituent National Tennis Associations, Tennis Europe now represents all European nations.

The mission of Tennis Europe, together with our member nations, is to promote and develop the game of tennis in Europe.

Vladimir Dmitriev President Tennis Europe

This is an exciting time for Tennis Europe. With a newly-elected President and Board of Management, plus a streamlined organisational structure headed by our Chief Executive Officer, the organisation is embarking upon a new era of work for the benefit of the European game, an overview of which can be found in the coming pages. Tennis Europe’s role has evolved dramatically in the years since 1975, when it was initially founded as the European Tennis Association with 17 member nations. Over time, its key activities have extended into many new realms, whilst continuing to perform its tasks as the largest regional association of the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation. All the while, Tennis Europe has been at the forefront of many of the pivotal development schemes that have increased the popularity and accessibility of the sport across the continent, whilst providing information and services to its members and partners. Despite the ever-increasing scope of its work, which includes an administrative involvement in well over 1,200 tennis events each year for boys and girls, men and women of all ages and abilities, Tennis Europe continues to play an instrumental part in the development and promotion of the sport in the 50 member nations it represents. That it has been able to engage in these new initiatives whilst continually reinvesting surpluses for the benefit of the sport is a testament to the successes of the policies of this non-profit organisation. Much of this can be attributed to the work of a core of passionate and dedicated staff based at the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and a wider network of committee members, consultants and a dedicated group of partners.

Looking to the future with an enthusiastic commitment to furthering the growth of the game, Tennis Europe will continue to serve Europe’s national tennis associations, players, fans and the wider tennis community.

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European tennis remains as strong as ever. A vast array of junior, professional and senior tennis events across the continent provide a fertile ground for the formative experiences of tomorrow’s top players and lifelong playing opportunities for the many millions of recreational players. After some testing years, Tennis Europe research and industry reports show that participation rates, equipment sales and spectator numbers are growing steadily.

Member Federations

To foresee and respond to the ARIAL needs and interests of its member nations ÖSTERREICHISCHER TENNISVERBAND are Tennis Europe’s primary concerns.

All constituent countries are invited to nominate representatives for board elections and com­ mittee posts. In addition, executives from each member nation have the opportunity to attend a variety of annual conferences, where respected speakers from within the tennis in­ dustry join ­leading national figures to exchange ideas and best practices, and to discuss contemporary issues affecting the sport.


Tennis Europe Junior Tour












Tennis Europe Junior Masters An elite season-ending event for the top eightranked players of the 14 and 16 & Under age categories, the Tennis Europe Junior Masters provides one last opportunity for the Tour’s big­ gest talents to compete against each other in a major championship.

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Junior Tennis Tennis Europe Junior Tour Since its inception in 1990, the Tennis Europe Junior Tour has become a vital stepping stone on the path to a successful pro­ fessional career, with virtually all of today’s top professionals having spent some time on the 12, 14 and 16 & Under circuits on route to future successes. With around 20,000 registered players eligible to take part, the Tour currently consists of over 360 international tourna­ ments and passes through over 45 European countries each year. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in some of the world’s largest junior team competitions, along with the ultimate prize – the European Junior Championships. The Tour also incorporates a weekly rankings system, ‘Player of the Year’ awards and a season ending Masters tournament. Evolution of Individual Tennis Europe Junior Tour Events 12 & Under

16 & Under

14 & Under


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European Junior Championships An exclusive event held over three age categories (14, 16 and 18 & Under) for the top players of each of the 50 European nations, the European Championships has traditionally been the place where tomorrow’s stars shine first. No fewer than 10 former champions have gone on to be­ come world #1, including the likes of Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Justine Henin, Novak Djokovic, Stefan Edberg, and Ivan Lendl, a fine illustration of the strength of the Tour’s most coveted title. European Junior Team Championships The Tennis Europe Junior Tour is also home to some of the largest and most prestigious team events on the junior calendar. The Tennis Europe Winter Cups by HEAD highlight the indoor season for players aged 12, 14 and 16 & Under, while the Tennis Europe Nations Challenge by HEAD (for 12 & Unders) and European Summer Cups (for 14, 16 & 18 & Unders) are the pinnacle of the outdoor season. The European Summer Cups also serve as the European regional qualifying competi­ tions for worldwide ITF junior tournaments. The scale of these team competitions is enormous, with well over 400 teams from all across Europe competing at four qualifying events in the hopes of reaching the final rounds. Many participants have gone on to become key members of their national Davis and Fed Cup teams.

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Roll of Honour European Junior Championships & Tennis Europe Junior Masters Yannick Noah 1976

Hana Mandlikova 1977

Andrea Temesvari 1982

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1988

Carlos Moyá 1994

Rafael Nadal 2000

Carla Suarez Navarro 2006

Alexander Zverev 2011

Boris Becker 1983

Jana Novotna 1984

Albert Costa 1989

Thomas Enqvist 1990

Anna Kournikova 1995

Novak Djokovic 2001

Grigor Dimitrov 2007

Mikael Yemer 2012

Ivan Lendl 1978

Justine Henin 1996

Gaël Monfils 2002

Timea Babos 2008

Andrey Rublev 2013

Henri Leconte 1979

Monica Seles 1985

Alex Corretja 1991

Kim Clijsters 1997

Marcos Baghdatis 2003

Steven Diez 2009

Nicola Kuhn 2014

Stefan Edberg 1980

Arantxa Sánchez 1986

Martina Hingis 1992

Tommy Robredo 1998

Marin Cilic 2004

Gianluigi Quinzi 2010

Anastasia Potapova 2015

Steffi Graf 1981

Conchita Martinez 1987

Jiri Novak 1993

Richard Gasquet 1999

Martin Klizan 2005

Belinda Bencic 2011

Stefanos Tsitsipas 2016

Events and Awards

Professional Tennis

Seniors Tennis

ITF Pro Circuits in Europe Tennis Europe‘s Professional Tennis Department is the ser­ vice point for all European men’s and women’s ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. The ITF Men’s Circuit includes Futures events of $15,000 or $25,000 in prize money, whilst the ITF Women’s Circuit events range in prize money from $15,000 to $100,000. For the vast majority of players, these entry level professional events are an essential stepping stone to the ultimate goal of competing on the ATP and WTA Tours. The circuits consist of around 660 events in Europe each year and have a total prize money fund of almost $10,000,000.

ITF Senior Circuit in Europe Europe is home to a vibrant Senior Tennis circuit, comprising over 300 international events held in 39 countries, and catering for players of all age groups from 35+ to 85+. Tennis Europe admin­ isters all of the tournaments that take place in Europe as part of the ITF Sen­ iors Circuit on behalf of the ITF. The circuit is highlighted by the European Senior Champi­ onships in summer, European Senior Club Championships for all age groups, and Euro­ pean Senior Opens held both indoors and outdoors. These massive events cater for up to 21 age categories and reg­ ularly see participation from player fields as large as those competing at the Grand Slams.

Beach Tennis Tennis Europe led the way in recognising this fast-growing offshoot of the sport, which made its debut on the inter­ national tennis scene with the first annual European Beach Tennis Championships in 2007. This was quickly followed by the establishment of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour, a circuit of men’s and women’s events offering prize-money and rankings points. The European Beach Ten­ nis Championships continue to serve as one of the crown jewels of the Beach Tennis calendar, and in 2016 expanded to include a junior competition.

European Tennis Trophy presented by David Lloyd Leisure






Established in 1991, the European Tennis Trophy is an annual competition to recognise and reward member nations for their achievements throughout the year. Points are accu­ mulated during the season according to performance in the various aspects of the sport, with the winners announced in December each year. Trophies are awarded to the bestperforming nations in Professional, Junior, Senior and Wheelchair Tennis, while the main öm Trophy goes to the nation with the best overall performance. Other prizes are also given to str Lind recognise the most improved nation, Best ‘B’ and ‘C’ nation, and special achievements.

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The ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme has invested over $7 million for the development of European tennis in the last decade.



One of Tennis Europe’s primary aims has always been to

example of how the sport can successfully be

encourage the development of the sport across the region.

adapted for people of all abilities, while our

A constantly evolving continent with ever-changing

partnership with Special Olympics is intended to

challenges and demands has led to a dynamic and flexible

promote greater opportunities for people with

development strategy aimed at growing the game in all

intellectual disabilities.

member nations. Development schemes from Tennis Europe

This commitment is underlined by our enthu­

– including the exchange of ideas, materials and personnel,

siastic on-going support for the International

as well as specific project funding, marketing campaigns

Tennis Federation’s ‘Play and Stay’ and ‘Tennis

and efforts to boost participation – have enabled numerous

10s’ campaigns, encouraging the use of smaller

nations to embark on otherwise unattainable projects during

courts and slower balls for beginner players,

the past three decades, many of which are ongoing. Many

thus smoothing the transition to the full game

of these activities are financed by the ITF/Tennis Europe

and ensuring new players enjoy the game from

Development Programme*, which has invested over $7

their very first on-court experience.

million towards the development of European tennis over

Tennis Europe has prioritised projects relat­

the last decade. Recently funded specific projects range

ing to coaches’ education aimed at improving

from coaches’ courses, junior training camps for young

standards and resources at a pan-European

players, the translation of manuals and study materials

level. The correct education of our coaches

into local languages and a variety of wheelchair tennis

plays a crucial role in encouraging participation

development projects.

and improving the performances of players at

Tennis Europe also recognizes the importance of the game

all levels, from those entering the sport to top

at a social, health and educational level, emphasizing ethics


and the values of fair play, as well as tennis as a performance sport. Our mission is to extend the reach of the game to

*The programme is funded jointly by the ITF Develop­ment Programme and the Grand Slam Development Fund

all. The wheelchair tennis boom in recent years is a shining

ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme

ITF/Tennis Europe Teams

Benefit from ITF 18 & U International Team



ITF/Tennis Europe 12/14 & U Development Championships Equipment Distribution Programme



10% Junior & Unspecified Travel Grants

Coaches Education Programmes Coaches Conferences

10% 2% 2%

Special/Facility Grants 1%

14 & U National projects


2% 19%

Play & Stay 10 & U Project General Expenditure Projects Administration

“Tennis Europe, along with a number of other organisations and agencies, plays an important role in promoting the game of tennis, especially at junior level. Their help, and also that of the ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme, aided me significantly in the early stages of my junior career, setting me on the road to becoming one of the world‘s top players.” Marcos Baghdatis, 2006 Australian Open finalist

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Conferences & Education Tennis Europe hosts a number of annual and biennial conferences and meetings, devised to inform, edu­ cate and share key information between represen­ tatives from all member nations. These vital forums include the Top Executives Meeting (a thematic meet­ ing for CEOs, Managing Directors and commercial executives focused on contemporary issues affecting the sport, and featuring presentations from leading companies and e ­ xecutives), the European Coaches Symposium and Specific Theme Conferences (for Technical Directors, national team captains and coach­ es education tutors), the Tennis Europe Junior Tour Conference and the Tennis Europe Pro Tennis Confer­ ence (a platform for natio-nal coordinators of entrylevel professional tennis), as well as the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

Marketing & Promotion Tennis Europe has traditionally taken an innovative and proactive role in the promotion of the sport across the continent. From ‘Marketing the Game’ initiatives to coordinating industrywide cooperation and the provision of market research and statistical infor­ mation, plus a full range of services to sponsors and partners, the organisa­ tion’s role in the development of the sport extends far beyond the tradi­ tional tasks. Consultation & Services An increasingly diverse and complex European Union also affects the agen­ da and daily work of Tennis Europe. As a representative of the European Un­ ion at the Sports Forum, and with over 35 years experience of international operations, Tennis Europe is well placed to provide consultancy and legal advice through the provision of data, infor­ mation, case studies and advice on ten­ nis and sport in general. Surveys & Statistics In recent years Tennis Europe endeav­ ors at the forefront of attempts to foster greater knowledge and under­ standing of tennis in Europe. Research and surveys on topics as varied as par­ ticipation rates, facilities, 10 & Under tennis, and the lifestyles of Europe’s top junior players figure amongst our most recent publications.

Administration & Finances During the last decade Tennis Europe has continued to grow, and now employs a total of 12 full time staff. An additional network of many hundreds of others, including con­ sultants, tournament directors and of­ ficials regularly collaborate with Tennis Europe from all across the continent. Tennis Europe is a nonprofit organisation, whose finances are continually re-invested for the good of the game.

Tennis Europe Source of Income Tournaments Sanction Tournaments & Service Sanction Fees & Service Fees

15% 38%


15% 6%


9% 23%



At your


Player Entry & Service PlayerFees Entry & Service Fees




ITF/TE Grants

ITF/TE Grants

Commercial Income Commercial Income

ITF/TE Development ITF/TE Grants Development Grants

Membership Fees Membership Fees


Communications and Publications receives around 70,000,000 hits per year from tennis enthusiasts across the world. Updated seven days a week, the site contains the latest draws and results from all international tennis events in Europe, as well as a wealth of resources relating to the Tennis Europe Junior Tour including results, rankings, photos, player profiles, head-to-head match records, statistics and much more… all just a click away! Many thousands of social media users also follow Tennis Eu­ rope’s activities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, while the regular e-newsletter ‘Tennis Europe News’ is sent directly to tens of thousands of subscribers. Supplementary press releases, brochures, magazines and official handbooks are also published frequently, drawing on a library of photos and literature spanning the 40-year history of the organisation. Tennis CoachEd is a website launched by Tennis Europe in 2016 to provide additional and unique services to a variety of sectors of the tennis community. Currently divided into four sections (with more to follow), the site contains a ‘Federation zone’ with a pioneering comparison tool that enables coaches and national associations to analyse and compare coach educa­ tion systems between countries, a ‘Jobs and Recruitment zone’ in collaboration with OrangeCoach, a ‘Conference zone’ with details of continuous education opportunities throughout Eu­ rope for coaches, and an ‘Academy zone’, which contains the first-ever database of all European tennis academies. receives around 70,000,000 hits per year from tennis enthusiasts across the world. 12 11 Keep the ball rolling

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Brochure outlining the activities, projects and achievements of the European Tennis Federation

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