Advantage Tennis Europe 1 Game, 49 Member Nations, 40,000 Clubs, 180,000 courts, 1,600,000 Licensed Junior Players, 10,000,000 Licensed Tennis Players, 26,000,000 Players, 838,000,000 Population
With 49 member nations, ranging from the giants of the tennis world to the tiniest principalities of the continent, Tennis Europe is the largest and most diverse regional association of the sports governing body, the International Tennis Federation. Through sanctioning, supporting and managing over 1,200 international tennis events each year, Tennis Europe services to 26 million players of Europe’s most popular individual sport.
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 an increasingly diverse organization. With 49 member National 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.
Jacques Dupré President Tennis Europe
This is an exciting time for Tennis Europe. With a committed Board of Management and a streamlined organisational structure headed by our Chief Executive Officer, the organisation is embarking upon a new era of work for the good of the European game. Tennis Europe’s role has evolved dramatically in the years since it was initially formed as the European Tennis Association with 17 members in 1975. 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 first class information and services to its members, and partners. Despite the ever-increasing scope of our 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, we continue to play an instrumental part in the development and promotion of the sport in the 49 nations we represent. Considering that we have 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 our non-profit organisation. Much of this can be attributed to the work of a growing core of passionate and dedicated staff based at the Basel headquarters, and a wider network of committee members, consultants and a dedicated group of partners. 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 cradle-to-grave 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 once again growing steadily. 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 industry.
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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.
European Junior Championships An exclusive event held over three age categories (Under 14, 16 and 18) for the top players of each of the 49 European nations, the European Championships has traditionally been the place where tomorrow’s stars OPEA UR shine first. No fewer than Tennis Europe 10 former champions have gone on to become world R #1, including the likes of MarN CH AMPIO tina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Justine Henin, Novak Djokovic, Stefan Edberg, and Ivan Lendl, a fine illustration of the strength of the Tour’s ultimate prize. N
Tennis Europe Junior Tour Since its inception in 1990, the circuit of some 330 tournaments across three age groups (Under 12, 14 and 16) has become a vital stepping stone on the path to a successful professional career, with virtually all of today’s top pro fessionals having spent some time on the circuit on route to S EUR NI future successes. During the year, the Tour passes through over 45 European countries, and sees participation from around 12,000 players. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in some IO R MAST 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 300
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Tennis Europe Junior Masters An elite event for E top eight-ranked players of the Under O Pthe S EUR U R 16Aage categories at the end of the seaNI 14 and Under Tennis Europe Europe Junior Masters provides one last son, the Tennis opportunity for the Tour’s biggest talents to compete againstReach other in a major championship. IO C T ON HAMPI
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 Under 12s, 14s and 16s, while the Tennis Europe Nations Challenge by HEAD for Under 12s and European Summer Cups for Under 14s, 16s & 18s are the pinnacle of the outdoor season. The European Summer Cups also serve as the European regional qualifying com petitions for worldwide ITF junior tournaments. The scale of these team competitions is enormous, with over 420 teams from all across Europe competing in four zonal 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
Richard Krajicek 1982
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1988
Carlos Moyá 1994
Rafael Nadal 2000
Carla Suarez Navarro 2006
Hana Mandlikova 1977
Boris Becker 1983
Jana Novotna 1984
Albert Costa 1989
Anna Kournikova 1995
Novak Djokovic 2001
Grigor Dimitrov 2007
Ivan Lendl 1978
Thomas Enqvist 1990
Justine Henin 1996
Gaël Monfils 2002
Timea Babos 2008
Henri Leconte 1979
Monica Seles 1985
Alex Corretja 1991
Kim Clijsters 1997
Marcos Baghdatis 2003
Steven Diez 2009
Stefan Edberg 1980
Steffi Graf 1981
Arantxa Sánchez 1986
Martina Hingis 1992
Tommy Robredo 1998
Marin Cilic 2004
Gianluigi Quinzi 2010
Conchita Martinez 1987
Jiri Novak 1993
Richard Gasquet 1999
Agnes Szavay 2005
Roberto Carballes 2011
Who is next
ITF Pro Circuits in Europe Tennis Europe‘s Professional Tennis Department is the service point for all European mens and womens ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. The ITF Men‘s Circuit includes Futures events of $10,000 or $15,000 in prize money, whilst the ITF Women’s Circuit events range in prize money from $10,000 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 600 events in Europe each year, comprising a total prize money fund of over approximately $9,200,000.
ITF Senior Circuit in Europe Europe is home to a vibrant Senior Tennis cir cuit, comprising over 200 international events, and catering for players of all age groups from 35+ to 85+. Tennis Europe administers all of the tournaments that take place in Europe as part of the ITF Seniors Circuit on behalf of the ITF. The circuit is highlighted by the European Senior Championships in summer, European Senior Club Championships for all age groups, and European Senior Opens held both indoors and outdoors. These massive events cater for up to 21 categories and regularly see participation from over 650 competitors.
Beach Tennis Tennis Europe led the way in recognising this fast-growing offshoot of the sport, which made its debut on the international 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.
European Tennis Trophy
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 accumulated 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 best-performing nations in Professional, Junior, Senior and Wheelchair Tennis, while the main Trophy goes to the nation with the best overall performance. Other öm str prizes are also given to recognise the most improved nation, Best ‘B’ and ‘C’ nation, and special Lind 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.
Activities Development One of Tennis Europe’s primary aims has always been to encourage the development of the sport across the region. A constantly evolving continent with ever-changing challenges and demands has led to a dynamic and flexible development trategy aimed at growing the game in all member nations. Development schemes from Tennis Europe – including the exchange of ideas, materials and personnel, as well as specific project funding, marketing campaigns and efforts to stimulate participation – have enabled numerous nations to embark on otherwise unattainable projects during the past three decades, many of which are ongoing. Many of these activities are financed by the ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme*, which has invested over $7 million towards the development of European tennis over the last decade.
the game to all. The wheelchair tennis boom in recent years is a shining example of how the sport can successfully be adapted for people of all abilities, while our partnership with Special Olympics is intended to promote greater opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. This commitment is underlined by our enthusiastic on-going support for the International Tennis Federation’s ‘Play and Stay’ and ‘Tennis 10s’ campaigns, encouraging the use of mini-tennis, smaller courts and slower balls for beginner players, thus smoothing the transition to the full game and ensuring new players enjoy the game from their very first oncourt experience.
Recently funded specific projects range from courses in numerous nations for coaches working with beginner players, junior training camps for players aged 10 and 12 & under, the translation of manuals and study materials into local languages and a variety of wheelchair tennis development projects.
Tennis Europe has prioritised projects relating to coaches’ education aimed at improving standards and resources at a pan-European level. The correct education of our coaches plays a crucial role in encouraging participation and improving the performances of players at all levels, from those entering the sport to top professionals.
Tennis Europe also recognizes the importance of the game at a social, health and educational level, emphasizing ethics and the values of fair play, as well as simply tennis as a performance sport. Our mission is to extend the reach of
* The programme is funded jointly by the ITF Development Programme and the Grand Slam Development Fund
ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme
ITF/Tennis Europe Teams
ITF/Tennis Europe 12/14 & U Development Championships Equipment Distribution Programme
4% Benefit from ITF 18 & U International Team
Coaches Education Programmes 11%
Junior & Unspecified Travel Grants
14 & U National projects
European Coaches Symposium/Specific Theme Conference 2% 2% 3%
Special/Facility Grants 1%
Professional Trainig Camp Grants General Expenditure & New Project Project 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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Consultation & Services An increasingly diverse and complex European Union also affects the agenda and daily work of Tennis Europe. As a representative of the European Union 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, information, case studies and advice on tennis and sport in general.
Surveys & Statistics In recent years Tennis Europe endeavors at the forefront of attempts to foster greater knowledge and understanding of tennis in Europe. Research and surveys on topics as varied as participation rates, facilities, 10 & Under tennis, and the lifestyles of Europe’s top junior players figure amongst our most recent publications.
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 industry-wide cooperation and the provision of market research and statistical information, plus a full range of services to sponsors and partners, the organisation’s role in the development of the sport extends far beyond the traditional tasks.
TennisEurope.org receives around 65,000,000 hits per year from tennis enthusiasts across the world.
Conferences & Education Tennis Europe hosts a number of annual and biannual conferences and meetings, devised to inform, educate and share key information between representatives from all member nations. These vital forums include the Top Executives Meeting (a thematic meeting 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 coaches education tutors), the Tennis Europe Junior Tour Conference and the Tennis Europe Pro Tennis Conference (a platform for national coordinators of entry-level professional tennis), as well as the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.
Communication TennisEurope.org receives around 65,000,000 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 our activities on Facebook and Twitter, while our regular e-newsletter ‘Tennis Europe News’ is sent directly to tens of thousands of subscribers. Supplementary press releases, brochures and official handbooks are also published frequently, drawing on a library of photos and literature spanning the 37-year history of the organisation.
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 42% others, including con sultants, tournament directors and officials regularly collaborate with Tennis Europe from all across the continent. Tennis Europe is a non-profit organisation, 15% whose finances are continually re-invested for the good of the game.
Tennis Europe Source of Income
Tournaments Sanction & Service Fees
Player Entry & Service Fees
7% 8% 8%
ITF/TE Development Grants Commercial Income ITF Grants Membership Fees
“Whilst Tennis Europe‘s primary function is to serve and assist our 49 member national tennis federations, our services and activities also reach out to directly assist and inform many thousands of tournaments, players, coaches and fans, as well as the wider tennis industry. We remain as committed as ever to furthering the growth of the sport, and will continue to explore proposals or partnerships which support our aim of helping tennis to prosper and grow.“ Olli Mäenpää, Chief Executive Officer, Tennis Europe
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