International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty has unveiled a new strategic plan for the organisation which seeks to boost investment in the development of the sport.
ITF 2024 was revealed as the federation’s annual conference and AGM commenced yesterday (Tuesday). The plan includes five key points under the banner of ‘working for nations’. They are that every nation will have a voice in the administration of the sport, no nation will lose money participating in the ITF’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, development investment will increase significantly and collaboration with “allied partners” will improve.
Haggerty (pictured), who was elected in September to succeed Francesco Ricci Bitti, also pledged that there will be growth for all nations, secured through new initiatives and partnerships. The American official told delegates that investment in the development of tennis was a key means by which the ITF should judge its success.
“Tennis changes lives and our development efforts give opportunity to youth that they would never have,” he said. “That is why I have put development at the very heart of our new ITF 2024 strategy. And it is why we have revised the way in which we allocate our spending to ensure that more funds can be invested where they are needed most and by those who deserve them most.”
In 2017, the ITF plans to increase development spending by $2m (€1.77m), to $7.8m. In 2018 this figure will rise by a further $2m. “That’s four million dollars of new money invested in development projects around the world,” Haggerty said. “Four million dollars made available to you, the nations. Four million dollars to help strengthen our sport together.”