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|About||Wheelchair Tennis was founded in 1976 when Brad Parks first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realised the potential of this new sport. The same rules as tennis apply except that two bounces of the ball are allowed.|
In order to achieve its objective of promoting and developing the game of tennis, the ITF oversees the following five areas of the sport:
* Administration and Regulation
The administering and regulation of the game through 205 National Associations affiliated to the ITF, together with six Regional Associations.
The ITF is responsible for the Rules of Tennis, including the technical specifications for courts and equipment and the certification of tennis officials such as chair umpires.
It also participates in the running and enforcement of an anti-doping program with the ATP and WTA Tour.
* Organising international competitions
The ITF controls the major international team events for all age groups and for Wheelchair Tennis, including the two largest annual international team sports events in the world - the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for men and the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for women.
For details on Juniors, Seniors and Wheelchair team competitions, please see the relevant section (Juniors, Seniors or Wheelchair) of the ITF website.
The ITF is involved at the highest levels of the game, including the ‘the greatest show on earth’, the Olympic Games, to which tennis was reintroduced as a full medal sport in 1988, and Paralympic Games.
In addition, the ITF works closely with the four Grand Slams - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open - through its presence on the Grand Slam Committee, and supports each event with administrative, officiating and media services.
The most prestigious competitions in tennis, the four Grand Slams, plus the Japan Open, Italian Championships and International Championships of Spain are all official Championships of the ITF.
* Structuring the game by sanctioning international circuits and events
ITF Junior Circuit
ITF Men’s Circuit
ITF Women’s Circuit
ITF Seniors Events
UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour
* Developing the game through its worldwide development programme
|Founded||1 March 1913|