The ITF) has introduced new provisions to its Constitution, guaranteeing minimum representation quotas to improve gender balance on the ITF Board of Directors and across the leadership of global tennis.
This vote by the ITF member National Associations is a true statement of inclusion at the highest levels of our governance and puts us on the right side of history. Jack Graham, ITF Board member and Chair of the Constitutional Reform Committee
The announcement comes as ITF member National Associations voted 71.09% in favour of the change, which is set to come into full effect in 2027.
The motion was tabled as part of this year’s ITF Annual General Meeting, which took place in Glasgow on Monday following the successful 2022 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals, the women’s World Cup of Tennis, and is in line with the organisation’s Advantage All programme that looks to develop and maintain tennis equally worldwide.
Thanks to the Gainbridge partnership, the 2022 Finals distributed equivalent prize money to women as received by the men in its sibling World Cup of Tennis event, the Davis Cup Finals, with the 2022 World Champions, winning national team Switzerland, taking home an unprecedented $2 million (USD).
The amendment means the ITF Board will have one men’s and one women’s athlete representative, as well as a minimum of 4 men and 4 women from the 14 elected Board members.
Members of the ITF Board of Directors are elected every 4 years, while the President will continue to be elected regardless of gender.
The second annual edition Advantage All Global Forum also took place at the ITF AGM, with speakers including tennis legend and global pioneer for equality and inclusion, Billie Jean King, her life and business partner Ilana Kloss, CEO BJK Enterprises, Laurie Fabiano, president Tory Burch Foundation and Bill Shelton, CMO Gainbridge, in proactive, solution-focused conversation.
Jack Graham, ITF Board member and Chair of the Constitutional Reform committee, said: “This vote by the ITF member National Associations is a true statement of inclusion at the highest levels of our governance and puts us on the right side of history.”