The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced it has reached an agreement with both the ATP and WTA Tours to provide a structure that allows for smooth mobility for professional players.
The agreement includes the awarding of ATP and WTA ranking points at $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournaments, additional ranking points at men’s $25,000 tournaments, as well as increased playing opportunities with 48-player qualifying singles draws. The rankings will be updated with the new point allocations beginning on August 5, 2019, and the points will be retroactively applied to all tournaments since August 2018.
Updated men’s and women’s ATP/WTA rankings will be used for acceptances into ITF World Tennis Tour events plus ATP Challengers and WTA 125K tournaments beginning the week of 26 August 2019.
“Collaborating to further with the ATP and WTA, our goal is to ensure the professional pathway from juniors to professional tennis is fit for purpose,” said ITF President David Haggerty. “It is vital that players have the opportunity to play and progress and nations can afford to host events in their countries at both professional and transitional levels.
These additional reforms to the pathway will further strengthen the new structured introduced in 2019, that in turn will create a true professional group of players, increase playing opportunities at all levels of the game, and help widen the number of nations hosting professional tournaments so that tennis can remain a truly global sport.”