February 19, 2014, Toronto (ISN) – It was announced Wednesday that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) will hold its upcoming Board of Directors meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia from March 6-7, 2014. This will be the first time an ITF Board meeting will be held in Canada.
“The ITF is delighted to come to Canada for the next meeting of our Board of Directors,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “Tennis Canada is one of our leading national associations with great success in the ITF team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, over the last two years. The meeting will give us a good opportunity to meet with the new leadership of Tennis Canada and we look forward to a productive week. “
The ITF Board of Directors consists of 14 members from around the world including the Presidents of three Grand Slam nations, Australia, France and the United States.
“It is an honour for Canada to host some of the most influential decision makers in the sport,” said Tennis Canada chair John LeBoutillier. “This will be great opportunity to discuss many important issues that will affect all national associations moving forward and to share our views on the future of the game. We are very much looking forward to it.”
Halifax was chosen as the city in part because it is the hometown of ITF Board member and former Tennis Canada chair Jack Graham.
“It is a great honour to be able to host the upcoming Board meeting in the city of Halifax,” said Graham. “I look forward to having very productive discussions while also showing my fellow ITF Board members some of our great Canadian hospitality.”
The ITF Board is responsible for strategic and operational decisions for the ITF which includes but is not limited to oversight of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the Olympic Tennis Event, Junior, Senior, Wheelchair, Pro Circuit events and the ITF’s extensive Development activities.