GRAND SLAM® BOARD

 
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Tennis’ four Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open – are recognized as the premier events in the sport. Though each tournament is unique in its own way, each serves to showcase the best of tennis and its myriad professional stars to a world-wide audience while also generating revenue to promote the growth of the sport at home and around the world. These four events represent the major mileposts of each year on the tennis calendar, and together, they represent a significant part of the history of the sport and its remarkable growth on a global scale.
 
The Grand Slam Board (“GSB”) is responsible for the coordination and management of activities of mutual interest to the four Grand Slam tournaments. These activities include: Grand Slam Tournament Rules, Regulations and Code of Conduct, Officiating, Tournament Calendars and relationships with governing bodies and third parties. Through the Grand Slam Board, each Grand Slam is able to focus on ensuring the success of their individual tournament while at the same time collectively recognizing the importance of the need to promote the health and growth of tennis throughout the world.
 
This investment in tennis, and in particular professional tennis, is a fundamental part of the Grand Slam tournament ethic. As not-for-profit organizations, all profits from the commercial success of the four tournaments are reinvested into the sport – through improvements to facilities, national and international player development, and through funding hundreds of other professional tournaments worldwide.
 
In 2013 alone, more than 200 additional professional tennis tournaments for internationally ranked players were organized, subsidized and/or invested in by the Grand Slam tournaments within their own territories. In addition, the Grand Slam tournaments have invested more than $40 million in the Grand Slam Development Fund [Read ‘Grand Slam Development Fund’] since it was set up for the benefit of less developed tennis regions.
 
The Grand Slam Board and the Grand Slam tournaments are committed to promoting the highest standards of sporting excellence and integrity in tennis. From its inception, the Grand Slam Board has promoted the principle of independent officiating and enforced a consistent set of Rules and Code of Conduct for Players to maintain the integrity of the individual competitions and the sport.
 
As part of the individual and collective commitment to the continued growth and well-being of the game, each Grand Slam tournament recently significantly increased prize money associated with its tournament for lower-ranked players to help sustain and advance their careers.
 
The Grand Slam tournaments are represented and participate on the Anti-Doping Working Group which oversees the Tennis Anti-Doping Program administered by the ITF and also are represented as a constituency on the Tennis Integrity Board which is responsible for the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
 
The Grand Slam tournaments offer an unparalleled, world-class sporting experience for tennis fans and athletes alike. The Grand Slam Board is committed to helping preserve the history and heritage of the sport and to build on the heritage to ensure a positive, dynamic future for international tennis.
 
The members of the Grand Slam Board are the Chairmen and Executives of the four Grand Slam tournaments as well as the ITF President.
 

 THE GRAND SLAM® DEVELOPMENT FUND

 

The Grand Slam tournaments fund the Grand Slam Development Fund (“GSDF”). Its mission is to encourage and increase competitive opportunities for aspiring juniors in less-developed tennis regions worldwide and to ensure the future growth of tennis globally by giving players access to competitive tennis in nations outside their own. The ultimate aim is to increase the number of nations represented in mainstream international tennis competition. Other projects that offer a unique opportunity to develop the game in member nations, such as facility grants, are also considered for GSDF financial assistance.

From 1986 to 1990, the four Grand Slam tournaments (US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Australian Open) jointly donated about $500,000 each year. A new opportunity for greater funding was provided by the Grand Slam Cup from 1990 to 1999, and the Grand Slam Development Fund continued to receive additional funding when the Grand Slam Cup merged with the ATP's season-ending championships to form the Tennis Masters Cup, which was held from 2000 to 2008 and was co-owned by the ITF, Grand Slams and the ATP.

In total, since the inception, the Grand Slams have been able to donate more than $41.8 million to the Grand Slam Development Fund.

The Grand Slam Development Fund is administered by the ITF. An annual report, including all grants made to players and to National Associations during the previous calendar year, as well as current and projected budgets, is submitted to the Grand Slam Board and the ITF Board of Directors.

A number of current and former players have received assistance from the ITF/GSDF including: Li Na (CHN), Gustavo Kuerten (BRA), Nicolas Massu (CHI), Nicolas Lapentti (ECU), Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi (IND), Eleni Daniilidou (GRE), Paradorn Srichaphan (THA), Cara Black (ZIM), Jarkko Nieminen (FIN), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), and Ricardas Berankis (LTU).

To read more about the Grand Slam Development Fund, see the Grand Slam Development Fund reports.

 

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