ITF Global Tennis Report 2021

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Introduc on ITF Global Tennis Report 2021 • 7 Introduc on " Despite significant disrup on to usual ac vity, this report shows that tennis is a growing sport, with a rise in par cipa on of 4.5% in the 41 contribu ng na ons." The ITF has seen clear benefits from undertaking this wide-ranging survey. In the short period since the 2019 report was published, our member Na onal Associa ons have become more data focused, and are refining their sources and methodologies to provide more accurate data. Na ons understand the value of insight when planning par cipa on and performance programmes, and can make more informed decisions when targe ng resources. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our par cipa on team led by Miguel Crespo, Head of Par cipa on and Educa on; Tim Jones, Project Lead, Par cipa on; and our group of dedicated data scien sts from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, for their work in crea ng this report. The other core objec ve of the ITF's 2021-2024 Development Strategy is to develop talented players, par cularly those from na ons that are both under-resourced and under-represented. Because of this we have also included performance metrics in the ITF Global Tennis Report 2021, using 2017- 2020 tournament and ranking data from the ITF's comprehensive results database. Performance data is provided in detail for the 41 contribu ng na ons in the individual na on reports and summarised in the Appendices for all na ons with performance players. They make very interes ng reading across the metrics of na onal representa on in the rankings, and in Grand Slam tournament main draw and qualifying compe ons, at the junior and professional level.

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