ITF Launches ‘World Tennis Number’ Project

July 8, 2019

Golfers have their handicaps. Now tennis will have a tool to serve the same purpose of making it easier for players to record and measure their progress and interact with other tennis players. The International Tennis Federation and leading national associations today announced a strategic project to develop and implement a global tennis rating called the World Tennis Number (WTN). Learn about it in this video on iSportconnect TV.

Sports technology company ClubSpark has been selected to build the WTN digital platform. This platform will create a global online tennis community, enabling players to access their WTN from anywhere in the world.

The World Tennis Number is planned to be in operation towards the end of 2019, with National Associations launching officially within each country from 2020.

ITF President, David Haggerty, said: “Our vision is simple, to create local online communities of tennis players sharing meaningful and enjoyable tennis experiences through level-based play. With this new platform, we have the means to connect a worldwide community of 87 million tennis players and fans.”

The WTN project is led by executives from the ITF, French Tennis Federation, LTA, and United States Tennis Association, and supported by a project team and an advisory group of nations that also includes experts from the national associations of Canada, China, Ireland, Netherlands and Switzerland.