23 Oct 2017

ITF Coaches Commission meet in Sofia

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ITF Coaches Commission meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria 2017

The ITF Coaches Commission met at Hotel Marinela, Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday 10 October in a session chaired by ITF Board member Aleksei Selivanenko.

The meeting’s agenda covered a selection of issues including the strategy for future editions of the ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference by BNP Paribas, the international certification with a move to increase quality and integrity of coaching, on-court coaching rules at junior level and various tournaments, the upcoming ITF online continuous education platform, an update on the Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms and the ITF ebooks app.

Andrew Moss, ITF Project Manager for Player Pathways, presented the Coaches Commission with an update on the ITF Transition Tour to be launched in 2019. The ITF and professional age eligibility rules were also discussed amongst the Commission. It was noted that the new circuit structure should ensure best practice of player development i.e. quality over quantity of matches and the smooth transition of talented young players to professional tennis.

Also in attendance for the meeting was Riaan Kruger, former ITF Development Officer for Southern Africa, who was introduced to the Commission as the newly appointed ITF Project Lead for Coach Education responsible for overseeing the development of the ITF online continuous education platform.  

The next Coaches Commission meeting will take place in 2018 with the venue yet to be decided. The ITF would like to extend thanks to the Bulgarian Tennis Federation for their hospitality and cooperation in hosting the meeting.