ITF Press Release, April 4, 2022
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has published today ITF World Tennis Tour Calendar for Q2 of 2022, with nearly 300 tournaments currently scheduled for the next three months.
The ITF World Tennis Tour provides entry-level, plus mid-level women, professional players for international tennis tournaments, a pathway between creating ITF World Tennis Tour juniors and elite levels of professional tennis. The Men’s Tour of Two Prize Money Levels – $ 15,000 (M15) and $ 25,000 (M25) – While the Women’s Tournament of Five – $ 15,000 (W15), $ 25,000 (W25), $ 60,000 (W60), $ 80,000 (W80) and $ 100,000 ( W100).
ncreasing playing opportunities at the W60, W80 and W100 levels is the ITF for strategic focus of a particular area. Significant funding has been provided by the ITF to meet this objective, including the results of an increase in the number of W60s, which are currently scheduled in Q2. Q2 also sees eight of ITF’s flagship W100 tournaments. This includes three W100s in four weeks in the United States (Palm Harbor, Charleston, and Bonita Springs), two European clay court tournaments, W100 La Bisbal (Spain) and W100 Wiesbaden (Germany) both from 2021, before two W100s. Ilkley and Surbiton in Great Britain, which form part of the grass court lead-up to Wimbledon. In total the number of W60, W80 and W100 tournaments has risen to 28, four more than 2019.
The calendars remain under constant review and the ITF will work with national associations and other tournament organizers to identify opportunities to strategically add tournaments and maximize the playing opportunities to players around the world.
Players competing at ITF World Tennis Tour events could be just a few short years away from making their mark at the very top of the game. In 2018, Iga Swiatek, who became the first Polish player to reach the world number W60 Pelham (scheduled to take place in May) and W15 Sharm El Sheikh (April) at both the titles won on Monday. Also in 2018, US Open champion Emma Raducanu won the second title of her professional career in Antalya, where there are eight W15 events in the calendar April-May.
On the men’s side, recent champions at this level include World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won two M25 tournaments at Santa Margherita di Pula in 2016 – The Sardinian town will host five M25 and five W25 events in April-May. Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who broke into the Top 10 this week, also won the back-to-back M25 titles at Wichita and Tulsa in June 2016 and both events return to the calendar in June.
Jackie NesbittITF Senior Executive Director, Tours and Player Pathway said: “The World Tennis Tour is where the players have the opportunity, no matter where they are in the world, to enter and work their way up to the professional tennis. I am very pleased to see that we are back to the same number of tournaments that we had in Q2 of 2019, before the disruption of the Covid pandemic, for both men and women. East Asia and South East Asia, which have been heavily impacted by travel restrictions. The W60, W80 and W100 prize money levels for women in an area where they have an ITF has already been invested in 2022 and will continue to be the focus of attention and resources. ”