Tennis Canada is pleased to be well represented on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) 2020-21 Committees and Commissions following the ITF announcement earlier this month.

Five Canadians have been invited to serve on a range of committees and commissions with the mandate of assisting the organization in some of the sport’s key areas.

For the first time ever, Tennis Canada has representation on two of the most prestigious committees of the ITF. Tennis Canada’s Chair of the Board, Jennifer Bishop, has been appointed to the Fed Cup Committee and Michael Downey, Tennis Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has been re-appointed to the Davis Cup Committee. The only other countries that have representation on both are the United States, Great Britain and France.

Tennis Canada’s Manager of Seniors Tennis and Events, Irwin Tobias, will sit on the Seniors Committee and Director of Wheelchair Tennis, Janet Petras, will be part of the Wheelchair Tennis Committee. Debbie Kirkwood, Tennis Canada’s Director of High Performance, will take her place on the ITF Coaches Commission.

“We want Canada to be recognized as a leading tennis nation and in order to do that, our players need to continue to perform on the court and Tennis Canada needs to perform off court and have a voice with the governing body of tennis,” said Jennifer Bishop, Tennis Canada’s Chair of the Board.

“The next few years are critical and I am glad that Canada has strong representation within the ITF committees and commissions. We are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working with the ITF and other national associations as we strive to elevate tennis on the global stage.”