Palm Beach County, Florida, has been named the host of the 2014 International Tennis Federation Senior World Championships, the world’s largest amateur tennis tournament. The event will be staged April 21–May 4, with a team competition April 21–26 followed by individual matches April 27–May 4.
The United States Tennis Association, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Triosports International, a Palm Beach County-based sports production firm, are partnering to host the event, which will be staged in the United States for the third time in 15 years. The only other American cities to host the ITF Senior World Championships were San Diego in 2012 and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2002. To accommodate the influx of global tennis players who will compete in Palm Beach County, eight different tennis facilities consisting of 110 clay courts will be utilized.
The event is expected to attract more than 1,600 athletes and more than 3,000 worldwide visitors from 38 different countries. The championships are divided into the age categories of 35, 40, 45, 50 and over 55. And estimated 850 tennis matches will take place during the team competition and 1,500 matches during the individual competition.
The ITF Senior World Championships are expected to generate more than $2.5 million of direct visitor spending and between 4,000 and 5,000 hotel room nights countywide.
“We’re delighted that eight outstanding tennis facilities in Palm Beach County have been selected as venues for this 15-day marquee event. These elite tennis facilities include BallenIsles Country Club, serving as the host site in North County, Mirasol Country Club, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, Polo Club of Boca Raton, serving as the host site in South County, Boca West Country Club, Boca Grove Country Club and Woodfield Country Club,” said George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Countries can nominate teams of up to four players in the ITF Senior World Championships, which, since its inception in 1981, has grown in the number of participating competitors every year.
“As one of the largest international amateur events in the world, the ITF Senior World Championships will bring international visitors and press attention to South Florida while attracting local tennis enthusiasts and club members from surrounding country clubs and resorts,” said BallenIsles Tennis Director and Tournament Chairperson Trish Faulkner. “Businesses or organizations looking for high visibility and exceptional exposure for their brand, from consumers in an affluent local, national and international demographic, can choose from a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities.”