Purpose: To lead the sustainable growth of tennis in New Zealand and provide opportunity for success on the international stage.
Tennis NZ is the national body for tennis in New Zealand. We were one of the founding members of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and are responsible for the administration and management of tennis in New Zealand. This includes the selection and management of Davis and Fed Cup teams to represent New Zealand in these annual international competitions. Tennis NZ also holds the rights to the ASB Classic women's professional tournament, held in Auckland each January.
A significant part of Tennis NZ's activities is given to organising national tournaments, arranging overseas tours for junior players, and support for our emerging players on the world tours.
Tennis NZ launched Tennis Hot Shots in October 2013, a world class starter program for kids aged 3 - 12. The philosophies of Tennis Hot Shots are learning through play, using modified equipment, and following a progressive pathway through the four stages of development - blue, red, orange and green. Visit the Tennis Hot Shots website.
Tennis NZ has nearly 400 member clubs and nearly 40,000 individual members. Tennis NZ provides ConfigureRankings a national grading system online for all competitive players in the country.
More than 300,000 people play tennis in New Zealand, making it the country's second most popular adult participation sport. Tennis NZ is an advocate for all these tennis players too.
Tennis in New Zealand is structured into six Regional Centres: Northern, Auckland, Waikato-Bays, Central, Canterbury and Southern. There is a very strong working relationship between the Regional Centres and Tennis NZ and all have constitutions that are aligned with the same structures and underlying principles.
The Regional Centres are responsible for the delivery of tennis programmes, competitions, and tournaments in their regions. The Regional Centres support the clubs within their area to ensure we have a strong base at grassroots level. Tennis NZ provides training and support for the Regional Centres and meets regularly with staff from around New Zealand to encourage the development of strong relationships and networks. The Regional Centres provide valuable input into the strategic direction of Tennis NZ and the development of national programmes.
Several affiliate organisations are linked to Tennis NZ. They are: Aotearoa Maori Tennis Association; NZ Tennis Umpires Association; Tennis Coaches NZ; International Lawn Tennis Club of NZ; NZ Wheelchair Tennis, and Seniors Tennis NZ.
The Tennis NZ Board comprises eight members. There are four elected members and four appointed independent members of the Board. The Board has a great representation of a wide range of skills including governance, law, finance, marketing and of course, tennis. Click here to view the Tennis NZ Board members.
Tennis NZ's head office is based at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, 17 Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, Auckland. Tennis NZ. It has 8 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff. The staff work in a variety of areas including the organisation of national and international tournaments here in New Zealand, High Performance, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Club and Game Development, Coaching, Finance, Marketing, Administration and IT support. Click here for details of Tennis NZ staff.