Bulat Utemuratov re-elected as Vice-President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)

07.12.2023    Views: 305
Source: KTF press-service
The ITF Board of Directors has unanimously re-elected four ITF vice presidents for the term of 2023 - 2027 during the Board meeting in Malaga, Spain. 

Bulat Utemuratov has been reappointed as vice president. He had held the position for 2019-2023, and now he is joined by Brian Heinlein (USA), Salma Moueli Guizani (Tunisia) and Rafael Westrup (Brazil). All four ITF vice presidents also serve as presidents of their respective national tennis associations.

In addition, at the Annual General Conference of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation held these days in Astana, Bulat Utemuratov has been re-elected as KTF president for the term of the next four years.

Bulat Utemuratov has headed the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation since 2007. To date, there are 48 modern tennis facilities in Kazakhstan with 364 courts, most of which are indoor.

The number of children playing tennis is about 30,000, 3,500 of whom have the opportunity to train on a free basis and also receive the necessary equipment and financial support from the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation to travel to national and international events. Over the years, the KTF has educated and trained 300 coaches and 500 tuitors to work with children. Along with national events, which count to about 200 per year, Kazakhstan has been hosting ATP 250 series events starting from 2020, while in 2022, the tournament level was upgraded to ATP 500, although on a temporary yearly basis.

The success of Kazakh junior tennis is distinctive. Recently, Kazakhstan's 16&U teams of boys and girls played at the Junior World Team Championships. Last year, the Kazakh 14&U team got into  TOP-4 teams at the World Championships. The 2023 ITF year-end juniors ranking has got two Kazakhs in the TOP 100. They are Amir Omarkhanov (No. 57) and Asylzhan Arystanbekova (66). 

As per the ITF evaluation, by 2021 Kazakhstan has already entered the list of 20 leading countries in terms of tennis development in the world, factoring in such criteria as participation, tennis infrastructure, and team performance at the Olympic Games, Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.

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