The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will host two premier senior tennis events this spring, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Seniors World Championships and the ITF Super-Seniors World Championships. The Seniors World Championships will take place from May 1 to May 14 and the Super-Seniors World Championships will take place from April 24 to May 7. Opening ceremonies will be held on April 23 (Super-Seniors) and April 30 (Seniors). In total, both events will attract thousands of international tennis players who will utilize 14 tennis venues, consisting of hundreds of tennis courts, across Palm Beach County.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission previously hosted the ITF Seniors World Championships in 2014 and welcomes it back along with an event new to Palm Beach County, the ITF Super-Seniors World Championships. These ITF World Championships are two of the largest international tennis tournaments taking place on an annual basis. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with the Baral Group to host the ITF Super-Seniors World Championships and Triosports International to host the ITF Seniors World Championships. The Seniors event will feature players ages 50 to 60 while the Super-Seniors event is comprised of players ages 65 and up. Both events will feature team and individual competition formats.
These events will attract international visitors with dozens of nations set to appear. Players from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe, and more will be represented in the competition.
Due to the influx of international visitors, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission projects a tremendous economic impact that will be generated from the two events. Approximately 3,000 athletes and spectators are expected to visit Palm Beach County during these events resulting in over $4 million in total projected economic impact. These events are also expected to create more than 5,000 hotel room nights.
In addition to the significant economic benefits, these ITF events will bring Palm Beach County immense exposure across the global tennis community. Very few destinations have had the privilege of presenting both the Seniors and Super-Seniors World Championships and Palm Beach County’s position as an elite destination for tennis will be significantly enhanced by hosting these events. These events will boost an already impressive portfolio of tennis events for Palm Beach County, which includes the Delray Beach Open, the only ATP tour event combining an ATP 250 event with an ATP Champions Tour event, and an exclusive collection of amateur championship events sanctioned by the USTA.
The Palm Beaches’ versatility as a sports tourism destination will be on full display as these two championship events will take place across 14 different venues. The ITF Seniors World Championships will take place at BallenIsles Country Club, Boca Grove Country Club, Boca West Country Club, Broken Sound Country Club, City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, North Palm Beach Country Club, PGA National Resort, The Country Club at Mirasol, The Polo Club of Boca Raton, and Woodfield Country Club while the ITF Super-Seniors World Championships will be held at the Boynton Beach Tennis Center, Coral Lakes Country Club, The Club at Quail Ridge, and Boca West Country Club.