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Why We Should Care About the ITF with Dave Miley

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Several months ago, I had the pleasure of talking with Dave Miley, the Executive Director of Tennis Development for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) from 1991 until 2015 who was responsible for the non professional activities of the ITF including junior tennis, senior tennis, wheelchair tennis, technical and anti-doping as well as the ITF’s Development Programme. Dave has been very vocal about the ITF’s World Tennis Tour and its possible ramifications for our sport.

In Season 8, Episode 4, Dave and I delve deeper into the World Tennis Tour and how it’s impacting tennis so far. Dave shares his thoughts on why this is important to Tennis Parents in the US and around the world, especially as it affects College Tennis. 

Dave also discusses his candidacy for President of the ITF and what it could mean for tennis as a whole. He explains the election process and details of his campaign platform. As he will likely be running against current ITF President – and former USTA President – David Haggarty, Dave is not betting on the support of our governing body this year. That said, if you are interested in learning how YOU can support Dave Miley, please contact me for more information.

NOTE: We recorded this episode using a new (for me!) platform since Dave was in Abu Dhabi, so please excuse any wonky sound quality!

To listen to my previous podcast with Dave on the Transition Tour, click here. To read the series of Dave’s articles on the State of the Game, click here. To read Dave’s latest article on the ITF World Tennis Tour, click here. To read Dave’s latest Facebook post, click here.

If you’d like to learn more about Dave Miley and his work in the Tennis World, please read his bio here.

To access the ITF website, click here. To sign up for the ITF Newsletter, scroll to the bottom of their homepage and enter your email address.

Thank you to my son, Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our new intro and outro music this season! You can find more of his music at If you’re interested in House Music, please be sure to check out his social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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2 thoughts on “Why We Should Care About the ITF with Dave Miley

  1. Great pod cast with Dave Miley. Was wondering if the ITF is considering changing the tennis scoring format in junior tournaments to reduce the length of the events, make watching more interesting, make tennis more affordable and go more with the times where our attention span is shrinking. My daughter a G14 top National USTA player just played a L2 in Florida with sets up to 4 and no add scoring due to weather. She loved it and so did all of her fellow players. They got 4 to 5 matches in per day with short breaks. This is the new tennis in my opinion. Faster matches, more action…less time on match courts and hence fewer injuries. What’s your take on this?

    1. Sorry to disagree with you, Siegfried, but I think it’s a terrible idea at the higher level. For beginners, sure! Keep it short and sweet! But if we’re trying to help our kids develop to their highest potential, they need the full battle.

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