Francesco Ricci Bitti

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Francesco Ricci Bitti
Born (1942-01-15) January 15, 1942 (age 72)
Italy
Alma mater
Occupation Italian sports administrator
Organization International Tennis Federation
Title President

Francesco Ricci Bitti (born Faenza, 15 January 1942) is an Italian sports administrator, who among other things is President of the International Tennis Federation.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Bologna, Italy, and studied electrical engineering at the University of Bologna.[2] He has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Bologna University, and an MBA from ISTUD Milan.[3]

He was a member of the Italian National Junior Tennis Team (1960), and won the Italian University Tennis Championships (1962, 1964, 1965).[3] He then played international tennis (1964–71), and was a member of the Italian National Team Tennis Championships (1970–71).[3]

In his business career, he has served on boards of directors of Phillips, GTE, Olivetti, Alcatel, and Telecom Italy.[2][3]

In his career in sports administration, he has been Chairman and a member of the Tennis Europe Junior Competitions Committees (1977–97), technical delegate for tennis at the 1984 Summer Olympics, President of Tennis Europe (1993–99), a member of the Italian National Olympic Committee Council (1997–99), President of the Italian Tennis Federation (1997–99), a mediator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (1999–), a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board (2003–), a member of the Executive Board of the Italian National Olympic Committee (2006–), and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee (2008–).[3]

International Tennis Federation[edit]

He was Chairman and a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Competitions Committees from 1977–97, and a member of the ITF Board of Directors from 1987–97.[3] He was also an ITF representative at the 1992 Olympic Games and the 1996 Olympic Games,[3] The ITF runs the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup, and Fed Cup.[4]

He has been President of the ITF since 1999.[5] He was re-elected President of the ITF for a fourth term (2011–15) at the 2011 ITF Annual General Meeting.[6]

In November 2013, after the ITF Board of Directors found that the Tunisian Tennis Federation had: "breached the ITF Constitution by interfering with international sporting practice and ordering Tunisian player Malek Jaziri not to compete against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the 2013 Tashkent Challenger," and the Board suspended Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup competition," Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "There is no room for prejudice of any kind in sport or in society."[7]

Association of Summer Olympic International Federations[edit]

He was a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Council (2001–09), and is also President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.[3][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francesco Ricci Bitti". Sport.fr. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Biofile with Francesco Ricci Bitti". Tennis-prose.com. 15 January 1942. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Francesco Ricci Bitti". Tennis Archives. 15 January 1942. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti running unopposed for third term". Taiwan News. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Briggs, Simon. "International Tennis Federation backs Andy Murray and Roger Federer's call for tougher anti-doping measures". Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ricci Bitti re-elected ITF President". ITF Tennis. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tunisia suspended from Davis Cup over Malek Jaziri order | Tennis News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "About". ASOIF. Retrieved 4 November 2013.