The Grand Slam Committee is responsible for the coordination of the general management, direction, financial control, government and rules of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments - the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open – which form the four main pillars of the professional tennis tournament structure and are the primary centres of income for the worldwide sport.
Through the Grand Slam Committee, each Grand Slam is able to focus on ensuring the success of their individual tournaments while at the same time collectively recognising the importance of the need to promote the health and well-being of tennis throughout the world.
This investment in tennis, and in particular professional tennis, is a fundamental part of the Grand Slam ethic and in 2012 alone, more than 200 additional professional tennis tournaments for internationally-ranked players have been organized, subsidized and/or invested in by the Grand Slam tournaments within their own territories.
In addition, funding for international professional tournaments, circuits and travel grants are provided to other nations and players by the Grand Slam tournaments through the Grand Slam Development Fund which totals more than $40 million since inception.
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The Grand Slam tournaments fund the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), the mission of which is to encourage and increase competitive opportunities for aspiring juniors in less developed tennis regions worldwide.
The GSDF was originally established in 1986 after The Championships, Wimbledon, donated funds from its event to the development of the game and shortly afterwards the other three Grand Slam tournaments joined in donating to the Fund.
In 2012, $1.62 million was spent on development projects throughout the world by the tournaments and the Fund has helped increase the number of nations represented in mainstream international competition.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is the most recent Grand Slam champion to have benefited from the Fund. Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur and China’s Li Na, winners of the 2011 Roland Garros girls’ and women’s singles titles, also received support from the Fund.
Other players to have been supported by the Fund include three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten (BRA), Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) and four-time ITF World Champion Cara Black (ZIM).
The following 36 players competing in the singles main draws at 2013 Wimbledon have received help from the Fund:
MEN: Martin Alund (ARG), Kevin Anderson (RSA), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), Aljza Bedene (SLO), Ricardas Berankis (LTU), Carlos Berloq (ARG), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG), Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), Gastao Elias (POR), Santiago Giraldo (COL), Denis Istomin (UZB), Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE), Juan Monaco (ARG), Jarkko Nieminen (FIN), Guido Pella (ARG), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), Viktor Troicki (SRB), Adrian Ungur (ROU), Jimmy Wang (TPE).
WOMEN: Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU), Alexandra Cadantu (ROU), Sorana Cirstea (ROU), Mariana Duque-Marino (COL); Olga Govortsova (BLR), Simona Halep (ROU), Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE), Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Maria Joao Koehler (POR), Varvara Lepchenko (UKR), Li Na (CHN), Monica Niculescu (ROU), Peng Shuai (CHN), Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL), Monica Puig (PUR), Chanelle Scheepers (RSA).