The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of
the game of tennis and its duties and responsibilities include determination
of the Rules of Tennis.
To assist the ITF in carrying out this responsibility, the ITF has
appointed a Rules of Tennis Committee which continually monitors
the game and its rules, and makes recommendations for changes either
on a permanent basis or for a limited trial period to the Board of
Directors of the ITF who in turn make recommendations to the Annual
General Meeting of the ITF which is the ultimate authority for making
any changes to the Rules of Tennis.
For reference purposes in this edition the old rule number is
shown in brackets.
Note: Except where otherwise stated, every reference in these
Rules of Tennis to the masculine includes the feminine gender.