Development Officer

Gary Purcell is an experienced tennis professional with a diverse background in coaching, management, and tournament organization. With a degree in Business and extensive experience working with junior players, Gary has held various positions including Tennis Academy Director, Tennis Development Manager, and Tournament Director.

Since September 2017, Gary has served as the ITF Development Officer for Pacific Oceania, where he has made significant contributions to the region’s tennis development. His coaching experience spans across his native Ireland, Australia, and the Pacific Oceania region, particularly with performance juniors.

Prior to his role as ITF Development Officer, Gary demonstrated his organizational skills as the Tournament Director for numerous Australian junior and professional tournaments, including the prestigious Melbourne Wheelchair Open.

As the ITF Development Officer for Pacific Oceania, Gary works closely with National Associations, their players, and coaches to ensure that the ITF Development Strategy is implemented effectively on the ground. With the aim of increasing the number and standard of players worldwide, the strategy identifies six key areas for funding: Administration & Resources, Education, Events, Facilities, Participation, and Performance.

Dedicated to fostering growth and excellence in tennis, the ITF Development Officers travel extensively throughout their regions delivering Coaching Courses, Workshops, and Player Development Camps. As part of Gary’s responsibilities, he provides support to National Associations in organizing regional events, while also actively monitoring and tracking the progress and expansion of tennis through the ITF Junior Tennis Initiative. Gary also supports ITF scholarship players as they navigate their performance pathway.


Development Officer