Two Rules in the ITF You Didn't Know About
3. Gender Verification
In any competition, a player may be required upon request to submit to gender
verification to determine sexual status.
In the event that the gender of a player is questioned, the medical delegate (or
equivalent) of the ITF shall have the authority to take all appropriate measures for the
determination of the gender of a competitor.
The results of any tests conducted will not be made public out of deference to the
human rights of the individual concerned but will be reported to the Chairman of the
ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission who shall advise the Board of Directors
of the gender of the player concerned.
Failure by a player to submit to testing upon the request of the ITF shall subject the
player to immediate suspension from the competition until such time as the appropriate
testing is carried out in accordance with these Regulations.
Any individuals undergoing sex reassignment from male to female before puberty are
regarded as girls and women (female), while those undergoing reassignment from
female to male are regarded as boys and men (male).
Individuals undergoing sex reassignment from male to female after puberty (and the
converse) are eligible for participation in female or male competitions, respectively,
under the following conditions:
a. Surgical anatomical changes have been completed, including external genitalia
changes and gonadectomy.
b. Legal recognition of their assigned sex has been conferred by the appropriate official
c. Hormonal therapy appropriate for the assigned sex has been administered in a
verifiable manner and for a sufficient length of time to minimise gender-related
advantages in sport competitions.
d. Eligibility should begin no sooner than two years after gonadectomy.
In all instances, a confidential case-by-case evaluation will occur.