ITF President David Haggerty, right, is welcomed to Zagreb ©ITF

David Haggerty will launch a new strategy for the future of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) at the world governing body's Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zagreb this week.

The American was elected to replace Italian Francesco Ricci Bitti as the ITF President at its AGM in Santiago last September. 

Haggerty's new theme is called "ITF 2024" and will encourage everyone to have a voice and be heard now and in the future, he promised.

This year's Conference and AGM has ben expanded to four days and will include Regional Association meetings today, strategic sessions tomorrow and Wednesday (June 22), and the formal AGM on Thursday (June 23). 

A total of 107 ITF National Associations and six Regional Associations have travelled to Croatia's capital for the event, a record number of participants for a non-election year.

“As a former delegate to the ITF Annual General Meeting and now as President of the ITF, one of my objectives was to make this week more inclusive, interactive and productive for all the nations in attendance,” said Haggerty.

“We have worked hard to get as many nations as possible to attend this year’s ITF Conference and AGM.

"We want to ensure that every nation has a voice and will be heard, and that their experience is a very positive one.

"I realised that, in the old format, there was simply not enough time for delegates to talk and, with the help of the Board and the ITF staff, we have designed a schedule which we believe is conducive to that interaction as well as beneficial to the work of the ITF.”

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The ITF Conference and AGM in Zagreb will hear an update on plans to review the format of the Davis and Fed Cups ©Getty Images

An important element of the new strategy is the implementation of a new and better-funded development programme, led by ITF senior director of integrity and development Stuart Miller and director of tennis development Luca Santilli.

Other topics to be discussed will include the ITF Pro Circuit, junior tennis, wheelchair tennis, rules of tennis and an ITF finance review. 

On Wednesday, the ITF Conference continues with an update on preparations for this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a Davis Cup and Fed Cup format update and a meeting of the Non-World Group Davis Cup/Fed Cup Taskforce and the Constitutional Committee.

Reviewing the format of the Davis and Fed Cups was among the main manifesto pledges made by Haggerty during his successful election campaign when he was chosen ahead of India's Anil Khanna, Spain's Juan Margets and Switzerland's Rene Stammbach.

The afternoon session on Wednesday will feature an extended networking session involving delegates from all nations and Regional Associations, as well as ITF staff. 

On Thursday, Haggerty will open the Annual General Meeting by reviewing 2015 and talking about ITF 2024. 

The session will vote on constitutional amendments as well as Davis Cup and Fed Cup regulation changes and will consider candidates for ITF Services to the Game Awards. 

The location and date of the 2017 ITF Conference and AGM will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.