Tennis is one of the first sports to have entered FISU’s programmes, starting with the Universiade, where it has been a compulsory discipline since the first edition of Turin in 1959. Thanks to the collaboration between FISU and ITF, different stadiums of tennis were built during the different editions of the games, to ensure the highest level of the tournament for both athletes and the audience.
The first gold medals in 1959 were won by France in the men’s tournament and by the Soviet Union in the women’s tournament. Over time, the Asian countries have begun to rule the tournament, as evidenced by the latest edition of Taipei, ruled by the hosts. Singles, doubles, in addition to the mixed doubles, are scheduled for Napoli 2019.