The ITF will endorse the Virtus event for the first time ©Virtus

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is set to endorse a Virtus event for the first time by backing the 2021 edition of the Virtus World Tennis Championships.

After the cancellation of the 2020 Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event, scheduled to be hosted in Sint-Truiden in Belgium, will receive recognition from the ITF.

Under Virtus' previous name of the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS), the ITF endorsed the INAS Global Games in 2019, when the Closing Ceremony coincided with the reveal of the new name.

The tennis event is scheduled to take place over a week from July 18 to 24, 2021, and is expected to attract more than 30 players from 10 countries.

Medal winners from the previously named INAS World Tennis Championships ©Virtus
Medal winners from the previously named INAS World Tennis Championships ©Virtus

Virtus also thanked the Local Organising Committee for being flexible to make sure the event could be scheduled in the 2021 calendar.

"We are particularly pleased to also announce that the competition will be endorsed by the ITF," Virtus said.

"This is the first time a Virtus World Tennis Championship has received such support, following their endorsement of the Global Games in 2019 and recognises the growing collaboration at both an international and national level with many National Tennis Federations supporting Virtus players at a domestic level."

Virtus plans to have a full competition programme for next year updated and filled with rearranged events within the next few weeks.