The Tennis Industry Association is accepting nominations for the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame for 2017, which honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the sport of tennis. Nominations, which are due by June 1, can be in any of four categories: Inventors, Founders, Innovators or Contributors. Criteria for nominating and a short nomination form are available at TennisIndustry.org/HoF.
Dr. Jack Groppel was named the recipient of the 2017 PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry Award at the PTR International Tennis Symposium Awards Dinner on Hilton Head Island, S.C., Feb. 15.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation, and Children Change Colombia, supported by Jamie Murray, have been selected among nine recipients in the ATP ACES For Charity grant programme for 2017. Grants of $/€15,000 will be awarded to a total of nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour players, tournaments and alumni.
Donald Tisdel, a longtime member of the USTA board of directors, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2016 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2017 issue. Tisdel led off the magazine’s 16th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
The Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation today announced the appointment of Dr. Deborah Antoine as the organization's next chief executive officer. Dr. Antoine will succeed Deborah Slaner Larkin, who is stepping down as the Foundation's current CEO, as of Jan. 3, 2017.
Roger Federer is No. 1 in the “athlete” category of the Forbes “Fab 40,” which picks the most valuable sports brands in four categories: athletes, teams, businesses and sporting events. Federer’s “current brand value,” according to Forbes, is $36 million. The Swiss champ earns $60 million in endorsements.
The 10th anniversary of the BNP Paribas Showdown will bring past, current and future stars to the Madison Square Garden court for a night of tennis on Monday, March 6, The Madison Square Garden Company and GF Sports announced. Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Venus Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and a legends matchup to be named later will square off in the 2017 edition of the annual tennis showcase.
Maria Sharapova returns to the court for the first time in nearly nine months when she makes her World TeamTennis Smash Hits debut on Monday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. Pacific at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Tennis journalist and player Eugene Scott and community tennis pioneer Eve Kraft will be the 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Both will be inducted posthumously at a ceremony in New York, during the TIA Tennis Forum on Aug. 29. To attend, visit TennisIndustry.org/forum.