Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams and Bob and Mike Bryan, the most decorated doubles team in tennis history, are among many tennis icons and stars who will showcase their world-class talent and Grand Slam pedigree as Franchise players playing in the 44th season of World TeamTennis from July 14-31.
Tennis Channel will provide complete live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team's play-off competition against Switzerland in San Antonio this weekend. Telecasts take place Saturday, April 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday, April 21, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
The USTA announced that the 2019 US Open Qualifying Tournament will begin on Monday, August 19 and run through Friday, August 23. This will mark the first time that the tournament will begin on Monday, as opposed to Tuesday, extending the event to five days, from four days in previous years.
The Washington Kastles today announced they will play the 2019 World TeamTennis season in a new stadium specially constructed by EDENS on the existing roof of Union Market. Kastles Stadium at Union Market aims to reimagine tennis with the sky-breaking rooftop stadium offering sweeping views of the District and a new and unparalleled game-day experience for Kastles fans including extraordinary culinary options.
Tennis Channel's first full-length feature film, Strokes of Genius, has been nominated for two Sports Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The program is a finalist for the Outstanding Long Sports Documentary and Outstanding Musical Direction awards, which will be announced at the 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony in New York City May 20.
The Citi Open, an ATP 500 event, has experienced a change in management but will remain in Washington, D.C., it was announced on Wednesday. Washington-based venture capitalist Mark Ein has acquired the tournament management rights from the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, a non-profit that provides free tennis and educational programs for children in undeserved communities.
The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi announced that No. 8 Sloane Stephens, No. 14 Madison Keys, No. 36 Sofia Kenin, No. 74 Jessica Pegula and No. 78 Jennifer Brady will represent the U.S. in its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff tie vs. Switzerland April 20-21 in San Antonio.
In recognition of their generous and longtime service to the sport of tennis, four dedicated industry leaders and volunteers were recently honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in a special awards presentation at the USTA Annual Meeting.
The ITF and Kosmos Tennis have announced the schedule for the Davis Cup Finals, taking place in Madrid from 18 to 24 November. The group stage ties will take place Monday to Thursday. One quarter-final will be played on Thursday evening while the other three will be played on Friday, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday 24 November. All matches are best of three sets, with two singles and doubles match.
ATP and Dunlop announced a new, five-year partnership that will see Dunlop
become the Official Ball of the ATP Tour and the Nitto ATP Finals beginning in 2019.