The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals brought a spectacular close to a memorable 2017 season that saw more fans come out and watch the world’s best tennis players on the ATP World Tour than ever before. More than 4.5 million fans attended ATP World Tour events in 2017, an all-time record.
The newly crowned Fed Cup champion U.S. will begin the defense of its title in Asheville, N.C., when it hosts the Netherlands in February 10-11 in the 2018 World Group first-round tie, which will be played on a temporary indoor hard court at U.S. Cellular Center.
The United States Fed Cup Team won its first Fed Cup title since 2000 and 18th title overall, defeating Belarus, 3-2, in an exciting fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber on Sunday in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final in Minsk.
In another sign of its continued support of American tennis, Oracle Corp. announced today that it is launching four new professional tennis tournaments – two men's events and two women's events – in the United States next year in conjunction with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
Tennis Channel has added Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri to its deep roster of influential tennis professionals and visionaries. Bollettieri will provide motivational tips, answer viewer questions via “Ask Nick” videos, write weekly articles for TennisChannel.com and sister site Tennis.com, and will likely contribute on air and to Tennis magazine. His first material is set to appear digitally this week during the network’s weeklong coverage of the Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament in China.
When International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 in New York City, during the TIA’s annual Tennis Forum, the audience was treated to a short video showing some of the many tennis scene’s in Haggerty’s life and career. The video is available to view at TennisIndustry.org/HOF.
This marks the 17th year that Tennis Industry magazine has honored individuals and organizations that are making a difference in tennis, and in the business of tennis. The Champions of Tennis issue will be in the magazine’s January 2018 edition, which will be distributed in mid-December.
The city of Chicago will host the second edition of the Laver Cup next year, at the world famous United Center. The inaugural event in Prague Sept. 22-24 thrilled tennis fans around the world and Team Europe enjoyed incredible home support in beating Team World, 15-9. Team World will have the home court advantage come September 2018 and will count on the energy of the passionate Chicago sports fans.
In a study of TV viewership of sports in 10 countries by Ampere Analysis, there is a troublesome trend: 18-24 year olds around the world, especially in the U.S., are not watching sports on TV. In the U.S., the drop is 45% versus the national average. Globally, eight of 10 countries have seen drops. The UK was the closest to the U.S. in the fallout, with a 34% drop. The full report can be found on Business Insider.
ATP and ATP Media announced that Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour. The new deal covers the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals through Amazon Prime Video.