The 7th annual BNP Paribas Showdown on Monday, March 3, 2014 is set to provide an unbelievable night of tennis when some of the biggest names in the game take on The Garden court. The event will feature tennis’ number one rivalry, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, as well as, for the first time in its history, a unique brothers doubles match with John and Patrick McEnroe teaming up to take on Mike and Bob Bryan, arguably the best doubles team of all-time. The doubles match, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will be an eight-game pro set followed by a best-of-three sets for the singles match.
Three industry leaders will be honored with induction into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Howard R. Gill Jr., Walter Montenegro, and Sheldon Westervelt will join previous inductees Howard Head (2008), Dennis Van der Meer (2008), Alan Schwartz (2009), Billie Jean King (2010) and Nick Bollettieri (2011).
NEW YORK, NY, USA - TIME has named Li Na to the 2013 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes will appear in the April 29 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets this Friday, and right now at time.com/time100.
Marcy Bruce, of McMurray, Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry Award. Bruce is a PTR Clinician and Tester in both Adult Development and 10 & Under Tennis. She is also the TRX Cardio Tennis Director for the Upper Saint Clair Tennis Development Program.
Music sensation Redfoo, of the music group LMFAO, and “Heroes” TV star Sendhil Ramamurthy have both entered the 2013 US Open National Playoffs, which provides the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.
The latest issue of the USPTA's Addvantage Magazine includes a tribute to the former USPTA CEO, Tim Heckler, who recently passed away. Included in the latest issue are messages from dozens of former colleagues, friends, and those within the tennis industry expressing their condolences for Tim's family while noting the significant contributions he made to the tennis industry and the impact he had on the tennis teaching profession.
The Tennis Industry Association, a long standing and proud supporter of the SFIA's National Health Through Fitness Day, would like to extend its congratulations to the SFIA and the SFIA staff on another successful year of lobbying Congress to get America moving and improve health through its annual National Health Through Fitness Day.
Mike Ballardie, the new CEO of Prince Global Sports, is the newest member of the Tennis Industry Association’s Board of Directors. Ballardie, who is based in London, has been responsible for Prince’s operations in the eastern hemisphere for nearly 10 years.
From Mauritius to Mexico the world united on Monday 4 March to celebrate World Tennis Day.
With events taking place across the globe in a bid to promote tennis and increase participation among young players, there was plenty going on to keep followers on social media and fans in stands entertained.