Two tennis movies debut in the U.S. on Sept. 22: “Battle of the Sexes,” set in the early 1970s about the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs match, and “Borg vs. McEnroe,” about the famous rivalry.
Tennis players dominated the top 10 in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest paid female athletes for 2017, taking eight of the spots in total earnings between June 2016 and June 2017. Serena Williams topped the list, earning a total of $27 million ($8 million of that in prize money).
Just in time for the 2017 US Open, the Tennis Channel will now be delivered on YouTube TV, thanks to an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., which owns Tennis Channel.
The USTA announced a series of innovatios and fan experiences for the upcoming 2017 US Open, including several on-court and in-game enhancements, free fan activities, improvements to the grounds, Net Generation, and more.
Just as the upcoming US Open Championships will showcase the best competitors in tennis, the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will put some of the most brilliant new and innovative sports products and services center stage for a unique competition in New York City. The Innovation Challenge will follow the TIA Tennis Forum, which starts at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel on Aug. 28, which is the first day of play at the US Open.
The schedule for the USRSA World Conference, to be held Oct. 6-9 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., will feature top leaders and presenters in the industry, including Mark Gonzales, John Gugel, Liam Nolen, Tom Parry and Bob Patterson. The USRSA conference immediately precedes the NEXT Generation workshop, also in Orlando.
Seating Solutions of Commack, N.Y., has custom-designed and constructed the temporary stadium that will replace Louis Armstrong Stadium for the 2017 US Open. The temporary stadium, located in what was formerly Parking Lot B, will have 8,000 seats, including 2,000 reserved seats in the “lower bowl."
The USTA announced that the prize money for the 2017 US Open will increase by more than $4 million, bringing the total purse for the tournament to a record $50.4 million, a 9 percent increase over the 2016 US Open prize money totals. With those increases, the US Open becomes the first tennis tournament in history with total prize money compensation topping $50 million.
Thirty-one innovative products and services have applied for the unique “Tennis Innovation Challenge NYC 2017.” The competition—for innovative products, software and services designed to grow the sport and business of tennis with players, consumers and fans—will culminate at the 10th Annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum on Aug. 28 in New York City, when the finalists present to a panel of judges and in front of an audience of industry leaders and executives.
The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) and the SportsCouncil Silicon Valley (SCSV) will present a Future of Tennis & Tech event on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 and 29, at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York. Visit tennisindustry.org.