Chinese tennis great Li Na, France’s Mary Pierce, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, each a two-time Grand Slam singles champion among their many career accolades, have been elected to receive tennis’ ultimate honor in 2019 – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Universal Tennis (www.MyUTR.com) and Tennis Australia, the governing body for tennis in the nation, today announced a strategic partnership, focused on facilitating level-based play across the sport using the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) global rating system.
Novak Djokovic, the No.1 ranked men's singles tennis player, 14-time Grand Slam Champion and ATP Player's Council President, today announced an investment and strategic partnership with Universal Tennis.
Nominations are open now for the annual Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Inductees for 2019 will be announced at the 12th Annual TIA Tennis Forum, to be held in New York City on Monday, Aug. 26. Visit TennisIndustry.org/HoF for more information or to nominate. (All nominations will be confidential.) Nominations for 2019 will close on July 1.
The United States Tennis Association today announced that Gordon Smith, the longest-tenured CEO and Executive Director in the Association’s history, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2019. Smith first assumed his position in November 2007.
Attendees of the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Preview, Jan. 23-25 and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, will be able to watch professional padel demonstrations, participate in on-court padel playing opportunities and learn more about the sport while exploring nearly 50 racquet and paddle sports brands and organizations on the event Show floor.
The inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Preview, held Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show, will feature an innovative NEXT-Court surface that will host a variety of racquet and paddle sport demonstrations and events. Attendees at the show will be able to watch professional players on the court, and get out and play themselves with the newest equipment from leading manufacturers.
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 this year.
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced that it has appointed 18-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 Chris Evert as Chair of the USTA Foundation’s Board of Directors. In her new role, Evert will serve as the USTA Foundation’s spokesperson and ambassador to promote its mission, raise funds and increase the impact of its national outreach efforts to under-resourced youth. She succeeds former pro James Blake, who served as USTA Foundation Chair from 2015 to 2018.
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it will hold a Women in Tennis Forum during the PTR International Tennis Symposium - Feb. 12-15, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.. The Forum will be on Thursday, Feb. 14. Sarah Stone will moderate a panel of experts, including former World #1 Gigi Fernandez, Andy Murray’s coach Judy Murray, Tennis Australia’s Emma Doyle and Leizel Huber’s coach Tony Huber.