With more live matches and exclusive coverage than anywhere else, Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus are the homes for Roland Garros.
Tennis Channel and the USTA, in conjunction with the NCAA, have entered a three-year partnership that makes the network the exclusive television home of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis National Championships. The agreement begins with this year’s events, to be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 16-25.
The USTA announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it has launched a nationwide online audition as part of its 13th annual US Open anthem audition, open to all kids 14 years of age or younger.
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.
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.
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.
While the most recent tennis participation figures indicate an overall increase in the number of U.S. tennis players for 2018—up 0.9 percent to 17.84 million—a deeper dive into the numbers show continuing challenges facing tennis, and the sports industry overall.
World TeamTennis and CBS Sports announced a multi-year television partnership spanning both broadcast and cable. The deal will start this summer, highlighted by CBS Television Network broadcasting the Philadelphia Freedoms facing the Vegas Rollers on Saturday, July 21.
The winner of the Tennis Innovation Challenge held this past January in Orlando, was Sparc, made by CCP Games, not Virtual Tennis as previously reported. Sparc is a genuine virtual sport that has been hailed as one of the best, most active games available for virtual reality. A unique, physical sport in which players connect online to compete in fast-paced, full-body VR gameplay, Sparc took the top prize in the fourth edition of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge—a “Shark Tank”-like competition to identify the most innovative and creative product or service in the tennis industry.
The 2019 Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference, Jan. 23-25, attracted more than 1,000 racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, and representatives of emerging and bellwether brands to the inaugural event last week, in Orlando, Fla.