The sport of tennis will be reaching new heights in 2018 when the USTA and NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel attempts a tennis match in space, powered by Net Generation. On March 21, 2018, Feustel, along with compatriot and fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold and crewmate Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, blasted off into space as members of Expedition 55.
he United States Tennis Association today announced the winners of its Annual Awards presented at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, held March 17-19 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad, Calif. The honorees were recognized for their dedication to growing the game at an awards luncheon.
Today's World TeamTennis Draft was highlighted by the selection of US Open finalist and world No. 9 Kevin Anderson as a Franchise player by the Philadelphia Freedoms, and the Washington Kastles pick of Tennys Sandgren as the overall first selection in the annual Draft.
The finale campaign of the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global kicked off today at the National Gallery in Singapore, and tennis legend Billie Jean King joined event organizer and promoter Lagardere Sports and the WTA to lead the celebrations.
Tie Break Tens, the new quick-fire, short-form tennis competition, is excited to announce that Daniela Hantuchová, Sorana Cirstea and Shuai Zhang will compete at its inaugural United States tournament at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, March 5, 2018. They join a dynamic line-up, including Serena and Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, CoCo Vandeweghe and Marion Bartoli, with just one contender yet to be unveiled.
Rodney Harmon, a former ATP Tour player and USTA Director of Men’s Tennis, is the new president of the Professional Tennis Registry.
Jeff Williams, president of the TIA and publisher of Tennis Industry magazine, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Leslie J. FitzGibbon Tennis Man of the Year Award by USTA Eastern at its Annual Awards Dinner on Jan. 28. Williams was recognized for his sustained involvement in growing the game through his pioneering, entrepreneurial pursuits and leadership over several decades that have made significant contributions to the sport locally, nationally and internationally.
The USTA announced a restructuring of its Community Tennis division prompted by the success of the USTA National Campus in the Lake Nona district of Orlando, Fla. This restructuring will allow the USTA to better focus its people and resources as it continues to innovate across all grassroots areas, including youth and adult tennis, tournament play, digital outreach, education and overall tennis participation.
The Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors voted in early December to reappoint Jeff Williams as the ongoing TIA president in a new and expanded capacity. Williams will become the first president as a staff position since Jim Baugh held that position 10 years ago. This newly created role will allow Williams to further focus on the industry’s specific challenges and opportunities by working closely with TIA staff and industry partners.
Ajay Pant, the national tennis director for Life Time, has been named “Person of the Year” for 2017 by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s January 2018 issue. Pant led off the magazine’s 17th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.