Tennis Channel and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) have reached a five-year agreement that will make the network the U.S. television and digital media home of the WTA, beginning in January 2019. Running from the first week of January through late October's annual tour championships, the partnership includes Premier and International tournaments as well as the WTA Finals - representing more than 2,000 matches each season.
Over the three weeks of the 2018 US Open, including Fan Week and the two weeks of the Main Draw, more than 800,000 people were on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
More than 350 tennis leaders, industry executives and tennis providers came together on the first day of play at the US Open for the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, held at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Tennis Forum included the latest news and research about the state of the tennis and sports industries, including the current challenges, potential opportunities, and collaborative ways to move the sport and industry forward.
The USTA has announced that 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert and former USTA vice-president Don Tisdel have been honored with the United States Tennis Association’s President’s Award at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting in New York. The President’s Award honors individuals who have given unusual and extraordinary service to the sport of tennis in the public’s interest.
Universal Tennis, the Company behind the global tennis rating system UTR Powered by Oracle, has announced a new strategic investment and partnership with TEAM8, a leading sports and entertainment company owned by Roger Federer, Tony Godsick, Ian McKinnon and Dirk Ziff. TEAM8, the creator and principal owner of the exciting new Laver Cup tennis competition, is joined by additional significant investors participating in this financing including Blue Ridge Capital’s founder John Griffin, and existing shareholders Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle, and Mark Leschly, Chairman and CEO of Universal Tennis.
Chris Renner, the new CEO of World TeamTennis, is also the newest member of the TIA Board of Directors. Renner joined WTT in July, taking over from longtime CEO Ilana Kloss.
The USTA today announced that for the first time, broadcast coverage will be featured from all tournament courts – up to sixteen. All men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches, as well as mixed doubles matches, during the 2018 US Open are scheduled to be produced from Monday, August 27, through Sunday, September 9.
The USTA announced the names of 13 vocalists, ages 14 and under, who will perform patriotic-themed songs during the night sessions of the 2018 US Open and at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The lineup for this year’s US Open will feature a new slate of talent from throughout the New York tristate area, as well as from Florida, Illinois and Michigan to name a few.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) has announced that for the first time in its 64-year history, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the incoming class of Hall of Famers. Fan Voting is the International Tennis Hall of Fame's newest initiative to bring global sports fans across the world closer to the sport of tennis, its history, and the Hall of Fame.
The tennis industry will come together on Monday, Aug. 27, at the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, which will be at the Grand Hyatt New York from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The Tennis Forum will include the latest news and research about the state of the tennis industry, business insights, updates on grow-the-game initiatives including the U.S. Tennis Association’s Net Generation, and recognition of the 2018 Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees.