The USTA has announced that former WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for the USTA. Allaster will report to USTA Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Gordon Smith.
Longtime tennis journalist and TV tennis analyst Arthur “Bud” Collins died March 4 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 86 years old.
Cliff Drysdale, one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community, will be among the presenters at the 2016 Tennis Owners & Managers Conference in Miami March 23-25.
The 2016 TIA State of the Industry Forum will be March 23 in Miami, in conjunction with the Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference. The Forum will run from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Downtown Miami Hilton on Biscayne Blvd. and is free to the industry to attend, however, space is limited, so registration is required (visit TheTOMConference.com).
The ATP has released its 2017 and 2018 calendars on the back of a record-breaking season in 2015 that attracted a global broadcast audience of 973 million viewers, a 10% growth on the previous year.
The USTA Foundation, the official charity of the BNP Paribas Showdown, is offering exclusive packages and sponsorship opportunities at World Tennis Day that includes the World Tennis Day Awards Celebration on March 7 and the BNP Paribas Showdown on March 8. The events will feature Showdown players Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils.
The ATP and ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour, announced that live match production at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments will be significantly increased from 2016.
The ATP and Emirates Airline announced a new partnership on Nov. 22 that will see the award-winning airline elevate its status to the Premier Partner of the ATP World Tour starting in 2016. The five-year agreement represents the biggest sponsorship deal in the history of the ATP.
The ATP has launched MyATP powered by Vixlet, a social networking app built around passions, connecting tennis fans’ enthusiasm for the ATP World Tour, its players and tournaments like never before.
Justine Henin, a former WTA Tour world No. 1 and seven-time major champion, Marat Safin, a two-time major champion and former world No. 1 on the ATP World Tour, and Helena Sukova, who won 14 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles, have all been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. All three are nominated in the Recent Player Category for induction in the Class of 2016.