Tennis players, and the tennis industry, can thank both the late Vic Braden and Jim Fromuth for helping to improve their games and grow this sport. Braden, whose tennis academies, books and videos brought tennis to the masses, and Fromuth, the founder of a tennis equipment distribution company, both have had a hand in millions of players enjoying the game over the last four decades. Both men will be inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame on Aug. 27.
It took 23 seasons but the Springfield Lasers are finally the World TeamTennis champions. Springfield overpowered the top-seeded Philadelphia Freedoms, 19-18, at Sunday's World TeamTennis Finals presented by GEICO on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Don’t miss the 11th annual Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum, which will be at the Grand Hyatt New York on Monday, Aug. 27, the first day of play at the US Open. The Forum will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The USTA announced that Rolex has become an official sponsor of the US Open and will serve as the tournament’s Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece. The new multi-year agreement begins immediately with preparations for the 2018 US Open. Rolex replaces Citizen, which was the official timekeeper of the Open for the last 25 years.
World TeamTennis, the professional team tennis league co-founded by Billie Jean King, announced the selection of Chris Renner as the Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The announcement was made by WTT co-owners King, Fred Luddy, and Mark Ein.
The USTA, ATP and WTA announced that a series of in-game innovations will be implemented at a number of events taking place within the United States and Canada throughout the summer, including at the 2018 US Open. These rule changes were a result of collaboration and consultation between all three organizations, and are aimed at increasing pace of play and ensuring a consistent set of enforcement standards.
Tennis Channel's first full-length feature film will debut on the network Sunday, July 1, at 8 p.m. ET, on the eve of its two-week Wimbledon coverage. The documentary, Strokes of Genius, looks at the ongoing rivalry of icons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal through the prism of their epic 2008 championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, thought by many to be the greatest match of all time.
For the first time in World TeamTennis' 43-season history, every WTT match will be available to watch on the league's new streaming platform, WTT.tv presented by GEICO. With 43 matches over 22 days in six team markets, the 2018 WTT.tv schedule will include more than 100 hours of digital broadcast programming this summer.
Following the success of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017, the second edition of the tournament, taking place at Fiera Milano from November 6-10, will continue to trial a best-of-five set format, shorter sets to 4 (tie-break at 3-All), No-Ad scoring, and No-Lets, the ATP announced on Tuesday at a press conference at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Through the TIA, Tennis Channel is offering a 20% discount on annual subscriptions to Tennis Channel Plus, just in time for the clay-court season and the road to Roland Garros. (Go to buytcplus.com and use Promo Code TIA20.)