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.
The Board of Directors of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced its unanimous decision naming Steve Simon, the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, as the new CEO of the women's tour.
Tennis promoter Jerry Solomon and a group of financial backers have bought the BB&T Open, the ATP Tour tournament in Atlanta that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and played at the end of July. Earlier this year, the same Solomon-led group also acquired the ATP event in Memphis, which is played in February.
ESPN’s first exclusive US Open resulted in the tournament’s biggest TV audience in four years – capped by a Men’s Championship seen by 43 percent more people than last year – plus an explosion of live streaming on WatchESPN. The average audience across two weeks on ESPN and ESPN2 was 1,265,000 viewers (P2+), up 20 percent compared to 1,054,000 a year ago with a combination of cable and broadcast telecasts, according to Nielsen. It was the most-viewed US Open since 2011 (1,443,000).
Mylan World TeamTennis’ historic 40th season closed out Aug. 2 with the Washington Kastles making history by winning a record fifth consecutive championship title with a 24-18 victory over the Austin Aces in Washington DC. It was the sixth overall championship for the Kastles, tying the mark set by the Sacramento Capitals in 2007.
GR8 Group, a leading luxury experience agency, has joined the Tennis Industry Association as a new Supporting Member.
Looking ahead to the launch of the 40th season of World TeamTennis (WTT) on July 12, Billie Jean King reflects with pride on the numerous accomplishments by the league she co-founded in 1974.
Tennis Channel’s French Open coverage set new ratings highs for the network, both in average and single-day tune in. The channel’s live tournament coverage saw an average 0.72 household coverage-area rating, up 33 percent vs. 2014’s 0.54 average. The average 175,000 households in Nielsen metered markets across two weeks was the highest in Tennis Channel’s history in Paris.
Tennis Channel brings you the best of the French Open with multiple ways to watch. Tune in to Tennis Channel (check your TV provider) and download the Tennis Channel Everywhere mobile app (iTunes or Google Play). Starting with Opening Day Sunday, May 24, through the men’s semifinal round Friday, June 5, the network will offer 12 days of live coverage at the 2015 French Open, followed by same-day encore matches during championship weekend.
The WTA Board Of Directors approved a groundbreaking 10-year media agreement of more than $525M with incumbent partner, PERFORM. This extended partnership is the largest live media rights and production venture in the history of the WTA and in women's sports.