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RAFAEL NADAL WILL MAKE FIRST U.S. APPEARANCE IN BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - MARCH 4, 2013

New York, New York – January 30, 2013— After successfully defending her Australian Open title Victoria Azarenka remains atop the World rankings as No. 1 as Rafael Nadal is set to make his first U.S. appearance at the annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 4.  The upcoming event featuring Azarenka v. Serena Williams and Nadal v. Juan Martin del Potro will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America as well as the inaugural World Tennis Day.

Tennis Night in America & World Tennis Day set for March 4

March 4, 2013, will be an important day for tennis and the tennis industry across the globe. Some of the greatest champions in the game will take to the court during the BNP Paribas Showdowns in New York City and Hong Kong for a night of exciting tennis. The Showdown in NY will kick off the USTA's "Tennis Night in America," and StarGames Inc, the producers of the BNP Paribas Showdowns, has partnered with the International Tennis Federation to designate March 4 as "World Tennis Day" across the globe.

BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON MARCH 4, 2013 WILL BE PART OF INAUGURAL WORLD TENNIS DAY

New York, NY (January 3, 2013) – The BNP Paribas Showdown brings tennis back to Madison Square Garden for the sixth time on March 4 featuring Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal. Once again, the event will headline a full day of nationwide activities as part of Tennis Night in America, but in 2013, the BNP Paribas Showdown will also be part of a global tennis participation effort on the inaugural World Tennis Day.

ATP and Emirates Announce New Global Partnership

LONDON — The ATP and Emirates announced today a new global partnership in which Emirates will become the Official Airline of the ATP World Tour, as well as the new title sponsor of the ATP Rankings, as of 1 January 2013.

As part of the five-year agreement, Emirates becomes an Official Platinum Partner of the ATP World Tour, as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, through 2017. Benefiting from global promotional rights together with an on-site presence at tournaments throughout the season, the partnership will enable Emirates to engage with viewers across a number of different mainstream and digital platforms.

Venus Williams leads Washington Kastles to World TeamTennis title

CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 16, 2012) – Venus Williams led the Washington Kastles to their second consecutive World TeamTennis title today with a 20-19 victory over the Sacramento Capitals at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.  Williams was also named the Finals MVP, winning her sets in women's doubles, mixed doubles and the decisive final set of women's singles.

10 and Under Tennis hits Pelham, Ala.

From USTA Reports

The USTA Pro Circuit’s $25,000 women’s event in Pelham, which is part of greater Birmingham (a local investment market), treated several hundred kids to 10 and Under Tennis demonstrations and clinics -- both at the Valley Intermediate School and at the Pelham Racquet Club.  Professional players also joined in the fun and offered tips on how to get started using the smaller, modified equipment.  They also discussed the benefits of playing the sport at a young age and how the 10 and Tennis initiative is making that possible. 

USTA Pro Circuit Introduces 10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program

In a collaboration between the Professional and Community Tennis divisions of the USTA a new program launched this year will provide grants to Pro Circuit sites that actively promote the 10 and Under Tennis format at their events, and whose facilities make programming available to the community.  A primary goal of the legacy program is for tennis communities in the Pro Circuit markets to benefit from the tournaments throughout the year with enhanced support of grassroots programs.

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