MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Tennis (www.MyUTR.com) and Tennis Australia, the governing body for tennis in the nation, today announced a strategic partnership, focused on facilitating level-based play across the sport using the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) global rating system.
Under the partnership, Tennis Australia is recognizing UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) Powered by Oracle as an official global tennis rating of Tennis Australia.
Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director said, "We believe that Universal Tennis can help support the sport by opening up opportunities for the everyday player and bringing a new level of innovation to the game. We're looking forward to collaborating and identifying new opportunities to grow engagement in the game."
Tennis Australia promotes and supports the sport of tennis from grassroots to elite level Australia-wide, overseeing domestic and international tournaments including the Australian Open, the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup.
"We look forward to working closely with Tennis Australia to help grow the game. We are very impressed by the forward thinking and solution oriented leadership team at Tennis Australia. Together, we believe we can make a lasting, positive impact on the game to grow it for future generations," said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO.
Tennis Australia joins Universal Tennis' industry-leading investors and strategic partners including Oracle; Novak Djokovic, the world #1 and 14X Grand Slam Champion; TEAM8, sports management company and creator and principal owner of the Laver Cup founded by Roger Federer, Tony Godsick, Ian McKinnon and Dirk Ziff; Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO, and owner of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden; Tennis Channel; and many others. The Company's UTR Powered by Oracle global tennis rating system and platform are used by players, clubs, coaches, organizers, academies and tournaments worldwide - including Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, Good to Great Tennis Academy, Kim Clijsters, IMG, Saddlebrook, OrangeCoach, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), among many others.