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James Blake signs global sponsorship deal with Aspen Technology

Former world No. 4 James Blake has signed a global sponsorship agreement with Aspen Technology, a leading provider of software and services to the process industries. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As a part of the agreement, the former Harvard standout will wear the Aspen Technology logo on his clothing during all tournaments. He will also make public appearances on behalf of the company at tournaments such as Wimbledon and the US Open.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut Names Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez as Director of Tennis

Former doubles world No. 1 and tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez has been named the Director of Tennis at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. As Director of Tennis, the 17-time Grand Slam doubles champion will oversee day-to-day tennis operations at Chelsea Piers, which includes development and oversight of all adult and junior programming and hiring, training and managing the tennis instructors. Fernandez will also offer exclusive “Gigi” tennis clinics, camps and private lessons for adults and juniors. “I am extremely honored and excited to join the team at CPCT and to be an integral part of growing the tennis community in Fairfield County,” said Fernandez, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. “CPCT provides a unique opportunity for me as well as other families who seek to find a multi sports facility that focuses on family activities as well as individual competitive sports. I look forward to sharing my tennis knowledge and enthusiasm for the great game of tennis with members and non-members of CPCT.” Chelsea Piers Connecticut, which is set to open in July 2012, is a 400,000 square foot state-of-the-art sports and recreation facility located in Stamford, Conn. The tennis club will feature seven indoor tennis courts.

Turnberry Isle Miami partners with Guillermo Cañas Tennis Academy

Turnberry Isle Miami, the legendary Mediterranean-style resort and private membership club, has teamed up with the elite Guillermo Cañas Tennis Academy. Starting yesterday, guests and members of Turnberry Isle Miami were able to have the opportunity to receive tennis instruction from players previously ranked professionally in the Top 10, as well as nationally ranked juniors through the exclusive union with the Guillermo Cañas Tennis Academy. Day-to-day operations of the program will be overseen by Gustavo Oribe, Tennis Director and Co-Founder of Cañas Tennis. “The collaboration with Cañas Tennis provides our guests and members with tennis coaching that is considered to be one of the best in the world,” said Douglas Hustad, Managing Director, Turnberry Isle Miami. “The unique combination of the Cañas Tennis program and Turnberry Isle Miami’s award-winning tennis facilities provides guests with a tennis experience that is unlikely to be found anywhere else.” As part of the partnership, Turnberry Isle Miami’s guests and members of the property have access to private lessons, group clinics for all skill levels and ages, pro-am tournaments, special events, summer camps, as well as a community match-play program, which will feature the CT instructors. In addition, there will be a roster of part-time and full-time pre-competition and competition programs at the Turnberry Isle Marina tennis courts. Rates for private lessons start at $100 per hour with Turnberry pros and $300 per hour with Cañas, while daily clinics begin at $40. “Our partnership with Turnberry Isle Miami is the perfect alignment of two South Florida institutions that are dedicated to providing an enriching and authentic experience,” said Guillermo Cañas, Co-Founder and Director of Player Development, Cañas Tennis. “Players from around the world come to CT to fulfill their lifelong ambitions and we look forward to working with the guests and members of Turnberry Isle Miami to aid in the realization of their dreams.” Cañas Tennis is currently headquartered in Key Biscayne and is the first South Florida tennis boarding academy to feature elite professional players, including Cañas, Oribe and Martin Garcia, as coaches.

Intercollegiate Tennis Association name 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

On Friday, April 13, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that six men will be inducted into the 2012 ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2012 class includes coaches Chuck Kriese, Paul Scarpa and Ron Smarr, as well as players Patrick Du Pré, David Wheaton and contributor Jon Vegosen. This year’s honorees will be inducted at the 2012 ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet on May 23 during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Jankovic hires Zeljko Krajan as new coach

After a slow start to her 2012 season and a failed short-term coaching trial with former UNLV star Henner Nehles, Jelena Jankovic has hired Zeljko Krajan as her new coach. Krajan most recently coached Dominika Cibulkova for the past two years and helped Dinara Safina reach the top-ranking on the WTA Tour. According to a report from Matt Cronin of TENNIS.com, Jankovic and Krajan started working together on Tuesday in Moscow, where Serbia is scheduled to play Russia in this weekend’s Fed Cup semifinals.

Ljubicic retries following loss in Monte Carlo

Former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis on Sunday following a straight sets loss to fellow Croat Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The 33-year-old, who turned pro in 1998, won 10 career singles titles on the ATP World Tour including the Indian Wells title in 2010 when he defeated American Andy Roddick in the championship match. A former French Open semifinalist in 2006 and a Doubles Bronze Medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Ljubicic earned victories throughout his career over players such as Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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Justin Cohen is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Specialization in Journalism and was a member of the varsity tennis team, where he and his teammates finished as the runner-up at the 2006 NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championships. Justin began writing his weekly column, “This Week in Tennis Business with Justin Cohen” in July 2009. The following month, he covered the ATP/WTA Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open in Cincinnati, Ohio interviewing most of the top ranked players in the world. A lifelong tennis enthusiast who has enjoyed traveling to many professional tennis tournaments, Justin has much experience in the tennis industry. Previously, he worked at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in Princeton, New Jersey, and also completed summer internships in ticket sales at the ATP/WTA Tour Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open in Cincinnati and in marketing at the Tennis Channel in Los Angeles.

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