According to ITFTennis.com, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) launched a mobile App on Tuesday for the Olympic Tennis Event taking place at The All England Club, Wimbledon from 28 July until 5 August. The smartphone App forms part of a wider digital strategy that makes the ITF Olympic Tennis website ITFtennis.com/Olympics the number one destination for tennis fans during London 2012. The mobile App provides fans with live scores, schedules, drawsheets, news, photos, and player and event information, and is available for free download to iPhone and Android users. For other smartphone devices, a mobile friendly version of the website is available equipped with the same features. The new-look ITF Olympic Tennis website was launched earlier in 2012 alongside a Spanish-language version of the site ITFtennis.com/Olimpiadas. During the Games, the website will offer a comprehensive live scores console with match statistics, the first time live scoring has been available on the ITF Olympic Tennis website. The ITF Olympic Tennis website will offer in-depth coverage from the All England Club including news, match reports, interviews, photos and blogs. The website aims to build on the success of Beijing 2008 when a record number of visitors followed the action. Fans can also keep up-to-date with the tennis through the ITF Olympic Tennis social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. These pages provide behind-the-scenes insight as well as giving followers the opportunity to have their say on current and topical issues.
ASICS Signs Two-Time Defending NCAA Singles Champion Steve Johnson
According to a Tuesday morning press release, ASICS America has announced the signing of two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson. Johnson played four years at the University of Southern California (USC) before leaving this past May as one of the most decorated tennis players in college history. “I am proud of my college career at USC and all that I was able to accomplish, but now am looking forward to taking my game to the next level,” says Johnson, who is represented by Sam Duvall at Lagardere Unlimited. “ASICS is a great partner that will provide me with not only high performance tennis apparel and footwear, but also a great all-around support system. They truly value their athletes and understand the individual needs that we have. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of their team.” While at USC, Johnson led the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA team titles and completed a 72-match winning streak as he defended his NCAA singles title. He is a seven-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and was named the 2011 and 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year as well as the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 Men’s Player of the Year. Johnson, 22 years old, is from Orange, Calif. and began playing tennis at the age of two with his father serving as his coach. Like many young tennis athletes in the 90s, he idolized Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He currently trains with the United States Tennis Association at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and likes to spend his free time relaxing at the beach. He describes himself as confident, tough and relaxed, three attributes that will certainly come in handy on the pro circuit.
MP & Silva Renews ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Until 2020
According to a press release, MP & Silva, a leading international media rights company, has secured a worldwide rights distribution deal through 2020 with the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) ATP World Tour 250 Series event. The deal includes all territories outside the USA. The package offers a minimum of 25 matches every year: Seven singles matches, inclusive of four early-round matches, two semi-finals and the final, as well as one doubles semi-final and doubles final. MP & Silva has been distributing media rights of Delray Beach ITC for several years. The eight-year renewal is a long-term partnership rarely seen in the international market. Mark Baron, Delray Beach ITC Tournament Director, said “We are delighted with the hours of coverage and audience numbers provided by MP& Silva distribution this year. The charm and allure of Delray Beach was appreciated in 137 countries with the potential reach of 39 million households. We certainly believe that we are on the right track and that a long-term partnership with MP& Silva will provide us with more access to international broadcasters and potential Delray Beach consumers in the years to come.” “MP & Silva has a strong tennis rights portfolio that includes the Roland Garros Grand Slam (French Open), Qatar Open and another seven ATP Series competitions,” said Andrea Radrizzani, MP & Silva Group CEO. “We have been distributing the ATP World Tour 250 Series since 2010 and this partnership until the end of the decade with the Delray Beach ITC is a significant commitment of MP & Silva to further develop tennis TV and online audiences all over the world”, he added. MP & Silva will be the exclusive distributor of Delray Beach ITC across cable, satellite, terrestrial, Web TV, IPTV and mobile platforms.
2012 PowerShares Series Tour Schedule Released
InsideOut Sports + Entertainment recently announced that Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors will headline the 2012 PowerShares Series. Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season, starting October 13 in Surprise, Ariz., and concluding November 30 in Anaheim, Calif. The tour will stop in other cities including Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Tampa, Atlanta, San Jose, Las Vegas and Denver. In addition to Agassi, McEnroe, Sampras and Connors, the tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Patrick Rafter, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mats Wilander as well as Davis Cup Champion Todd Martin. The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two, 1-set semifinals followed by a 1-set championship match. Pete Sampras earned $500,000 by finishing the 2011 season as the No. 1 ranked player, followed by Jim Courier earning $350,000 at No. 2 and Andre Agassi collecting $150,000 at No. 3. “We are looking forward to another successful season of PowerShares Series tennis featuring the legends of men’s tennis,” said Jon Venison, Partner at InsideOut Sports + Entertainment. “Having four legendary players battling in competitive one-night shootout tournaments across the United States is a strong platform to promote the sport and bring a great night of entertainment to these twelve cities.” “The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.” Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now. For complete tour and ticket information, visit http://www.PowerSharesSeries.com/. The PowerShares Series is a tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York based firm which is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
American Mitchell Krueger signs with Octagon; will not attend Texas A&M
According to an article written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com, 2012 Junior French Open and Wimbledon semifinalist Mitchell Krueger of Texas has signed with sports management agency Octagon and will not pursue a college tennis career at Texas A&M. According to Lewis, there has been much speculation about his pro status, and although no press release has been distributed, Octagon lists him on their website as a client. He is also featured in promotional banner ads by Tecnifibre, his racquet sponsor.
Baker, Harrison, Querrey Awarded Cincinnati Main Draw Wild Cards
The first men’s main draw wild cards for the 2012 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati were awarded to Americans Brian Baker, Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey. This year’s tournament will take place from August 11-19 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. World No. 4 Andy Murray is the defending men’s singles champion.
Monaco, Dolgopolov Commit to Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur
World No. 10 Juan Monaco and Alexandr Dolgopolov have agreed to participate in the ATP World Tour 250 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, which will take place from September 22-30. Monaco and Dolgopolov join an already star-studded field including David Ferrer and Asian No. 1 Kei Nishikori, who is currently ranked No. 18.
Grand Slam Tennis Tours Offering Special US Open Travel Package
Just over a month away from the start of the final Grand Slam of the year – the US Open – Vermont-based Grand Slam Tennis Tours has put together a remarkable tennis travel package that will bring you up close and personal at one of the world’s biggest professional tennis tournaments. Starting at just $1775, these packages include incredible Loge Level or Luxury Suite tickets in Arthur Ashe Stadium for at least two sessions, accommodations at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel (an official player hotel), event transportation, a welcome dinner party with past champions, and plenty of other amenities. On top of that, the first two options include a tennis clinic. Not just any tennis clinic- but one on the grass courts at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills with former Top 100 ATP Professional Jeff Salzenstein. These packages are extremely limited so check out the Grand Slam Tennis Tours official site for full details or call (802) 253-4359.
Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville to Host USTA Jr. Team Tennis Play Day on August 11
The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville will host a USTA Jr. Team Tennis Play Day, open to the public, on Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. The Play Day is for beginner and intermediate boys and girls ages 12-18, and the $10 registration fee includes refreshments and prizes. Current or previous participation in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league is not required for this non-team event. Parents or players must register for the event by August 8 by e-mailing Diana Gardner at email@example.com, or calling (904) 247-5460 or (904) 652-7172 with player’s name, age, gender, and level information. “This is a great way for kids to meet and play new opponents,” says Gardner, the Jacksonville-area Jr. Team Tennis organizer. Information will also be available on local Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) leagues. JTT brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. It is designed for kids ages 5-18, and matches can be held anywhere from a local park or school to a commercial or private club. JTT teams are co-ed and divided by the play levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the age groups 18-under, 14-under, 12-under, and utilizing the 10 and Under Tennis format for the 10-under and 8-under leagues. The Fall/Winter season will begin match play the end of September. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USTA Tennis Play Day for 10 and Under Children to be held August 1 in Fort Lauderdale
An American Tennis Association (ATA) Play Day will be held at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on August 1, from Noon-2 p.m. for children age 10 and under. The event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. The ATA Play Day will be held in conjunction with the 95th ATA National Championships, played July 29-August 4, at the Ft. Lauderdale Tennis Club. Founded in 1916, the American Tennis Association is the oldest African American sports organization in the United States. The ATA was formed by a group of African American businessmen, college professors, and physicians who yearned for and enjoyed the camaraderie and competition that the sport of tennis offered. In August 1917, the organization held its first ATA National Championships at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Since then the organization has become a Mecca for African Americans from all walks of life that enjoy the sport of tennis, and it has contributed to producing tennis greats such as Tally Holmes, Althea Gibson, and Arthur Ashe, to name only a few. Most African American professional tennis players were trained by ATA clubs and played ATA tournaments across the country before turning pro. To register for the ATA Play Day, go to http://ataplayday.eventbrite.com.