September 30, 2016

Official Fan Appreciation Sale to be held September 12-13 at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

OFFICIAL US OPEN

FAN APPRECIATION SALE

TO BE HELD MONDAY & TUESDAY

AT USTA BILLIE JEAN KING

NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER

NEW YORK – A US Open Fan Appreciation Sale will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The 50% off  Fan Appreciation Sale, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, applies to all products remaining at the US Open. Entrance to the sale is located at the East Gate located next to parking lot B.

Fanatics, in association with the United States Tennis Association, produces the exclusive US Open Collection,” which features the 2016 US Open logo.

The sale does not apply toward US Open products or merchandise sold by telephone or on the worldwide web.

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The USTA Becomes a Partner in the Laver Cup

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Flushing Meadows, NY, September 9 — The USTA today announced that the organization has become a partner in the Laver Cup, the new annual men’s team tennis competition named in honor of tennis legend Rod Laver.  They will team up with event creators TEAM8, Tennis Australia and Jorge Paulo Lemann in this new endeavor.

The Laver Cup is a three-day team competition pitting a team of six of the best tennis players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world.  For the first three years Bjorn Borg will captain team Europe and John McEnroe will lead The World.  Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have committed to compete in the inaugural Laver Cup, which will take place from September 22-24, 2017, at the O2 arena, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Organizers announced their commitment to hold the second Laver Cup in 2018 in the United States at a site to be determined.  The event will return to the U.S. on a rotating basis. 

“Sports truly transcends borders,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams.  “We believe the Laver Cup will become one of the pre-eminent tennis events in the sport and will bring an exciting new tennis competition to U.S. fans.”

“We are pleased to welcome the USTA as a partner in the Laver Cup, and to announce that the 2018 Laver Cup will be held in the USA,” said Tony Godsick, CEO of TEAM8.  “The USTA adds experience and resources to the team that will benefit tennis fans around the world.”

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VDROP Launches US Open Crowdfunding Campaign with Top American Players to Benefit First Break

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(AUGUST 30, 2016) NEW YORK – With the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships hitting the courts this week in Flushing, new mobile application platform VDROP (http://vdrop.com/) has teamed-up with the First Break Academy (First Break) (http://www.first1break.com/) and top American US Open tennis stars to put on an entertaining crowdfunding campaign that will benefit the award-winning grassroots outreach program headquartered in Los Angeles.

 

Participating in the series of high-profile video challenges taking place on VDROP are Greatest Doubles Team of All-Time Bob and Mike Bryan, #1 American ATP World Tour Singles Player Stevie Johnson and top American WTA stars Christina McHale and Nicole Gibbs. Through VDROP’s new mobile application platform, tennis fans can engage with the entertaining video content between the players and then crowdfund each challenge they want to see completed in order to raise money for First Break.

 

“From the outset, we have been driven to create a more intimate experience for fans and their heroes,” said Mark John, Founder of VDROP.  “This partnership with First Break is so exciting for us as we get to create connections with some of the world’s great tennis players and their fans whilst serving those in need.”

 

With a mission to empower kids and positively impact their futures by championing access to excellent tennis programs featuring multi-sport play activities and academic enrichment, 100% of the proceeds from the VDROP campaign will go to First Break.

 

Serving on the advisory board of First Break is former WTA Tour doubles specialist and ESPN Tennis commentator, Pam Shriver, in addition to International Sports Science Speaker and Performance Physiologist, Researcher and Coach Mark Kovacs, PhD, Founder and CEO of Top Notch Management Sam Duvall, and University of Southern California Men’s Tennis Coach, Peter Smith. The Governing Board for First Break Academy includes ATP Tour Coach Craig Boynton who has been working with Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson over the last year.

 

“We set out to get to know the kids going to school in the neighborhood surrounding our facility at StubHub Center because we’d like to introduce new families to the game that has given us so much,” said Marc Lucero, First Break’s Fundraising Chair and Tennis Development Advisor, and WTA Tour Coach. “Tennis is transformative; no doubt, the game has offered me a lot personally. All of us at First Break are intent on sharing this opportunity. It’s only natural to want to do all we can for the kids who are now cheering when they see the nets on campus.”

 

The RAMP tennis outreach initiative that has evolved into First Break grew out of the belief that an early break can have a lifetime of meaning, and sports provide a universal platform that breaks through barriers and invaluable life skills like teamwork, leadership, and integrity. In the spirit of asking, “What else?” First Break is working to sustain the momentum started by RAMP outreach so more children can experience the lifelong benefits of tennis. The programs offered by First Break Academy reflect the community they serve and are designed in collaboration with experienced educators and tennis development coaches.

 

“The Rio Games opened the eyes of sports fans around the world to so many great things. Countless Olympians reaped the benefits of playing multiple sports as children; sports like basketball and soccer develop skills that translate to tennis and vice versa,” added Pam Shriver of the First Break Advisory Board. “By providing urban youth access to tennis in a multisport environment, we give tennis the opportunity to sell itself and know that kids will fall in love with our great game.”

 

In the last few years, First Break has had over 400 urban children introduced to tennis through monthly RAMP Tennis Outreach PE classes taught by volunteer coaches, parents, junior players, and friends of the game. The grassroots effort led to more than 600 hours of donated tennis instruction on the playground, 60 local first to seventh grade kids from two schools have participated in First Break MultiSport tennis and education programs at the RAMP courts at StubHub Center, home of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development-West and the LA Galaxy. The emphasis on multisport activities is based on a belief that the social, physical and mental benefits of participating in a diversity of sports is more advantageous to the choice of early single sports specialization for young athletes.

 

First Break has received awards from the USTA Foundation, Women’s Sports Foundation, LA84 Foundation SCTA/NJTL (Southern California Tennis Association/National Junior Tennis League), USTA Diversity & Inclusion, PTR Foundation and the WAATC (Women’s All-American Tennis Championships).

 

A revolutionary platform changing the way a growing community of celebrities, athletes and artists interact with their fans, VDROP is giving fans the ability to send them a personal, one-on-one video request of anything they want to see them to do along with a financial offer for it.  VDROP is the first mobile application solution to monetize the social media relationship between celebrities, professional athletes and their fans in a fun, meaningful and emotional way. Currently, top ten ATP World Tour Singles Player Tomas Berdych serves as VDROP’s sports ambassador and was an early adopter of the platform.

 

For more information on VDROP, visit www.vdrop.com or download the mobile app VDROP to view the campaign challenges and crowdfund them to support First Break.

 

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US OPEN: Celebrity Chefs & Taste of Tennis Stars Serve-up Cooking Challenges for Wellness in the Schools

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(AUGUST 24, 2016) NEW YORK – Just in time for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships swinging underway Monday, August 29th, new mobile application platform VDROP (http://vdrop.com/) is teaming up with world premier food and tennis event Taste of Tennis (http://www.tasteoftennis.com/) along with their celebrity chefs and US Open tennis stars to launch an entertaining social media crowdfunding campaign that will benefit Wellness in the Schools (WITS) (http://www.wellnessintheschools.org/), a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools.
                     
Through a series of high-profile challenges taking place on VDROP this week, Wellness in the Schools’ celebrity chef partners are sending top US Open players video challenges through VDROP (and then sharing them on their social media channels) where fans can engage with the content and crowdfund each challenge they want to see completed in order to raise money for Wellness in the Schools.
 
All of the proceeds from the campaign will go to Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a beneficiary of the Taste of Tennis. WITS’ celebrity chef partners, Jonathan Waxman and Seamus Mullen, will unite with Australian tennis star Sam Groth and Carina Witthoeft of Germany in New York City this Thursday August 25th for live cooking demonstrations to complete the video challenges for fans.
 
“Our partnership with Taste of Tennis and VDROP is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness of our work to drive systemic, long-term change in schools, fighting the childhood obesity epidemic,” said Executive Chef Bill Telepan of Wellness in the Schools. “The event raises vital funds to help us expand and bring healthy eating and fitness to more kids across the country.”
 
A revolutionary platform changing the way a growing community of celebrities, athletes and artists interact with their fans, VDROP is giving fans the ability to send them a personal, one-on-one video request of anything they want to see them to do along with a financial offer for it.  VDROP is the first mobile application solution to monetize the social media relationship between celebrities, professional athletes and their fans in a fun, meaningful and emotional way.
 
“From day one we have been driven to create a more meaningful experience for fans and their heroes,” said Mark John, Founder of VDROP.  “This partnership with Wellness in the Schools is so exciting for us as we get to create intimate connections with some of the world’s great tennis players and their fans whilst serving those in need.” 
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Through public-private partnerships,  Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is fighting the obesity epidemic by empowering schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. In partnership with local departments of education, WITS programs serve more than 50,000 children in 100 U.S. schools. For more information on WITS, visit www.wellnessintheschools.org/.
 
The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. The event features cuisine prepared by leading chefs, interactive sponsor experiences and appearances by top tennis players. Taste of Tennis kicks off some of the world’s top tennis tournaments. In 2017, Taste of Tennis events will take place in Indian Well, Miami and New York City. .For more information about Taste of Tennis visit www.TasteofTennis.com.
For more information on VDROP, visit www.vdrop.com.
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17th Annual Taste Of Tennis To Feature Rafael Nadal

 

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17th Annual Taste Of Tennis To Feature Rafael Nadal

 

 

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17th Annual Taste of Tennis NYC to Feature Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Tennis Legend Rafael Nadal, Presented by Olive Oils from Spain

 

Taste of Tennis NYC marquee culinary demonstration to feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal

 

JULY 2016 NEW YORK, NY – Taste of Tennis, the World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience produced by AYS Sports Marketing, is excited to announce that this year’s marquee Taste of Tennis culinary demo will feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal. This unforgettable experience is made possible by Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s leading olive oil producer and exporter. Tickets are on sale now through the official website, http://www.tasteoftennis.com.

 

Olive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, that has been created to increase the consumption of Olive Oils from Spain worldwide. The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional is a non-profit organization established by the entities representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers and exporters) with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool. Rafael Nadal, is their ambassador thanks to the collaboration agreement signed between the athlete and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

In addition to Rafael Nadal, expect to see at the Taste of Tennis the likes of Simona Halep, the always entertaining Gael Monfils, Legend Billie Jean King, America’s Top Tennis player John Isner and always a favorite Sloane Stephens, along with several of your favorite chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman and Floyd Cardoz showcasing their culinary skills on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7pm-10pm, with returning DJ Mad Linx. With an array of amazing food, this one-of-a-kind experience features a variety of themed lounges, signature cocktails and guest DJ segments by professional athletes.

 

On Friday, August 26th, Taste of Tennis Pavilion, hosted by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, is coming to the Mylan WTT Finals. This interactive culinary experience will feature cuisine prepared by top local restaurants, handcrafted cocktails and a variety of exciting VIP experiences including photo opportunities and meet and greets with some of your favorite tennis players. Following the Pavilion is the Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge which kicks off the Mylan WTT Finals where 4 celebrity chefs step out of the kitchen and onto the court in an exciting tennis exhibition on center court!

 

Sponsors include: Lifeway Kefir, Jamaica Tourist Board, Russian Standard, Olive Oils From Spain, Government of Spain | Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Bulldog Gin, Saddlebrook Resorts, ChefWorks, Modern Luxury Manhattan, and Outside the Ball.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets to The Taste of Tennis MasterClass, The Taste of Tennis Gala or the Taste of Tennis Pavilion please visit www.TasteOfTennis.com. All media invitation and hard press inquiries please contact Ashli Urquhart at Ashli@theteslagroup.com.

 

  • August 17-25th The Taste studio appearance featuring various chefs & athletes (Media requests)
  • August 24th Taste of Tennis Master Class (Private Event)
  • August 25th World TeamTennis and Billie Jean King reception 5-7pm (Private Event-Media Invite)
  • August 25th Taste of Tennis Gala 7-10pm (Public Event)
  • August 26th Taste of Tennis Pavilion-Celebrity Chefs Challenge Hosted By Marcus Samuelson at the Mylan WTT Finals (Public Event)

 

 

ABOUT AYS

AYS is a full-service corporate hospitality and events company. With over 2 decades of industry experience, we have produced successful hospitality initiatives for our clients at the world’s most prestigious events and venues, such as, Super Bowl, NBA All Star Weekend, Madison Square Garden and many others.

 

 

ABOUT TASTE OF TENNIS

The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar.

 

Since its founding, AYS has produced the Taste of Tennis in New York for 17 consecutive years. They have also produced the event in Australia 4 times to kick off the Australian Open and twice in Miami. Www.TasteOfTennis.com

 

ABOUT OLIVE OILS FROM SPAIN

Olive Oils from Spain is the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, that has been created to increase the consumption of Olive Oils from Spain worldwide. Spain, the leader in quality and quantity of olive oil produced and sold, is also the largest exporter in the world. For that reason, we work to ensure that the greatest number of consumers appreciate the quality of our oils, a quality that is linked to their origin in Spain. The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional is a non-profit organization established by the entities representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers and exporters) with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool.

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U.S Open Prize Money Total Rises to Over 46 Million Dollars

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From the USTA:

US OPEN TOTAL COMPENSATION SURPASSES $46 MILLION;

THE RICHEST PURSE IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT

Singles Competition Round-by-Round Increases Average 10 Percent;

Doubles Prize Money Increased by 10.5 Percent

Each Singles Champion to Receive $3.5 Million Payout

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 12, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the prize money for the 2016 US Open will increase by $4 million, bringing the total purse for the tournament to a record $46.3 million, a 10-percent increase over the 2015 US Open prize money totals. In all, the US Open will provide the richest purse in tennis history at this year’s event.

Both the men’s and women’s singles champions will earn $3.5 million, the largest payout in US Open history. The average increase per round for the singles competition is 10 percent above the 2015 US Open.  Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $625,000, the highest in US Open history, and overall doubles prize money has been increased by 10.5 percent.. The US Open Qualifying Tournament will offer more than $1.9 million in prize money, a 10 percent increase over 2015.

Round-by-round individual prize money for the US Open is as follows:

Singles:                                                                Doubles (each team):

Winner:                  $3,500,000                            Winners:                      $625,000

Runner-Up:              1,750,000                            Runners-Up:                 310,000

Semifinalist:                875,000                            Semifinalist:                   150,000

Quarterfinalist:            450,000                            Quarterfinalist:                75,000

Round of 16:               235,000                            Round of 16:                   40,000

Round of 32:               140,000                            Round of 32:                   24,500

Round of 64:                 77,200                            Round of 64:                   15,150

Round of 128:               43,300

“We are proud that this year’s US Open will offer the richest purse in tennis history,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “We continue to invest in all aspects of this world-class event to provide the best services and experiences for the players, our fans, and all of the US Open partners.”

This year’s US Open, scheduled for August 29 through September 11—with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on August 23—will feature a number of major enhancements, including a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new Grandstand Stadium, and a completely redesigned southern campus to ease accessibility and crowding throughout the site.

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NY Empire Special Events: Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, More Announced

 

 

 

Billie Jean King/Virginia Wade Ceremony, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute To Strong Women Highlight New York Empire Special Events Schedule

Six-Match Home Slate For Inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis Season At Historic Forest Hills Stadium At The West Side Tennis Club Opens July 31

 

NEW YORK, July 12, 2016—An opening-night celebration of all-time tennis greats Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute to Strong Women and International Night are among the special events on the inaugural New York Empire presented by Citi schedule, July 31 through August 12. The Mylan World TeamTennis squad, coached by Patrick McEnroe, will compete in six home matches at historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

 

The highlights of each event night include:

  • Sunday, July 31, US Open and WTT Champions King and Wade join the Empire in a pre-match Opening Night Ceremony to launch the team’s inaugural season as it takes on the five-time defending champion Washington Kastles. It is also USTA Eastern night with special discounts for members.
  • Monday, August 1, Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and the Philadelphia Freedoms visit.
  • Wednesday, August 3, LGBTQ Pride Night, a celebration of this community’s important role in New York City and Mylan WTT, in partnership with Athlete Ally (www.athleteally.com) and The LGBT Community Center of NYC when the Empire take on the Springfield Lasers. The Stonewall Chorale will sing the National Anthem.
  • Tuesday, August 9, Former World No. 1 and Marquee Player Andy Roddick joins the Empire in his first appearance ever at Forest Hills Stadium in a rematch with the Kastles.
  • Thursday, August 11, King heads Salute to Strong Women, a panel discussion with women who make New York great, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, athletes, business and philanthropic leaders and representatives from Barnard College and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York sharing their stories for an inspiring evening prior to the Empire’s matchup with the Orange County Breakers.
  • Friday, August 12, International Night, in which the Empire and fans will celebrate Queens, the team’s home town and the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, as they battle the San Diego Aviators in the final home match of the season. In addition, fans can participate in clinics in several languages, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish and English, prior to the matches.

 

“Each of our special event dates are celebrations of some of the things that make New York and tennis so great,” said Empire General Manager, Colleen Hopkins. “They also serve as a thank you to fans who have expressed so much support for the inaugural New York Empire season.”

 

In addition to marquee player Roddick, the Empire’s full season roster also includes New Jersey resident Christina McHale, whose epic second-round matchup with Serena Williams was one of the highlights of the fortnight at Wimbledon. Rounding out the Empire roster are Guido Pella of Argentina and doubles specialists María Irigoyen, also of Argentina, and Oliver Marach of Austria.

 

Tickets for all home matches are on sale online at www.nyempiretennis.com. VIP ticket packages are also on sale and include Courtside Tables, Front Row Baseline Boxes and Premium Baseline Individual Tickets. VIP packages include access to full food and beverage service, hospitality opportunities with our players and coach, and much more. For full pricing details, general information, or to place an order, email Brian Healey at brian@nyempiretennis.com or call (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).

 

Fans can follow the team at www.NYEmpireTennis.com and on Twitter (@nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis).

 

About the New York Empire

The New York Empire presented by Citi will play their first season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the coach of the Empire, former US Open champion Andy Roddick will be a marquee player on the team, and New Jersey native and one of the top American women, Christina McHale headlines the roster. The Empire roster also features Guido Pella of Argentina, and doubles specialists María Irigoyen also of Argentina and Oliver Marach of Austria. The stadium hosted the US Open Tennis Championships a total of 60 times, first from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Mumford & Sons headline the 2016 Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series.

 

About Mylan World TeamTennis

The New York Empire is one of six Mylan World TeamTennis teams that will compete in the innovative professional team tennis league for the King Trophy, the championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.

 

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On the Purple Carpet – Fashion Shines at WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

 

(June 23, 2016) Tennis superstars and celebrities from the worlds of sport, lifestyle and culture came together at The Roof Gardens, Kensington for one of the most anticipated parties of the summer: the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and more walked the “Purple Carpet” in London ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.

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Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles to serve as presenters at International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction

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(June 22, 2016) NEWPORT, R.I.,  – Tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles will return to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island this summer to serve as presenters at the Hall of Fame induction festivities.

The Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony will see the sport’s highest honor be presented to former world No. 1’s Marat Safin of Russia and Justine Henin of Belgium. In addition, Class of 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored during the ceremony. Mauresmo was unable to attend last year’s ceremony due to the birth of her child.

“It’s very fitting to have the great champions of the Class of 2016 be welcomed into the International Tennis Hall of Fame by two of our sport’s all-time greats, Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles. We’re looking forward to a fantastic Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Newport in July to celebrate Justine, Marat, and Amelie, and their remarkable accomplishments,” commented Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Along with the inductees, Connors and Seles headline a star-studded weekend in Newport for the festivities, with the induction ceremony set for July 16 and additional events throughout the weekend, including PowerShares Legends Newport, a one-day legends tournament featuring Safin back in action.

Connors, an eight-time major champion, will serve as the presenter for Safin at the ceremony. In the ceremony, the presenter traditionally introduces the inductee before they are officially inducted, providing a look back at their career accomplishments and contributions to the sport. Although they played in different eras, Connors and Safin, both fiery competitors, have long been admirers of each other’s tennis careers. Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

Seles, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, will present Henin at the induction ceremony. Seles and Henin’s careers had some overlap with the two players meeting in competition seven times. Both players were bolstered by notable baseline games and fierce backhands, and the two legends also approached the sport with a mental toughness that made them nearly untouchable at times.

During the ceremony, Amelie Mauresmo will be presented by her longtime manager and friend Micky Lawler, who now serves as president of the WTA.

International Tennis Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, will play an active role in the induction ceremony. Hall of Famers Rosie Casals, Vic Seixas, Owen Davidson, Butch Buchholz, Donald Dell, Peachy Kellmeyer, Charlie Pasarell, and Jane Brown Grimes, will all be in Newport for the event. Additional notable tennis guests joining the celebration will include former world No. 1 Dinara Safina, sister of Marat Safin; retired WTA player Jill Craybas, who is a Rhode Island native; and former ATP stars Vijay Armritraj and Jimmy Arias.

On Sunday, July 17, when the newly inducted Marat Safin will be back in action on the tennis court. Safin will be competing in PowerShares Legends Newport, a special one-day tournament featuring three matches and one eventual champion crowned among retired tennis greats. In addition to Safin, the event will feature Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis.
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Roddick Beats McEnroe To Win PowerShares Series Title in St. Louis

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(April 14, 2016) Andy Roddick defeated John McEnroe 6-3 in the one-set final of the Champions Classic St. Louis Thursday at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, the third event on the 2016 PowerShares Series tennis circuit.

“St. Louis is a great stop for us,” said Roddick after his victory. “This has always been a great tennis town.”

The win was Roddick’s 12th career title on the PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Roddick, 33, has won 12 of 15 career PowerShares Series events since he ended his ATP World Tour career at the 2012 U.S. Open. He dominated the PowerShares Series in 2015, winning a single-season record eight titles. In his debut year on the Series in 2014, he won two of the three tournaments he played. Last Saturday in Charleston, S.C., Roddick won his debut event of the 2016 season with a 6-1 final-round win over Andre Agassi.

Earlier Thursday night, Roddick beat in his former Davis Cup teammate James Blake 6-2 to advance to the final. McEnroe defeated Jim Courier 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal.

“It’s always a pleasure to play James and Johnny Mac is still playing well,” said Roddick. “It’s a blast for me to play these events.”

Each PowerShares Series event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match and, for the second straight year, players make their own line calls with assistance of electronic line-calling.

The remaining 2016 PowerShares Series schedule with player fields are listed below and ticket, schedule and player information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com;

April 22 Memphis (Landers Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

April 23 Tulsa (BOK Center) – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mark Philippoussis

July 17 Newport, R.I. (International Tennis Hall of Fame) – Andy Roddick, James Blake + 2 Players TBA

August 21 Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest University) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish

August 25, 26 New Haven (Yale University) – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, James Blake, Mardy Fish

November 4 Portland, Oregon (Moda Center) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish and TBA

November 5 Denver (1stBank Center) – Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake and TBA

December 1 Orlando (Amway Arena) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake

December 3 New York (Barclays Center) – Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, James Blake

In 2015, Andy Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Mark Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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