June 24, 2017

World Team Tennis – New York Empire Home Schedule



Season-Opening Match on July 16th Featuring John Isner to Celebrate Family Fun Night;

Battle of the Boroughs on July 27th Hosted by Former Wimbledon Semifinalist Genie Bouchard


NEW YORK (June 9, 2017) — The New York Empire presented by Citi today announced the schedule of match-night promotions and themes for the upcoming 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis season. The promotional schedule features a special theme for all seven home matches to be played on Court 17 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


The New York Empire will kick off the 2017 season with Family Fun Night on Sunday, July 16 against the Philadelphia Freedoms in a match that will feature New York Empire marquee player John Isner squaring off against Philadelphia Freedoms’ Donald Young. Family Fun Night will feature special kids’ clinics, discounted USTA Camp rates, face painters and the debut of Hudson, the New York Empire’s very first mascot. On July 19, the team will celebrate Nevertheless #ShePersisted Night, a special salute to inspiring women featuring one of the greatest sports icons of our time, Mylan World TeamTennis Co-Founder and leader for social change, Billie Jean King.


Other theme nights include Battle of the Boroughs on Thursday, July 27, when Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and the New York Empire face the Orange County Breakers. The night will feature special borough-themed games and friendly competitions. On July 28 against the San Diego Aviators, the team will celebrate Latin Heritage Night with special music, food and activities. The New York Empire will close out the home season on Fan Appreciation Night on Monday, July 31 against the Springfield Lasers. To show the team’s appreciation for community support, all Queens residents, members of Queens tennis clubs and fans with a ticket stub from a previous match will receive 20% off their admission.


The full list of New York Empire theme nights and promotions for the 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis season is listed below.


July 16 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms Family Fun Night TICKETS
July 19 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms Nevertheless #ShePersisted (Salute to Inspiring Women) TICKETS
July 20 vs. Orange County Breakers Salute to Public Service People TICKETS
July 27 vs. Orange County Breakers Battle of the Boroughs TICKETS
July 28 vs. San Diego Aviators Latin Heritage Night TICKETS
July 30 vs. Washington Kastles International Night TICKETS
July 31 vs. Springfield Lasers Fan Appreciation Night TICKETS


The New York Empire is coached by International Tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez and includes marquee players Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and John Isner. The roster will also highlight Kirsten Flipkens, Guido Pella and Maria Sanchez.


Not only will fans witness world-class tennis featuring their favorite pros, but they will also be treated to evenings of specialty food, music and non-stop action when they visit Court 17.


Tickets start as low as $10 for children ages 16-and-under and $20 for adults for this world-class tennis experience. The New York Empire offers both reserved box seats and general admission seating, along with hospitality and box seat packages that include food and beverage service. A limited number of box-seat packages are available with options including the opportunity to Play with the Pros or attend a Player VIP Party with all New York Empire team members that will include a Q&A session, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.


Individual match or season tickets can be purchased by visiting www.NYEmpireTennis.com or calling the New York Empire office at 844-5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).


For more information on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.


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New York City Transforms Into Paris for “Roland-Garros in the City” June 9-11


Sights, sounds and flavors of the famed French Open light up Manhattan thanks to French Tennis Federation in partnership with Longines and Lacoste

(May 17, 2017) New York, NY – The Big Apple will become the City of Light this June when “Roland-Garros in the City” arrives in time for the famed French Open finals, June 9 – 11.  Created by the French Tennis Federation (Federation Française de Tennis – FFT), organizers of the world’s premier clay court event, Roland-Garros (known as The French Open), in partnership with the Swiss watch brand, Longines, and Lacoste, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience the feel of Paris at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City.

“Roland-Garros in the City” will capture the excitement and magic of the French Open with the live transmission of the matches of the men and women semi-finals and finals on a big screen in the Plaza, free for all to watch.  A real, full size red clay court in the tradition of Roland-Garros will be the focal point, providing free classes and recreation for the general public.

Event hours are Friday, June 9th 11am – 7pm (semi-finals); Saturday, June 10th: 9am – 6pm (Women’s Finals); Sunday, June 11th: 9am – 5pm (Men’s Finals). Roland-Garros matches will be shown on the giant screen at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza daily from 9am-6pm, starting on Monday, June 5th.

In the lead-up to “Roland-Garros in the City,” two French food trucks will travel around the city from June 3 – 8, offering delicious, free ice cream, information about the event and an opportunity to watch the matches.  The waterfront space will feature an historic gallery depicting images and the stories behind the classic Roland-Garros posters – created by some of the world’s most famous artists including Joan Miro and New York-based artist Viz Muniz, 2017 Roland Garros poster artist – and an interactive replica of the famous Bridge of Locks along the Seine will encourage lovers to lock their love in metal throughout the event.

Other activities include Longines’ “Smash Corner” at which you can test the speed of your serve, Lacoste Boutique, photo activation and a Kid Zone, among other activities.

A complete list of activities will be available soon.


Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal Snaps Seven-Match Losing Streak Against Novak Djokovic to Reach Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal

(May 13, 2017) Rafael Nadal snapped his seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic on Saturday, dominating the world No. 2 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final of the Madrid Open. The last time Nadal defeated Djokvovic was in the 2014 final of the French Open.

Djokovic, who was the defending Madrid champion had won 15 straight sets over the four-time titlist. The Serb still leads the head-to-head against the Spaniard 26-24.


For Nadal it’s his 14th straight victory and an ATP World Tour leading 33rd match win on the year.


“I have been playing well,” Nadal said of the win.  “I think it was a great first set. I hit good the forehand in the first set, good the backhand, too. I was serving well.

“When I was playing that well at the beginning, it’s true that I felt for moments under control, and in the second not. In the second, the match was much more equal, and anything could happen.

“It’s true that I played a little bit shorter. I changed less directions in the second set. I needed to play more shots down the line with my forehand.

“But that’s normal, no? An important match for me. That’s it. But in general terms, I think I played a great match.”

Asked about how important it was to break the losing streak against Djokovic, Nadal said: “It’s one more match. What’s important to me is to make it to another final. As years go by, depending on the type of victories, can fulfill you a little bit more or less. As time goes by, what is important is the titles, not the opponents that you have beaten. It’s just the titles that you have won.

“It’s true that some matches are more important than others. But I’m just here to try to make it the best possible way, to play my best tennis, and of course to beat an opponent such as Novak, it gives you a lot of confidence. It shows you you’re working in the right way.

“But it’s just another match. As I said yesterday, it gives me another opportunity to win another title, which is important to me.”


Novak Djokovic

“Rafa was obviously a better player today,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win. I mean, he was controlling the game from beginning to the end.

“Second set was a bit closer. Maybe I had some chances to be in the lead, 2-All. Was a long game. I lost the break there.

“But, you know, all in all, I did try my best. It wasn’t a very high quality of tennis from my side. I mean, I made a lot of unforced errors, especially first set.

“Just his quality was very high. You know, he managed to do whatever he wanted really, especially in the first set. I was getting a lot of balls back. He was serving well. He was using his court positioning well.

“Today was warmer than last three, four days, so conditions were quite different. The ball was bouncing very high.

“Well, he managed to be better in these kind of conditions.”


Djokovic, who has not so far had a good season by his standards, winning only one tournament this year, and fresh off of parting ways with his coaching team was happy to reach the final four in Madrid. “Well, first of all, it was really good to play in semifinals of big event, and to play against one of the top rivals I have in my life. I haven’t had that feeling in months, so it’s great to feel that.

“It was a positive week, a positive experience. I take, as I say, more positives than negatives into the next week in Rome. As I go along, I hope to continue getting better and getting stronger.

“I felt like I was playing well throughout the week. Today maybe slightly I could have played better. But, again, I just had an opponent that was too good.

“Well, I have to move on. Semifinals is a good result. Hopefully I’ll have another good result in Rome.”


Simona Halep

In the women’s final, defending champion Simona Halep held on to the title with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 over Kiki Mladenovic just under three hours.

“I feel great that I could defend this title,” Halep said afterwards. “It means a lot because it gives me confidence for the bigger tournaments.”

There was controversy during the trophy presentation when former player Illie Nastase was on the podium with Halep. Nastase has been banned from all ITF events due to his behavior at Fed Cup.

For the No. 3 seed Halep this was her 14th career title.

“It’s going to be a tough match whoever I face tomorrow,” explained Nadal. “That’s the reality. We’re saying I will be playing against Thiem. He’s No. 3 in the Race, came from the final in Barcelona. He’s young, has a lot of talent. I think the altitude helps him here. The ball bounces high and it’s difficult to control.

“Talking about Pablo, it’s more or less the same. He is doing really well. He played really well in Monte-Carlo, when he beat Wawrinka. Playing really well, then he lost after that. But it was a very tight match, too.

“Whoever is my opponent tomorrow, it’s going to be a very tough match. The only way to win these kinds of tournaments, because you are playing some of the best players in the world, so you have to play at a very high level to be able to beat them.

“This is my goal. This is what I’m thinking right now, to play really well. That’s the only way to be able to have options for tomorrow’s match.”

Nadal will be going for his fifth Madrid title and 30th Masters 1000 crown.


Nadal will tale on Dominic Thiem in the final. Thiem beat unseeded Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

“It means a lot to me to play a finals. My first finals in this level,” Thiem said.

“These kind of tournaments are so strong, so it’s amazing for me to go that far. I’m very happy at the moment.”


Thiem lost to Nadal in the final of Barcelona in straight sets two weeks ago.

“I think he played a very, very good match in Barcelona. First set there was I think close. I also played well.

“But obviously even if I’m at my best and he’s at his best on clay, probably he’s the better player. If you see his records on this surface, it’s just amazing.

“But, yeah, tomorrow is a new day. I will try to improve the things I didn’t do that good in Barcelona and then we will see what happens.”


Tennis Channel To Broadcast Roger Federer Match in Seattle on Saturday


LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2017 – Tennis Channel will be live in Seattle on Saturday, April 29, at 9 p.m. ET, with Roger Federer’s first match in the city during an exhibition that will feature American star John Isner and Microsoft founder, philanthropist and Seattle resident Bill Gates. The Match for Africa 4 charity exhibition will include singles and doubles competition, a kickoff celebration and fundraising activity, the proceeds of which will benefit the Roger Federer Charitable Fund/Roger Federer Foundation, which promote children living in poverty in Africa.


The event will feature a three-set match between Federer and former World No. 9 John Isner. This will mark Federer’s first time playing tennis in Seattle, a city that has not held a men’s professional tournament since 1973. As part of the exhibition, Federer and Bill Gates will team up to take on Isner and lead guitarist Mike McCready of Seattle band Pearl Jam in a one-set doubles match.


Tennis Channel’s Mary Carillo will call the action from Seattle’s Key Arena and be joined by Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) and former professional player Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s) as analysts.


Tennis.com – part of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Tennis Channel family – will stream the opening ceremonies beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by the entire event live. Tennis Channel’s telecast will begin with the doubles match featuring Federer and Gates against Isner and McCready at 9 p.m. ET. Following the conclusion of the doubles match there will be three-set singles match between Federer and Isner.


This is the foundation’s fourth Match for Africa and the first to be located outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Previous installments have featured star players like Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and, most recently, World No. 1 Andy Murray. Proceeds go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which received $1.4 million from The Match for Africa 3 earlier this month.


San Diego District Tennis Association To Host 17th Annual Tennis Fest on May 7th



Broadcasting Legend Dick Enberg to be Honored During Special Presentation

San Diego, Calif. – (April 10, 2017) – The San Diego District Tennis Association will host its 17th Annual Tennis Fest on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. at the historic Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104. Admission and on-site parking is free.

The family-oriented tennis event, which is open to every one of all ages and abilities, will feature a fun-filled afternoon of on-court tennis games, drills and instruction, prizes, and the opportunity to demo tennis racquets. More than 50 of San Diego’s top tennis professionals will provide on-court instruction.

Attendees may pre-register for Tennis Fest at www.sandiegotennis.com .  Pre-registration is not required to attend the event. However, the first 800 participants who pre-register will receive a Tennis Fest T-shirt and a gift bag when they check-in at the reception desk.

“We invite the San Diego community to come out and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of tennis fun,” said Geoff Griffin, tennis director of the Balboa Tennis Club. “This is the perfect event for families who want to come out to the tennis courts and have a great time.”

During the festivities at Tennis Fest, broadcasting legend Dick Enberg will be presented with the prestigious Ben Press Award.  The award, which was established in 2004 and recognizes those who have made contributions to San Diego tennis, was named after the late Ben Press, a former tennis professional at the Hotel Del Coronado who was perhaps the greatest ambassador to San Diego tennis.

“Mr. Enberg is one of the most admired, respected and loved sports commentators in the country.  Padre Baseball and world class tennis have made him very popular in San Diego,” Griffin said. “He has been such a great supporter for the sport of tennis at every level. We are very happy to have the opportunity to honor him this year at Tennis Fest.”

Former touring professional Pam Shriver, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will present Enberg with the award during a special on-court presentation, which will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Stadium Court.


McEnroe Academy Scholarship Tryouts April 8-9 at Randall’s Island

SPORTIME and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Present Seventh Annual Scholarship Tryout and Athletic Scouting Combine at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9

Tryout for Aspiring Tennis Players, Ages 6-16; Athletic Scouting Combine for Talented Young Athletes With Little or No Tennis Experience, Ages 5-10

Expanded To Two Days For 2017

SPORTIME/JMTA Coaches will Award Full and Partial Scholarships to Selected Tryout and Combine Participants for the 2017-18 Season at SPORTIME Randall’s Island.

New York, March 28, 2017– For the seventh consecutive year, young hopefuls from across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) flagship location, on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, as SPORTIME and JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent.


The goal of both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine is to award full or partial scholarships to SPORTIME and JMTA programs at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, starting in fall 2017. The event is a joint initiative of SPORTIME/JMTA and the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP). A 501(c)(3) charity, JMTP changes young lives by removing the economic and social barriers to success through tennis. Offering free tennis programs and scholarships to under-resourced kids and dedicated athletes from the NY Metropolitan area, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, often leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers.
Open only to players with tennis experience, ages 6-16, the Tryout will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 5:15 PM – 9:00 PM, with check-in at 5:00 PM. Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee, consisting of SPORTIME/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Co-Director, and Patrick McEnroe, who recently joined JMTA as Lawrence’s Co-Director. The Tryout will include tennis and athletic drills and point/match play.


“The tryout and combine have become ‘can’t-miss’ events for aspiring young tennis players and athletes at various skill levels,” said JMTA Co-Director Lawrence Kleger. “It’s part of our mission to make tennis available to any talented player, regardless of financial means. We’re looking forward to a great weekend and an opportunity to meet new talented athletes.”


The Athletic Scouting Combine is open to kids, ages 5-10, with little or no tennis experience, who currently excel in other sports and/or who demonstrate an above-average athletic skill set. The Combine will be held from 2 – 4:30 PM on Sunday, April 9. The Combine is publicized throughout SPORTIME Randall’s Island’s neighboring communities, including East Harlem and the South Bronx. Children who have participated in the JMTP’s school and community-based programming are encouraged to attend. Participants will engage in a variety of physical tests and games, designed by SPORTIME/JMTA coaches, to assess objective, measurable capacities such as speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. Other attributes such as attitude, concentration, energy and competitive spirit will be considered in the awarding of scholarships.


Scholarship winners for both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine will be notified at a later date.


SPORTIME Randall’s Island is located at One Randall’s Island, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. For more information, parents of interested players/athletes can email JMTAscholarshipnyc@sportimeny.com or visit www.JohnMcEnroeTennisAcademy.com.


Proper athletic attire, including footwear, is required. Participants will have access to locker room and shower facilities. Water will be available on court. Cafe will be available on-site. SPORTIME Randall’s Island features a full-service pro shop, as well as professional stringing services. Registrants can visit www.jmta.com/scholarshipnyc for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.


New York Empire Adds Kirsten Flipkens, Guido Pella and Maria Sanchez to Roster; Announces 2017 Schedule

NEW YORK (March 15, 2017) — The New York Empire presented by Citi announced its 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) schedule and final player roster for the upcoming season that will be played on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


The New York Empire traded away its first-round draft pick for future considerations and took Kirsten Flipkens, from Belgium, in the second round. She is making her WTT debut this season. A former World No. 13 and Wimbledon semifinalist, Flipkens is no stranger to team tennis as she’s played a remarkable 13 years of Fed Cup action for her native country.


“I’m really looking forward to playing at the National Tennis Center this summer as part of the New York Empire,” said Flipkens. “I’ve been playing team tennis for quite some time but this summer will be really special. I’ve always heard how much fun World TeamTennis is for the players and strategizing with Gigi is an incredible opportunity for me.”


General Manager Michele Cope and Head Coach Gigi Fernandez then selected Maria Sanchez and Guido Pella, respectively. Sanchez, a four-time All-America player at the University of Southern California, is entering her fourth season of WTT and holds one WTA doubles title. Pella will return for his second season with the New York Empire after playing his WTT rookie season with the team last year. Pella was an integral part of the 2016 Argentinian Davis Cup Champion team and was an Olympian at the 2016 Rio Games.


“I am really excited to have been selected by the New York Empire in the WTT Draft.  I love New York City, and there are few venues in all of tennis that can compare with the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,” said Sanchez. “I can’t wait to join my teammates this summer and experience the energy and atmosphere on Court 17 as we look to compete for a league championship.”


“I had the greatest experience last season playing for the New York Empire and know this summer will be no different,” said Pella. “There is nothing like the energy and electricity you feel when playing in front of a New York crowd.”


Flipkens, Pella and Sanchez join previously announced New York Empire marquee players Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and John Isner.


The team’s schedule is book-ended with significant home stands. The New York Empire will host the Philadelphia Freedoms twice and Orange County (Calif.) Breakers within the first five days of the season and closes the season with home matches against the Breakers, San Diego Aviators, Washington Kastles and Springfield Lasers.


When the New York Empire host Philadelphia, Freedoms players Sloane Stephens and Donald Young will appear. Exact dates for Stephens’ and Young’s visits are yet to be determined.


New York Empire Schedule (home matches in bold)


Date                                                 Time                    Opponent

Sunday, July 16                              5:00 p.m.           Philadelphia

Monday, July 17                             TBD                     at Philadelphia

Tuesday, July 18                             TBD                     at Washington (D.C.)

Wednesday, July 19                     7:00 p.m.           Philadelphia

Thursday, July 20                          7:00 p.m.           Orange County (Calif.)

Saturday, July 22                           TBD                     at Orange County (Calif.)

Sunday, July 23                              TBD                     at San Diego

Tuesday, July 25                             TBD                     at Philadelphia

Wednesday, July 26                      TBD                     at Washington (D.C.)

Thursday, July 27                          7:00 p.m.           Orange County (Calif.)

Friday, July 28                                7:00 p.m.           San Diego

Sunday, July 30                              TBD                     Washington (D.C.)

Monday, July 31                            7:00 p.m.           Springfield (Mo.)

Wednesday, August 2                   TBD                     at Springfield (Mo.)


For more information:www.NYEmpireTennis.com


Tenth Annual Tennis BNP Paribas Showdown Live on WatchESPN from MSG on March 6

10th Annual Tennis BNP Paribas Showdown Live on WatchESPN from MSG on March 6

  • New Team Format, Americas vs. World, with Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt as Captains of Current Stars
  • Americas Team Headlined by Americans Venus Williams, Roddick and Jack Sock
  • Encore Presentation on ESPN2 March 7


WatchESPN will present the 10th annual BNP Paribas Showdown live from Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. ET. The Showdown will be a team tennis format this year that will feature Americas vs. World where each team is comprised of four players going head-to-head in addition to doubles matches throughout the night. A two hour encore presentation of the event will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, March 7, at 11 p.m.


The teams are as follows (captains indicated in bold):


  • Two-time Olympic medalist and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
  • Former World No.1 and 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick (USA)
  • Only tennis player to earn multiple medals at 2016 Rio Olympics (gold in mixed doubles and bronze in men’s doubles) Jack Sock (USA)
  • Three-time former World No.1, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and four-time Olympic medalist Venus Williams (USA)



  • Former World No.1 and two-time Grand Slam singles champion Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
  • 2014 Wimbledon and 2015 Australian Open quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
  • 2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
  • Highest-ranked Asian men’s singles player and Rio Olympics singles bronze medalist Kei Nishikori (JPN)


In addition, ESPN Classic will present past BNP Paribas Showdown events leading into the ESPN2 encore presentation, beginning at 7 a.m. on March 7. Full Schedule:


Date Time (ET) Event Platform
Mon, Mar 6 7 p.m. 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

Men’s Doubles

Roddick/Sock vs. Hewitt/Kyrgios

    2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

Roddick vs. Hewitt

    2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

Mixed Doubles

Williams/del Potro vs. Muguruza/Nishikori

    2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

Venus vs. Muguruza

    2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

Sock vs. Kyrgios

    2017 BNP Paribas Showdown

del Potro vs. Nishikori

Tue, Mar 7 7 – 9 a.m. 2010 BNP Paribas Showdown

Kim Clijsters vs. Venus

ESPN Classic
  9 – 10:30 a.m. 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown

Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi

ESPN Classic
  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2012 BNP Paribas Showdown

Roger Federer vs. Roddick

ESPN Classic
  1 – 3 p.m. 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown

Rafael Nadal vs. del Potro

ESPN Classic
  3 – 5 p.m. 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown

Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka

ESPN Classic
  5 – 7 p.m. 2014 BNP Paribas Showdown

Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray

ESPN Classic
  7 – 9 p.m. 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown

Roger Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov

ESPN Classic
  9 – 11 p.m. 2016 BNP Paribas Showdown

Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki

ESPN Classic
  11 p.m. – 1 a.m. 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown (encore presentation) ESPN2


In the new team tennis format, game scoring is no-ad and the event is won by the first team to reach five games. Should a set be tied at 4-4, a 12-point tie-breaker is played. Players will all be sitting courtside throughout the event. ESPN’s Patrick McEnroe and Brad Gilbert will call the action from the booth with Rennae Stubbs courtside for on-court interviews.


The BNP Paribas Showdown from MSG will air live in Spanish internationally on ESPN’s networks in 57 countries throughout Latin America including in Portuguese in Brazil and in English in the Caribbean and Pacific Rim, as well as delayed in Canada. In addition, ESPN’s broadband players in Latin America & the Caribbean (ESPN Play), in Brazil through WatchESPN, and Australia & New Zealand (WatchESPN) will also stream live simulcast coverage of this event.


BNP Paribas Showdown

Tickets for the 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through any Ticketmaster outlet. New York City hosts the BNP Paribas Showdown for the tenth straight year, bringing together some of the greatest names in world tennis to celebrate World Tennis Day. World Tennis Day embraces nations from all over the globe in an effort to encourage people to try the great game of tennis and at the same time grow the sport. For more information on the various events, including the BNP Paribas Showdown, visit www.WorldTennisDay.com.‎


Upcoming Tennis from ESPN

In addition to the BNP Paribas Showdown from New York on March 6, in the next month ESPN Tennis will present the two biggest events on the tennis calendar outside the four Majors where virtually every top ATP and WTA player competes:


BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif.

  • WatchESPN: Daily coverage March 9 – 19 providing ATP and WTA matches from up to seven courts (Stadiums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 23 hours, begins Thursday, Mar. 16, and concludes with the Women’s and Men’s Championships on ESPN on Sunday, March 19.
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.


Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami

  • WatchESPN: Daily coverage March 22 – April 2, with ATP and WTA matches from up to eight courts (Stadium, Grandstand, Courts 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10).
  • TV and WatchESPN: 25 hours, begins Wednesday, Mar. 29, and continues through the Women’s Championship (Sat., April 1) and the Men’s Championship (Sun., April 2) on ESPN2.
  • Defending Champions: Novak Djokovic (three-time defending champ), Victoria Azarenka.



Gigi Fernandez Named as New York Empire Head Coach


NEW YORK (March 1, 2017) — The New York Empire presented by Citi announced International Tennis Hall of Famer and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gigi Fernandez as head coach for the second-year franchise that will play on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


Fernandez, a winner of 17 Grand Slam doubles titles during a career that spanned from 1983 to 1997, is the only female coach currently in Mylan World TeamTennis. The Puerto Rico-native will immediately focus her attention on the March 14th Mylan WTT Roster Draft as the New York Empire holds the first pick.


The team previously announced the acquisitions of John Isner, Eugenie Bouchard and Mardy Fish as part of the league’s Marquee Draft.


“This is going to be a fantastic summer for the New York Empire with a really strong team that already includes John, Genie and Mardy,” said Fernandez. “We’ll finalize the remainder of the roster very soon and then it’s time to start thinking about match strategy. I really can’t wait to work with these amazing athletes.”


Tickets start as low as $10 for children age 16-and-under, and $20 for adults. The New York Empire offers both reserved box seats and general admission seating, along with hospitality packages, which include food and beverage service. A limited number of VIP tables are also available.


Individual match tickets will go on sale later this spring. To purchase season tickets or to get more information, please email info@nyempiretennis.com or call the New York Empire office at

(844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).


For more information on the New York Empire, visit www.NYEmpireTennis.com. For more information on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.


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Taste of Tennis Comes to Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, CA –– AYS Sports Marketing is pleased to announce it will host the popular Taste of Tennis event on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. The Taste will feature California native and James Beard Award Winning Chef, Jonathan Waxman and hosted by Chef Chris Mitchum. Taste of Tennis is widely regarded as tennis’ premier “off the court” experience. Key sponsors include: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, City of Indian Wells, Tourism Authority of Thailand, North Shore Living Herbs, Voss, ChefWorks & Volkl.

For updates and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteoftennis.com/iw


MIAMI, FL –– AYS Sports Marketing is pleased to announce Citi has joined us as the Title sponsor! The Citi Taste of Tennis will be hosted at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017. We are excited to bring the event to Brickell and enjoy a rooftop party! Our premier sponsors include: Citibank, W Miami, Lifeway Kefir, ChefWorks, Voss & Volkl.

To purchase tickets or updates, visit www.cititasteoftennis.com



New York, NY – AYS Sports Marketing will be hosting our Taste of Tennis events from August 22- 25, 2017. For the past 18 years, Taste of Tennis has
kicked off Tennis in New York City: Meet a player, enjoy cuisine by a celebrity chef, learn how to make a pre-match meal, play ping pong with a pro and more! The events feature incredible talent alongside New York’s culinary and hotel venues. Key Sponsors include: Jamaica Tourist Board,
Lifeway Kefir, ChefWorks, Voss & Volkl.

To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit www.tasteoftennis.com/nyc


17th Annual Taste Of Tennis To Feature Rafael Nadal

Second Annual Taste of Tennis Miami Takes Place on March 21, 2016