Inaugural Taste of Tennis Miami to Take Place March 23


(February 25, 2015) MIAMI BEACH, FL – AYS has announced the inaugural Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi taking place on Monday, March 23rd poolside at W South Beach. For 15 years, Taste of Tennis has kicked off the US Open Tennis Championships in New York and it is widely considered the World’s Premier Food & Tennis Experience! The event brings together professional athletes, top chefs and luxury brands for an unforgettable evening of gourmet food, interactive sponsor experiences, signature cocktails and appearances by the world’s best tennis players. Tennis personalities and local celebrities will be paired with some of Miami’s best chefs to Serve Up a unique food tasting experience. Tennis’ most celebrated doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be joined by a number of Miami’s finest chefs, including chefs from BLT Prime, Sushi Samba, Wild Fish Direct, Bocce, Khong River House and more to be announced.


“Taste of Tennis has such an amazing history in New York and we believe W South Beach provides the perfect backdrop for the inaugural Taste of Tennis Miami. We’re looking forward to celebrating our passions for crafted cocktails/cuisine and of course, to setting the scene here in South Beach. We couldn’t be more excited to host this one of a kind event,” said Rick Ueno, General Manager at W South Beach. AYS President Judi Lerner added, “We are thrilled to bring this event to Miami. Great food, music, signature cocktails and pro tennis players, poolside at the W South Beach, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the return of tennis to South Florida.”


A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits a local charity of choice. This year’s beneficiary, in addition to a full list of participating chefs and players, will be announced prior to the event. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2015 Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi, please visit www.tasteoftennismiami.com. Major sponsors for the Innaugural Taste of Tennis Miami include Citi, W South Beach, Franciscan Estate, Mouton Cadet, Volkl, Head Penn, among others.


John McEnroe, James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Jim Courier To Compete in Legends Event at Connecticut Open

John McEnroe
(Feb. 26, 2015) NEW HAVEN, Conn. – John McEnroe, James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Jim Courier, four of the best American tennis players of all time, will compete in the Legends Event at the 2015 Connecticut Open, to be held August 21-29, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced today by Anne Worcester, tournament director.
For the second year, the tournament will bring together some of the game’s most well-known and talented legends for two entertaining evenings of tennis. On Thursday, August 27, Blake will play Roddick, and on Friday, August 28, McEnroe will battle Courier. Both matches will be the second match of the evening session, following the WTA quarterfinal and semifinal match, respectively. The Legends match will be best of three sets, with a super tiebreak for the third set.
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam doubles Champion, will be returning to New Haven for the first time since 1992. One of the most talented players in history, he accumulated more than 150 singles and doubles championships in his career, and in 1984, had one of the greatest seasons in the history of tennis winning two majors (Wimbledon, US Open), 13 of 15 singles tournaments, and compiled an 82-3 record for the year, which still stands as the best year-long winning percentage on the ATP World Tour. McEnroe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
“I look forward to competing against Jim Courier in New Haven later this year.  Both Jim and I will be prepared to give our very best to make sure the fans get their money’s worth.  New Haven has a rich tennis history so it will be good to be a part of the Connecticut Open.”
Blake, a two-time Connecticut Open Champion with 10 singles tournaments and seven doubles titles to his name, Roddick, a former World No. 1 player and US Open Champion, and Courier, a former World No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam Champion, entertained the crowds over two nights in 2014, and the event drew rave reviews from fans.
“Our 2014 Legends Event was a huge success for the Connecticut Open, and we are expecting the 2015 event to be even better this year with the addition of legendary John McEnroe,” said Worcester. “James Blake, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will again showcase how mixing humor, fun and great tennis can create a dynamic evening that enhances the overall fan experience at the tournament.”

Cori “Coco” Gauff and Gabriella Price will Square-Off in Juniors match at BNP Paribas Showdown


New York, NY (February 26, 2015) – Two talented junior players will once again be featured as part of the annual BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden. The match, presented by HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, will feature Cori “Coco” Gauff and Gabriella Price as part of World Tennis Day on March 10.


The match will take to the court prior to tennis legends Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini facing each other in a 25th anniversary rematch of their famed 1990 five-set WTA Championship final and Roger Federer taking on Grigor Dimitrov in the main event of the eighth annual BNP Paribas Showdown.

“One of the most rewarding parts of World Tennis Day is seeing the juniors participate in clinics and matches,” said Jerry Solomon, President, StarGames Inc.  “Sloane Stephens and Dennis Kudla, among others have played at the BNP Paribas Showdown before launching their professional careers and we hope others will follow in their footsteps. Maybe one day one of our juniors will be back to play in the main event!”


At 10 years old, Cori “Coco” Gauff is a young tennis champion on the rise. Coco started playing tennis just short of her seventh birthday. Her love and dedication to the sport has resulted in a number of championship titles including the 2014 USTA girls 12 Clay Court Super National Singles where she was the youngest winner in USTA history at the young age of 10. There are many more wins for Coco on the horizon, so continue to be on the lookout for this up and comer!


Gabriella started playing tennis when she only four years old. Since then, Gabby has grown leaps and bounds in her tennis skills, along with her love of the game. Currently, Gabby is 11 years old and ranked #3 in the nation in Girl’s 12 and under and top 90 in Girl’s USTA 14 and under. Her heart, will and spirit to compete have helped her endure tough challenges along the way and has increased her chances for success at a young age. Gabby wants to be the best she can be and dreams about winning many Grand Slams when she is older.


This will be the fifth time juniors have been included in the BNP Paribas Showdown. The previous junior matches featured:

2008: Denis Kudla (15 years old) vs Junior Ore (15)

2009: Sloane Stephens (15) vs Gail Brodsky (17)

2010: Nicole Gibbs (16) vs Sachia Vickery (14)

2015: Francis Taifoe (16) vs Reilly Opelka (16)


Draws Announced For 12-City PowerShares Series Tennis Events In 2015


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23, 2015 – InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced
the draws for its 2015 PowerShares Series champions tennis circuit. The
PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis
players, will visit 12 cities in 2015 starting March 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah
and concluding Saturday, May 2 in Vancouver, Canada. Players competing on the
2015 PowerShares Series are John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim
Courier, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake and Mark Philippoussis.

Each one-night event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a
one–set championship match. For more information: www.PowerSharesSeries.com.

The full 2015 PowerShares Series schedule with event match-ups are as follows:

Tuesday, March 24: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center) “Champions Shootout”
James Blake vs. Mark Philippoussis, Andre Agassi vs. Jim Courier

Wednesday, March 25: Los Angeles, Calif., (Galen Center at USC) “SoCal Honda
Dealers Helpful Cup”
Pete Sampras vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. James Blake

Wednesday, April 1: Lincoln, Neb., (Pinnacle Bank Arena at Univ. of Nebraska)
“Champions Cup Presented by Woods Park Tennis”
Andy Roddick vs. Jim Courier, James Blake vs. John McEnroe

Thursday, April 2: Chicago, Ill. (Sears Centre) “PowerShares QQQ Challenge”
John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. James Blake

Thursday, April 16: Austin, Texas (Cedar Park Center) “Champions Shootout”
John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. James Blake

Friday, April 17: Little Rock, Ark. (Jack Stephens Center at the UALR)
“Champions Cup”
Andy Roddick vs. Jim Courier, John McEnroe vs. Mark Philippoussis

Saturday, April 18: Dallas, Texas (Moody Coliseum at SMU) “Champions Showdown”
John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. Mark Philippoussis

Wednesday, April 22: Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena at Boston University)
“Champions Cup”
John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier, Andy Roddick vs. James Blake

Thursday, April 23: Richmond, Va., (Siegel Center at VCU) “Champions Challenge”
Jim Courier vs. Andy Roddick, John McEnroe vs. James Blake

Wednesday, April 29: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center) “Champions Shootout”
John McEnroe vs. James Blake, Andy Roddick vs. Michael Chang

Thursday, April 30: Cincinnati, Ohio (Cintas Center at Xavier) “Champions
Andy Roddick vs. James Blake, John McEnroe vs. Michael Chang

Saturday, May 2: Vancouver, Canada (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at
UBC) “Champions Showdown”
Michael Chang vs. Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras vs. John McEnroe

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. McEnroe was followed in the points
standings by Blake in second place and Roddick in third place.


The Tennis Industry Association and Tennis Owners and Managers Conferences to Take Place During the BNP Paribas Open


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (Feb. 19, 2015) – Two-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ted Robinson, tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri, and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster will be among the keynote speakers at two important tennis industry conference to be held in March in Indian Wells, Calif., during the BNP Paribas Open men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament.


The 2015 Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Summit will be March 17-18, bringing together tennis industry executives, legends, pros, coaches and other sports and business personalities to examine the state of the tennis industry and the sport and discuss how tennis will grow in the future. Following the Summit will be the Tennis Owners and Managers (T.O.M.) Conference March 18-19, with presentations and sessions designed to help club and facility owners and managers grow their businesses and bring in more tennis players. Both will be at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.


Veteran sportscaster Robinson is a host and play-by-play commentator for Tennis Channel, has anchored NBC’s coverage of Wimbledon and the French Open since 2000, and for two decades partnered with John McEnroe to anchor USA Network’s coverage of the US Open. Among other topics, he’ll speak on March 18 about the importance of tennis in today’s society and what tennis can learn from other sports.


Bollettieri, who received the highest honor in tennis in July when he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, also will address the conference on March 18. Among the topics he’ll discuss will be how his tennis academies helped to produce not only 10 World No. 1 players, but also thousands of recreational tennis players who continue to reap the benefits of a healthy, active and social, yet competitive, sport.


On March 17, Allaster will update the Tennis Summit audience on the WTA and how professional tennis helps to connect with tennis fans, players and consumers. She’ll also be part of a panel discussion that will include David Egdes of the Tennis Channel and ATP Board, Ilana Kloss of World TeamTennis, and J. Wayne Richmond of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

Other featured speakers scheduled to attend the conferences include Dr. Jim Loehr of the Human Performance Institute, Life Time Fitness Founder and CEO Bahram Akradi, tennis resort and club management entrepreneur Peter Burwash, internationally known management consultant Dr. Gerry Faust, U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams and Executive Director Gordon Smith, Tom Cove of the Sports & Fitness industry Association, media executives, tennis industry and organization leaders, and many more. The presenters and panelists will share their views and insights on topics that include trends to watch, the importance of collaborative leadership, how to effectively capture the youth tennis market, how to increase adult play, how health and fitness will boost the sport, how the professional game impacts grassroots tennis, and much more.


For more information on the Tennis Summit, including the latest schedule and speakers and to register to attend, visit TennisSummit.com.


For speakers, schedule and registration information for the Tennis Owners and Managers Conference, visit TheTOMConference.com.


The TIA is the non-profit trade association for tennis whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the sport. The organization, whose nearly two dozen board members come from all segments of the tennis industry, works closely with the USTA and all industry partners to develop initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of all industry businesses.


ITF Confirms Dates for 2016 Davis Cup


(February 18, 2015) The International Tennis Federation’s Davis Cup Committee confirmed the calendar dates for the 2016 Davis Cup:


World Group first round                         4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals                      15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs    16-18 September

World Group Final                                 25-27 November


The Committee had previously confirmed the following weeks for the 2017-18 competition:


World Group first round                         week after Australian Open

World Group quarterfinals                      week after Miami

World Group semifinals and play-offs    week after US Open

World Group Final                                 week after ATP World Tour Finals


The 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round ties are taking place next month on March 6-8.


USTA President Katrina Adams to be honored The Network Journal’s 17th Annual 25 Influential Black Women Awards in

Jan. 18, 2013; Kiawah Island, SC; Katrina Adams

From the USTA -WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2015 – The USTA today announced that Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Katrina Adams has been named to the 2015 list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal (TNJ). Adams will be honored at the 17th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon, presented by Morgan Stanley on March 26 at the New York Marriott Marquis.


“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by The Network Journal as one of this year’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business,” said Adams. “I look forward to being among so many successful and inspiring black women who are leading the way in areas that impact our world in such a positive and meaningful way. And I thank The Network Journal for leading this charge in shedding light on all of our accomplishments.”


Adams was appointed the Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA in January 2015. She is the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person to serve as the association’s chairman of the board, CEO and president.


At the awards presentation, Adams will be joined by honorees from a variety of business backgrounds including finance, television, corporate relations, colleges and universities, and Diversity and Inclusion, to name a few. Those honored will be featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the magazine.


This year’s program includes a networking reception, lunch and awards presentation with Mistress of Ceremonies Brenda Blackmon, an Emmy Award-winning journalist. This is a signature TNJ event, attracting a veritable “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers.


“For 17 consecutive years The Network Journal has recognized the outstanding professionalism of 25 African-American women annually, and for 17 years I have been amazed by the heights these women continue to achieve,” said TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin.


BNP Paribas Open – John McEnroe Challenge for Charity Features Andy Roddick, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, James Blake and Madison Keys

(February 9, 2015) Indian Wells, Calif.– The McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Masimo, a one-day, free admission special event on Saturday, March 7 ahead of the BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, will feature John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, James Blake, Rick Leach, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.

This year’s event will be played in a team format, with McEnroe and Roddick each captaining a team. The teams will be determined on the evening of Friday, March 6 at the Charity Reception. Each match (men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles) will consist of one set, with each game won counting as one point towards the team’s cumulative score. No ad-scoring, receiver’s choice (gender to gender in mixed doubles), and a 12-point tiebreak (six-games-all) will be used throughout the event.

In addition, the “coach” may substitute a player, male or female, into any match at any time. There will be no limit on the number of substitutions that can be made. If the Team Match is tied at the end of the four matches, a super tiebreaker (10 point) will be played to determine a winner. Each player on the team will be required to play at least two points within the super tiebreaker.

Each player and doubles team will represent a designated local charity, and 100 percent of the prize money ($80,000) earned – $15,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the loser of each match – will be donated to the charity the player or team represents. The designated charities will be the Andy Roddick Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, and the War Casualty Fund.

Masimo, now a Premier sponsor of the BNP Paribas Open, is the new presenting sponsor for the McEnroe Challenge for Charity. A global medical technology company that has developed innovative medical devices including the recently introduced MightySat™ fingertip pulse oximeter for sports and consumer use, Masimo will have a booth/exhibit space on the grounds to showcase the company during the BNP Paribas Open.

“Masimo is excited to be the presenting sponsor for the McEnroe Challenge for Charity, as this event provides an ideal way to raise money for charity and kick off the BNP Paribas Open,” said Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of Masimo and founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “We look forward to supporting a special free evening for fans, watching some of the best tennis players in the history of the game compete, and most importantly raising money for terrific causes.”

On Saturday, March 7th, the gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and matches will begin at 6:00 p.m. To reserve a complimentary ticket to the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Masimo (limit of four (4) per customer), please visit www.bnpparibasopen.com, call 800-999-1585 or come to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office at 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, Calif., 92210.


USTA Foundation Awards Grant to ACEing Autism in West Hollywood


From the USTA – WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 4, 2015 – USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced it has awarded ACEing Autism in West Hollywood, Calif., a $10,000 program grant. The foundation concluded its 2014 grant funding cycle by awarding $741,500 in grants to 44 organizations that provide tennis and education to under-resourced youth and people with disabilities, as well those organizations with a need for program infrastructure support.


ACEing Autism was founded in 2008 by tennis teaching professional Richard Spurling and his wife Shafali Jeste, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA Medical Center. Currently, there are 30 ACEing Autism programs in 15 states nationwide, including 11 in Southern California. The hope is to add 15 new locations in 2015. At each location, the goal is to offer a weekly tennis program for children between the ages of 4 to 18. The grant funds will cover the costs of equipment for the new sites, court time for the first year and travel costs for the training team to each of the new sites.


For more information, visit: http://www.aceingautism.com/.


The USTA Foundation program grant is a biannual national initiative that was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education to give under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured setting. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.


“The USTA Foundation is honored to recognize such outstanding organizations around this country, which greatly impact so many deserving students, children in need and the communities in which they live,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “Their amazing work makes a difference in thousands of lives across the country and truly inspires us all.”


To date, USTA Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs benefitting thousands of children and adults through tennis, education and health programming, primarily through the NJTL network and also through efforts to assist Military Personnel, Veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


The following programs were awarded 2014 year-end grants by USTA Foundation:


1.  Aceing Autism Inc. – West Hollywood, CA

2.  A’s & Aces, Inc. – New Orleans, LA

3.  Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation – Atlanta, GA

4.  Boys Club of Wake County Inc. – Raleigh, NC

5.  Buddy Up Tennis – New Albany, OH

6.  Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation Inc. – Albany, NY

7.  Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro/Alamance Junior Tennis Foundation – Greensboro, NC

8.  District 50 Education Foundation – Westminster, CO

9.  Embrace Your Dreams – Bethlehem, PA

10.  First Missionary Baptist Church-Wilson’s Mills/Next Level – Wilson’s Mills, NC

11.  Flywheel Sports Based Youth Development – New Castle, PA

12.  Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association – Gainesville, FL

13.  Genesis School Inc. – Kansas City, MO

14.  Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. – Orlando, FL

15.  Innercity Tennis Foundation – Minneapolis, MN

16.  Lancaster Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. – Lancaster, PA

17.  Mcadams NJTL of Wichita Foundation – Wichita, KS

18.  National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis Inc. – Indianapolis, IN

19.  National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc. – Trenton, NJ

20.  Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA – Newport News, VA

21.  Portland After-School Tennis & Education – Portland, OR

22.  Prospect Park Alliance – Brooklyn, NY

23.  Providence Community Housing – New Orleans, LA

24.  Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington D.C. – Washington, DC

25.  Richmond Community Tennis Association – Richmond, CA

26.  Sacramento Area Tennis Association – Sacramento, CA

27.  San Francisco Recreation and Park Department/San Francisco Parks Alliance – San Francisco, CA

28.  Sandy Springs Tennis Association Inc. – Sandy Springs, GA

29.  Sloane Stephens Foundation Inc. – Fresno, CA

30.  Sportsmens Tennis Club Inc. – Dorchester, MA

31.  St. Paul Urban Tennis – St. Paul, MN

32.  Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation – Lenexa, KS

33.  TEAM First PAL (Palm Beach Area Tennis Patrons) – Palm Beach, FL

34.  Tennis & Education Inc. – St. Paul, MN

35.  Tennis For Charity Inc. – Cincinnati, OH

36.  Tennis Memphis, Inc. – Memphis, TN

37.  Tennis Success, Inc. – Corpus Christi, TX

38.  United Neighbors Inc. – Davenport, IA

39.  VT-Marty Hennessey Junior Tennis Foundation – Las Vegas, NV

40.  Washington Tennis & Education Foundation – Washington, DC

41.  XS Tennis And Education Foundation – Chicago, IL

42.  Youth At Heart – Tulsa, OK

43.  Youth Tennis Advantage – San Francisco, CA

44.  Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy – Houston, TX


Katrina Adams Among Inductees into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame

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(January 20, 2015) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) will recognize four integral members of the tennis community on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. during the 28th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

The four individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Katrina Adams, USTA president and a former WTA professional player who ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles, Mel DiGiacomo, a professional photographer who has had photographs published in Sports Illustrated and Tennis Week, among others, and has photographed at the US Open for several years, Bob Ingersole, tennis director at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. and president of JTF and Victoria Rogers McEvoy, a former Eastern junior player who was nationally ranked in the women’s top ten for two years and is a recent gold ball winner.

Proceeds from the celebration will benefit JTF, which provides scholarships and grants for junior and adaptive tennis players throughout the Eastern Section. At the event, two junior players will receive David N. Dinkins Scholarship Awards for their accomplishments both athletically and academically.

“This year we have four incredibly accomplished, deserving inductees who have made significant contributions to Eastern tennis,” Dick Scheer, Eastern Hall of Fame selection committee chairman said. “They will join an impressive group of prior inductees who have also made lasting contributions to the game of tennis.”

Since its inception in 1979, JTF has provided more than $2 million for programs and scholarships in the Eastern Section.

“The Junior Tennis Foundation has been an important supporter of USTA’s Eastern junior players and programs,”