- Portland (Ore.) After School Tennis and the Hillsboro Park & Recreation Department have been named as the 2006 Recreational Coach Workshop Host Site of the Year. This award, in its inaugural year, honors an RCW host site that went above and beyond to provide an excellent experience for those in attendance. The two organizations jointly hosted an RCW in June, catering to 35 participants.
- Houston’s Westside Tennis and Fitness, site of the 2007 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in April, converted its red clay tennis courts to Lee Tennis’s Har-Tru surface. “We’re thrilled about our investment in the courts as they’re easy to maintain and are aesthetically pleasing,” says Kim Barnett, facilities manager at Westside.
- The ATP announced a three-year partnership with tennis string manufacturer Pacific Entermark GmbH. Under the agreement, the German-based international corporation will become the official string and grip provider for the ATP, whose players will have access to Pacific’s products.
- Pro Kennex International has announced that Sports Technology of Carlsbad, Calif., will no longer be the distributor for Pro Kennex.
- Family and friends of Arthur Ashe recently unveiled his official website. ArthurAshe.org will offer video, audio, photographs, and links related to Ashe, the first black man to win the Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open titles. Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, said the site was “dedicated to providing a unique resource for the understanding and promotion of the legacy and values embodied in the life and work of Arthur Ashe as a conscience leader, humanitarian, educator, and athlete.”
- The USTA has formed a partnership with Providence (R.I.) After School Alliance that will give students at city middle schools the opportunity to participate in tennis during the after school hours. Four area NJTL chapters will serve as the providers for the tennis programs. The USTA donated equipment.
- The Montgomery County Tennis Association in Silver Spring, Md., was honored recently with a formal proclamation by the Montgomery County Council lauding its contributions to improved recreational opportunities for county residents. The MCTA won RSI’s 2006 Community Tennis Association of the Year award.
- The 11 World TeamTennis pro league teams completed their 2007 draft of players in March and are set to start the season July 5. For details on the complete draft results and the 2007 schedule, visit WTT.com.
- The ATP Board has voted to end the experimentation with round-robin formats on the ATP tour. The remaining events that had initially volunteered for the round robin format will now revert to the original knock-out competition. The ATP had begun testing several versions of the format at lower level events this year following initial research that indicated it could be a measure to provide significant growth to the game. However, tests at five events this year raised a number of concerns and weaknesses in the format.
- The ATP Board approved Shanghai as the host of the ATP’s Asian Masters Series tournament, starting in 2009. Shanghai last held the men’s season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in 2006. The event will be in China in 2007 and 2008.
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