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Sampras, Agassi, Mac, Lendl to Meet in MSG Event

Two of the greatest rivalries in tennis will resume at Madison Square Garden when tennis legends Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Ivan Lendl take to the court in the 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

Renewing classic rivalries of the 1980s and ‘90s, McEnroe and Lendl will compete in a one-set pro match (first player to win eight games), followed by a best-of-three-set match between Sampras and Agassi. The four all-time greats have won a combined 37 Grand Slam singles titles and 295 ATP Tour events.

“I have been going to Madison Square Garden since I was 8, and I have played some of my best tennis there,” McEnroe said. “I am very happy to have the chance to play Ivan Lendl again in The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

“To have the opportunity to play Pete at Madison Square Garden is thrilling,” added Agassi. “Playing in front of the New York fans has always been exciting and I’m sure Pete and I will give them something to cheer about.”

Tickets go on sale Sept. 27, and VIP packages are available. Visit The BNP Paribas Showdown, in partnership with the USTA, will continue efforts to grow youth participation in the sport through “Tennis Night in America,” a national grassroots initiative.

Donnay Comes Back Into U.S. With 9 New Racquets

Donnay is back in the U.S. market. The racquet manufacturer, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, announced it is introducing a line of nine frames for the U.S. called the X-Series.

Donnay racquets

“We are excited for the Donnay brand to have a renewed presence in the U.S.,” says Neil Morton, a spokesman for Donnay International. “We are looking forward to the Donnay brand being played once again at the highest level and used by the world’s top players.”

Based on patented technology called “XeneCore,” the nine models will be the X-Black 94, X-Black 99, X-Blue 94, X-Dark Red 94, X-Red 94, X-Red 99, X-Orange 99, X-Yellow 99, and X-White 99.

Distribution in the U.S. will be handled by Donnay USA Ltd., based in New York. Initial distribution will be limited to the exclusive Donnay Centers, online at, and through teaching pros. A custom fitting process will be available on the website as well as a demonstration of the customization possibilities of each racquet.

“These racquets are geared toward established players looking for the maximum combination of power, control and technology,” says Roman Prokes, owner of RPNY Tennis and technical advisor to Donnay USA.

Donnay says the properties of XeneCore create a solid frame that results in the highest strength to weight ratio in the industry, for better power, control and feel, and allowing for the thinnest beam width on the market at 15mm.

Babolat Taps Jèrôme Pin as Managing Director in U.S.

Babolat has selected Jèrôme Pin as the new managing director of Babolat USA, overseeing the sales, marketing, logistics/supply chain and administrative departments for the company’s operations based in Boulder, Colo.

Jerome Pin

“I am happy to be joining a strong, dynamic company,” says Pin. “Babolat is fortunate to have a cohesive, motivated group of people in place — I will be adding my skills and energy to an already winning team.”

Before joining Babolat, Pin spent 13 years with the French lifestyle and sportswear brand Lacoste, serving as director for Latin America in Brazil and director for the Americas in Miami. Most recently he held the position of director of the Americas for Innothera, a French company in the pharmaceutical industry.

“Babolat is a family-run French company, strong on the export market, with a history rooted in tennis,” Pin says. “Unlike public companies, a private business such as Babolat has a longterm vision, focused on leaving a legacy for the next generation. I like that strategy and want to be a part of this success story.”

Eric Babolat, president and CEO of Babolat, says, “The American market is very important for us. Since launching our products here 10 years ago, we have established a healthy distribution network with specialized tennis stores and developed lasting partnerships with our dealers. Jèrôme’s expertise in the export business and with brand development will help strengthen Babolat’s activities in the U.S.”

Hinding Tennis, Ace Surfaces Complete NYC Nike Grind Projects

Tom Hinding of Hinding Tennis Courts of West Haven, Conn., recently teamed up with Franz Fasold of Ace Surfaces of North America and, combined with a generous donation from Nike, installed the Rebound Ace with Nike Grind System on six new basketball courts in New York City.

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The $400,000 project was completed in 25 days on courts in Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx. For information on Rebound Ace with Nike Grind, contact Hinding Tennis at 203-410-6090 or Ace Surfaces at 321-689-4070.

Embree Leaves Prince Americas

John Embree resigned as president of Prince Americas in June. With his departure, Prince says it will consolidate North American sales and promotion under Gordon Boggis, who will retain his title as president and COO of Prince Sports Inc.

The company says the move will “streamline and flatten the organization” and create an integrated commercial function in the U.S. that will facilitate and improve coordination and communication between sales, product development, marketing and promotion.

As part of this change, Ken Daiss, executive v.p. and chief financial officer, will add information technology, customer service and logistics to his responsibilities. In addition, Latin America will be integrated under of Mike Ricketts, president of Prince International.

Lee to Host Har-Tru Seminar in NYC

Lee Tennis Court Products, the manufacturer of Har-Tru, will host a Har-Tru Maintenance Certification Seminar Aug. 12-13 at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Sportime at Randall’s Island in New York City. The seminar is designed for anyone managing, maintaining or considering installing clay tennis courts, including club managers, teaching pros, court builders and maintenance professionals.

The seminar will bring together leading experts on indoor and outdoor clay courts to discuss construction and maintenance techniques. In addition, the seminar will include information on the causes of indoor and bubbled court surface compaction and what techniques are being used to alleviate it. There will be presentations, panel discussions and on-court demonstrations.

For more information, contact Ed Montecalvo at 1-877-4HARTRU or

USPTA World Conference Set for California

USPTA’s 2010 World Conference on Tennis will be Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif.

The conference attracts nearly 1,500 tennis professionals, industry leaders, manufacturers and others, and features more than 40 seminars and courses. Also scheduled are nighttime parties, the country’s largest tennis-only buying show, a silent auction, the USPTA International Tennis Championships and more.

The speakers at this year’s conference include Dr. Martin Baroch, Nick Bollettieri, Todd Ellenbecker, Allen Fox, Ph.D., Tom Gorman, Ron Holmberg, Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., Page Love, Rick Macci and John Yandell. For a complete lineup of speakers, seminars and activities, and for registration information, visit or call 800-877-8248.

Genesis Releases 4 New Strings

Genesis has recently launched four new strings. The Hexonic is a hexagonal shaped co-polyester that comes in a red color and is available in three diameters: 1.27mm, 1.18mm, and 1.09mm. Heptonic is a heptagon shaped co-polyester string available in white and in two diameters: 1.24mm and 1.14mm.

Genesis Xplosion is a premium multifilament available in natural color and in two diameters: 1.30mm and 1.25mm. And Genesis offers a basic nylon string, which comes in various gauges and colors. For more information, visit or email

ALM Sports Now Exclusive USA Distributor For Polyfibre

Polyfibre is now distributed by ALM Sports Group, who also is the USA distributor for Genesis, Poly Star, Pro Supex, and co-distributor for Topspin.

Since 1993, the company, based in Germany, has developed and sold over 30 different types of string in more than 40 countries. Polyfibre produces performance tennis strings along with a full line of racquet sports products.

Polyfibre strings have been used by former ATP top 10 player Magnus Larsson and is currently used by former world No. 6 Mario Ancic. For more info on Polyfibre, visit or email

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ASBA Tech Meeting Set for Florida

The American Sports Builders Association’s annual Technical Meeting will be Dec. 5-7 at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The ASBA is already accepting applications for its exhibit hall. Both preferred and regular spaces are available.

This year’s meeting includes state-of-the-art sessions on advanced technique in sports facility design, construction and materials, as well as more rudimentary “how to” programs directed at those who want a more hands-on approach. There also are multiple social events to facilitate networking, golf and tennis tournaments, meetings of board and committees, presentations of industry awards, exams for those interested in the ASBA’s professional certification program, and more.

For information, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595, e-mail info@sportsbuilders. org, or visit

PTR to Host Midwest Coaches Conference

The PTR will host a Midwest Coaches Conference on Aug. 20, 2010, at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago. The event is open to all PTR and USPTA teaching pros, high school and college coaches, as well as team captains and club players.

Presentations include Training Juniors to the Highest level, by Daniel Spatz; Injury Prevention for Competitive Juniors, by Dr. Neeru Jayanthi; When to Move a Child to the Next Stage, by Butch Staples; Dynamic Drills, by Jorge Capestany; ball-feeding, by Oliver Stephens, the Secrets of Teaching Defense, by Spatz; and Capestany’s Seven Habits of Highly Successful Tennis Pros. There also will be a fast-feed contest.

Cost for the entire day (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) is $40. For more information or to register, call 800-421-6289 or visit


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Braden Launches ‘Junior Tennis Ambassadors’

Vic Braden is rolling out his Junior Tennis Ambassadors program, designed to provide an easy entry point for millions of young students who would love to play tennis if it were accessible to them. The program teaches young elementary and junior high students to coach any student in their school at no cost.

The Junior Tennis Ambassador program provides free instruction for adult volunteers who will supervise young elementary and junior high school tennis coaches. The young tennis coaches also receive free instruction that qualifies them as permanent tennis coaches for classmates throughout the school year.

For more information, visit


Four Honored With USOC National Coaching Awards

Four members of the tennis community were honored with national awards as part of the USOC Coaching Recognition Program.

Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez was named the 2009 USOC National Coach of the Year for Tennis. John Evert of Boca Raton, Fla., Director of the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, was named USOC Developmental Coach of the Year for Tennis.

Julie Jablonski of Port Townsend, Wash., was named USOC Volunteer Coach of the Year for Tennis, and Butch Staples of Chicago was nominated for the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award for Tennis for his contributions to the sport in the areas of growth and development.

USTA Picks 20 Students to Train at Center

Fourteen boys and six girls have been accepted into the 2010-2011 class at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The students will reside and train full-time at the facility, where they will receive coaching from the USTA National Coaching staff and will continue their academic education through course work provided by Kaplan Virtual Education.

“I think we are bringing in a very dynamic group of kids of all age groups from across the country,” says Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. “These kids have demonstrated their commitment to improvement on and off the court, and have consistently displayed a strong work ethic and desire. Our hope is that they will continue to push each other to become the best players they can be.”

The following players will train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters this school year:



Babolat Again a GSS Symposium Sponsor

Nate Bickel, after-sales manager of Babolat USA, says the company will once again be a sponsor of the GSS Racquet Stringers Symposium Oct. 9-13 in Orlando, Fla. Babolat has participated in every GSS Symposium since its inception by providing stringing machines and diagnostic equipment for use in the seminars.

“Babolat participates in the symposium because we believe strongly in supporting the racquet stringers,” says Bickel. “The symposium gives me a great opportunity to meet the people who use our equipment.”

For more details and to register for the symposium, go to

4 Juniors Win Novo Nordisk Awards

Four junior tennis players recently were honored with 2010 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award Scholarships.

Kelsey Aho, 18, of Marietta, Ga., and Melanie Nolt, 19, of Manheim, Pa., have been named the 2010 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Award national recipients. Aho and Nolt, who are both tennis standouts with Type I Diabetes, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used for education, tennis development, and/or medical care.

Garrett Jensen, 18, of Portland, Ore., and Lauren Stauffer, 16, of Lititz, Pa., will also receive regional finalist scholarship awards of $2,500.

The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually distribute $15,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 scholarships given to two young people, ages 12-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Billie Jean King, through WTT Charities, established the scholarship program in 1998 to encourage children with diabetes to lead an active life and compete in tennis. For more information, visit

USTA Serves Awards $300,000 to 26 Groups

USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, has awarded 26 grants in its 2010 spring funding cycle, totaling $301,000. The bi-annual granting process was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $10 million to a variety of programs that share those aims.

At funded program sites, children between the ages of 5 and 18 learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible citizenship, study skills, and computer literacy. The grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.

USTA Midwest Unveils ‘Play It Forward’ Campaign

The USTA Midwest Section launched an image campaign aimed at highlighting how USTA memberships impact local communities, and the goodwill created by supporting the Section through membership.

The “Play It Forward” campaign will feature a series of visual images with text focusing on how USTA membership positively affects people’s lives through USTA programs and more. It will include ads, an email campaign, facility branding, postcards, social media, success stories and more.

“The new image campaign will illustrate how USTA membership may positively impact the lives of countless groups of people in USTA programs, as well as make a difference in an individual’s life,” says Steve Butzlaff, USTA Midwest Section president. “It also reminds us how the USTA Midwest Section plays a critical role in helping to create this impact for individuals of all ages.” Visit

Currently, the section has more than 80,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations and is the second largest of the USTA’s 17 sections.



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