USTA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS WITH COLLEGIATE TENNIS TO FEATURE TOP JUNIOR AND COLLEGIATE PLAYERS AT AUDI NAPA VALLEY TENNIS CLASSIC

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 18, 2012 – The USTA announced today that eight of America’s top juniors will play in a unique tournament format, competing against some of the country’s top collegiate players in the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic, September 21-23 at Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena,Calif.

This will mark the third straight year juniors are incorporated into the 12-year-old event, a round-robin style tournament that rewards its winner with a USTA wild card entry into a USTA Pro Circuit event. The tournament will feature eight ofAmerica’s premier juniors competing against four players from six NCAA Division I schools, includingCalifornia,Berkeley,Georgia,Harvard,Illinois, Stanford andTexas.

 

“We’re excited that another group of our top juniors gets to compete against some very strong collegians in a respected, valuable event,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development.

 

“Collegiate competition is a significant part of the pathway from junior tennis to professional tennis, and letting our juniors compete with college veterans will only benefit their mental and physical development.”

 

Each school will send four players to compete alongside the eight juniors, and the 32-man field will be split into eight pools featuring three collegians and a junior (See page two for a full list of participants).

 

Following three matches in pool play, the eight pool winners will compete in the PlayBrave USTA Wild Card Shootout, a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive a USTA-sponsored wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit event that is yet to be determined.

 

The Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic is the first of three events this fall combining juniors and collegians. Similar tournaments will be held inPortland,Ore., (women’s) and Orlando (men’s) in November, featuring

juniors and collegians yet to be named.

 

The Classic, which was founded 12 years ago by Cal coach Peter Wright and Meadowood Tennis Director Doug King, will feature junior players for the third consecutive year after being held exclusively for collegians from 2001-09. The 2010 Classic included Jack Sock, who reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, whileCalsenior Nick Andrews claimed the 2011 title. This year’s roster of juniors was selected by USTA Player Development based on ATP rankings (if applicable), national junior rankings and results, and a selection of younger players for developmental purposes.

 

“Bringing the elite juniors and college players together inNapaprovides a unique opportunity to help American junior development,” said Wright. “The event was a major success last year and we look forward to another year of high-quality competition.”

 

This will be the 12th consecutive year the event has been held at Meadowood, with Audi returning as the title sponsor.

 

USTA and Collegiate Tennis: For the third straight year this fall, the USTA will serve as title sponsor and host of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s indoor tennis center. The USTA will also serve as the title sponsor of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships and more than 85 USTA/ITA Regional Tournaments. In all, close to 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships. The USTA also names its Collegiate Team, an elite training program for top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996 and is funded by the USTA. It is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment during the year. Current pros who were members of prior USTA Summer Collegiate Teams include: James Blake, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, John Isner, Amer Delic, Jesse Levine, Mallory Burdette and Irina Falconi.

 

Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic – Roster of Participants

USTA Juniors

Deiton Baughman (16,Carson,Calif.)

Robbie Bellamy (17, PacificPalisades,Calif.)

Gage Brymer (17,Irvine,Calif.)

Henry Craig (17,Murietta,Calif.)

Joseph DiGiulio (17,Lakewood,Calif.)

TJ Pura (17, PacificPalisades,Calif.)

Jack Murray (17,Beverly Hills,Mich.)

Konrad Zieba (17,Glenview,Ill.)

 

University of California, Berkeley

Mads Engsted (FR,Aarhus,Denmark)

Chris Konigsfeldt (SR,Rungsted Kyst,Denmark)

Ben McLachlan (JR,Queenstown,New Zealand)

Riki McLachlan (SR,Queenstown,New Zealand)

 

Stanford University

Daniel Ho (JR,Rosemead,Calif.)

Matt Kandath (SR,Gansevoort,N.Y.)

John Morrissey (SO,Dublin,Ireland)

Robert Stineman (SO,Winnetka,Ill.)

 

University of Georgia

Garrett Brasseaux (JR,Mandeville,La.)

Eric Diaz (SO,Athens,Ga.)

Nathan Pasha (SO,Atlanta,Ga.)

Ben Wagland (FR,New South Wales,Australia)

 

Harvard University

Shaun Chaudhuri (FR,Pleasanton,Calif.)

Casey MacMaster (FR,Fort Collins,Colo.)

Denis Nguyen (FR,Anaheim,Calif.)

Alex Steinroeder (FR,Concord,Mass.)

 

University of Illinois

Farris Gosea (SO,Cardiff,Wales, United Kingdom)

Stephen Hoh (SR,Eaglemont,Victoria,Australia)

Tim Kopinski (SO,Palos Hills,Ill.)

Brian Page (FR,Wheaton,Ill.)

 

University of Texas

Lloyd Glasspool (SO,Birmingham,England)

Soren Hess-Olesen (SO,Aarhus,Denmark)

Sudanwa Sitaram (JR,Coimbatore,India)

Daniel Whitehead (SR,Sugar Land,Texas)

 

*Participants subject to change.

 

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in theU.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.

A not-for-profit organization with more than 785,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

Tennis Europe re-launches official website

Tennis Europe has launched a new-look website for 2011. The new site at www.tenniseurope.org reunites the Tennis Europe Junior Tour pages – hosted on a different site during 2010 as the organisation implemented a comprehensive digitalisation process which enabled the Tour’s 10,000+ players to manage their tournament entries online – with the regular content and provides a number of new user features.

Fans can now find full information from all officially-sanctioned international tennis events in Europe on the unified European Tennis Calendar, intended as a single reference point for all available data such as latest results, links, fact sheets and entry lists. The calendar can be sorted according to the various circuits, enabling the user to focus on specific areas of interest. In the coming days, users will also be able to sign up for weekly email updates, providing lists of current, recently concluded, and forthcoming tennis events in Europe, with easy access to all necessary information directly from your inbox without the need to browse multiple websites.

The junior tennis pages have also been upgraded. Player information has been greatly expanded, enabling users to check players’ head to head records, ranking history and complete match records on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour. Tour participants will also soon be able to build up their own detailed player profiles online.

Social media networks Facebook and Twitter are fully integrated to the site, giving users the opportunity to share stories and rankings information, while the photo galleries have been given a make-over and extended to include seniors events.

The new site is a result of the partnership between Tennis Europe and Visual Reality, who have provided the technological know-how behind the Tennis Europe Junior Tour digitalisation process and have also worked on similar projects with the ITF, the British Lawn Tennis Association and the Badminton World Federation amongst others. The ongoing project will see even more new features and innovations launched in the coming weeks and months.

Commenting on the launch Tennis Europe CEO Olli Mäenpää said, “We aim to provide the best service for tennis fans in Europe, and the new site has been devised in order to be as comprehensive as possible. We hope to build on the site’s enormous growth in recent years to connect with new users, and also to continue to enhance the site for the thousands of players on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour who are our most frequent and dedicated visitors, as well as the many fans, tournament organisers, tennis industry members and federation staff in our member nations.”

World’s No. 1 Doubles Team Mike and Bob Bryan to Host K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting Event

Camarillo, Calif., (Friday, Sept. 17, 2010) – Fresh off their third U.S. Open championship and ninth career Grand Slam title, the all-time winningest men’s doubles team and world No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan will be joined by Top 25 players and good friends Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey at the K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting event Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Spanish Hills Country Club.

The Bryan Bros. and their Foundation recently announced they would be awarding a $5,000 grant to both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons to financially assist a promising junior player from each area.

“Both the VCJTA and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors,” said the twins’ father, Wayne Bryan. “Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.”
The schedule for the day is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a pro-am, wine tasting and pro exhibition.

General seating tickets are still available for $100 and VIP tables start at $500. Tickets can be purchased through the website at www.bbtennisfest.com.

For more information on the event, log onto www.bbtennisfest.com or contact Dave McKinney at dave@bbtennisfest.com.

Participating restaurants and wineries include: Spanish Hills Country Club, Capistrano’s,

Yolandas, Enoteca Toscana, We Olive, Hahn Wineries, Bianchi Wineries, Ventura County Wine Trails and the California Wine Club.

The Bryans’ victory at Flushing Meadows recently wrapped up a dream summer for the Americans, who are on a 14-match winning streak after coming into the U.S. Open with back-to-back titles at Toronto and Cincinnati. Since Wimbledon they have an unbelievable 22-2 record.

Two weeks before their Toronto triumph, the twins broke the Open Era record for most tour-level doubles titles won by a team with their 62nd victory in Los Angeles.

“This year’s been unbelievable,” said Mike Bryan after the U.S. Open win.

Added Bob Bryan: “This has been the best two weeks of my life.  This was the best match we’ve ever played.  The flood gates have kind of opened since (LA) and we’ve played the best tennis we’ve ever played.  This is the craziest summer we’ve ever had.  To win Toronto, Cincinnati and the Open is a dream come true.”

With nine Grand Slam doubles titles, the 32-year-old Bryans are second on the Open Era leader list behind Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who won 11 titles during their career. They have an all-time best 65 career doubles titles and won their two previous U.S. Open titles in 2005 and 2008.

For more information on the Bryan Bros. Foundation see the website at: http://www.bryanbros.com/about-the-foundation.html

About the Bryan Bros. Foundation

The Bryan Bros. Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is dedicated to helping support and grow the dreams of children in Ventura County and around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and support charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive. We seek out specific families and children in need, working with them directly to ensure that they have the opportunities they need to succeed. In everything we do, we will promote the ideals of sports, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance.

About K-SWISS

Since 1966, K-Swiss has represented innovation, quality, performance and style. Its signature K-Swiss “Classic” was the first leather tennis shoe and made its debut at Wimbledon in 1966. More than 40 years later it is still a style staple both on and off the court. Today, K-Swiss’ premium sports heritage has expanded from tennis footwear, to lifestyle, running, training, nautical, and free-running footwear that stands up to the performance demands of world-class athletes and trendsetters alike. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., K-Swiss currently has ATP stars Bob and Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey, as well as WTA stars Liezel Huber, Vera Zvonareva and Alona Bondarenko.

Carroll: Open For Business

The US Open, which got underway Monday at Flushing Meadows Park, has become like the Super Bowl inasmuch as it has become a business event as much as an athletic one.

Last Wednesday, Nike took over Pier 54 on Manhattan’s West Side for an exhibition that the company labeled “Prime Time Knockout.” Nike called on nearly everyone of its highly-compensated tennis stars/endorsers including, Serena Williams (who were a boot on her injured right foot and will miss the Open this year), Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Douglaston’s own John McEnroe, to take part in some light-hearted doubles matches.

Nike officials announced that they were donating thousands of dollars’ worth of tennis equipment to a number of non-profit youth sports organization including the Woodside-based New York Junior Tennis League. While there was a philanthropic aspect to Primetime Knockout, Nike was sending a clear reminder of its dominance in tennis to such rivals as the upstart Under Armour, and the resurgent Reebok, which just opened a huge company store at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

On a smaller scale of brand promotion, Ralph Lauren Polo had Venus Williams conduct a clinic for kids on Randall’s Island last Thursday while the following day Lacoste dispatched Andy Roddick to the Macy’s at Queens Center for a meet-and-greet.

Speaking of Andy Roddick, he holds the distinction of being the last American to win the men’s championship but that was back in 2003. Two years later Roddick was the focus of American Express’s “Where’s Andy’s mojo?” campaign which embarrassed everyone involved when Roddick was upset by Luxemburg’s Gilles Muller in the first round of the 2005 US Open.

American Express has dropped Roddick this year from its signage along the LIRR-7 train Willets Point boardwalk in favor of hopefully rising American players at John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Panasonic believes that the US Open is perfect place to showcase its latest television technology as it has taken out a booth for spectators to watch matches in 3-D.

Mayor Bloomberg hosted a reception for the United States Tennis Association at Gracie Mansion last Thursday evening and among the attendees was Queens district attorney Richard Brown, former borough president Claire Shulman, former mayor and well-known tennis buff David Dinkins, as well as the 1968 US Open women’s champion, Virginia Wade.

I asked Wade, who was born in England but now lives on the Upper East Side, about the possibility of Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the site of the ‘68 Open, being torn down to make way for condominiums. “Of course I am saddened by it but the stadium has been in a state of disrepair for a long time so I do understand the thinking of the board of the West Side Tennis Club,” Wade told me.

Sportscaster extra ordinaire, and Forest Hills native, Ian Eagle will be kept busy in his home borough. He is slated to do nine days of studio hosting Open coverage for both the Tennis Channel and CBS.

USTA Announces Partnership With Usher’s New Look Foundation

White Plains, N.Y., September 1, 2010 – The USTA announced today a new three-year partnership between USTA Serves, the USTA’s philanthropic entity, and the New Look Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by R & B superstar Usher Raymond IV, designed to mentor youth to become global and community leaders.  The partnership will help guide thousands of American youth in using their athletic and creative talents to become leaders in their local communities by expanding both tennis and service opportunities to youth across the country.

“I’m very excited about this new partnership, which extends the outreach of USTA Serves by working with one of the most dynamic organizations in the country,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves.  “Working with the New Look Foundation provides USTA Serves the opportunity to reach even more youth, and continue using tennis and education to help build leaders in communities across the country.”

“We are excited to continue our work with the USTA and look forward to a long term partnership.” said Shawn H. Wilson, president of New Look Foundation.  “We have a common mission, to enrich young people, and together both organizations can make this goal a reality.”

The New Look Foundation provides the training and tools that allow young leaders to create and implement service projects within their own communities. Using leadership as a common thread, New Look and USTA are combining efforts to expand service opportunities across the country.  New Look will work with the USTA’s 555  National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters – which reach 225,000 children – and other qualified tennis and education programs to expand young people’s leadership capabilities and opportunities.

Specifically, the New Look Foundation will develop a pilot service-learning curriculum for a select group of NJTL chapters geared towards expanding young people’s leadership in communities off the tennis court while building their commitment and dedication to improving their skills as a tennis player.  The New Look Foundation will train NJTL chapter leaders to implement the curriculum, which will focus on tennis and the history, culture and industry that surrounds the tennis community, allowing youth to incorporate tennis and community service.

USTA Serves and the New Look Foundation will also explore the opportunity to create a Kids Day of Sport and Service for youth across the country, with the belief that linking sport and service together will inspire youth to follow Usher’s example and become leaders in their communities.

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Usher’s New Look Foundation

Founded in 1999, Usher’s New Look (UNL) mentors youth as global leaders. UNL hopes to make service more diverse, relevant and accessible to all young people. As a result, young people can find their power in their ability to create change in their lives, their communities and the world. For more information about Usher’s New Look visit www.ushersnewlook.org.

USTA Serves

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence.  For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.usta.com/foundation.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.