Tennis

AELTC names first female CEO

The AELTC has announced Sally Bolton as its new CEO, replacing Richard Lewis, who will step down next year.

Bolton, who has served as both Head of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Planning and Operations Director at the AELTC, will become the organisation's first female CEO after The Championships in 2020, and will bring experience of staging major events at the likes of Wembley, Old Trafford, the Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield.

ATP appoints Massimo Calvelli as new CEO

The ATP has announced Massimo Calvelli as its new CEO, taking over in the role from 1st January 2020.

Calvelli, a former professional player, will work closely with Andrea Gaudenzi who will become the ATP’s new Chairman on 1st January. The two will serve in a new split role, replacing the combined position of ATP Executive Chairman and President, currently held by Chris Kermode.

Federer joins up with footwear brand On

Roger Federer has signed a formal partnership with Swiss running brand On, announcing an entrepreneurial relationship between the brand and the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion.

The unusual partnership will see Federer oversee product development, marketing and fan experiences for the brand, while the first new products developed in conjunction with the player are due to be finished and released in 2020.  

Murray brothers reminisce about 2015 Davis Cup win

Ahead of Great Britain’s first match of the Davis Cup Finals, the LTA have brought Andy and Jamie Murray together in front of the cameras to discuss their 2015 victory in the competition.

The new format of the tournament sees Great Britain take on the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in the group stages this week, and ahead of their first taste of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’, the pair chatted - Gogglebox style - about winning the old format four years ago.

LTA 'explainer' lifts lid on Davis Cup format

The David Cup Finals by Rakuten will take place this month, debuting a brand new format for the historic tennis tournament.

In order to explain the format of the 119-year-old competition to fans, the LTA has released an ‘explainer’ to help those unfamiliar with the format to get their heads around it.

The Finals, which take place in Madrid, will feature 18 nations taking part in a group stage before the best qualifying teams will proceed to a knockout round. The top team from each group will advance to the quarter finals, as will the two best second-placed nations.

Andy Murray launches new clothing line with Castore

Andy Murray and British sportswear brand Castore have announced the arrival of their debut ‘Andy Murray Castore’ (AMC) co-branded tennis performance and lifestyle range.

The three-time grand slam champion has an ongoing collaboration with Castore, but this is his first venture into the creation of sportswear clothing with a brand. 

Murray’s contribution into the creative process includes input into the design of the AMC wings logo, which has been specially created for the range and features the Castore brand wings.

Amazon Prime to launch Andy Murray documentary

Amazon Prime has announced a new documentary centred around Andy Murray’s return to tennis after having hip surgery in January.

Andy Murray: Resurfacing, directed by Olivia Cappuccini, will chart the three-time Grand Slam champion’s return from injury and show behind-the-scenes footage of his rehabilitation from surgery in January 2019 to winning the European Open in October, as well as his surprise doubles appearance with Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July.

Eurosport lands Davis Cup Finals rights

Eurosport has landed media rights to the revamped Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in a two-year deal with the International Tennis Federation, covering the UK and Scandinavia.

The event will feature 75 matches between 18th and 24th November across 18 national teams, including a Great Britain side welcoming the returning Andy Murray for the first time since 2016. All nations will compete in a group stage before qualifying sides will advance in knockout stages from the quarter final onwards. Each tie will feature two singles matches followed by a doubles match.

ATP to allow in-competition wearable tech for first time

The ATP is to permit players to use wearable tech in-competition for the first time at its Next Gen ATP finals in November.

Only the players themselves will be given access to the data, which they can then share with coaches to better understand the biological data collected which can inform performance decisions, supported with in-game data.

The ATP says that GPS and other sensors will measure velocity and direction, acceleration and force, rotation, body orientation, and heart rate, while players and coaches will be able to see accurate maps of movements and actions.

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