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In 2003, CBS will broadcast the Women's and Men's finals. The Women's final begins at 11 AM, Saturday, March 29 and the Men's final at 11 AM on Sunday March 30. Early round tournament coverage will air on ESPN and ESPN2 in the U.S.

2003 NASDAQ-100 Open Broadcast Schedule*

Revised TV schedule for Friday, March 28:
ESPN2 12:30 pm ET - Capriati/Rubin (LIVE)
ESPN2 2:30 pm ET - Agassi/El Aynaoui (LIVE)
ESPN2 7 pm ET - Srichiphan/Moya (LIVE)


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3/29
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Sunday
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Noon-2 pm
Tape Delay
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MARCH - APRIL

Sarasota Clay Court Classic, Sarasota, Fla.

Mon. - Sun., March 31 - April 6:
The Tennis Channel, Check local availability


ATP,WTA..
    to Grand Slams

WTA Championships change format, increase singles prize

LOS ANGELES -- The season-ending WTA Championships will change its format from a 16-player single-elimination tournament to an eight-player round-robin with the singles winner earning $1 million.


QUOTE TO BE REMEMBERED:

"There's not a single day that's guaranteed or promised to us, and certainly days like this are very rare," said Agassi, who became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles crown in 31 years.


Chang to retire after U.S. Open

San Jose, California -- Former Roland Garros champion Michael Chang will retire after the U.S. Open and will begin a 10-tournament "Farewell Tour" at next month's San Jose Open, the player's agent said on Saturday


You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Feb. 24 Anthony Dupuis (30)
Feb. 24 Lleyton Hewitt (22)
Feb. 27 David Rikl (32)
Feb. 28 Mariano Zabaleta (25)
Feb. 28 Ivo Karlovic (24)
Mar. 1 Dick Norman (32)
Mar. 2 Juan Antonio Marin (28)



Captain Billie Jean King to Lead U.S. Fed Cup Team at Paul E. Tsongas Arena
April 26-27


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 13, 2003 - The USTA today announced that it has
selected Lowell, Mass., as the site of the 2003 United States vs. Czech
Republic Fed Cup first round, April 26-27 at the Paul E. Tsongas Arena. The
U.S. Fed Cup team, led by Captain Billie Jean King, will face the Czech
Republic in a best-of-five match series in the world's premier international
women's team tennis competition.


Pat Rafter Retires ...

I know it's been a while coming, but I am announcing my official retirement
from professional tennis. As you can probably understand, it has been a very difficult decision for me to make, which is why it took me some time to be
sure I was making the right decision. More

Jeff Tarango has announced that 2003 will be his last year on the ATP circuit. Tarango will continue to be involved in the player-coaching mentoring partnership.
 

USTA TO CONDUCT FIRST OF A SERIES OF GOLD MEDAL TRAINING CAMPS
Fed Cup and Olympic coaching great Billie Jean King to assist
USA Tennis High Performance Coaches in Winston-Salem, N.C.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will host the first in a series of "Gold Medal Training Camps" Oct. 8
to 13 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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Andre Agassi has some bragging rights over his wife, Steffi Graf. Agassi defeats Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-3 for his sixth career Key Biscayne title in Sunday's Nasdaq-100 Open final, surpassing Graf's record of five. 'I finally beat her at something,' Agassi says.


Serena Williams has not lost in 2003, and she has not lost to rival Jennifer Capriati in a while. Both trends continued Saturday as Serena rallied past Capriati 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to capture the Nasdaq-100 Open title. The top-ranked Williams, now 17-0 this year, has beaten Capriati seven straight times.


Jennifer Capriati is in another final in Key Biscayne, advancing at the Nasdaq-100 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Chanda Rubin. Capriati, runner-up the past two years, will face unbeaten Serena Williams in Saturday's final. Also, Andre Agassi and Albert Costa advance to the men's semis


Serena Williams wants to run the table and win every singles match in 2003. So far, so good. Serena improved to 16-0 this year with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kim Clijsters in the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday. The top-ranked Williams will play the winner of the Jennifer Capriati-Chanda Rubin duel in Saturday's final.


20-year-old American Robby Ginepri. Ginepri, who beat Hyung-Taik Lee 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday, will face former No. 1 Carlos Moya in a bid to reach his first semifinal. Defending women's champion Serena Williams beat Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semis.
 

On a sparkling Key Biscayne day when Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Jennifer Capriati predictably breeze, Venus Williams is KOd. Meghann Shaughnessy stuns second-seeded Venus 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 Monday night to shake up the Nasdaq-100 quarters.

Todd Martin, 32, gives 20-year-old Andy Roddick a tennis lesson, defeating him 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in Key Biscayne. Martin enters the tournament with only a single victory this year, having fallen out of the top 100 for the first time since 1992.

No. 3 Kim Clijsters, No. 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 7 Lindsay Davenport,Venus and Serena Williams also won.

On the men's side, American wild-card entry Robby Ginepri continued his rapid rise by beating countryman James Blake 6-3, 6-2. Ginepri, 20, reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells earlier this month.

American Mardy Fish was eliminated by Nicolas Escude 7-5, 6-3.

No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero lost to 1998 champion Marcelo Rios 6-3, 7-6 (2). No. 5 Carlos Moya beat Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (5), 6-3.

The sixth-seeded Capriati was lucky to win the opening set against Granville, a Chicagoan seeded 31st. Capriati lost her serve three times, and in the tiebreaker fell behind 3-2 before coming up with a couple of clutch forehand winners.

Agassi graciously took a sideline seat so Chang could bask alone in one last round of applause at Key Biscayne. They played for perhaps the final time Saturday, and Agassi won 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open. Chang plans to retire after his 17th U.S. Open this summer.

Winners on the women's side included No. 2-seeded Venus Williams, No. 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 6 Jennifer Capriati.  Williams, the champion in 1998 and 1999, beat Shinobu Asagoe 6-3, 6-1 in 58 minutes. Capriati started slowly on another steamy day in South Florida but defeated Anastassia Rodionova 7-6 (3), 6-2.

After back-to-back titles and 12 straight wins, Lleyton Hewitt lost his opener Friday at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Hewitt fell to Francisco Clavet 6-4, 6-4. Andy Roddick also struggled but defeated qualifier Cyril Saulnier, while Mardy Fish upset No. 11 seed Sebastien Grosjean.

MIAMI, FL – No. 10 seed Monica Seles has been forced to withdraw from this week’s US$2,960,000 million NASDAQ-100 Open due to a left foot injury.

Miami, FL  - Russian Dinara Safina pulled off a shocking upset over her countrywoman Anna Kournikova on Thursday in first-round action at the $2.96 million NASDAQ-100 Open.

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Barbara Schett of Austria was upended by Australian Alicia Molik in first-round action at the $2.96 million NASDAQ-100 Open. Molik defeated the veteran Schett, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in a hard- fought three-set match.

Even a Florida native feels the near-record heat at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne. Vince Spadea wins in straight sets, but others like Richard Gasquet and Meilen Tu suffer from heat-related illnesses. 'It was a hot day,' says Spadea, 'and I'm from Florida, so what I say counts.'

Tu won her match with Bethanie Mattek 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in 2 hours, 53 minutes at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday. Vince Spadea survived the heat to beat Christophe Rochus 6-3, 6-4, while young Frenchman Richard Gasquet retired.

With all the seeded players getting first-round byes, Todd Martin grabs the spotlight as the Nasdaq-100 Open begins Wednesday under 90-degree record heat. 'I would say today the conditions are about as good as they can be for me,' Martin says of the humidity after beating Mariano Zabaleta.


Tennis' top couple, Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters, win his and hers' Pacific Life titles Sunday in Indian Wells. Both players win their matches in straight sets, with Hewitt defeating Gustavo Kuerten, and Clijsters defeating Lindsay Davenport. 


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Lleyton Hewitt beat fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win his second Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic title.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Jan-Michael Gambill beat fellow American Mardy Fish 6-0, 7-6 (5) Sunday to win the International Tennis Championships for the second time in three years.


ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Amanda Coetzer of South Africa won the Mexican Open for the second time in three years Sunday, using a controlled game to overcome Mariana Diaz-Oliva of Argentina 7-5, 6-3.

After rain forced Kim Clijsters to play two singles and a doubles match Friday, she was worried about her energy level for Saturday's semifinal. It turns out to be a formality as she breezes into the State Farm Classic final with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Meghann Shaughnessy

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Agustin Calleri won his first ATP Tour title Saturday night, beating fellow Argentine Mariano Zabaleta 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the Mexican Open.

 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-seeded Roger Federer beat Jiri Novak 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) Sunday in the Dubai Open final for his second title of 2003.

 
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Karol Kucera beat Olivier Rochus 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 Sunday at the Copenhagen Open for his sixth career title.


Taylor Dent's serve-and-volley game is just too much for Andy Roddick on Sunday as Dent easily defeats the defending champion 6-1, 6-4 in the Kroger St. Jude final. Dent scores 11 aces en route to his second career ATP Tour title.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain won the $380,000 Copa AT&T on Sunday, beating Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Justine Henin-Hardenne grabs her first trophy this year and Martina Navratilova wins her 168th doubles title at the Dubai Open on Saturday. The top-seeded Belgian outlasts Monica Seles 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, while Navratilova teams up with Svetlana Kuznetsova en route to the championship.

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands -- Max Mirnyi earned his first career ATP Tour title by defeating Raemon Sluiter in Sunday's final of the $800,000 ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.


Andre Agassi cruises to another win, something he says he must do to keep up with wife Steffi Graf. Agassi crushes Italy's Davide Sanguinetti 6-2, 6-1 for his fifth San Jose title, finishing it off in 62 minutes.

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams beat Kim Clijsters 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Diamond Games for her first victory of the season. Williams, who did not lose a set in the tournament, used an overpowering serve and near-flawless backcourt game to defend her title. If Williams wins the Diamond Games in any of the next three years, she can claim the diamond-encrusted trophy racket worth $875,000.

$170,000 Qatar Women's Open, Doha
Final -- Complete
Anastasia Myskina (2) def. Elena Likhovtseva (5) 6-3, 6-1

$475,000 Marseille Open, France
Federer railles from 3-0 hole to win event
MARSEILLE, France -- Top-seeded Roger Federer beat Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Sunday in the final of the Open 13 for his fifth career ATP title.

"It's a dream to win here,'' said Federer, who lost to Marc Rosset in the tournament final three years ago.

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- David Sanchez of Spain upset third-seeded Marcelo Rios of Chile 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to win the BellSouth Open. "This is the happiest moment of all for me, and I expect to be back here next year," the 24-year-old Spaniard said.


ESPN locks up French Open through 2006 ...ESPN signed a four-year contract extension Thursday to cover the French Open through 2006. ESPN and ESPN2 will air a total of more than 80 hours from this year's tournament starting May 26. ESPN will show both women's semifinals June 5 and one men's semifinal the next day.


The U.S. has gone from the Davis Cup penthouse to the outhouse. American James Blake falls to Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 to clinch Croatia's victory in reverse singles Sunday. Now, the 31-time Davis Cup champions are out after one round for the second time in three years


PARIS -- Serena Williams defeated France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Gaz de France, her first tournament since capturing the Australian Open. The world's top-ranked woman was undeterred by a noisy, partisan crowd, winning in 64 minutes for her second title in this event and the 21st of her career.

HYDERABAD, India -- Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn won her first WTA title Saturday, beating Iroda Tulyaganova 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Indian Open.


GENEVA -- Martina Hingis gave her clearest indication yet Friday that she is planning to retire from tennis because of ongoing foot problems.
"A return to competition is inconceivable, in the short term at least. That is certain," Hingis told the French sports newspaper L'Equipe.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Serena and Venus Williams will play for the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic in April. The USTA and Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King made the announcement Sunday. It is the fifth time in Fed Cup history the world's top two players will be on the same team, and the first time since 1999 the Williams sisters will play in the event.

"We have the great fortune of having the best two players in the world with Serena and Venus," King said. "As they demonstrated with some tremendous wins at the Australian Open, they are both playing top-level tennis."


TOKYO -- Lindsay Davenport won her first title since seriously injuring her right knee in November 2001, overpowering Monica Seles 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2 Sunday in the Pan Pacific Open.

MILAN, Italy -- Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands won his first ATP title Sunday, serving 30 aces and beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the Milan Indoors final.

Becker to be inducted into International Hall of Fame. Francoise Durr, Nancy Richey and Brian Tobin also will be inducted July 12, Hall of Fame president Tony Trabert announced Tuesday.


Men's Final ... Australian Open ...

Andre Agassi's run through the Australian Open was an easy one, and the final against Rainer Schuettler is no different. Agassi, the No. 2 seed, wins his fourth title in Melbourne with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of the 31st-seeded Schuettler.

 Women's Final ..... Australian Open

It's not an official Grand Slam. But not many have done this, either. Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament by defeating her sister Venus 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Saturday. Serena becomes only the fifth woman to have ever won four majors in a row.
 


CEO WULFF LEAVING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITY
TOUR LEADERSHIP REMAINS STRONG

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (January 16, 2003) - After guiding the WTA Tour through its most successful season ever, WTA Tour CEO Kevin Wulff is leaving the Tour and returning to the sports footwear and apparel industry.


Agassi rips Grosjean in Kooyong title

Ferrero upset by Lee in Sydney

Shaughnessy wins Canberra crown

 Molik outlasts Frazier in Moorilla final

Davydenko wins first ATP title in Australia

Seles beats Rubin to win Hong Kong Ladies Challenge
U.S. takes Hopman Cup when Blake upsets Hewitt

GOLD COAST, Australia -- Martina Navratilova won her 167th doubles title Saturday, teaming with 17-year-old Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Australian women's hard-court tournament. Navratilova and Kuznetsova beat France's Nathalie Dechy and Emilie Loit 6-4, 6-4.

LOS ANGELES -- Pete Sampras has become a father for the first time. Sampras' wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, gave birth to Christian Charles. 


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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The Nasdaq-100 Open and Pacific Life Open will be held a week later in 2004 and 2005 to improve television exposure.
Next year's Nasdaq will be held March 24-April 4. Because of the change, CBS will televise five hours of the tournament the final weekend, compared with four this year, and the starting time of the finals will be later than this year's 11 a.m. ET start, Nasdaq chairman Butch Buchholz said Sunday.
The Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., which this year began March 5, will move to mid-March. The calendar changes may last through 2007, Buchholz said.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Former ATP official Larry Scott was hired as chief executive officer of the WTA Tour on Saturday. Scott, 38, signed a five-year agreement with the WTA Tour to succeed Kevin Wulff, who left after 18 months for a job with Adidas. Most recently Scott was ATP chief operating officer and president of ATP Properties.  Scott, introduced at a news conference before the women's final at the Nasdaq-100 Open, wants to improve the strained relationship between the men's and women's tours, as well as relations with the Grand Slam tournaments and International Tennis Federation.


 

2003 Nasdaq-100 Open


ATP Review Men's Final
ATP Prev. Men's Final
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NASDAQ BRINGS MIAMI TO NEW YORK VIA MARKETSITE: The NASDAQ MarketSite Tower video screen, on the corner of 43rd and Broadway in Manhattan's Times Square, will broadcast the NASDAQ-100 Open men's and women's final out to
Times Square at 11 a.m.

SERENA WILLIAMS NAMED WTA TOUR 2002 PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

MIAMI, FL (March 24, 2003) – World No. 1 Serena Williams was named the WTA Tour 2002 Player of the Year on Monday. Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was presented with the award during an on-court ceremony at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. Also on Monday, Daniela Hantuchova was given he Most Improved Player award.  

Williams won the Player of the Year award after a dazzling 2002 season in which she won a Tour-high eight titles, including three straight Grand Slam crowns (French
Open, Wimbledon and the US Open), and rose to No. 1 in the world rankings. She went 56-5 on the year and was a remarkable 17-2 against Top-10 opponents. 

Hantuchova won the Most Improved Player award after starting the year ranked 38th and rocketing to No. 8 in the world. She won the prestigious Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Ca., reached the Wimbledon and US Open quarterfinals and led her country to its first-ever Fed Cup title. 

The WTA Tour’s annual awards are voted on by the players and the media. The awards are sponsored by Lalique.


 

MIAMI (February, 2003) -- Former WTA Tour superstar and current ESPN tennis commentator Mary Joe Fernandez has been named the Tournament
Ambassador for the 19th Annual NASDAQ-100 Open.

 

Agassi, Williams Sisters Lead Stellar NASDAQ-100 Open
... Top 78 men, 75 of top 78 women to play in Miami.

MIAMI (February, 2003) - The NASDAQ-100 Open announced that the top 78 men's
players in the world and 75 of the top 78 women's players have been entered
into the 2003 event, set to take place March 19-30 in Miami. For tickets, call 305-442-3367


Calendar Changes Considered
The Australian Open date might move and there could be a shorter season as leaders of the tennis community met Monday. The Grand Slam Committee, with representatives from all four majors, and the International Tennis Federation proposed a two-month offseason and a combined men's and women's year-end event.


USA TENNIS HIGH PERFORMANCE WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS TO TRAIN AT OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER IN COLORADO SPRINGS
 

GOOD NEWS
IN TENNIS – 2002

 

Nasdaq-100 Tickets go on Sale ....

 

2003 Nasdaq-100 Open January Newsletter

 

2003 Nasdaq-100 Open September Newsletter
 

2003 NASDAQ-100 OPEN July Newsletter

 


MIAMI  -- The NASDAQ-100 Open announced  that all 12 of the top 12 women have committed to play in the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open, marking the earliest the Miami event has ever gotten a 100 percent
commitment from the WTA Tour's top players.
 

Tickets for single sessions to the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open event, March 19-30
at Crandon Park Tennis Center, went on sale Monday, Jan. 6. Tickets can be purchased at the Crandon Park box office; by calling 305-442-3367 or on the Internet at  www.NASDAQ-100open.com.


 

RANKINGS .... 

  2003


ATP

1st Agassi, A. 336
2nd Schuettler, R. 233
3rd Federer, R. 192
4th Hewitt, L. 166
5th Roddick, A. 161
6th Kuerten, G. 150
7th Moya, C. 142
8th Ferreira, W. 118
9th El Aynaoui, Y. 105
10th Srichaphan, P. 103

 
WTA
 
1 WILLIAMS, SERENA
2 WILLIAMS, VENUS
3 CLIJSTERS, KIM
4 HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE
5 DAVENPORT, LINDSAY
6 CAPRIATI, JENNIFER
7 MAURESMO, AMELIE
8 RUBIN, CHANDA
9 HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA
10 DOKIC, JELENA
11 MYSKINA, ANASTASIA

 



UPCOMING WEEKS ON THE WTA TOUR

Player Scheduled to play
1. Serena Williams Scottsdale
2. Venus Williams Antwerp, Dubai
3. Kim Clijsters Antwerp, Scottsdale
4. Justine Henin-Hardenne Antwerp, Dubai
5. Daniela Hantuchova Antwerp
6. Jennifer Capriati Dubai
7. Amélie Mauresmo Antwerp, Dubai
8. Lindsay Davenport Scottsdale
9. Monica Seles Doha, Dubai
10. Jelena Dokic Antwerp
11. Anastasia Myskina Doha, Dubai
12. Chanda Rubin Memphis, Scottsdale
13. Patty Schnyder Antwerp
14. Magdalena Maleeva Doha, Dubai
15. Anna Pistolesi Antwerp, Scottsdale


 SEOUL, South Korea -- Andre Agassi has signed an advertising deal with South Korea's second-largest carmaker, Kia Motors Corp. Under the deal, Agassi will appear on Kia Motors' television and print ads for two years beginning next month, the carmaker said Monday. The value of the deal was not released.

 

Hall of Fame announces nominees
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker leads the list of nominees for next year's induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The German-born Becker won six Grand Slam singles titles during his career, including the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996 and the 1989 U.S. Open. He also held the world's No. 1 ranking for 109 weeks and finished his career with 49 singles and 15 doubles titles.
He became the youngest male champion at Wimbledon and the tournament's first unseeded man to win when at 17 years old he captured the 1985 title.
Becker, who also won Wimbledon in 1986 and 1989, was nominated for induction in the Recent Player category.
French women's doubles ace Francoise "Frankie" Durr and American Nancy Richey were nominated in the Master Player category.
Durr was the world's No. 3 ranked player in 1967 and holds 12 titles in Grand Slam events. She has 26 career singles titles and 40 doubles titles.
Richey is the only player to win the U.S. Clay Court Championships six consecutive times (1963-1968). She has 69 career singles titles.
A 75 percent vote from a panel of international tennis media is required for enshrinement. The 2003 inductees will be announced in January.


NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi is joining Pete Sampras as an investor in The Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable network launching this year.
Agassi, a seven-time Grand Slam tournament champion, will be a spokesman for the channel, which will help promote the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.
His association was among a series of announcements made Tuesday by the 24-hour network, which will be a basic cable service:
Deals to broadcast seven pro tournaments: WTA Tour stops in Charleston, S.C.; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Paris; ATP Tour events in Chennai, India; San Jose, Calif.; and Houston.
An original series called "No Strings,'' billed as "an intimate look at the glamorous lifestyles of professional tennis players off the court.'' Sampras, Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick will be featured in the first three episodes.
TV rights for World Team Tennis.
A multiyear advertising deal with Wilson Racquet Sports, a division of Wilson Sporting Goods.

 


 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.,  - The USTA and AEG today announced that the USTA will launch its USA Tennis High Performance national training center within The Home Depot National Training Center, AEG's 85-acre sports complex currently under construction in Carson, Calif. The new center will be focused on the development of future champions, by bringing the nation's top elite players to train and compete with each other. The state-of-the-art training facility also will offer world class coaching education and sports science programs for the sport's top American prospects. With its headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., USA Tennis High Performance will now have a significant presence in two of the sport's hotbed developmental markets - Southern California and Florida.

 

Gigi Fernandez to Coach...
TAMPA, Fla. -- Gigi Fernandez, a member of world's top-ranked doubles team from 1991-1997, was named women's tennis coach at South Florida on Wednesday. Fernandez, who captured 17 Grand Slam doubles championships and two Olympic gold medals in her career, replaced Sherry Bedingfield, who retired after 23 seasons as coach.
 


LONDON -- The prestigious season-ending championships for men's tennis will take place in Houston in 2003 and 2004, Masters Cup organizers said at Wimbledon. The Masters Cup is contested each November by the world's top eight players and is co-owned by the ATP, the Grand Slams and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).