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Mardy Fish Beats James Blake To Win 2018 Invesco Series QQQ Finale In Orlando

Mardy Fish defeated good friend and former U.S. Davis Cup teammate James Blake 6-3 in the one-set championship match Thursday to win the Champions Challenge at the USTA National Campus, his fourth career title on the Invesco Series QQQ tennis circuit.

The tournament, played in front of a sold-out crowd at the hard court stadium at the USTA’s new state-of-the-art training center, concluded the 10-event North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. The win marked the second straight tournament where Fish defeated Blake in the final after beating him in Los Angeles at the Socal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup at the Sherwood Country Club in October.

“I’m tired, my back hurts, and it’s really cold,” joked Fish of how he felt after the win over Blake on the 55-degree evening in Central Florida.

Fish also won Invesco Series QQQ titles in 2017 in Newport, R.I. and in New Haven, Connecticut. The former world No. 7 and the silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games, Fish grew up just 90 minutes down the road from the USTA National Campus in Vero Beach, Florida but now resides in Los Angeles. His parents Tom and Sally were in attendance Thursday to once again see their 36-year-old son win a tennis tournament.

“It’s great that I get to come down here and spend some time with them. It worked out great,” said Fish of spending time with his parents earlier in the week in Vero Beach. “It’s obviously nice to sleep in your own childhood home’s bed a couple of times without anyone but them in the house. It’s interesting. You’re never really home with just them. You always have family and friends around. So It was nice to be home.”

Despite the loss, Blake concludes the 2018 Invesco Series QQQ as the year-long points champion for the first time. Blake, the former world No. 4, won titles this year in Winston-Salem, New Haven and Houston, while also finishing as runner-up in Los Angeles and Orlando.

Blake advanced into the championship match by beating former world No. 1 and two-time French and Australian Open champion and Orlando resident Jim Courier 6-3. Fish beat former U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri 6-4 in the other semifinal. Ginepri was a late replacement for 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, who was forced to withdraw from the event with a right shoulder injury sustained in training.

The full slate of events on the 2018 Invesco Series QQQ can be found below. The 2019 schedule of events will be announced soon.

2018 Invesco Series QQQ Results

April 7: Charleston, SC (Family Circle Tennis Center) F: Tommy Haas def. Andy Roddick 6-1; SF: Tommy Haas def. Michael Chang 6-2; Andy Roddick def. Mark Philippoussis 6-3

May 5, 6: Kohala Coast, HI (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows) F: Tommy Haas def. John McEnroe 7-5 SF: Tommy Haas def. Mardy Fish 6-3, John McEnroe def.Jim Courier 6-3

May 17: Toronto, ON (Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre) F: Mark Philippoussis d. John McEnroe 7-5, SF: Mark Philippoussis d. James Blake 7-6 (5); John McEnroe d. Jim Courier 6-2.

July 22: Newport, RI (International Tennis Hall of Fame) F: Lleyton Hewitt d. Tommy Haas 7-6(2) SF: Lleyton Hewitt d. James Blake 6-3; Tommy Haas d. Jim Courier 6-3

August 19: Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest University) F: James Blake d. Andy Roddick 6-1 SF: Andy Roddick d. Robby Ginepri 7-6 (4); James Blake d. Michael Chang 6-3

August 23/24: New Haven, CT (Yale University) F: James Blake d. John McEnroe 6-4 SF: John McEnroe d. Todd Martin 6-3, James Blake d. Tommy Haas 6-4

October 4: St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena) F: Mark Philippoussis d. Jim Courier 6-1; SF: Jim Courier d. John McEnroe 7-6(3), Mark Philippoussis d. Andy Roddick 6-3

October 5: Houston, TX (Tudor Fieldhouse) F: James Blake d. John McEnroe 7-6(3) SF: John McEnroe d. Jim Courier 6-3, James Blake d. Andy Roddick 7-6 (4)

October 21: Los Angeles, CA (Sherwood Country Club) F: Mardy Fish d. James Blake 6-3; SF: Mardy Fish d. Tommy Haas 7-6(3), James Blake d. Andy Roddick 6-2

December 6: Orlando (USTA National Campus) F: Mardy Fish d. James Blake 6-3, SF: James Blake d. Jim Courier 6-3, Mardy Fish d. Robby Ginepri 6-4.

In 2017, the year-long points championship was decided in the final match of the season when Andy Roddick defeated James Blake in the Los Angeles final at the Sherwood Country Club. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, won four Invesco Series QQQ titles in all in 2017, winning in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Lincoln, Neb., and Los Angeles. Blake, the former world No. 4 and former U.S. Davis Cup star, won series titles in Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Lynchburg, Va.

In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the Series points title with 1600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando. Blake finished in third place with 1100 points and tournament titles in Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn.

In 2015, Roddick won the Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Invesco Series QQQ tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

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The Richest Tennis Players Of All Time

The game of tennis has been blessed with a lot of talented players. However, some of these players have become big names in terms of performances and how much they earn. Many people might already know that Tennis players make a lot of money from the number of games they play. Well, that might be true, but the real money comes from the sponsorship deals they sign with reputable brands in the world. Did you know that you can get free online slots related to tennis at any online casino?

Some players also get their money from endorsement deals. The media also plays a significant role in promoting good players. TV rights are also included in the net worth of a Tennis player. Moreover, you might be wondering who the most paid or richest tennis player is. Well, there are many rich tennis players. But for today we will highlight to you the most decorated players in the game.

Ion Tiriac: $2 Billion

Tiriac was not a brilliant single player compared to the now famous Roger Federer. He was more brilliant in double and he became very successful winning 22 titles in his career and that includes the prestigious French Open. He would have been a player to bet real money on back in the day.
He later retired from Tennis and he became a businessman. In 2007 he became the first Romanian to be included on the Forbes Billionaire list. He owns a lot of businesses such as insurance companies, banking and travel industries.

Roger Federer: $450 million

Roger has been involved in tennis’s most fierce battles with Nadal. Roger Federer has become one of the best tennis players and is among the richest tennis players of all time. He has gone on to win 20 Grand Slam titles in his career, hence sports betting players they like betting on him at online casinos in South Africa, he very good at what he do.

Serena Williams $180 million

The Williams sister has done astound well in her career. We are not surprised and neither should you that she has that kind of net worth. She has been ranked 183rd in WTA since she gave birth to her daughter. Nevertheless, she has done exceptionally well in her career and most of the credit will always be showered to her father. We reckon you know the upbringing of the Williams sisters. If you don’t know then that’s a story for another day.

Former U.S. Davis Cupper Patrick Galbraith Leads New USTA Board of Directors Slate

The USTA today its new slate of Board of Directors, including the election of Patrick J. Galbraith as USTA Chairman of the Board and President. The new Board has been elected to a two-year term that begins on January 1, 2019.

The 2019-2020 USTA Board of Directors:

Patrick J. Galbraith of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section has been nominated to serve as Chairman and President on the USTA Board of Directors. Galbraith has 12 years of service on the USTA Board of Directors, including one term as First Vice President, two terms as Secretary-Treasurer, and three terms as an Elite Athlete Director at Large. He has served as Chair of the Budget Committee and as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. He also served as Treasurer of the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as well as for the construction of the USTA National Campus in the Lake Nona neighborhood of Orlando, FL.

A professional tennis player from 1989 until 2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship. He ended 1993 as part of the No.1-ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell, and won the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is a Certified Financial planner (CFP) and is currently Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Service, Inc.

Michael J. McNulty III of the USTA Southern Section has been nominated to serve as First Vice President on the USTA Board of Directors. He is serving his second consecutive two-year term; previously he served as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has served on the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee where he currently serves as Chair. Currently, he serves as Board Liaison to the Adult Tennis Council. He has served on the Budget Committee, International Tennis Committee and the ITF Constitution Committee. He served two consecutive terms on the Nominating Committee and the Constitution and Rules Committee where he served as Vice Chair.

McNulty has a long history of volunteerism at the Section and District levels. He served as President, First Vice President, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the USTA Southern Section and as Section Delegate to the USTA. He served three consecutive terms as Chair of the Constitution and Rules Committee, Chair of the Nominating Committee and Board Liaison to multiple Committees. He is former Tournament Director of the BB&T Atlanta Open, a US Open Series tournament. He is a recipient of the USTA Southern Jacobs Bowl, the highest volunteer service award given by the Section. McNulty was a long-time USTA Louisiana volunteer where he served as President. He is a member of the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame and recipient of the President’s Award.

McNulty was a partner with the law firm of Plauche Smith & Nieset, LLC. He has recently taken Of Counsel status and is considered one of America’s top attorneys in insurance defense with specialties in construction and products liability.

Dr. Brian Hainline of the USTA Midwest Section is nominated to serve his third term on the USTA Board of Directors, his first as Vice President. Dr. Hainline previously served on the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large in 2007-08, where he was Board Liaison to the Community Tennis Council, and as a Director at Large in 2017-18, where he was Board Liaison to the Player Development Council and a member of the Budget Committee He was a founding member of the Sport Science Committee and has been a member of the ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission since 1993, and has been chair since 2003. He played No. 1 singles and doubles in his senior year at University of Notre Dame, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa before going on to earn his M.D. at the University of Chicago. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years and of the USTA for 4 years. Currently Hainline is the NCAA Senior Vice President, Sport Science Institute and Chief Medical Officer – the first person to hold this title in the NCAA. Hainline is an accomplished author, having authored/edited eight books plus numerous chapters and peer-reviewed articles. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology, and is Clinical Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine.

Laura F. Canfield of the USTA Middle States Section is nominated to serve her second consecutive two-year term on the USTA Board of Directors, her first as Vice President; previously, she served as Director at Large on the USTA Board. She is the board liaison to the Delivery System Council and vice chair of the Audit Committee. Canfield has been active in the tennis industry for more than 30 years in a wide range of areas, including serving as executive director of the USTA Middle States Section; special liaison to the USTA President; special projects coordinator for the USTA; interim executive director with the USTA Eastern, USTA Mid-Atlantic, and USTA Intermountain sections; and her volunteer service includes two terms on the USTA Nominating Committee, which Canfield chaired in 2013-2014, and eight years on the board of directors of USTA Middle States. She was inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame in 2012.

Canfield is co-founder and current program director of the Bucks County Tennis Association, which provides affordable quality tennis programs to approximately two dozen parks and recreation agencies and schools throughout Bucks County, Pa., servicing more than 2,000 participants annually. Canfield is a past president of the Princeton Tennis Program, was a long-term board member of the Eastern Section Junior Tennis Foundation and served over six years on the Northampton Township (Pa.) Parks and Recreation Board (chair 2016–2017).

Thomas S. Ho of the USTA Texas Section is nominated to serve his second consecutive two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer on the USTA Board of Directors. Ho has previously held the positions of Vice President, Director at Large, and Elite Athlete Director at Large. He also serves on the Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, and the Compensation Committee. At 15, Ho was the youngest male to play in the US Open main draw, and he ultimately achieved a career-high ranking of No. 85 in singles and No.13 in doubles. He earned a B.A. in economics in 2001 from Rice University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and served as a volunteer assistant with the tennis team. After graduation, Ho worked within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs and UBS. He is currently a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, where he is a member of the Global Energy and Financial Services practice. Ho is also the Co-Chair of Heidrick & Struggles’ Professionals of Color Employee Resource Group for the Americas region. Ho is a current member of the Texas Section Management Committee.

Jeffrey M. Baill of the USTA Northern Section is nominated to serve his second consecutive two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Baill has served in many roles as a USTA National volunteer, including one term on the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee, two terms on the Learning and Leadership Development Committee where he led subcommittees in developing Best Practices for volunteers and Board Orientation procedures for the Sections. He has served on several Governance-related task forces and served a term on the USTA Nominating Committee. Baill was also Chair of the President’s Committee, a member of the Delegates, and Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee. He was the inaugural recipient of the USTA Volunteer Exceptional Service Award in 2016. In the Northern Section, Baill has served as Board Member, Vice President, President, and Delegate. He also served as the first General Counsel for the Northern Section. He has been an active USTA League member. Baill has a long history of involvement on Not for Profit boards. He has served as the President of three separate Boards of Directors, and was the founder of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, an international trade association with more than 3,000 members. With more than 35 years of professional experience, Baill is currently an officer on the Hennepin County Bar Association and managing partner of Yost & Baill.

Violet Clark of the USTA Midwest Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Clark graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. She currently is a partner at Laner Muchin, Ltd., representing management in employment law and labor relations matters before the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, state and federal courts; wage and hour matters before the Illinois and United States Departments of Labor; affirmative action matters; as well as collective bargaining negotiations, contract drafting and interpretation, grievance handling, unfair labor practice matters and problem-solving in most, if not all, facets of the employer/employee relationship.

Clark has volunteered with USTA National on several committees including, the Collegiate Committee, Junior Competition Committee, 10 and Under Tennis Committee, Community Tennis Association Committee, and Strategic and Creative Planning Committee. She served with the USTA/Midwest Section from 2007 until the present, including as Section President. In addition, during that time, she served on many Section committees. Since 2007, Clark has served on the Board of the USTA/Midwest Tennis and Education Foundation, including as Vice President. Clark served on the Chicago District Tennis Association Board from 1997 until 2001, and was its first African-American President. Clark also served on the Chicago Tennis Patron’s Board, including as its President from 2002 until 2012. She was inducted into the CDTA Hall of Fame in 2018.

Charles Gill of the USTA Florida Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Gill has served as the Director of Tennis at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Fla., since 1995, and in 2007 he assumed the role of Director of Sports. Gill previously was employed as Director of Tennis at Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.; Director of Tennis at Topnotch at Stowe, in Stowe, Vt. Gill has been active in the United States Professional Tennis Association, serving on the Florida Division’s Board of Directors from 1995-2005 and as Division President from 2002-03. From 2009-2011 and 2013-present he was on the USPTA National Board, where he served as President from 2015-17. During his tenure as National President, the USPTA relocated their office to Lake Nona, and successfully completed the first cycle of a Professional Development requirement to help elevate the standards of certified Tennis Professional in the US.

Gill is also active as a USTA volunteer where he has served on the Board of the USTA Florida Section since 2014. On the Board of the Florida Section, he was a member of the Tennis management project team and with others helped form a facility management division which will assist public tennis facilities in developing tennis. He is currently on the USTA National Adult Competition Committee and previously served as member of the USTA National 10-under committee.

Eleni Rossides of the USTA Mid Atlantic Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Rossides is a former professional tennis player with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where she was selected All-American; captured the #1 women’s ranking in the country and was the first woman to be on four straight National Championship tennis teams. She earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, became a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked in marketing strategy/research at Black & Decker. She led the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) with a 50-member board and 70-member staff through a major organizational transformation and built a state-of-the-art tennis, academic and community center in a low-income neighborhood. While at WTEF, she also oversaw the management of the Citi Open, men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament.

She recently joined Marriott International as their Customer Experience Advisor to the Americas. She was inducted into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for her management expertise.

Brian Vahaly of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is nominated to serve as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has previously served in two non-consecutive terms as Elite Athlete Director. Vahaly has served in many roles as a USTA National Volunteer, including terms on the Investment, Budget, and Audit Committee. He recently served as the Board Liaison on both the Player Development and Youth Tennis Council. Vahaly played professionally for seven years, and peaked at a career-best No. 64 in the world in 2003, when he reached the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and the semifinals in Memphis. He was the only male college graduate in the top 100 rankings during that time, and the only LGBTQ male athlete to come out having played on the ATP Tour. Vahaly graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in finance and business management. He was an Academic All-American for the Virginia tennis team, and a three-time All-American, 1999-2001. In 2001, he reached the NCAA singles final and was named Virginia’s all-sports Male Athlete of the Year. As a junior player in 1997, he won the Easter Bowl and was named a member of the U.S. national team. After retiring from professional tennis, Vahaly went on to a career in private equity and venture capital, serving as the Chief Operating Officer at McLean Capital, Venturehouse Group, and NextGen Venture Partners. Vahaly is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Solidcore.

Kurt Zumwalt of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Zumwalt is Amazon.com’s Treasurer, a role he has held since 2014. Zumwalt provides leadership for Amazon’s global cash and portfolio management, debt financing, foreign exchange, insurance and treasury related technology infrastructure. He was Amazon’s Assistant Treasurer from 2004 to 2014. Prior to Amazon, Zumwalt was the Treasurer of ProBusiness Services from 2001 to 2003 and the Treasurer of Wind River from 1997 to 2001. He has also held various finance roles at PACCAR, Intel, and Microsoft. Zumwalt holds BAs from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from the University of Washington.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Katrina Adams: After serving an unprecedented two consecutive terms as USTA Chairman and President, Katrina M. Adams will serve the next two years as Immediate Past President. Adams was the first African-American, first former professional tennis player and youngest person ever to serve as USTA President.

An accomplished professional player, Adams competed for 12 years on the WTA Tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. In 2015, Adams was elected Vice President of the International Tennis Federation, and in 2016, was appointed as Chairman of the Fed Cup Committee. In 2018, Adams was also named Chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee. She was named to Adweek magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2016 and 2017, and Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2017. Also in 2017, Adams was named to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” list. Since 2005 Adams also has served as the Executive Director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, based in New York City.

During her administration, the USTA achieved a number of major milestones, including the opening of the USTA National Campus in Orlando, and the completion of the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. She also spearheaded an unprecedented outreach effort into underserved communities—with an emphasis on Hispanic communities—in an effort to share the sport of tennis with more people. A native of Chicago, Adams now lives in White Plains, N.Y.

ELITE ATHLETES

Liezel H. Huber of the USTA Eastern Section is nominated to serve her second consecutive two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. She is the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council. During her 24-year career in professional tennis, Huber was the No. 1-ranked WTA doubles player for 199 weeks and the year-end No. 1 women’s doubles player three times. She won 53 WTA doubles titles, including three WTA Finals year-end championships; seven Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (three at the US Open, two at Wimbledon and one each at the Australian Open and Roland Garros); and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (one at the US Open and one at Roland Garros). She competed for the South African Fed Cup team between 1998 and 2003 and later played for the U.S. Fed Cup team for six consecutive years after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2007. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 and 2012. Huber announces her retirement from professional tennis and played her last match at the 2017 US Open.

Huber served as a member of the WTA Player Council from 2006 to 2014. She is a USPTR certified tennis professional (P rating) and is the owner of Huber Tennis Ranch in the Houston area as well as a health and nutrition business. She is was the tennis director at the Clubs of Houston Oaks prior to moving to New York, where she currently is the Executive Tennis Director at Cary Leeds Tennis Center for the NYJTL.

Neha Uberoi of the USTA Eastern Section is nominated to serve her first two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. Uberoi is a former professional tennis player, social entrepreneur and mental health and wellness advocate. She entered her freshman year at Princeton University at 16 years of age, winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year before turning pro. Uberoi reached the finals of the Girls 18’s Orange Bowl, a top 200 WTA tour singles ranking, 110 doubles ranking, two WTA tour doubles finals and competed in the US Open. Uberoi completed her degree in 2012 and worked as a digital marketing consultant for 4 years in a variety of industries including startups, e-commerce, beauty, education, and B2B tech services.

She is the co-founder of South Asians in Sports (sainsports.com), a network of South Asian professionals who work in the sports industry. A South Asian American role model, she advocates for sports participation, mental health and wellness through direct practice, coaching, research, public speaking and digital media.

Sam Warburg of the USTA Northern California Section is nominated to serve his first two-year term as an Elite Athlete on the USTA Board of Directors. Warburg grew up playing tennis in the USTA Northern California section. As a junior, he won the Super Nationals 18 & under Singles and Doubles Championship. He played tennis at Stanford University, where he was a NCAA All-American and NCAA Doubles Champion. Post-college, Warburg was a top 130-ranked player on the ATP tour in Singles and Doubles. Since his playing days, nine years ago, Warburg has transitioned to Silicon Valley where he leads sales teams for Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise companies. Previously at Silicon Valley Bank, Sentry and most recently Dropbox, he is now the Commercial Sales Leader for Plaid Inc.

Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Futures Event In Vero Beach Moves To Boulevard Tennis Club

The Boulevard Tennis Club, the fastest-growing tennis club in Vero Beach, will host the 2019 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships, Vero Beach’s long-running U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit professional tennis tournament April 29 – May 5, 2019.

An official contract was signed last week between representatives of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and The Boulevard Tennis Club to host the popular tournament featuring up-and-coming world-ranked touring tennis professionals from around the world. The Boulevard Tennis Club previously hosted the event for seven years from 2010 to 2016. The tournament benefits the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the non-profit foundation benefiting children named for Vero Beach native son Mardy Fish, a former top 10 tennis star, U.S. Davis Cup hero and silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games.

“The Boulevard Tennis Club has turned into the epicenter of tennis in Vero Beach over the last few years and we are excited to once again stage our event there next spring,” said Tom Fish, President of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation. “Our event is our top fundraising mechanism for the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and our goal is to raise as much money as possible to benefit youth in Indian River County while continuing to run a first-class event and further promote tennis in our Treasure Coast community.”

“We are so happy to once again host the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships,” said Christophe Delavaut, the Tennis Director and co-owner of The Boulevard Tennis Club. “Under our club’s new ownership group, we are thrilled to open up our doors to the community for the most prestigious and longest-running professional sports event in Vero Beach.”

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation will be elevated to a $25,000 tournament in 2019, up from a $15,000 event in 2018, ensuring higher-quality ranked players competing in the event than in years past. A 24-player qualifying tournament will start Monday, April 29 with main-draw play starting Tuesday, April 30 concluding with the singles final on Sunday, May 5. A special pre-qualifying tournament open to all entrants will be played at The Boulevard starting Wednesday, April 24 with the winner earning a place in the 24-player qualifying tournament. The 2019 tournament is part of the newly restructured and rebranded ITF World Tennis Tour.

Founded in 2007, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation (www.MardyFishFoundation.com and @MardyFishFound on Twitter) currently supports over 2,200 children in 15 elementary schools, six middle schools and two after school centers in Indian River County, Florida by funding after-school exercise, nutritional and enrichment programs in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, productive and successful lives. The Foundation introduced the “Six Healthy Habits” in 2012 which are Get Sleep; Drink Water; Exercise Daily, Eat Healthy; Brush and Floss; Make Friends.

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships has been played in Vero Beach since 1995 and regarded as one of the best entry-level professional tennis tournaments in the world. Some of the past competitors have gone on to succeed at the highest levels of professional tennis, winning major singles and doubles titles, Olympic medals and Davis Cup championships and earning No. 1 world rankings. Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who attained the world No. 1 ranking and helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007, competed in Vero Beach in 1999. Thomas Johansson of Sweden, who reached the second round of the Vero Beach Futures in 1995, won the Australian Open seven years later in 2002. Nicolas Massu, the 1998 singles runner-up in Vero Beach, won the singles and doubles gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, beating Fish in the gold medal singles match. Kyle Edmund, the 2013 champion in Vero Beach, helped Great Britain to the Davis Cup title in 2015. Other notable former competitors in Vero Beach include former world No. 2 Magnus Norman, former world No. 4 Tim Henman, 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and most recently world No. 50 player and teen sensation Denis Shapovalov, who played in Vero Beach in 2016. Former Vero Beach competitors have combined to win 19 titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles at Grand Slam tournaments. Seven former Vero Beach players have gone on to play Davis Cup for the United States – Roddick, Fish, Taylor Dent, Jared Palmer, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison and Frances Tiafoe.

Tickets for the event are available now at www.VeroBeachTennisTickets.com. Admission for children 18 and under is free. Sponsorships are available by contacting co-tournament directors Tom Fish ([email protected]) and Randy Walker at ([email protected]). Fans can follow news and developments on the tournament on Facebook and on Twitter at @VeroFutures.

The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships have an annual economic impact of approximately $500,000 per year on the Vero Beach local economy. Approximately 3,000 fans annually attend the event, which is seen as one of the best-attended events entry-level events in the world.

Juan Benitez of Colombia won the 2018 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships beating Venezuelan Davis Cup team member Ricardo Rodriguez in the final.

The Boulevard Tennis Club, located in Central Vero Beach on Indian River Boulevard, is the fastest-growing tennis club in Vero Beach, featuring 13 clay tennis courts and world-class tennis instruction and programming for all levels of players. For more information, go to www.BlvdTennisClub.com

Alexander Zverev Shocks Novak Djokovic To Win ATP Finals In London

Alexander Zverev became the youngest champion ever at the year-end ATP Finals in a decade with his comprehensive upset of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

The title marked the biggest career win for the 21-year-old German, who began working with tennis legend Ivan Lendl in late August.

Zverev became the youngest player to win at the ATP’s season finale since Djokovic in 2008. He was the first German to win the title since Boris Becker in 1995.

“This is the biggest title of my career so far. This trophy means a lot, everything, to all the players. I mean, you only have so many chances of winning it. You play against the best players only,” Zverev said. “How I played today, how I won it, for me it’s just amazing.”

One year ago, Zverev made his debut at elite eight-player event in London, falling short of reaching the semifinals. The 10-time ATP tournament title champion beat six-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets on Saturday in the semifinals. It’s the first time a player has beaten both Djokovic and Federer at the same Nitto ATP Finals. Zverev’s the first player to beat the Top 2 seeds in the semifinals and final of the event since Andre Agassi in 1990.

“It’s quite astonishing, winning this title, beating two such players back-to-back, Roger and Novak, in semi-finals and final,” Zverev said. “It means so much. I’m incredibly happy and incredibly proud of this moment right now.”

ATP, Tennis Australia Officially Launch ATP Cup

The ATP and Tennis Australia have officially unveiled the ATP Cup – a new team competition to kickstart the men’s tennis season from 2020. The tournament, which was announced during the Nitto ATP Finals in London, will be played across three Australian cities over ten days in the lead up to the Australian Open and will feature teams from 24 countries.

World No. 1 and President of the ATP Player Council Novak Djokovic was among the players who joined ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode and Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, to reveal the details of the competition, which has been shaped through extensive consultation over several years with players, tournament organisers and sponsors. The launch also revealed the ATP Cup’s new brand identity and a promotional video to bring the plans to life.

The event sees the return of an ATP team competition into the calendar for the first time since the ATP World Team Cup, which was held in Dusseldorf from 1978-2012.

The move represents the latest initiative by ATP to innovate in the sport, as well as providing increased earning opportunities for its players, and introducing new fans to the game. The tournament will ensure every season starts with an event with a truly global profile, giving players the chance to see their nation crowned the best in the world. The 2020 ATP Cup will offer US$15 million in prize money and up to 750 ATP Rankings points to the winners.

Djokovic, who finished 2018 as year-end No.1 for a fifth time, stated: “I like that it’s owned by ATP, by the players, and that we have ranking points, and it’s going to be the best way to kick start the season. Australia is a country that has a Grand Slam, that nurtures tennis tradition. More than 90 per cent of the time we’re playing as individuals and we don’t have too many team events. This is going to bring together a lot of nations and for me personally it will be a very nice and proud moment to represent my country.”

Kermode added: “This new event fits perfectly with our strategy to innovate and look towards the future. We know from our extensive discussions with the players that the ATP Cup will provide a great way for them to open their season – bringing together the world’s best for a major team event that compliments existing scheduling, provides highly-coveted ATP ranking points and clearly links to the Australian Open. The first week of the season is when the players want to play and that’s why the tournament has their strong support. By staging the event with Tennis Australia, which is renowned for its experience as an outstanding event promoter, we know that the tournament will be a great success from year one.”

Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley added: “This is an amazing opportunity, in close collaboration with the players and the tour, to deliver a globally impactful event that further elevates the sport and the fan interest in it.

“We want to keep growing tennis, give the players an environment where they can perform to the best of their abilities and then ensure they are appropriately appreciated and rewarded. This event will help us all achieve that while connecting with new generations of tennis fans. It will provide a new source of inspiration for young athletes to choose our sport.”

The format of the ATP Cup will see nations split into six groups, with eight teams emerging from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase until only one team is left standing. There will be up to five players in each team, with ties comprising two singles matches and one doubles match. The criteria for entry into the ATP Cup will be based off the ATP Ranking of the No. 1 singles player from each country.

Venue announcements will be made in due course.

About The ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2018 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2018 ATP World Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.

About Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia is the governing body of tennis in Australia, promoting and facilitating participation in tennis at all levels, and also conducts national and international tournaments including the Australian Open. Visit tennis.com.au for more information.

Agnieszka Radwanska Announces Retirement

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska announced today her retirement from professional tennis. She leaves the game following 20 career WTA singles titles, highlighted by the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global trophy.

Radwanska reached her lone Grand Slam singles final at 2012 Wimbledon, which helped her reach a career high ranking of WTA World No.2. She earned over $27.6 million in prize money over her career, which currently ranks seventh on the all-time career prize money earnings list.

“Today, after 13 years of playing tennis competitively, I have decided to end my career,” said Radwanska in her statement. “This was not an easy decision. I am grateful to have so many special memories, including 20 WTA titles, the WTA Championships in Singapore, a Wimbledon final, and so many others.”

In addition to her on court accomplishments, Radwanska, also known as “the Magician” by fans and media due to her crafty style of play, was voted the WTA Fan Favorite for six consecutive years.

“Congratulations to Agnieszka on an outstanding career,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Agnieszka embodies the qualities that make a true champion, on the court delivering world class performances and incredible displays of athleticism, and off the court with her poise, professionalism and support for her fellow players. Agnieszka leaves a legacy on the game across the globe and on behalf of the WTA, she will truly be missed.”

Radwanska played her last professional match in September at the KEB Hana Bank Incheon Airport Korea Open in Seoul.

Jimmy Arias Named Director of Player Development For IMG Academy

IMG Academy announced the addition of former longtime ATP World Tour pro Jimmy Arias as the new Director of Player Development. Arias will help manage technical instruction and program delivery for IMG Academy’s boarding school students and professional trainees.

“This is where I came as a teenager to develop my game, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to come back and foster the development of such a talented group of players,” said Arias. “In all my travels as a player and as a commentator, there is no place in the world where players have such a dynamic team to help them achieve their potential.”

Arias was one of the original tennis students at IMG Academy, then the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, when it opened in 1978. He turned pro at age 16, and within three years, reached the U.S. Open singles semifinals, won the 1981 French Open mixed doubles and claimed four professional singles titles. Arias reached a career-high of No. 5 in the world in 1984 at age 20. Since his retirement from the professional ranks, Arias has been involved in the game as both a coach and a commentator for ESPN, The Tennis Channel, Rogers Sportsnet and the Canadian Broadcasting Network.

“Adding Jimmy’s knowledge of the game and insights on player development is a huge win for our program,” remarked Chip McCarthy, IMG Academy Managing Director. “Every player on our campus will benefit from the unique perspective he brings from a nearly four-decade career as a player, coach and analyst.”

The appointment of Arias comes on the heels of announcing the hiring of world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Yutaka Nakamura joining IMG Academy as Head of Tennis Physical Conditioning.

About IMG Academy
IMG Academy is one of the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions. IMG Academy helps countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport by providing world-class teaching and coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities. IMG Academy also serves as a training and competition venue for amateur and professional teams, a host site for a variety of events, and a hub for sports performance research and innovation.

Paris Is Turning Into Novak Djokovic’s Kind of Town

Paris is a special town for Novak Djokovic.

It is the scene of perhaps his greatest triumph in pro tennis when he won the 2016 French Open to finally complete his career Grand Slam –and his “Novak Slam” where he held all four major titles at the same time, a feat that had not been achieved since 1969 by Rod Laver.

Since Djokovic reached his career height at Roland Garros in 2016, he struggled with injuries, burnout and off-court issues, but amazingly rebounded to the top of the game after his ranking dropped to No. 22 in May of this year. Now, Paris is the scene of another major career achievement for the Serbian maestro.

The Rolex Paris Masters event in Paris, the second-to-last ATP event of the year, marks the event where Djokovic returns to the No. 1 ranking, becoming the the first player to have his ranking move to No. 1 after being ranked outside of the top 20. Djokivic has won this prestigious indoor event four times – in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – and is trending upward in his return to the No. 1 ranking. Based on his current form, and storied history at the event, Djokovic is the clear tennis betting favorite to win a fifth Rolex Paris Masters title.

Roger Federer, who faces Djokovic in a blockbuster semifinal, will look to win for the second straight week after winning the title in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland the previous week. A win in Paris would mark his 100th career singles title, second to only Jimmy Connors and his 109 titles on the men’s all-time list. In 2011, Federer won his 70th career singles title in Paris, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

While most eyes will be on Djokovic and Federer, the Rolex Paris Masters is the site of some unpredictable results and the other semifinalists in the top half, Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov, could also surprise. Last year at the event, Jack Sock of the United States captured the title beating another Serb, Filip Krajinovic, in the final.

Elina Svitolina Wins Biggest Career Title In Singapore

Elina Svitolina has won the biggest title of her career, lifting the Billie Jean King trophy at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The sixth seeded Ukrainian mounted a three-set comeback over Sloane Stephens, securing the victory 36 62 62 and clinching her fifth title of the season.

“This is a very special moment for me in my career and it will give me plenty of confidence for the season coming ahead,” said Svitolina.

The doubles team of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic won the Martina Navratilova trophy at the WTA Finals, defeating the Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.