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John Newcombe Tennis Ranch named USTA Training Center: This Week in Tennis Business

From the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch to James Blake to Petr Korda to the ATP LA Tennis Open – these stories caught the attention of tennis fans and insiders this week…

· The USTA announced that the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas, has been named a USTA Certified Regional Training Center. “We feel honored to partner with the USTA,” said Jeremy Fieldsend of the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch.

· Beginning at the US Open in August, James Blake will wear the Fila Thomas Reynolds line, which is named after his late father. The new clothing line will be featured in stores starting this week.

· 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda acted as his daughter Jessica’s caddie last week during her quarterfinal run at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in St. Louis.

· Tournament Director Bob Kramer told Reuters that the recently completed LA Tennis Open must find a title sponsor in the next couple years in order to continue the event, after not being profitable this year. “If we aren’t able to figure this out or if the economy doesn’t turn around, I think we will probably have two more bites at the apple to right the ship,” said Kramer.

· W Sports Marketing is struggling to secure a sponsor for the Grand Slam of Asheville, which features an August 28 exhibition between Andre Agassi and Marat Safin. Despite an estimated 4,500 expected to attend the event, W Sports Marketing’s Brian Woods insists, “It’s obviously tough to sell sponsorship in this environment.” As reported by Darren Rovell on CNBC.com, Woods is offering that a company does not have to pay the $75,000 title sponsorship until the DOW Industrial Average hits 10,000.

· The ATP Tour event in Chennai, India, will stay at its present location for at least two more years, after securing a sponsorship deal with telecom company Aircel.

· The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, will offer free tennis lessons during their United States Professional Tennis Association Day on Friday, August 21, from Noon-4pm held during the $150,000 Hall of Fame Champions Cup, the fifth event on the 2009 Outback Champions Series.

· Venus Williams re-launched her website, www.venuswilliams.com.

· The editors of Tennis Magazine agree that Roger Federer is the “Greatest Player of All-Time” in the upcoming September issue.

· Top junior and Nick Bollettieri student Filip Krajinovic has signed an endorsement deal with Wilson.

· Bob and Mike Bryan recently joined forces with respected musician and songwriter David Baron to form The Bryan Brothers Band featuring David Baron. The duo will perform three new songs during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open on August 29.

· SportsBusiness Journal reported that last week a settlement hearing took place between the USTA and former U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison