Scott Dunlop: Chinese Sports Company Sponsors WTA

The growth in the Chinese middle class is causing sports companies there to start concentrating on tennis. Peak, an unknown brand here, is a Chinese footware company with nearly $500M in sales, which built its business around basketball.

Peak just announced a five-year deal with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour even though they acknowledge tennis is not yet generaly a big or well understood sport in China. However as indicated earlier, because their women tennis stars, Li Na and Zheng Jie are huge in their home country, its making many people think about playing.

The Peak tennis sponsorship deal is another very promising event for the fastest  growing major sport.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.