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Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

After grabbing NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” for this season, Amazon has secured its second live-streaming sports-rights deal in a pact with the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour, under a deal covering the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals men’s youth tennis tournament through the end of 2018.

Starting with the inaugural event in November 2017, Amazon will have worldwide internet-streaming rights (excluding China) — and the full exclusive rights in the U.S. — to distribute the Next Gen ATP Finals, outside of ATP’s over-the-top channel, Tennis TV.

To be sure, the ATP agreement is smaller both in terms of potential audience and dollars than Amazon’s pickup of the NFL “TNF” package. Amazon is paying the NFL a reported $50 million for the 11-game set, with “Thursday Night Football” on...


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Amazon Is Getting Into Streaming Tennis - Deadspin

There are surely a whole raft of reasons that tennis no longer enjoys the mainstream U.S. popularity of say, the McEnroe-Connors era, but one big one springs to mind: Where the hell do you even find it?

The Grand Slams are easy enough to catch on various ESPN channels and NBC in the late rounds, but there are only four of those, and tennis is so much more than the majors: It’s a year-round sport, a fat calendar stuffed—probably overstuffed, given injury concerns—with lower stakes but nevertheless interesting tournaments. Almost every single week of the year there are elite players competing hard in some distant locale, and most of that programming is relegated to the highly specialized Tennis Channel, with ESPN only picking up the higher-profile matches. Tennis is not a sport to stumble upon, or watch without a fair amount of concerted effort. Collectively, the Grand Slams occupy...


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Laver Cup 2017 live stream: How to watch the tennis online and on TV - Express.co.uk

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The Laver Cup 2017 will be streamed around the world

Six players from Europe will face six players from the rest of the world in a team format with non-playing captains Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe leading the two outfits.

The Ryder Cup-style competition will see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, now the two leading players in the world again, team up against the likes of Sam Querrey, John Isner and Nick Kyrgios.

So here's how to make sure you don't miss out on three days of team tennis action including up to nine singles matches and three doubles matches.

LAVER CUP 2017 RESULTS LIVE

Roger Federer shows off brand new Michael Jordan Nike trainers at US Open 2017

Tue, August 29, 2017

Roger Federer has shown off a brand new pair of Nike Zoom Air Jordan 3 trainers at the US Open


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Banned from tennis, Nastase to be diplomat - SBS

Ilie Nastase is taking on a new role as a diplomat for the Czech Republic, while serving a two-year International Tennis Federation ban.

Banned from tennis, Ilie Nastase is taking on a new role as a diplomat for the Czech Republic.

The Romanian has been banned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for two years because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania's Fed Cup captain.

But after a meeting on Friday, Czech foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Nastase agreed to become the country's new honorary consul in Romania. He will be based in the Black Sea port of Constanta.

"It's a great honour," Nastase said. "My country didn't give me this chance but you gave me this chance and I appreciate it."

Nastase will have time to focus on his new job. In addition to the ITF ban, the 1973 French Open champion will not be able to work in an official tennis capacity for...


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Tennis: Top seed Muguruza sails into Pan Pacific Open semis - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - World number one Garbine Muguruza put on a clinical display to power past Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-4 in the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals in Tokyo on Friday.

The 23-year-old Wimbledon champion, who climbed to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, hardly broke sweat against the Frenchwoman, ranked 20th in the world, on her way to victory in an hour and 20 minutes.

“To achieve this dream I’ve had since I was a child gives me a lot of confidence first,” Muguruza said in a courtside interview. “A boost of motivation to hold this position - because I think it’s the best.”

Muguruza took a 2-1 lead in the first set after an early break and continued to dominate until midway through the second, nullifying Garcia’s serve twice more as she looked to close out the contest quickly.

Garcia, however, staged a mini-revival when she converted her only break-point opportunity in...


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Monica Puig: 'Tennis is so small and life is so precious' - CNN International

A year on, ravaged by one of the most devastating storms to hit the island this century, at least one person has died and the country's entire power grid has been destroyed, leaving millions of residents in darkness.

A tennis player born and raised in the capital city of San Juan, Puig has been so moved by the disaster she's launched a fundraising campaign -- Help Rebuild Puerto Rico -- which has already exceeded its initial $25,000 target.
"Puerto Rico is my home and to see what's going on there truly breaks my heart," a tearful Puig told CNN Sport, speaking from a WTA Tour event in Wuhan, China.

"At the end of the day, like I've been telling my family and telling everyone, tennis is so small and life is so precious.

"It doesn't matter what I'm doing here out on the court. Sure, it's important to me because it's my career. But there's a big picture and there's so many people going...


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Battle of the Sexes is a clunky attempt to find modern meaning in the 1973 tennis match - Vox

The real-life “Battle of the Sexes” was a major media event in 1973 — a tennis match at the Houston Astrodome between Bobby Riggs, a 55-year-old former champ, and Billie Jean King, who was 29 at the time and at the height of her powers as a player. The New York Times called it “an atmosphere more suited for a circus than a sports event.”

Riggs, who according to the Times “had bolted to national prominence with his blunt putdowns of women’s tennis and the role of today’s female,” styled himself as a “male chauvinist pig” going into the match. King, who was famous for demanding that women tennis players receive equal pay to the men when they brought in equal crowds, served as a representative for feminist ideals and women more generally.

All that was blatantly part of the marketing, which means to call the match a “metaphor” might be a bit generous. Even at the time, the subtext was...


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Northeastern Cincinnati nets top high school tennis talent - Cincinnati.com

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MASON - Perhaps there's a good reason the Ohio High School Athletic Association has moved the boys and girls state high school championship tennis matches to the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason.

Outside of it being an accommodating and spectacular facility, it's location is literally in the backyard of some of the best tennis schools in Cincinnati.  

In the last five seasons, Mason's girls have been Greater Miami Conference champions three times (including the last two back-to-back) with Sycamore winning two titles. Coach Mike Reid's Lady Comets...


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Amazon Is Getting Into Streaming Tennis - Deadspin

There are surely a whole raft of reasons that tennis no longer enjoys the mainstream U.S. popularity of say, the McEnroe-Connors era, but one big one springs to mind: Where the hell do you even find it?

The Grand Slams are easy enough to catch on various ESPN channels and NBC in the late rounds, but there are only four of those, and tennis is so much more than the majors: It’s a year-round sport, a fat calendar stuffed—probably overstuffed, given injury concerns—with lower stakes but nevertheless interesting tournaments. Almost every single week of the year there are elite players competing hard in some distant locale, and most of that programming is relegated to the highly specialized Tennis Channel, with ESPN only picking up the higher-profile matches. Tennis is not a sport to stumble upon, or watch without a fair amount of concerted effort. Collectively, the Grand Slams occupy...


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Eugenie Bouchard: 'I love tennis' - Tennis World

It wasn't a good summer for Eugenie Bouchard, who won just three matches. The Canadian player is currently ranked 87th in the WTA rankings, which was something unthinkable in 2014 when she was the world no. 5. 'My confidence is not that high at the moment of my life and there are question marks about my level in the future,' she said after losing to Evgeniya Rodina at the US Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Bouchard keeps trying to improve and get confidence. In July she trained with former world no. 1 Andre Agassi for a few days. 'I do not want to enter into detail on what we did because it's a secret, but I liked to spend time speaking with him.

He told me tennis is very simple and that people want to make it complicated. We were on the tennis court the whole day and it was okay. When things do not go well, the biggest difficulty is to love for what you do, but in truth, despite me...


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Read more: Eugenie Bouchard: 'I love tennis' - Tennis World

Eugenie Bouchard: 'I love tennis' - Tennis World

It wasn't a good summer for Eugenie Bouchard, who won just three matches. The Canadian player is currently ranked 87th in the WTA rankings, which was something unthinkable in 2014 when she was the world no. 5. 'My confidence is not that high at the moment of my life and there are question marks about my level in the future,' she said after losing to Evgeniya Rodina at the US Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Bouchard keeps trying to improve and get confidence. In July she trained with former world no. 1 Andre Agassi for a few days. 'I do not want to enter into detail on what we did because it's a secret, but I liked to spend time speaking with him.

He told me tennis is very simple and that people want to make it complicated. We were on the tennis court the whole day and it was okay. When things do not go well, the biggest difficulty is to love for what you do, but in truth, despite me...


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Read more: Eugenie Bouchard: 'I love tennis' - Tennis World

Eugenie Bouchard: 'I love tennis' - Tennis World

It wasn't a good summer for Eugenie Bouchard, who won just three matches. The Canadian player is currently ranked 87th in the WTA rankings, which was something unthinkable in 2014 when she was the world no. 5. 'My confidence is not that high at the moment of my life and there are question marks about my level in the future,' she said after losing to Evgeniya Rodina at the US Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Bouchard keeps trying to improve and get confidence. In July she trained with former world no. 1 Andre Agassi for a few days. 'I do not want to enter into detail on what we did because it's a secret, but I liked to spend time speaking with him.

He told me tennis is very simple and that people want to make it complicated. We were on the tennis court the whole day and it was okay. When things do not go well, the biggest difficulty is to love for what you do, but in truth, despite me...


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Rafael Nadal, other Spanish players react to Conchita Martinez firing - Tennis Magazine

Rafael Nadal is currently the No. 1 player in the world.

Spanish players are reacting to the removal of Conchita Martinez as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, while a Spanish newspaper says that Sergi Bruguera is likely to be named her replacement.

The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) recently announced that it would not be keeping Martinez in either position. The former Grand Slam champion had been Spain's Fed Cup captain and was also appointed Davis Cup captain in 2015, following a period of conflict between the players and the federation about previous captain Gala Leon Garcia.

"Conchita deserves maximum recognition," said top-ranked Rafael Nadal, speaking at a sponsor event this week. "She came in at a complicated moment [and] she did a job that was important.

"[In 2016], there was a new regime [at the federation] and they wanted new people. The players recognized that, having been...


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Rafael Nadal, other Spanish players react to Conchita Martinez firing - Tennis Magazine

Rafael Nadal is currently the No. 1 player in the world.

Spanish players are reacting to the removal of Conchita Martinez as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, while a Spanish newspaper says that Sergi Bruguera is likely to be named her replacement.

The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) recently announced that it would not be keeping Martinez in either position. The former Grand Slam champion had been Spain's Fed Cup captain and was also appointed Davis Cup captain in 2015, following a period of conflict between the players and the federation about previous captain Gala Leon Garcia.

"Conchita deserves maximum recognition," said top-ranked Rafael Nadal, speaking at a sponsor event this week. "She came in at a complicated moment [and] she did a job that was important.

"[In 2016], there was a new regime [at the federation] and they wanted new people. The players recognized that, having been...


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Read more: Rafael Nadal, other Spanish players react to Conchita Martinez firing - Tennis Magazine

Rafael Nadal, other Spanish players react to Conchita Martinez firing - Tennis Magazine

Rafael Nadal is currently the No. 1 player in the world.

Spanish players are reacting to the removal of Conchita Martinez as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, while a Spanish newspaper says that Sergi Bruguera is likely to be named her replacement.

The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) recently announced that it would not be keeping Martinez in either position. The former Grand Slam champion had been Spain's Fed Cup captain and was also appointed Davis Cup captain in 2015, following a period of conflict between the players and the federation about previous captain Gala Leon Garcia.

"Conchita deserves maximum recognition," said top-ranked Rafael Nadal, speaking at a sponsor event this week. "She came in at a complicated moment [and] she did a job that was important.

"[In 2016], there was a new regime [at the federation] and they wanted new people. The players recognized that, having been...


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Read more: Rafael Nadal, other Spanish players react to Conchita Martinez firing - Tennis Magazine

Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

After grabbing NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” for this season, Amazon has secured its second live-streaming sports-rights deal in a pact with the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour, under a deal covering the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals men’s youth tennis tournament through the end of 2018.

Starting with the inaugural event in November 2017, Amazon will have worldwide internet-streaming rights (excluding China) — and the full exclusive rights in the U.S. — to distribute the Next Gen ATP Finals, outside of ATP’s over-the-top channel, Tennis TV.

To be sure, the ATP agreement is smaller both in terms of potential audience and dollars than Amazon’s pickup of the NFL “TNF” package. Amazon is paying the NFL $50 million for the 11-game set, with “Thursday Night Football” on Prime Video...


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Read more: Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

After grabbing NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” for this season, Amazon has secured its second live-streaming sports-rights deal in a pact with the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour, under a deal covering the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals men’s youth tennis tournament through the end of 2018.

Starting with the inaugural event in November 2017, Amazon will have worldwide internet-streaming rights (excluding China) — and the full exclusive rights in the U.S. — to distribute the Next Gen ATP Finals, outside of ATP’s over-the-top channel, Tennis TV.

To be sure, the ATP agreement is smaller both in terms of potential audience and dollars than Amazon’s pickup of the NFL “TNF” package. Amazon is paying the NFL $50 million for the 11-game set, with “Thursday Night Football” on Prime Video...


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Read more: Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

Amazon Prime Video Lands Global Streaming Rights to ATP Youth Tennis Tournament - Variety

After grabbing NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” for this season, Amazon has secured its second live-streaming sports-rights deal in a pact with the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Amazon Prime Video is now an official streaming partner of the ATP World Tour, under a deal covering the worldwide distribution of the Next Gen ATP Finals men’s youth tennis tournament through the end of 2018.

Starting with the inaugural event in November 2017, Amazon will have worldwide internet-streaming rights (excluding China) — and the full exclusive rights in the U.S. — to distribute the Next Gen ATP Finals, outside of ATP’s over-the-top channel, Tennis TV.

To be sure, the ATP agreement is smaller both in terms of potential audience and dollars than Amazon’s pickup of the NFL “TNF” package. Amazon is paying the NFL $50 million for the 11-game set, with “Thursday Night Football” on Prime Video...


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Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime brighten Canadian tennis hopes - Montreal Gazette

Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime returns to Alex De Minaur of Australia during their boys' singles match of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, in a July 7, 2016, file photo. Ben Curtis / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Denis Shapovalov captured the attention of Canadian sports fans this summer with a series of stunning performances. 

The 18-year-old tennis player from Richmond Hill, Ont., upset word No. 1 Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup. He also became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 event.

He then qualified for the U.S. Open and charged into the final 16 before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta. 

And last weekend, he used his punishing forehand and whip-like backhand to win two singles matches as Canada’s Davis Cup team defeated India to retain its berth in the World Group for 2018.

Shapovalov’s heroics have boosted him to No....


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Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime brighten Canadian tennis hopes - Montreal Gazette

Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime returns to Alex De Minaur of Australia during their boys' singles match of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, in a July 7, 2016, file photo. Ben Curtis / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Denis Shapovalov captured the attention of Canadian sports fans this summer with a series of stunning performances. 

The 18-year-old tennis player from Richmond Hill, Ont., upset word No. 1 Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup. He also became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 event.

He then qualified for the U.S. Open and charged into the final 16 before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta. 

And last weekend, he used his punishing forehand and whip-like backhand to win two singles matches as Canada’s Davis Cup team defeated India to retain its berth in the World Group for 2018.

Shapovalov’s heroics have boosted him to No....


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