IMG SIGNS JO-WILFRED TSONGA

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New York, NY (July 30, 2014) – IMG announced today the signing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France to a worldwide marketing and management representation. Tsonga, currently ranked World No.15 (as of Week of July 28, 2014), has a career high ranking of World No.5, achieved week of February 27, 2012.

The Le Mans native finished 2013 in the Top 10 for the third year in a row. Tsonga has 10 career ATP titles and has been the finalist at the 2008 Australian Open and the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London. He has reached the semifinals of the 2013 Roland Garros and the 2011 and 2012 Wimbledon.

‘’We are thrilled that Jo-Wilfried chose IMG to represent him. He is a terrific player and a great person, and we look forward to strengthening and growing his global brand on and off the tennis court,’’ said Fernando Soler, Managing Director of IMG Tennis.

Tsonga will be managed by Carlos Fleming whose athlete management portfolio includes seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, NFL stars Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and Victor Cruz (New York Giants), and reigning US Open Women’s Golf Champion, Michelle Wie.

Tsonga joins IMG Tennis’s roster of stars which includes Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, and John McEnroe, among many others.


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Sabine serves up scorching 131mph serve!

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Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest serve in WTA history at the Bank of the West Classic, in Stanford California as she smacked the ball 131mph in a first round loss to Ana Ivanovic. The German beat the previous record held by none other than Venus Williams of 129mph.


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SMS INC. Announces Results of Landmark 30th Wimbledon Equipment Census‏

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SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. (SMS INC.) has unveiled the results of the 2014 Wimbledon equipment census; the 30th consecutive report the firm has completed at The Championships.

The results offer exclusive insight into equipment trends at tennis’s most prestigious event. Offered as part of the complete census are assessments of equipment and clothing from racquet, racquet bag and string to shoes, shirt and shorts or skirt.

For the 20th consecutive year at The Championships, Wilson was the number-one racquet manufacturer. This year’s event was particularly successful for the brand with 11 racquets in play in the last 16 of the men’s & ladies singles – or 34% of the racquets at this stage of the tournament.

Continuing its considerable momentum in the sport, Babolat gained market share at The Championships for the sixth consecutive year. No brand has had a longer growth-streak in SMS’ three decades at the event. They are clearly established as the number two racquet brand at the event – and the number one racquet brand among all female competitors with a 33% players share.

While both Wilson and Babolat can claim to have had successful Championships, HEAD were the brand that gained the highest number of racquets year-on-year, increasing their stable by 20. HEAD also had the highest percentage of winners, with nine Champions including Men’s Singles in Novak Djokovic, completing their most successful Championships for 10 years.

 


SMS INC.’s detailed annual report also documents each brand’s time on the main show courts during the Championships.

Wilson gained the most exposure on the ‘show courts’ across the Championships, notching up a total of 5,787 minutes. However, HEAD managed to top show court exposure in the men’s singles competition.

The eight players with the most show court exposure were men, fronted by Men’s singles Champion Novak Djokovic who amassed almost five more ‘show-court hours’ than second placed Roger Federer.

The shoe brands favoured by the pros at Wimbledon was also noted in SMS INC.’s detailed report, with Nike and adidas continuing to dominate, sharing 70% of the Show Court exposure.

The full 2014 Wimbledon Championships Equipment Census is available from SMS INC. now for interested parties.

For more information please contact:

LAURA PUDDLE – SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETING MANAGER at SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. Tel +44 (0) 1932 345 539 / info@sportsmarketingsurveysinc.com www.sportsmarketingsurveysinc.com

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LAURA ROBSON JOINS SPORTSAID AS AMBASSADOR FOR EMPOWERMENT OF YOUNG WOMEN

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IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media, announced today that Laura Robson will become an ambassador for SportsAid to support the charity’s work with some of the country’s most promising young female athletes.

The charity’s Patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who last year attended one of its athlete workshops at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Laura Robson will be involved in similar events in order to help young sports women fulfil their potential, the first of which will take place on July 29th, 2014 at Home Nations House near the Clyde Arc in Glasgow.

“Seeing the work that SportsAid does and knowing the impact that sport can have on society, I want to play my part in empowering young women to become the champions of the future,” said Laura Robson. “It’s a privilege for me to be a role model, as an athlete and an Olympian, and it’s important that I do everything I can to help young women to succeed in sports, focus on their strengths, and inspire others to do the same. I feel privileged to work for such a great cause along the Duchess of Cambridge and look forward to a long lasting partnership with such a great organization.’’


In her role as SportsAid’s ambassador, Robson will work directly with SportsAid athletes from a wide range of sports, including tennis and wheelchair tennis, by providing mentoring and support at workshops and other events – previously attended by the likes of Katherine Grainger, Karen Pickering, Keri-Anne Payne, Becky Adlington, Denise Lewis and other greats of British women’s sport. Laura will also help to shine a spotlight on the young athletes’ achievements to get them more recognition before they move up to the senior level.

The charity’s Chief Executive Tim Lawler said, “Laura is someone I know many of our athletes already look up to as a source of inspiration and the personal encouragement and guidance she is offering them will be a welcome and well-timed boost. SportsAid is delighted to be working with her as we know the passion and expertise she brings will make a huge difference.”

Sport England Director of Sport, Phil Smith, said: “This is wonderful news for SportsAid and all the aspiring young athletes we fund them to help. Laura is a great addition to the roster of SportsAid ambassadors and will be able to provide talented young people with valuable insight into what it takes to be a successful professional athlete.”

About SportsAid

· SportsAid is a national charity (#1111612) established in 1976 that helps young British sportsmen and women who aspire to be our next Olympic, Paralympic or world champions. Its patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.

· The athletes supported by SportsAid are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among Britain’s brightest hopes for the future.

· SportsAid Awards are funded by the charity’s donors and supporters to recognise young athletes’ achievements and help them meet the high costs of training and competing – which they otherwise have to pay for themselves.

· Working with the governing bodies of around 70 sporting disciplines to identify those with the greatest potential, SportsAid ensures the right people get the right help at the right time.

· For more information visit www.sportsaid.org.uk, follow @TeamSportsAid on Twitter, contact the charity on Facebook, or sign up to receive its monthly newsletter.

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NIKE UNVEILS THE ‘’LI NA’’ BUILDING

Nike unveiled its new headquarters in Shanghai, China, as well as a brand new building bearing the name of one of China’s greatest sports icons – two time Grand Slam Champion Li Na.
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Two-time Grand Slam Champion Li Na shows off her Nike Employee I.D. after the unveiling of the ‘’Li Na Building’’ in Shanghai, China (Photo Credit: NIKE)

The naming of the building after one of its athletes is Nike’s longstanding tradition. Buildings on the campus of the Nike’s global headquarters in Beaverton, OR have been named after some of the best athletes in history, including tennis greats John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, basketball legend Michael Jordan, Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm and many others.

‘’It brings me so much happiness to have my name appear on a Nike building, on the headquarters of Nike Greater China, no less. Nike has been with me through all of my tennis career and seeing my name on the building is one of the biggest honors I’ve received in my life. Nike has always respected and honored its athletes, so it’s not just my name that’s up there on the building, it stands for all outstanding Chinese athletes that Nike represents. I’ve cherished my friendship with Nike over the years and this incredible honor is yet another step in our longstanding partnership.’’


The new Nike Greater China campus is located in Yangpu District, Shanghai, and covers an area of more than 55,000 square meters, including a nine-story office building bearing the name of Li Na, a full-size soccer field, an indoor basketball court, and a series of state-of-the-art fitness facilities. A new Conference Center complex will be available in the fall.

Li Na is represented by IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.

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2014 Arthur Ashe Kids Day To Feature Djokovic & Nadal‏

untitled2 2014 Arthur Ashe Kids Day To Feature Djokovic & Nadal‏The USTA announced that country superstar Hunter Hayes, breakout duo MKTO, girl group McCLAIN, British pop rock band The Vamps, teen sensation Madison Beer and EDM prodigy DJ Salerno will team up with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 19th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess Saturday, August 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Singer and actress China Anne McClain (Sing Your Face Off, A.N.T. Farm) and Jeff Sutphen (Figure It Out, BrainSurge), will co-host the show with a special guest appearance by popular fitness trainer and choreographer, Shaun T. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will kick off the 2014 US Open, which runs from August 25 – September 8, 2014.

From 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an exciting array of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as well as musical performances by Hunter Hayes, MKTO, McCLAIN, The Vamps and Madison Beer and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day house DJ Salerno. Additional talent will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), www.usopen.org and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. General admission promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $25. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, August 24, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (ET).

“Not only is Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess a fantastic way to kick off the US Open, but it’s also a great time to encourage youth to be active, play tennis and develop healthy habits, “ said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “This annual event continues to bring the entire family together for a fun-filled day of sports and entertainment.”

Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has been a launching ground for many of music’s biggest acts including Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, The Wanted, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cody Simpson, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Jessica Simpson, Hanson and Backstreet Boys.

This year’s lineup will feature:

Hunter Hayes – Four-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a Louisiana-born, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene in 2011 with his Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy”), Hayes delves into deeper material on his new album, Storyline. The emotional lead single “Invisible” resonates with fans across the globe and new single “Tattoo” is already warming up the airwaves at Country radio. Hayes is currently headlining shows across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.hunterhayes.com.

MKTO – The guys of MKTO, comprised of Tony Oller (22) and Malcolm Kelly (21) instantly became best friends when they met on the set of Teen Nick’s Gigantic in 2010. In-between takes, however, the duo couldn’t stop talking about one thing, making music. They linked with Eman and Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Rihanna) who inked them a deal to Columbia Records and began executive producing their self-titled debut album. MKTO have seen international success with top 10 singles in the US, Australia and New Zealand, building a loyal fanbase and amassing over 2.2 million in record sales worldwide. MKTO includes the band’s anthemic debut single “Thank You,” and the platinum-selling soulful/pop single “Classic” which recently hit #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video has amassed over 22 million views on YouTube/VEVO. MKTO recently embarked on their first headlining tour, hitting 36 cities with appearances on Live With Kelly and Michael, The View and Good Morning America. In September 2014 they will hit the road with Demi Lovato on her fall arena tour.

McCLAIN – Formerly known as The McClain Sisters, Sierra, Lauryn and China Anne McClain were born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and have grown up in a house filled with music. They formed their singing trio at the tender ages of nine, seven, and five and have since performed at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll and at the Houston Rodeo for over 78,000 people. They’ve appeared on Disney Channel’s hit series A.N.T. Farm and in Tyler Perry’s film Daddy’s Little Girls. McCLAIN opened for Big Time Rush on their “Better with U Tour” and they’ve been featured on the soundtracks for Disney Channel’s Holiday Playlist and Shake It Up: I <3 Dance. Their single “Rise” has over 12 million views on YouTube/VEVO while their current release, “He Loves Me” is chart smash on Radio Disney. Along with their strong sense of spirituality, these singing sisters believe that their love for music, entertainment—and, even more so, each other—can inspire audiences all around the world.


The Vamps – The Vamps are already a sensation in the U.K., with three Top 3 singles, over 80 million views on their YouTube/VEVO channel, slots opening for Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and The Wanted, and a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for “UK Favorite Breakthrough”. Now the British four-piece, nominated this year for a Radio Disney Music Award for “The Freshest-Best New Artist,” are gearing up for Stateside domination. The band (Brad Simpson on vocals, James McVey on guitar, Tristan Evans on drums and Connor Ball on bass) have just released their first U.S. single, “Somebody To You,” featuring Demi Lovato and are currently on tour with Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony. Their debut U.S. EP is due in August on Island Records. “The message of The Vamps is to show people that we are four young musicians who started in a garage and are now having this amazing adventure,” says Connor. “We want everyone who comes to our shows to leave feeling like they had an awesome time!”

Madison Beer – At just 15, Madison Beer has solidified herself as one of the most promising up-and-coming talents in music. Hailing from Long Island, New York, she first gained recognition on YouTube in 2011 and quickly became a viral hit—garnering more than 10 million page views to date. Manager and media mogul Scooter Braun and pop R&B sensation Justin Bieber took notice, signing Madison to a management deal. Her first single, “Melodies”, was released on Island Def Jam in September, 2013 and the video has 7.1 million views to date on VEVO. In June, 2014, Madison released her second single and music video for “Unbreakable”, produced by the team responsible for Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go.” The music video has already generated more than 2 million views on VEVO. Madison currently serves as a Brand Ambassador for Ralph Lauren’s global child literacy initiative and recently launched a social good campaign on Twitter called #Madkindness, encouraging teens to get involved with and create new charitable opportunities in their communities.

DJ Salerno – Salerno is a 17-year-old DJ, EDM producer & guitarist that has performed with some of today's biggest stars in front of thousands of fans across the country. One of the most promising up-and-coming DJs on the electronic dance music scene, he has opened or closed for such giants as Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Danny Avilla. Salerno is currently Reality Dance TV's resident DJ on the nationwide Jam Tour and hosts the weekly EDM radio show RAGE RADIO. He’s fast becoming one of the hottest young DJs on the EDM scene, performing sets in some of the biggest clubs in the world, from Pacha NY to Nokia Theater in L.A. to Confession & Gusto in Aruba. He is also an accomplished guitarist and has toured with Jax, Maddi Jane, IM5 and Coco Jones. He was the Camplified's resident tour DJ in 2011 & 2012 and has performed with Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Paramore, Girl Talk, Cody Simpson, Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush.

Shaun T – Shaun is a world-renowned health and fitness expert and creator of the bestselling at-home fitness programs INSANITY, Hip Hop Abs and FOCUS T25. He is a native of New Jersey, receiving a BS in Sports Science with a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s shared the stage alongside Val Kilmer in the musical version of The Ten Commandments, appeared in Pippin and Applause as well as Six Feet Under and the feature film Beauty Shop. He’s danced with Mariah Carey, Aaron and Nick Carter, choreographed for the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie Bring it on: All or Nothing. In creating programs for adults, he recognized the need to fight childhood obesity by developing programs for kids and preteens to get into shape. Shaun’s passion is focused on affecting positive lifestyle changes in people across the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable.

Jeff Sutphen – Jeff Sutphen has a great talent for creating shows that engage kids and teens, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of an audience. As host of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out, Sutphen brought high energy and laughs, challenging celebrities to guess kid contestants’ unique talents and skills. Prior to Figure It Out, Sutphen hosted all three seasons of Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated hit BrainSurge, for which he also served as a producer. He hosted the ABC summer game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show from the producers of Wipeout and has most recently been appearing at baseball games across the country for Nickelodeon in association with Major League Baseball. Jeff continued his role as co-host of Nickelodeon’s “Orange Carpet” at the Kids’ Choice Awards and he’ll next appear at Nickelodeon’s first ever Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2014.

China Anne McClain – 15-year-old singer and actress China Anne McClain was born in Decatur, Georgia to an artistic family, with a father who’s a music producer and mother who’s a screenwriter. She made her major motion picture debut in the 2005 film The Gospel alongside Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba and went on to land co-starring roles on TBS’s Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and in the Adam Sandler feature franchise Grown Ups. That same year, she was featured on the JONAS L.A. soundtrack singing “Your Biggest Fan” with the Jonas Brothers. In 2011, McClain landed a starring role in the Disney Channel original series A.N.T. Farm and appeared in the in the Wizards of Waverly Place trilogy, Wizards vs. Angels. A member of the pop trio McCLAIN with her sisters Sierra, Lauryn, China Anne has seen chart success while honing her unique musical gift. She recently appeared on the ABC celebrity reality competition show Sing Your Face Off, where she captured first place and also stars in the upcoming Disney Channel original movie How To Build A Better Boy, premiering August 15th.

The Grounds Festival offers a wide range of interactive activities and the opportunity for children of all ages to test their skills, hit with top tennis pros, win prizes and enjoy music:

· Hess Express Stage – The Grounds Festival’s free concert featuring up-and-coming musical talent including hip-hop phenoms The Bomb Digz, “Hip Pop” duo Kalin and Myles, New York’s Impact Rep and recent Billboard “Hot Shot Debut” Shawn Mendes. Additional acts to be confirmed.

· YouthTennis.com (two courts) – Tennis is sized right for kids! With shorter courts, smaller racquets and lower-bouncing balls, the focus is on the fun so kids enjoy the game right from the start.

· Hess Express Obstacle Course – Test agility, balance, running and tennis skills on the engaging and challenging obstacle course.

· Hess Target Time – Intermediate and advanced-level kids can test their skills hitting targets.

· Xerox Beat the Pro – Challenge the best playing points against some of the top touring and teaching pros in the world.

· PTR 10 and Under Tennis – Have some fun with PTR professionals and work on improving your beginning serve, rally and scoring skills.

· USPTA 10 and Under Tennis – USPTA-certified teaching professionals host this court consisting of colorful hitting stations using a variety of teaching aids.

· Nike Tennis – Tennis and skill activities on two courts featuring Nike-sponsored athletes.

· Esurance Champions of the Court – Exciting doubles play for all levels. Which team will win Champions of the Court?

· USTA Foundation Tennis Skills – Innovative, fun, tennis and fitness activities to develop the skills of beginning players of all ages.

· Coca-Cola Get Fit and Play – Challenging tennis courses for varying skill levels focusing on agility, balance, coordination, speed and strength.

· IBM Speedzone – Just like the pros, utilize IBM’s speed serve technology to test the power behind your shot.

· The US Open American Express Fan Experience – Step inside the US Open American Express Fan Experience for even more tennis fun! The Fan Experience is located in the Chase Center near the East Gate.

· Watch the Pros Practice – See tennis’s biggest stars up close as they prepare for the US Open. Public practices are featured on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and Court 17. Watch the video boards for schedules.

· From Nickelodeon – Live appearances by SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora and Diego!

· Also – Autographs, Juggling Workshop, Face Painting, Hair Beading and Braiding, Storytelling, Balloon Artists, Roving Entertainers and more.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world. Hess has supported the event since 2003. With chart-topping performers, celebrities and professional tennis players, the day helps to promote youth tennis and encourages children of all ages to develop healthy habits through fun activities. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also celebrates the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefit the USTA Foundation which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL), a nationwide group of more than 600 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 325,000 children each year, founded 45 years ago by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.

For more information on Youth Tennis and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, log on to www.YouthTennis.com and/or www.AAKD.com. To connect via social media, please “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/ArthurAsheKidsDay and/or follow @AAKidsDay on Twitter. In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders can log on to any of the sites listed above for the most up to date information.

The 2013 US Open surpassed 700,000 attendees for the sixth time, with the final tally of 713,026 ranking fourth-highest US Open attendance in history. The all-time combined session attendance record of 62,794 was set on Sunday, September 1.

In a rematch of the 2012 women’s singles final, television viewership of Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka on CBS Sports was the highest since 2002, with 19.3 million viewers watching all or part of the match. The four-set men’s singles final, where Rafael Nadal captured his second US Open title by defeating Novak Djokovic, was seen by 11.7 million viewers on CBS Sports. The 2013 US Open was broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world and aired on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel in the U.S.

The 2014 US Open will be held Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 8. Tickets for the 2014 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), with headquarters in New York, is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information is available at www.hess.com.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

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TIME WARNER CABLE GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A VIP TENNIS EXPERIENCE AT THE 2014 US OPEN

untitled2 TIME WARNER CABLE GIVES FANS A CHANCE TO WIN A VIP TENNIS EXPERIENCE AT THE 2014 US OPEN

Time Warner Cable and Tennis Channel are giving customers a chance to experience the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships like never before. Now through July 31st, Time Warner Cable Facebook fans can enter the2014 US Open VIP Experience presented by Time Warner Cable and Tennis Channel to be one of the two lucky Grand Prize winners to win a five-day trip for two to New York to attend select US Open Tournament matches – tentatively scheduled for September 2 through September 6, 2014.

Grand Prize winners will receive:

- Round trip flights for two to New York City

- Five (5) days/four (4)-night hotel accommodations for two

- Two tickets to an earlier round US Open match

- Two tickets to a later round US Open match

- $500 spending money

- Tennis Channel Experience for two which includes: a Tennis Channel set tour, visit to Broadcast truck; meet + greet with Tennis Channel talent

Access to Time Warner Cable Studios at the US Open

To participate, customers must ‘like’ Time Warner Cable on Facebook and complete the registration page (http://on.fb.me/VCCGLk). Customers must be members of the Time Warner Cable Facebook community before registering. Entries must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM/ Eastern Time on July 31, 2014.

Winners will be notified via email and/or phone by August 4, 2014.

For updates and exclusive offers and extras, customers can like the

TWC Facebook page and follow @TWC on Twitter.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal U.S. residents who are Time Warner Cable residential subscribers in good standing, residing in a serviceable area of Time Warner Cable and those living in the same household in the following states/areas: AL, AZ, CA, CO (only in Gunnison), GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, or WI, and 18 years of age or older as of 6/30/14.

 

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Seeing Wimbledon through a different lens – the Google Glass Experience

Whether you’re still coming to terms with Murray’s defeat in the quarter finals or you’re championing Federer to win the title, we’ve discovered a new way to enhance your Wimbledon experience…Google Glass. While it’s known that 2014 in particular has seen Wimbledon undergo a digital makeover, there’s no denying the fact that Google Glass could seriously transform the game from both a spectator and player’s perspective. From finding your way to the quintessential event, with its defining ‘Tennis in an English Garden’ image, to amusing yourself in between sets, Google Glass has it all…(well, almost).

1 Seeing Wimbledon through a different lens – the Google Glass Experience

The Wimbledon Must-Have

Forget strawberries and creams, sun hats and sunnies, we’ve put our own pair of Glass through its paces to find out how it could help enrich your experience at The Championships, and here’s what we discovered…

Planning and preparation

Yes, ok so you can do this with your smartphone or tablet, but the point here is to showcase glass; so to help iron out any ‘I didn’t know it was going to pour down’ moments or unwanted travel disasters; glass can be used for both handily getting directions and checking the weather forecast (though why ask – of course it will rain!).

2 Seeing Wimbledon through a different lens – the Google Glass Experience

This navigation will also come in handy for when you’ve parked up or just stepped off public transport and need to fathom the final route by foot, and it’s easy to switch between different modes of travel – whether that’s public transport, walking, biking or via car.

Feeling peckish? By using voice recognition you can also ask glass to find the nearest coffee shop – so there’s no need to get unsavoury recommendations from a passer-by or spend an obscene amount at Wimbledon (although Pimms and afternoon tea is surely a must!).
– See more at: http://www.equimedia.co.uk/ideas/blog/seeing-wimbledon-through-a-different-lens-the-google-glass-experience.html#sthash.ZPyc8EoC.dpuf



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The Game Changer

Whether you are meeting some friends or need to make a quick call to the office, providing your mobile phone is paired up to your mobile, you can also use glass to make and receive phone calls. It’s important to set up contacts through the MyGlass app or MyGlass site – although it’s worth noting that only a maximum of ten contacts can be created – however it’s a time saving way to call or message them throughout the day (especially if you want to keep them updated with the latest results!).

Perhaps you want to take to social networking platforms to share images and videos of all the action as it unfolds before you. This is also another feature enabled by glass, and you can share photos to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook all from using the touchpad. Admittedly Google+ is more advanced than Twitter and Facebook but hopefully this will change in the near future.
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Putting privacy issues aside, we particularly like its ability to take photos, and with the wink of your right eye you can quickly capture that serve or back hand to get instant, great pictures. In fact, you can even wear them to take pictures of your own tennis game, particularly if you’re feeling inspired post-Wimbledon (see an example below one when of our own team took to the court).

In fact, even Roger Federer has worn Google Glass during a practice match, and in the video below you are able to get a first-hand view of Federer playing against his coach Stefan Edberg. Watch the footage here:

As well as being able to browse the web, you can also use the Voice Recognition for finding out information and helpful facts, so whether you want to find out about a certain player or the history of Wimbledon, you (should) get the answer fairly quickly. It’s one way of keeping clued up, especially if you’re a first-timer.
– See more at: http://www.equimedia.co.uk/ideas/blog/seeing-wimbledon-through-a-different-lens-the-google-glass-experience.html#sthash.ZPyc8EoC.dpuf
Another way to while away the time as you’re sat there waiting for the next set to begin is by playing a spot of virtual tennis. True, you’ll be in keeping with the tennis theme but beware of looking slightly daft (some head action is required, since your head is effectively the racket). You can see what the game looks like below, but as with most things, if you’re good, it can get addictive. You’ve been warned!


Be your own tennis hero

Assuming you’ve had a wonderful time watching your sporting heroes demonstrate some tennis brilliance, you might now be feeling inspired and adamant at making your own Federer-esque video. Our Content, Social and PR Executive, Wes, tried the video function out this week, and here are some of the results below.
8 Seeing Wimbledon through a different lens – the Google Glass Experience

His verdict? “It’s very easy to use the recording feature while playing tennis and it doesn’t get in the way of your vision, plus the video quality is pretty good.”

Yet while Google glass is still clearly in prototype form and needs a lot of refining, as discussed in our First Impressions Review, there’s no doubt that glass could have its place for enhancing the spectator’s experience at Wimbledon and quite frankly, whether a publicity stunt or not, if it’s good enough for Federer, it’s good enough for us (or any tennis wannabe).
– See more at: http://www.equimedia.co.uk/ideas/blog/seeing-wimbledon-through-a-different-lens-the-google-glass-experience.html#sthash.ZPyc8EoC.dpuf

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Rafael Nadal donned a pink t shirt and shorts on a recent holiday to Ibiza. The Majorcan is recuperating after his 3 set loss to Nick Kyrios in the 4th round at Wimbledon as he prepares for the US Open Championships.


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