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Mar 27, 2015

Woods skips Houston Open as Masters doubts spiral

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week’s Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year’s first major.

Woods’ name was conspicuously absent when the list of players for the April 2-5 Houston event was posted on Friday.

Mar 27, 2015

U.S. game will flourish after Serena: WTA leader

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as “greatly exaggerated”, doom and gloom about U.S. women’s tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.

While some pundits question the future of the American game after world number one Serena Williams’ stellar career ends, Allaster oozes optimism about the country’s emerging prospects on the WTA Tour.

Mar 27, 2015

Tennis-U.S. game will flourish after Serena-WTA leader

March 26 (Reuters) – Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as “greatly exaggerated”, doom and gloom about U.S. women’s tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster.

While some pundits question the future of the American game after world number one Serena Williams’ stellar career ends, Allaster oozes optimism about the country’s emerging prospects on the WTA Tour.

Mar 26, 2015

WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience.

Allaster, who took over as the tour’s leader from Larry Scott in 2009, believes the sky is the limit for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) because of its global reach and a plethora of top players from different countries.

Mar 26, 2015

Tennis-WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

March 26 (Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience.

Allaster, who took over as the tour’s leader from Larry Scott in 2009, believes the sky is the limit for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) because of its global reach and a plethora of top players from different countries.

Mar 25, 2015

Nash upbeat despite anticlimactic end to stellar career

EL SEGUNDO, California (Reuters) – Steve Nash could have felt cheated after assorted injuries over the past two years culminated in his retirement from the NBA, but he prefers to focus on all the positives during a stellar career.

A two-time NBA most valuable player who is one of the best point guards ever to grace the game, the 41-year-old Canadian held a news conference at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo on Tuesday to mark his formal farewell.

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. game struggles to attract new players

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – An ageing core of recreational players and plunging sales of entry-level rackets are the biggest concerns facing tennis in the United States, according to experts.

Though the U.S. tennis economy grew by 3 percent last year compared to 2013, based on data compiled by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), much still needs to be done to lure the 18-35 age group to the sport.

Mar 18, 2015

Tennis-U.S. game struggles to attract new players

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 18 (Reuters) – An ageing core of recreational players and plunging sales of entry-level rackets are the biggest concerns facing tennis in the United States, according to experts.

Though the U.S. tennis economy grew by 3 percent last year compared to 2013, based on data compiled by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), much still needs to be done to lure the 18-35 age group to the sport.

Mar 17, 2015

Djokovic, Murray tested in Indian Wells wins

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray each had to contend with different degrees of adversity before they advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

Djokovic, the top seed in the elite ATP Masters 1000 event, was broken twice in his opening set against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas before advancing 7-5 6-3 in an evening match lasting just under an hour and a half.

Mar 17, 2015

Sharapova and Bouchard win, Wozniacki exits

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday when the fourth seed was ousted 6-4 6-4 by Swiss teen Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Second seed Maria Sharapova won an absorbing baseline battle with long-time rival Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3 in just under two hours while sixth-seed Eugenie Bouchard demolished American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3 6-2.