Nearly $100 million (AUS) has been spent on enhancements to Melbourne Park and its Vodafone Arena since the mid-1990s. The latest development is the "True Blue" Plexicushion court surface, which promises better heat tolerance, cushioning and consistency than its predecessor. And, so far so good--the Australian Open
lead-up events also installed the surface so players would have appropriate warm-up time. Word is that Roger Federer, the defending champ who seeks his fourth title in Melbourne, is a fan.
Players will be treated to Hawk-Eye Video Line Calling for the first time on stadium court, which is sure to pump up the already exuberant fans.
Stay on top of the competition with these links:
Following up last year's record viewership for the final showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the network is broadcasting an unprecedented 137 hours of coverage on TV. As usual, other ESPN channels will provide updates, as well. Click for schedule
Outdoing its broadcast counterpart, this website plans a whopping 480 hours of live coverage. Online viewers can watch any of six courts at any time. Click for ESPN360.com
And, when it's over, stay tuned to Tenniswire.org for news on all the deals that went down over the fortnight. www.tenniswire.org
New format: To help keep you prepared for the water-cooler talk at work, every other issue of the Tenniswire Bulletin in 2008 will feature a full list of headlines since our last edition. Take a look below...
|catch up on the latest headlines
|All press releases since the last edition of the Tenniswire Bulletin
01/09/08 - Isner and Jankovic Head Down Under Wielding New O3 Speedport White Read more >>01/09/08 - Defending Champions Lleyton Hewitt and Bob/Mike Bryan Return to Tennis Channel Open Read more >>01/08/08 - Maria Sharapova Goes Gold Down Under Read more >>01/03/08 - Babolat Completes Regional Sales Manager Team: Hires David Dwelle for Southern Region Read more >>12/31/07 - Tennis Channel Opens New Operations Facility in Conjunction with High-Definition Launch Today Read more >>12/21/07 - Wilson Sporting Goods Extends Contract as Official Stringer of US Open Read more >>12/20/07 - Prince and Peter Burwash International Announce New Strategic Global Partnership Read more >>12/20/07 - 2007 is a Record Year for Tennis in the U.S. Read more >>12/20/07 - "On Court with USPTA™" episode "The Power of Story" to air on Tennis Channel Read more >>12/17/07 - 17 Year Old Professional Tennis Player Kei Nishikori Signs Endorsement Agreement with Wilson Read more >>
|Latest Research: Participation breaks 25m
| From the Tennis Industry Association
The number of tennis players in 2007 grew to 25.1 million, according to the USTA/TIA annual Tennis Participation Study. It's the first time since 1999 that participation has topped 25 million players.
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