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Tennis
Tennis magazine cover.jpg
Cover of Jan/Feb 2015 issue featuring Eugenie Bouchard
Editor-in-chief James Martin
Staff writers
Categories Sports magazine
Frequency Monthly (8 per year)
Publisher Chris Evert
Group: Jeff Williams
Total circulation
(June 2012)
603,069[1]
First issue August 16, 1954
Company Sinclair Broadcast Group
Country USA
Based in New York, NY
Language English
Website www.tennis.com

Tennis is an American sports magazine owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. There are eight issues per year covering the world of tennis. The Tennis.com website is an offshoot of the magazine and part of the same media company.

History[edit]

Tennis magazine was started in 1965 Chicago. It was purchased by The New York Times Company[2] in 1967.[citation needed] Miller Publishing bought the magazine in 1997 along with sailing and ski magazines.[3] Miller Publishing grouped Tennis with Mountain Sports & Living (formerly Snow Country), Sailing World and Cruising World into Miller Sports Group under president Carol A. Smith.[2]

Tennis legend Chris Evert became the publisher in 2000. Pete Sampras became a part owner, marketing and editorial contributor of the magazine in October 2003.[4]

In August 2014, publisher Jeff Willams purchased the controlling interest in Tennis Media Company, owner of Tennis magazine.[5]

On March 1, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Tennis Channel, announced that it had acquired Tennis Media Company for $8 million.[6]

Content[edit]

Aside from articles about the most recent events and most active players, the magazine also includes the recent ranking for both ATP and WTA, as well as brief summaries of the future tournaments, their participants and the past winners.

Chris Evert has her own personal section in the magazine—usually the first page—which is called "Chrissie's Page". Aside from Evert, other famous players and coaches also contribute to the magazine, Sampras, Paul Annacone, former coach of Sampras, is the Senior Instruction Editor and Brad Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, is Touring Instruction Editor.

Tennis Media Company[edit]

Tennis Media Company was the publisher of Tennis.com, Tennis magazine and Baseline daily online newsletter.[6]

In February 2012, Tennis Media launched a twice monthly digital magazine, Tennis 15-30, for desktop browsers and some tablet devices.[7]

In August 2014, publisher Jeff Willams purchased the controlling interest in Tennis Media Company, owner of Tennis magazine and tennis.com, from Bob Miller and George Mackin of Miller Publishing who remained invested. Williams shut down the Los Angeles office and refocused the magazine by reducing training content and expanding news about top players.[5]

On March 1, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Tennis Channel, announced that it had acquired Tennis Media Company assets for $8 million. The deal seeks to integrate Tennis.com, Tennis, and Tennis Channel as a multi-platform entity as part of Sinclair's efforts to grow the network; the deal also includes up to $6 million in earnout if certain targets are reached.[6]

"The 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era" (2005)[edit]

In celebration of its 40th anniversary (1965–2005), TENNIS magazine published a series rating the 40 best players of those four decades.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b lazarus, George (December 9, 1998). "Tennis Magazine Hopes Seles Sells New Cover Look". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Miller Publishing Group to Acquire Tennis, Sailing, and Ski Magazines from The New York Times Company". Business Wire. October 3, 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. ^ Thomaselli, Rich (October 6, 2003). "Pete Sampras Becomes Part Owner of "Tennis" Magazine". Advertising Age. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Kaplan, Daniel (August 18, 2014). "Tennis’ publisher buys firm’s controlling stake". Sports Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Marszalek, Diana (March 1, 2017). "Sinclair Buys 'Tennis' Magazine". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tennis Media Company Launches Digital Magazine Tennis 15-30". Tennis Industry News. February 14, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ culminating in the November/December 2005 issue
  9. ^ "40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era". tennis.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 

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