Florida’s Own Chris Evert To Chair US Tennis Association’s Charitable Arm

Florida’s own Chris Evert takes on new changeling AP-PHOTO

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Evert has been chosen to chair the USTA Foundation’s board of directors, serving as a spokeswoman and ambassador for the U.S. Tennis Association’s charitable arm.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame takes over as chair from James Blake.

Evert, currently a tennis analyst on ESPN, partnered with the USTA Foundation in 2016 to set up the Jimmy Evert Fund, a scholarship program in honor of her late father.

The USTA announced her appointment Tuesday.

More tennis news….

SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney is set to host the finals of the inaugural ATP Cup men’s team competition next January in an overhaul of the Australian swing for men’s tennis ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam tournament.

Sydney, Brisbane and one other Australian city will co-host the tournament, featuring 24 national teams in three groups of eight and is expected to involve more than 100 players from the men’s tour.

 

The Australia Open starts next week in Melbourne and has recently been preceded by tournaments across the country in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart and in Auckland, New Zealand.

“We want to build on the great tennis we have in Australia,” Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said. “The timing is right for expansion. We want more players rewarded, more opportunities for them, more opportunities for fans to get to see them . more global exposure for the sport.”

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