Which tennis destination will you visit in 2019?

The ATP has released the 2019 ATP World Tour calendar, a tournament schedule that will feature 63 tournaments in 31 countries across six continents, in addition to the four Grand Slams.

The 2019 calendar offers a continuation of the existing tournament structure and schedule that, since 2009, has so successfully served as a global platform for the world's greatest men's professional tennis players, leading to record growth for the Tour, tournaments and players over the past decade.

In addition to the four Grand Slams, the 2019 schedule will feature nine leading ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, 13 ATP World Tour 500 events, and 39 ATP World Tour 250 tournaments, with all roads leading to the spectacular season-ending Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London, as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The announcement of the 2019 calendar comes on the back of a record-breaking year for the ATP World Tour in 2017. More than 4.5 million fans attended ATP World Tour tournaments last season, an all-time record, while 995 million fans tuned into the action on television and online.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “Our calendar has yielded strong results for the Tour over the past 10 years, attracting record audiences and leading to triple digit increases in prize money during that period. We're pleased to extend the existing calendar through to 2019 as we look to continue the sustainable growth that has underpinned the Tour over the past ten years.”

Total on-site prize money on the ATP World Tour this season is set to reach US$137.5 million (excluding Grand Slams), an increase of more than 110 per cent since 2008, when numerous structural changes were made to the Tour.

Blog 5 November 2018

South African Mens Rankings as at 29 October 2018

1.Kevin Anderson

2.Raven Klaasen

3.Lloyd Harris

4.Ruan Roelofse

5.Nikala Scholtz

6.Lance-Pierre du Toit

7.Philip Henning

8.Khololwam Montsi

9.Charl Morgan

10.Pierre Malan

South African Womans Rankings as at 29 October 2018

1.Chanel Simmonds

2.Zoe Mitzi Kruger

3.Megan Basson

4.Lize-Alet Morkel

5.Delien Kleinhans

6.Myah Petchey

7.Maretha Burger

8.Rochelle Pienaar

9.Tamsin Hart

10.Linge Steenkamp

Blog 5 November 2018


HOW OFTEN SHOULD TENNIS COURTS BE RESURFACED?

Tennis courts should be resurfaced every 4 to 8 years. This is a standard range with quite a few variables, as you could imagine.

Some reasons why the same resurfacing process would last 4 years on one court and 8, or double the amount of time, on another.

Tennis courts, and other sport surfaces, should be properly built. There are important differences between a parking lot or driveway, and a tennis court surface. The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) maintains construction guidelines for tennis courts and even has a certified tennis court builder program. If tennis courts are not built correctly, they could require more frequent repairs and resurfacing. Here are just some of the common construction problems influencing the decision of how often tennis courts should be resurfaced: