Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TennisONE App Announces Streaming Coverage of NCAAs; ITA Summer Circuit Registration Begins Next Week; UTR American Clay Courts Move to North Carolina

The TennisONE application announced today that it would be providing free streaming of the NCAA Division I National Championships in Lake Nona Florida. From the release:

The TennisONE App, a year-round global, mobile platform for all-things-tennis has partnered with the NCAA as their Mobile App and Live Streaming Partner for the 2021 NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, which will be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., from Sunday, May 16, through Friday, May 28.

TennisONE will be the exclusive streaming home for the following matches:

Round of 16: 
All matches
Quarterfinals: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. matches
Semifinals: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. matches

First Round: All singles/doubles matches
Second Round: All singles/doubles matches
Round of 16: All singles/doubles matches
Quarterfinals: All singles/doubles matches
Semifinals: All singles/doubles matches
Finals: All singles/doubles matches

All live video streams will be produced by the USTA, with feature matches including commentary by ESPN’s Sam Gore, current WTA playing-professional CiCi Bellis, and broadcast veteran, Kevin Skinner.  TennisONE’s 13 days of in-app coverage will be anchored on-site by on-air talent Rachel Stuhlmann, a former standout collegiate tennis player at the University of Missouri.

TennisOne is a mobile app, not intended for use on a computer. Tennis Channel will be providing the two late quarterfinal matches for both men and women and the late semifinal matches, with coverage beginning with the women's 5:30 pm quarterfinal on May 19th. For the Tennis Channel schedule, see this release (I can guarantee these matches will not be two hours in duration, which is what the schedule shows).

The ITA Summer Circuit is back for 2021, with six weeks of competition across the country beginning June 19th with 12 events. Registration for the opening week begins next week, with juniors, college players and anyone else interested in competing welcome to enter. A $30 ITA membership is necessary, and unlike last year, the entries will be based on UTRs rather than first-come, first-serve as it was last year. Flights are likely for the most popular events. Doubles were not played last year due to covid concerns but are expected to resume at most locations this year. The entry fee is $65, with some of the events providing prize money.  

These tournaments were a godsend last year, when no USTA events were being held; I covered one in Grand Rapids for the Tennis Recruiting Network, which was the only live tennis I saw for the last 10 months of 2020. They are a great opportunity for younger players to see where they stand in the college tennis hierarchy and an inexpensive way to get a minimum of two matches in the three-day events.

Lisa Stone spoke with the ITA's Caroline Eberhart about this year's Summer Circuit this week and their conversation is available at the Parenting Aces YouTube channel

Another release I received today announced the second annual American Clay Court Nationals, which were held last year at the Greenbriar, and like the ITA Summer Circuit, provided a rare opportunity for organized competition last summer. My article how these tournaments came together last summer is also at the Tennis Recruiting Network. This year the tournaments are moving to Hanes Park, the former location of the B12s Clay Courts, in Winston-Salem North Carolina. The boys and girls 12s and 14s divisions will be June 10-14 and the boys and girls 16s and 18s will be June 17-21. Prize money is being offered, with a round robin format and doubles. For more details, see these UTR links:

Boys and Girls 12s

Boys and Girls 14s

Boys and Girls 16s

Boys and Girls 18s


fan said...

'TennisOne is a mobile app, not intended for use on a computer.'
And exclusive coverage ?

This is not a good news, Playsight was better.