Mason, Ohio – The Women’s Tennis Association has announced that it will begin a multi-year global sponsorship agreement with application software company, SAP. The innovative move will hopefully enable both brands to develop new solutions to further the game in the eyes of fans, make it more accessible, and optimize the strategies of tennis analytics. SAP will now become an official sponsor of the year-ending WTA Championships, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey this year, October 21-27, 2013.
With the main focus of the agreement being on on-court player performance, the WTA and SAP are hoping the improvements will provide more entertainment and ultimately a higher quality product. SAP did a wonderful job with their mobile app during the SAP Open in San Jose and it’s likely that the technologies applied then will become available for future tournaments.
World #1 and #2, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, were both on hand at the press conference held by WTA CEO and Chairman Stacey Allaster and Steve Peck, senior vice president, Global Strategic Initiatives, SAP AG. While Williams and Azarenka’s main focus is on the court, they recognized the importance of such a partnership and gave it their blessing.
David Ferrer survived an ace onslaught from Ivo Karlovic to clinch a berth in his 47th tour-level final at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Friday. The fourth-seeded Spaniard overcame 30 aces and 67 winners for the victory in three tie-break sets, 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Roger Federer will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Saturday, as he edges closer to becoming the third player in the Open Era (since 1968) to record 1,000 career match wins.
Roger Federer has been known to heat up as he progresses further and further into a tournament, and that has certainly been the case so far this week at the Brisbane International. After getting a first-round bye as the top seed, Federer trailed his opening match 6-4, 3-1 against John Millman before scrambling to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and one minute.
Novak Djokovic has had better days at the office, and will undoubtedly have more in the very near future. Thursday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was not one of them. Djokovic was stunned in the singles quarterfinals by Ivo Karlovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 then lost his doubles semifinal with Filip Krajinovic to Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco 7-6(3), 6-1.