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PTPA and Universal Tennis Announce Strategic Collaboration to Improve Professional Tennis Landscape

Jul 6th 2023

 With a joint commitment to expanding opportunities for professional women’s and men’s tennis players on and off the court, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) and Universal Tennis announce a strategic partnership focused on delivering long-term value to the global tennis community by growing and innovating the sport.

The PTPA brings an ambitious agenda for advocating for the rights and interests of players, while Universal Tennis, renowned for its innovative technology, UTR Pro Tennis Tour, and global reach, can provide the necessary execution and scale,” said Novak Djokovic, 23-time Grand Slam champion, world No. 2, and PTPA co-founder.

“We have witnessed the PTPA’s emergence and support their advocacy of professional tennis players worldwide. This collaboration aligns with our mission to improve tennis globally,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO. “Together, we'll explore new ways to bring value to players, fans, and the tennis community.”

A highlight of the collaboration is the PTPA's support for Universal Tennis’ proposal to add ATP and WTA points into the UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) to further strengthen and invest in the professional player pathway. With over 180 PTT tournaments throughout the world in 2023 and a combined prize money of nearly $4 million USD per year, adding points will provide more opportunities for players to earn a living playing professional tennis.  

“In advocating for, and contributing to, the best vision and structure of tennis globally, we have evidence of how the UTR Pro Tennis Tour can benefit players and call upon the ATP and WTA and other governing bodies for its inclusion in the professional pathway,” said Ahmad Nassar, PTPA Executive Director. “Together, we'll continue to explore new ways to innovate and benefit players.”

The PTPA and Universal Tennis will collaborate closely to explore further opportunities, leveraging their shared commitment to enhancing the sport, championing player rights, and expanding the boundaries of what's possible in tennis. Both entities recognize the importance of high integrity, quality competition, and anti-corruption at all levels of the sport, both on and off the court.

I have always believed in pushing boundaries both in my own tennis and for the sport as a whole. I am excited about the potential collaboration possibilities between the PTPA and Universal Tennis,” said Ons Jabeur, PTPA Executive Committee member and world No. 6.

The UTR Pro Tennis Tour launched in January 2021 with a three-year investment of over $25 million USD to provide players with $25K events that guarantee four competitive matches per week. Demonstrating the global growth in demand, the tour has expanded from an initial set of 15 countries in 2021 to 25 in 2023

My first event back after having my son was a PTT event in Bradenton, Fla. It was the best experience simply because I knew I was guaranteed matches and prize money,” said PTPA member Taylor Townsend. “The UTR Pro Tennis Tour is truly special because they are taking all the elements that you struggle with on the ITF, WTA, and ATP Tours and are using those to create a solid structure of consistent match play, comparable prize money, and reduced travel by having multiple events in the same location over several weeks. I cannot say enough great things about Universal Tennis as a whole, and PTPA coming on board to ensure the integrity and well-being of players is going to make it that much better. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing partnership and cannot wait to see what unique opportunities blossom through this union.”