January 20, 2021 (Palo Alto, CA) - Universal Tennis (“UT”) (MyUTR.com) and three national Federations (Czech Tennis Federation, Romanian Tennis Federation, and Bulgarian Tennis Federation) announced the expansion of the European segment of the 2021 UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT).
PTT Europe will feature up to 40 events (men and women) in select venues across Europe in 2021. The growth of these events of the PTT are a significant element of the three-year global commitment from Universal Tennis and their $20M investment to create nearly 450 new tennis events around the globe. Each tournament will provide a minimum of $25,000 USD in financial commitment and create more opportunities for thousands of aspiring professional players with a UTR rank of 200-2000 in the world.
The UTR Pro Tennis Tour offers an innovative format, providing a broadened pathway for elite players by creating more opportunities to compete, improve their game and support themselves financially. All events will be single gender, singles only, entry based on Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), and feature a player group round robin followed by a World Cup-style playoff format. This format guarantees more player competition and results will count for UTR, the world’s most accurate global tennis rating system.
“We are excited to expand the UTR Pro events in Europe. The UTR Pro Tennis Tour was founded to create a development tour to support players, coaches, organizers and Federations worldwide. Over the past six months, Universal Tennis has worked through the challenges created by COVID to develop a global tour to provide safe, local opportunities for developing players to compete and earn prize money.” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO.
Similar to Tennis Australia and the USTA, Universal Tennis is working with these European Federations to develop opportunities and a competitive calendar for players in their nations.
The 2021 PTT Europe 2021 schedule kicks off January 24th in Barcelona Spain. For more information on the PTT schedule, please visit https://app.myutr.com/clubs/12083.
For more information on the UTR Pro Tennis Tour, calendar, prize money, event format, and to register for events, please visit https://www.myutr.com/ptt.
About UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT)
UTR Pro Tennis Tour started January 1, 2021, with a three year commitment of over $20M to support tennis globally with prize money, venue support, technology, logistics, and competitive play opportunity.
Universal Tennis initiated the UTR Pro Tennis pilot in the Spring/Summer of 2020 in an effort to promote safe competition in players’ home countries as ATP/WTA and ITF events were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited about our expanded initiative and have received interest and enthusiasm from nations and partners around the world.
The Pro Tennis Tour is founded to create a development tour to support players, coaches, organizers and Federations worldwide. Over the last six months, Universal Tennis has worked through the challenges created by COVID to develop a global tour to provide safe, local opportunities for developing players to compete and earn revenue. We have established rules, guidelines and protocols, while building the technology to streamline operations, limiting personnel on site for safety purposes, and cut costs to pass savings on in prize money to the players. With reduced opportunities leading to higher cutoffs in futures and challengers, players are left looking for options that are becoming increasingly difficult to find. We have an opportunity together to help those players and create an infusion of capital and matches to support the tennis ecosystem making it additive and complimentary to other current and future efforts.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level and socioeconomic status. The UTR Engagement Platform is anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system; and provides the tools and solutions to make the Universal Tennis Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches and organizers in their local domain. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to MyUTR.com to sign up, activate your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and visit us on social @MyUTR.
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