Game, Set, Blog!

USTA New England Magazine
July 2007

As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” More and more tennis fans have turned to the Internet to get their up-to-the-minute tennis news. But instead of surfing tennis websites that offer one-way communication, fans are turning to the blogosphere, which offers them simple, no-nonsense dialogue to view and comment on. Independent tennis blogs are currently leading the pack, with their engaging news and commentary on all pro tournaments and players worldwide, displaying live posts, scores, videos, photos, interview transcripts and more. Tennis pros are now blogging too, making them more accessible to their fans. Tennis enthusiasts are far more engaged with like-minded people with these new, online tennis communities. This is a good thing.

Tennis blogs that are making a racket on the ‘net:
A research blog where fans can get their news about the ATP and WTA tours, add commentary and view links to tennis articles from newspapers worldwide. You’ll find blog lists from 50 pro player categories, both past and present. There is also a link to official player websites with great video clips. It offers an exhaustive amount of tennis news stories, links to players’ official sites and even specific player sections containing news about that player alone.
This blog is focused on the ladies only, bringing you all the latest ATP and WTA tournament news. Categories such as “The Misses” (pro tennis gossip), the latest player/tournament news, industry news, tennis technology and links to the official live-scoring services, updated daily (very handy). There are also links to every magazine and TV outlet website covering tennis news, from Tennis Magazine to The Tennis Channel. This blog uniquely combines humorous comments and serious discussion, along with pictures, video highlights and live streaming videos of some major tournaments. Lots of entertaining sub categories to browse through, including Clip O’ The Week.
Since its 2005 inception, On the Baseline has grown into the largest WTA Tour-centric blog on the Internet. It provides daily tennis news, previews, interviews match results, live blogging and reader commentary on the top 100 professional women’s tennis players on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour. On the Baseline publishes Aces and Faults – a daily (five days per week) look at player results, news, schedules and industry highlights. There is also a section called Match Point, providing up to the minute match results during Grand Slams and WTA tournaments worldwide, as well as an updated top 10 player list. You can also sign up to receive a free e-mail subscription to On the Baseline and have daily updates delivered right to your email in-box.
An extension of the online magazine, the Tennis-X Blog Index is the most comprehensive resource on the web for keeping up with tennis blogging. This site trolls the web daily for the latest tennis blog entries, offering standard services such as up to the minute news and a broad range of links.

Are you ready to join the tennis blogosphere?

© Paula Vergara 2007

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