Pro tennis returns with MatchPlay 120
Pro tennis returns as Topnotch Management partners with Genius Sports Group to launch Topnotch Tennis Tours MatchPlay 120
Cleveland, OH. (May 24th, 2020) In a first of its kind partnership, Genius Sports Group and Topnotch Management (TNM) today announced the launch of the Topnotch Tennis Tours MatchPlay 120 series, a brand-new tournament featuring players ranked inside the ATP and WTA top 300.
Beginning May 25th 2020, this series will provide fans, players, media and sportsbook operators with over 120 live tennis matches across a six-week period. Showcasing players drawn from the Top 100 world rankings highlighting many household tennis names such as 2020 Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren, 4-time ATP Tour title-winner Steve Johnson, WTA Tour title-winner Lauren Davis and others, the series will spotlight players from the Grand Slams and other major ATP and WTA events.
Genius Sports Group will deliver a host of live betting markets on the new MatchPlay 120 series as well as fast, high-quality video streams to sportsbook operators through its GeniusLive technology. Powered by AI, the GeniusLive automated camera and production system will capture the action courtside, eliminating any need for camera crews.
The series is being run by leading tennis agency Topnotch Management, which manages numerous ATP and WTA athletes as well as events on the ATP Challenger Tour. TNM will operate multiple court locations around the US and work closely with Genius Sports Group and Topnotch Tennis Tours to deliver an interactive Match Center for fans, combining live streams, daily schedules and orders of play, scores, leaderboard information, and more. Starting on the 25th, the Match Center will be available here.
“This is an ambitious solution to the current situation and it's a project that counts as a win on multiple fronts”, explains TNM Event Director, Kyle Ross. “All groups involved here have demonstrated exceptional agility and we're really proud, first of all, to provide job opportunities for professional players at a time when there's been a lot of attention on the challenges they face. Additionally, the series brings tennis fans around the world a reliable schedule of tennis matches between high-level players, and partnering with Genius Sports provides a great opportunity for us to engage the sportsbook audience and ultimately power the launch of the series.”
Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Group, commented: “The launch of the MatchPlay 120 series is exciting news for the world of tennis and sports fans everywhere. Over a six-week period, GeniusLive, our unique streaming technology, will broadcast over 200 hours of premium tennis for our media partners and sportsbook customers. Given the current environment, it is uplifting to see the use of new technologies come to the fore that enable tennis fans everywhere to watch their favourite sport live again.”
The Topnotch Tennis Tours MatchPlay 120 series stands out in its commitment to delivering six weeks of programming, the high quality of the player field it will feature, and the full best-of-three set match format. Importantly, the event also promises to engage with players in the crucial 100-300 ranking zone, who have received a lot of recent attention with regards to plans for a Player Relief Fund. Significant considerations have been made regarding COVID-19, and beyond not having any fans and minimal on-site footprints, the event will adhere to local guidance and apply significant safety protocols with regards to matchplay.
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About Topnotch Management
Topnotch Management is a sports agency headquartered in Cleveland, OH, specializing in world-class athlete representation, service and event management in the tennis and soccer industries. TNM shares ownership with Grand Slam and Topnotch Tennis Tours, creating a portfolio of robust global capabilities. For more information, visit our website or follow us on Twitter.
About Genius Sports Group
Genius Sports Group is one of the world’s largest sports technology companies, specializing in the capture, distribution and commercialization of live data, streams and digital content.
Genius Sports Group works in partnership with the biggest names in sports, betting and media to power a global ecosystem that benefits every stakeholder. Its technology is used in over 150 countries globally by many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NBA, NCAA, English Premier League and PGA Tour.
Through the Betgenius division, Genius Sports Group turns real-time data points and streaming into engaging live betting products for hundreds of licensed sportsbooks in regulated markets the world over.
About Grand Slam Tennis Tours and Topnotch Tennis Tours
Grand Slam Tennis Tours is an independent company specializing in luxury tourism to major tennis events around the world. In business for over 30 years, it has helped thousands of clients travel the world and enjoy amazing tennis while doing so. Topnotch Tennis Tours, its subsidiary, travels to major tennis events that are not Slams (the BNP Paribas Open, Laver Cup, and more). For more information, visit our website.