Tennis Life Names Francesconi as Editor

April 13, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. — Tennis Life Magazine has named industry publishing executive Peter Francesconi as its editor. Francesconi has been in the tennis publishing business for 22 years, working with the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Tennis Association, Tennis magazine and Racquet Sports Industry magazine, among other groups.

“This is an exciting opportunity to bring my experience, talents and skills to a magazine that continues to grow and improve,” Francesconi says. “Tennis is the fastest growing participation sport in the U.S., and Tennis Life magazine and have unlimited potential in providing players and fans with all the information they could want about the sport.”

Tennis Life, which recently added nearly 50,000 readers, for a total circulation now topping 180,000, is the fastest growing tennis publication in the U.S. The magazine also has United Kingdom (Tennis Life UK) and Spanish-language (Tennis Life en Espanol) editions.

“Peter is well-regarded in this industry and brings a wealth of experience and relationships to Tennis Life,” says Todd Goldman, the magazine’s publisher. “We’re excited to have him join us and feel that our readers, advertisers, and partners will be excited, too. Additionally, we feel that Tennis Life will move to the next level.”

Francesconi will continue to work closely with the Tennis Industry Association in communications and public relations and will continue to be the editorial director of the award-winning Racquet Sports Industry, the world’s largest tennis trade magazine. He also is the president of Ace Publishing Group, a communications and marketing company.

From 1999 through 2008, Francesconi was the editorial director of Miller Sports Group Custom Publishing, a division of Tennis magazine that worked with the USTA to produce and edit the award-winning USTA Magazine, the organization’s membership publication. He was the managing editor of Tennis from 1990 to 1998.

Francesconi, who resides in Woodbury, Conn., is a frequent tennis player and a member of the board of directors for the Woodbury Area Tennis Association. He also is a member of the USTA’s National Community Tennis Association committee and on the Tennis Industry Association Hall of Fame Committee. A former vice president of the U.S. Tennis Writers Association, Francesconi received the Media Excellence Award in 2006 from the Professional Tennis Registry.