WTT Announces Official Sponsorships for 2020 Season
July 9, 2020
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (July 9, 2020) – World TeamTennis (WTT) announced category-specific sponsorship agreements for the 2020 season, which will be played in its entirety in West Virginia at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort,” WTT’s official hotel partner, from July 12-Aug. 2. GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) returns as the league’s official auto insurance provider, DraftKings has signed on as WTT’s official daily fantasy partner, Wilson as the league’s official racket and ball, Har-Tru as the official playing surfacer, Shinola as the official timing partner, Weatherman as the official umbrella and Zenni as the official eyewear. Additional sponsors include UTR powered by Oracle, the USTA, Chosen Foods, Greenbrier Tourism and KT Tape.
“We are excited that so many terrific brands have come aboard for what we feel will be the best season in World TeamTennis’ 45-year history,” said WTT CEO Carlos Silva. “Our field includes tons of Grand Slam winners, legends and rising stars and we look forward to helping bring tennis back in 2020.”
The star-studded field of players for the 2020 World TeamTennis season includes reigning Australian Open singles champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens, 23-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, tennis’ all-time winningest doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan, six-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, three-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jack Sock and former Wimbledon singles finalists Genie Bouchard.
All of WTT’s 2020 regular season and playoff matches will be televised or streamed on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel or the ESPN family of networks. In addition, select matches will be live-streamed on ESPN+, Facebook Watch or WTT.com. WTT’s complete season broadcast schedule is available at WTT.com/schedule.
For the second consecutive year, CBS Sports will televise the WTT Playoffs live. CBS Sports Network will air the WTT Semifinals at 2 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 1 before CBS’ first live broadcast of the Aug. 2 WTT Final at 12 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel will air replays of all WTT Playoffs matches (broadcast times TBD).
Those wanting to catch one of WTT’s most memorable seasons in person, or participate in exclusive clinics conducted by select WTT players through specific VIP ticket options, can secure tickets now at WTTTickets.com. General admission tickets start at $40 for Upper Bowl seats at Center Court at Creekside, and prices vary depending on the day of the week.
Safety guidelines have been put into place by WTT with guidance of local and state government officials in West Virginia and in adherence to all health and safety protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Every fan at The Greenbrier will be required to pass a temperature check of under 100.4 degrees before entering the grounds. All fans will be required to wear a face covering during the matches and will be checked a second time before entering the outdoor stadium, Center Court at Creekside, or indoor court for any matches, and will be denied entry should they fail the temperature check.
In 2020, WTT is increasing its prize money to a record $5 million and an added $1,000,000 awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team hoisting the King Trophy on Aug. 2. The top four teams from WTT’s single-division, regular season standings advance to the WTT Playoffs.
The 2020 World TeamTennis season will be powered by Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), the world’s most accurate tennis rating system. All WTT matches will count towards players’ UTR rating, and MyUTR.com technology will be used to set daily matchups by WTT team coaches and be integrated in WTT’s media broadcasts throughout the three-week competition.
WTT introduced professional team tennis in 1974, with Billie Jean King serving as its co-founder. WTT is one of five active U.S. pro sports leagues which has been in operation for over 40 years, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. For more information on World TeamTennis, please visit WTT.com.