February 24, 1997 |
It is called the Advanta Championships this year, not the U.S. Pro Indoor, not the Comcast U.S. Pro Indoor, but it is still Philadelphia's one professional men's tennis event. It is still indoors, of course, now at the CoreStates Center. It is still in Philadelphia, but it almost wasn't. And it might not be for long. The final contracts guaranteeing that Philadelphia would host its traditional stop on the ATP men's tour weren't signed until Dec. 16. The tournament is lucky that Pete Sampras, the world's best player, feels some loyalty to Philadelphia, where he received his first wild card and where he won his first tournament.
February 21, 2012 |
The draft prospects displaying their talents at the NFL scouting combine this week have worked on their sprint times and strength, their agility, and even their answers to interview questions. In recent years, though, some training sites have added an element of preparation that focuses on attributes outside of the muscles that power running, jumping, and tackling. At IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., David Da Silva works on improving how athletes use their eyes and speeding up the process that turns what they see into action.
September 6, 1995 |
Advanta, the Horsham-based financial services company, wants to serve up a pro tennis "double" in Philadelphia. Advanta, which sponsors the women's tournament in the city, is bidding to sponsor the U.S. Indoor men's tournament. The company has proposed succeeding Comcast as the title sponsor of the tournament, played at the CoreStates Spectrum in February, Advanta chairman Dennis Alter said yesterday. Alter said conditions of the multiyear deal include having International Management Group run the tournament.
November 21, 2011
Theodore J. Forstmann, 71, a longtime Wall Street financier who was a major player during the wave of corporate takeovers in the 1980s, including the battle for RJR Nabisco, died of brain cancer Sunday, said a statement from the sports agency IMG. Mr. Forstmann was chairman and chief executive officer of IMG and senior founding partner of the investment firm Forstmann Little & Co. Forstmann Little bought IMG in 2004. Forstmann Little, which was founded in 1978, completed leveraged buyouts of companies including Dr Pepper, Yankee Candle, General Instrument, and Community Health Systems.
September 6, 1995 |
The Comcast U.S. Indoor, Philadelphia's men's professional tennis tournament, is in danger of leaving the city if new sponsorship isn't found. The tournament, which is played at the Spectrum each February and which featured Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras this year, has a debt of $500,000, according to sources. Advanta, which had been the presenting sponsor and had paid $300,000 to the tournament last year, withdrew in April in order to be the title - or main - sponsor of the Philadelphia women's pro tournament, which is now known as the Advanta Championships.
October 11, 1995 |
Advanta, the financial services corporation based in Horsham, wants to sponsor the U.S. Indoor men's tennis tournament at the CoreStates Spectrum for the next 10 years. International Management Group wants to run the tournament, which is played in February. But the Philadelphia Indoor Tennis Corp., which founded the tournament in the 1960s, is resisting this joint effort. Why? "The deal that's been offered isn't the greatest for our program," tournament director Tom Gowen said yesterday.
August 23, 2000 |
After 18 years of making annual stops in Philadelphia, the women's professional tennis tour is relocating to Nice, France, next year. Vince Nicastro, athletic director at Villanova University, local home of the successful WTA Advanta Championships, confirmed a Sports Business Journal report that the tournament will move following the sale of the event by International Management Group to a French promoter. The 2000 Advanta event, which regularly draws many of the world's top 10 players, is scheduled for Nov. 6 to 12 at Villanova's Pavilion.
June 22, 1997 |
The easy thing would have been to merely send out letters touting the expanded purse - $900,000 - and watch the commitments for the ShopRite LPGA Classic to come pouring in. But Ruth and Larry Harrison are doing things the same way they have since that first year in 1986, through the times when their prize money was too meager to attract a star-studded field. Luring the stars is no problem this year. The 54-hole event will tee off Friday at Greate Bay Resort & Country Club in Somers Point, N.J., with 47 of the top 50 money-winners scheduled to compete, including Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Laura Davies, plus Kelli Kuehne, the winner of the last two U.S. Women's Amateur championships.
May 22, 2001 |
Corina Morariu, the American tennis pro who won the women's doubles at Wimbledon in 1999 and the mixed doubles at this year's Australian Open, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and is being treated in Florida. "Corina is a very hard worker and optimistic," said her agent, David Egdes, of IMG. Egdes said it was not clear how long Morariu has had leukemia, but a release issued yesterday by IMG said she had to withdraw last week from the German Open in Berlin, and returned to Florida for a physical exam.