No fireworks for Wimbledon

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Zverev could be banned

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US and French Opens to allow spectators

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Wimbledon strawberries for NHS birthday celebrations

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The men play for Wimbledon’s pineapple

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Serbian Prime Minister, Gomez and Tipsarevic enter the debate

The fall out of the Adria Tour continues as many struggle to find someone to lay the blame on. In the main that someone is Novak Djokovic who led the campaign for this mini circuit and as it has been repeatedly said, his intentions were good and it had the backing of...

Watson joins Progress Tour Women’s Championships field

Heather Watson has accepted a wildcard and will compete alongside GB Fed Cup teammates Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter at next month’s £30,000 Progress Tour Women’s Championships at the National Tennis Centre.

Wimbledon’s green grass of home

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It’s the ‘doughnut’ versus the ‘rat’

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Murray Trophy – Glasgow 2020 postponed

The Murray Trophy, an ATP Challenger tournament scheduled for 13-20 September at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow, has been postponed until 2021 due to the enforced suspension of professional tennis because of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent...
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LTA hires senior BBC comms figure as Head of Corporate Affairs

Ben Wiseman, currently senior Head of Communications at the BBC, will join the LTA on 22 June, reports Danny Rogers in PR Week.

Our mission is to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable. We’re here to govern and develop tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation through to the professional game. LTA Mission Statement

He will lead the governing body’s strategic comms and media relations teams, while working closely with its marketing and digital departments on campaigns.

Wiseman will report to Chief Operating Officer Julie Porter, who sits on the executive team of the LTA, and becomes the most senior comms professional for the body.

Victoria O’Byrne, the LTA’s former Director of Communications, left last year.

John Dolan, the LTA’s longstanding Head of Media, will report to Wiseman, alongside Head of Strategic Communications Andy Dodd.

At the BBC, Wiseman was responsible for running the corporate press office at one of the busiest and most-high profile organisations in the UK.

He has also previously overseen the comms for all of the corporation’s network television channels, including publicity for some of the UK’s biggest shows.

His roles during his 14 years at the BBC included comms strategy, media handling, internal communications and public affairs, as well as working alongside BBC Sport for many years.

Prior to joining the BBC, Wiseman was a senior press officer for the Liberal Democrats.

The LTA is currently setting the guidelines for the full return of tennis in Britain after the lockdown.

Scott Lloyd joined the organisation as Chief Executive in January 2018 and the governing body’s current mission statement is ‘Tennis opened up’.

“Our mission is to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable. We’re here to govern and develop tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation through to the professional game,” the LTA states.



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