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U.S. Tennis Writers’ Association Honors the Best in Tennis Writing

Award winners honored on stadium court at Nasdaq-100 Open

Contact: Liza Horan

03/29/06 - Pictured (l-r): Presenter Bud Collins, V.P. Jim Martz, Treasurer Andre Christopher (accepting several awards on behalf of Tennis Week), winner Richard Vach, winner Marcia Froster, and President Liza Horan.

Key Biscayne, Fla.—Nearly a dozen writers will be honored on stadium court at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday, March 30, as winners in the 7th Annual U.S. Tennis Writers’ Association Writing Contest.

Six of the 12 awards were claimed by writers from Tennis Week magazine. Other media outlets whose writers claimed prizes are the San Francisco Chronicle, Advantage Tennis Grand Slam Yearbook 2004,, Racquet Sports Industry, and The Oakland Tribune.

“We had record-breaking participation in our 2005 Writing Contest, with 27 media outlets represented through 83 articles,” says Liza Horan, USTWA president and administrator of the contest, which was open to all tennis writers. “It’s a real thrill to present the winners with their prizes on stadium court at the Nasdaq-100 Open,” Horan says. “We hope it becomes a tradition for the winners of this contest.”

Entries came in from daily newspapers, consumer and trade magazines, and websites in four categories: Feature Story, Game Story, Hard News/Enterprise Story and Column/Commentary. First, second and third places were named in each category for stories published during the 2004 U.S. Open through the 2005 U.S. Open by judges Robin Blackburn-Ellis and John Martin, both of whom are associated with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Winning writers and their entries are as follows:

Feature Story
1st Place: "Who is the Greatest Tennis Player Ever,” by Paul Fein, Advantage Tennis Grand Slam Yearbook 2004
2nd Place: "Once Upon a Time, Before He was a Stadium,” by Joel Drucker, Tennis Week
3rd Place: "Life Could be a Dream," by Mark Winters, Tennis Week

Game Story
1st Place: Federer Leaves Mortals Behind," by Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle
2nd Place: "Agassi Wins One for the Ages," by Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle
3rd Place: "Roddick, U.S. Beat Old Foe--the Clay Court," by Whit Sheppard,

Hard News/Enterprise
1st Place: "Doubles, Doubles Toil and Trouble," by Richard Vach, Tennis Week
2nd Place: "Now up for Bids," by Richard Pagliaro, Tennis Week
3rd Place: "Tennis's Best Serve," by Richard Evans, Tennis Week

1st Place: "Not Carping, Caring," by Michael Mewshaw, Tennis Week
2nd Place: "Open the Door to College Players,” by Marcia Frost, Racquet Sports Industry
3rd Place: "Tursunov's Victory Rings from Russia to Roseville," by Art Spander, The Oakland Tribune

About the Judges:
Robin Blackburn-Ellis administers the National Magazine Awards at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and is an avid tennis player who participates in USTA league play. She serves as president for the Berkeley Tennis Club located in Orange, N.J.
John Martin is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, a longtime national correspondent for ABC News, and editor-publisher of Aztec Tennis Reporter, a worldwide newsletter for friends of San Diego State

About the USTWA:
The U.S. Tennis Writers’ Association works toward the welfare of tennis media workers on issues ranging from the rights of the press to expanding the profession by increasing tennis coverage by the media and creating opportunities for future writers. Officers of the organization are: President Liza Horan of, V.P. Peter Francesconi of USTA Magazine and Racquet Sports Industry magazine, V.P. Jim Martz of Florida Tennis magazine and V.P. Mark Winters of Tennis Week, Secretary Bob Larson of Daily Tennis, and Treasurer Andre Christopher of Tennis Week.

Copies of the winning entries and comments by the judging panel are available on request.

For more information, contact:
Liza Horan, 646-662-8871,
Peter Francesconi, 203-259-9870 x.24,

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