Orlando, Florida- Big announcement! On March 19-20, 2016 The Florida Tennis Tour is extremely excited to announce its partnership between Tennis Resorts at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a Walt Disney World Resort, and the FTT parent company Dragon Promotions. Disney will host some of the FTT’s top #marquee Florida Tennis Tour events, including the finale Florida Tennis Tour Championships.
“We look forward to hosting the Florida Tennis Tour. It is a unique concept aimed at a niche of competitive tennis, which will benefit from and enjoy these events. The ESPN Wide World of Sports was designed to provide amateur and professional athletes with top-notch facilities and competition. I feel there is a good synergy between FTT and our tennis complex”, said Carlos Goffi, Co-founder of Tennis Resorts at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
4x Wimbledon Champion & 3x US Open Champion John McEnroe with his mentor, Carlos Goffi. Present: Goffi & FTT Founder Charlie Williams
“This is a remarkable step for the FTT. Carlos Goffi is widely respected and a legend in the sport. David Gorman brings an enormous asset to tennis with his successful business career such as his years at IMG. Having their confidence proves that there is a lot of legitimate support in the direction we are going”, said Charlie Williams, Executive Producer of Dragon Promotions and Founder of the Florida Tennis Tour.
The FTT gives an opportunity for local talents to shine as they are ranked & promoted as the stars of the tour. Above: The Dominican Express , Escotto is the leading points and money earner in the FTT Rankings.
The FTT is the only prize money tennis tour in the world that allows ALL players to compete and requires no tennis association affiliation, memberships fees, and players of any age, rank, skills, or gender to compete in a 1 day competition.
“The ESPN Wide of Sports Complex is the largest of its kind and is located in the number one family vacation destination in the world. There is no other place where tennis players can enjoy their game and also watch top athletes compete in a variety of other sports. We think the FTT is a worthy affiliation and we look forward to contributing to the growth of this unique concept,” explains David Gorman, Co-Founder of Tennis Resorts. Gorman played tennis at Purdue University, has an MBA from the University of Chicago Business School and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a former manager at IMG’s Chicago office.
The Florida Tennis Tour is now partnered with these fine establishments: The City of Orlando Tennis Center, the GOODLET TENNIS CENTER in Miami, theKurt Collis Tennis Academy at David Disney Tennis Center in Deland, and Tennis Resorts of Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The above centers have been selected for hosting 9 of the FTT Tour Stops for 2016. 2 openings are left in the summer months. Full schedule on orlandotennisnews.com click the Florida Tennis Tour.
Tennis Resort at ESPN Wide World of Sports boasts 10 Har-tru courts including a Stadium court with over 1,000 permanent seats. The complex has been home to the ATP US Clay Court Championships and has hosted some of the biggest names in the sport, including Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King and Andre Agassi. Presently, it is home of the USTA Clay Court Collegiate Invitational. This annual event is a national “grand slam type” invitational featuring 128 men and women players from top college teams in the country.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Disney Sports manages more than 100 events annually, including eight runDisney race weekends at Walt Disney World and Disneyland as well as youth sports events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. The complex, the premiere site for amateur sports in the nation, has accommodated more than 70 different sports and athletes from around the world. Designed to provide youth athletes with an experience synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 10,000 seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports, the New Balance Track & Field facility and cross country course, and the Tennis Resorts complex. In addition, ESPN production teams are on site, capturing game footage and event highlights which guests can view in Disney Resort rooms, on the ESPN Wide World of Sports YouTube Channel and online at www.ESPNWWOS.com. ESPN Wide World of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of Disney Sports Solutions, such as fundraising programs, discounted travel packages, special dining options, photography services, customized event merchandise, and post-game celebrations in the Disney Parks.