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WTA to air reality tv show with 6 players from March

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Tennis meets reality TV online in "Hot Shots" show


Women's professional tennis will create its own interactive reality television series to be streamed online and onto mobile phones in an effort to win new fans for the sport among the tech-savvy.
The "Xperia Hot Shots" series will feature six young Women's Tennis Association (WTA) players when it goes live in March, following the on and off court trials and tribulations of the players over more than 50 tournaments on the WTA tour.
The players will film themselves using mobile phones, share their experiences online by streaming them on YouTube and interact with fans through Facebook and other social media.
The public will also be able to vote on their favourite players, whose names will be chosen and announced in March.
"It's really going to help us to attract a whole new group of fans to the sport," Andrew Walkers, Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at the WTA, said in a telephone interview from Melbourne.
"Younger fans, consumers who are living on line, consumers who are following our athletes not just because they're the world's greatest female athletes, but because they're interested in their off-court lives."
Maria Sharapova, the former world number one who took part in the launch, said by phone that by being online, the series could become a valuable networking tool for the sport.
"I think it also gives fans a perspective to see what we athletes have to go through, not just on the court but away from the court," she said.

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I think VPs of national tennis federations should also be considered.

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please no Wozniacki this girl is everywhere
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It really depends on who the players will be.

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The players filming themselves sounds boring though. Its more fun with cameras following them..

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I believe Maria Sharapova is one of the 6.....a week ago on her facebook she posted something about a new program that will be highlighting 6 wta girls and how it sounded very exciting. She was at the "launch" of it(it also has something to do with a camera endorsement in australia). Oh oops i guess i should have read the entire paragraph lol.

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Re: WTA to air reality tv show with 6 players from March

Maria and Serena would seem to be obvious choices. Caro too, since many people here want to uncover the terrible conspiracy that allows her to be #1.

I think one spot should be reserved for someone outside of the top 100, to show how different things are if you aren't a star.

As for the last 2 spots, it would be interesting if they contrasted a declining veteran with a rising star.

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maybe WTA should start focusing on TENNIS instead of pushing their players into modeling, starring in tv-shows, ...
and then their are complaints that level of play is bad, how strange!

this is exactly what f.e. kim doesn't like about the tour. and i guess many top players with her
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Ana ivanovic aswell plz
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The prize is a Sony Ericsson endorsement deal so obviously Maria isn't taking part. I also can't see any high profile players doing this (Serena having to fight for a SE sponsorship, that just isn't her). Kim, Venus , Justine & Ana I are for me definites not to take part as well.

I really see this being more geared towards the younger players.

And they may have eyed one player up for this SE endorsement. We will see when it is launched if there is a 'chosen one'. See what material actually goes out for each player, one player may get all the good stuff for a reason because they want her to get the endorsement.

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I hope its not someone too famous.. The stars will just make it fake.. I vote for Patricia Mayr, Aravane Rezai, Marion Bartoli

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That doesn't even sound like a proper reality show. More like 6 new versions of Petkorazzi...

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