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MRUK
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:29 AM
Hey guys,

Chatted to guy at Wilson who said Henin's retirement totally messed them up ahead of the French for obvious reasons, especially as Yonex went and got Ivanovic and then she won it. So was wondering who everyone thinks is the best player to have as a representative. I would go for Venus and Serena every time because they are still the best really and Ivanovic and Jankovic are in a right mess...

Interview with the Wilson guy is on my blog, which is on my signature thingy (still working out how this site works really) and there's a racket comp too...most of what he says is business mumbo-jumbo though!

volta
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:48 AM
WS
Maria

these are obvious since they are the celebs of the tour :lol:

btw anyone knows what's going on with Jelena and her sponsor? i thought she was going to move from Prince to Wilson but she didn't yet :confused:

MRUK
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:56 AM
She's not going to Wilson any time soon...they are using their cash to re-sign Laura Robson.

Vanity Bonfire
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Masha and the Williams girls.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:57 AM
She's not going to Wilson any time soon...they are using their cash to re-sign Laura Robson.

Really? I dunno why they would do that!

Anyway, apart the three already mentioned I'd say Jie Zheng.

volta
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:04 AM
She's not going to Wilson any time soon...they are using their cash to re-sign Laura Robson.

really?! oh God , so she gave Prince the middle finger for nothing? :sad:

schorsch
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:08 AM
Masha has a lifetime contract with Prince, so :ras:

Wilson sucks anyways :ras:

:rolleyes: at that guy claiming Nole won the AO with a K-Blade... it was a mold of an old Head racket paintshopped as a K-Blade :ras:

The Dawntreader
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:14 AM
Mashaaafan:

' Maria obviously, there's noone to compare. She'll get all the racquet deals because she owns everyone, except for Serena, but why should i care because she owns everyone else. Maria for racquet contract domination!!!!'

:lol:

You know i love you, you borderline Maria stalker :hug:

Harvs
Mar 16th, 2009, 12:37 PM
serena and maria. by a mile, they are the most takled-about fashion wise by people who like tennis... and BY FAR are the most talked-about fashion wise by people who dont follow tennis all that much..

vee and ana next probably, but its a big gap:)

Volcana
Mar 16th, 2009, 12:53 PM
What are you selling, and who are you trying to sell it to?

frenchie
Mar 16th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Venus and Serena

Maybe Sharapova if the target audience is pre-pubescent boys and girls who know nothing about tennis

MRUK
Mar 16th, 2009, 01:23 PM
What are you selling, and who are you trying to sell it to?

Aha, nothing. Just trying to get a bit of debate going on the back of what the guy said in my blog...guess you could say myself then lol but that sounds wrong. maybe i should go into racket production on the back of all the people's answers on here...i'll re-sign hingis...yummy...

Ciarán
Mar 16th, 2009, 01:25 PM
Brie Whitehead. You have to get her on board :bowdown:

Tennisstar86
Mar 16th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Venus and Serena

Maybe Sharapova if the target audience is pre-pubescent boys and girls who know nothing about tennis

so true...... Maria sells to girls who want to play dress up and pretend they are tennis players....

goldenlox
Mar 16th, 2009, 02:31 PM
The tv mogul, Sharapova

Sharapova leads way for potential MTV series

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/templateimg/printIcon.gif Print This Story (http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article.printArticle&articleId=61867)
By DANIEL KAPLAN (dkaplan@sportsbusinessjournal.com)
Staff writer

Published March 16, 2009 : Page 07
Maria Sharapova will serve as executive producer of a drama series for MTV that is loosely based on her life on the pro tennis tour, a well-placed source said.
MTV has agreed to the concept, but Sharapova, who is working on the project with her agent and screenwriters, must first produce a pilot that MTV agrees to, the source said. Sharapova in 2007 had an agreement with the CW network, but that deal fell apart with last year’s writers strike.
http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/images/articles/SBJ200903160701-01.jpg The drama would be loosely based
on the life of Sharapova (center).


MTV did not reply for comment. Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud of IMG, declined to comment.
The proposed series would be mainly about the off-court life of a WTA Tour star, based on Sharapova, with very little tennis shown. Each episode would be one hour.
The women’s pro tour long has been seen as ripe for development of a drama or gossip-type show. The far-flung global circuit is littered with sponsor parties and tales of player romance with male counterparts on the ATP World Tour.
The Williams sisters in 2005 collaborated on a short-lived reality series that aired on ABC Family, and the 2004 movie “Wimbledon” explored off-court romance between two players during the tournament.
The Sharapova series would start with her character at age 16, which is a year before Sharapova won Wimbledon, so the series would not examine her early years. Sharapova arrived in Florida from Russia at age 7, was taken in at age 9 by the Bollettieri Tennis Academy and, with the Wimbledon win, became a star.

CR3WLFC
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:47 PM
Venus, serena, maria, and maybe ivanovic >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> them others

volta
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:54 PM
what about the Yonex players?

Ivanovic and Dementieva are bigger players when it comes to sponsorship then Hingis (and prob Seles?! dont know if i should put her name here :unsure: ) ?

RND
Mar 16th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Maria and the Williams are the obvious choices. Apart from that, I say Sania Mirza is one to have eying Asian market.

rjd1111
Mar 16th, 2009, 04:02 PM
WS
Maria

these are obvious since they are the celebs of the tour :lol:

btw anyone knows what's going on with Jelena and her sponsor? i thought she was going to move from Prince to Wilson but she didn't yet :confused:


Aren't Venus and Serena already with Wilson?

volta
Mar 16th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Aren't Venus and Serena already with Wilson?

say what?!

oh nvm got what you meant :lol:

RFSTB
Mar 16th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Proven property - the Williams sisters. I'd sign Serena.

Sharapova's shoulder injury worries me. Even if she makes it back, and that's a big if, she may never be able to play at the top level again. I wouldn't sign her now. Wait and see.

Ivanovic - a one hit wonder so far. Unless she wins Wimbledon or USO, I wouldn't sign her.

Kuznetsova - another one hit wonder. Infact I wouldn't sign any of the Russians. They're all headcases. Plus most don't speak English well, not much appeal to the US fans which is the biggest market.

Mauresmo - has been, what's more a total headcase. She'll never win another slam.

Ellen Dawson
Mar 16th, 2009, 08:57 PM
In general, I'll go with Maria. The Williams sisters definitely command attention but Maria's blonde, and well, you know.... :lol: :angel: ;)

hellas719
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Sharapova;)

KournikovaFan91
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:05 PM
Kournikova obviously, K-Swiss signed her even though she doesn't even play :lol:

I hope Sharapova does make a reality show about life on the tour. (well I hope any player does it would be interesting)

korben
Mar 16th, 2009, 09:53 PM
What are you selling, and who are you trying to sell it to?

Exactly.

If you are selling Rolex watches to Russians. I doupt Serena Williams is best choise.
If you are selling tennis shoes in US of A Serena Williams is best choice.

Overall. Close call between S.Williams or Sharapova.
Though I would prefer MaKiri in my marketing campaigns :p

Malva
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:06 PM
Though I would prefer MaKiri in my marketing campaigns :p

I would too. Among all the girls on the WTA tour she is the one who knows how to wear things, who has the best sense of fashion and style on and off-court. Note that she never looks awkward – оther WTA 'beauties' often do. One doesn't need to wear the most expensive and funny looking shoes to have that look that turns every eye in your direction.

fnuf7
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:39 PM
I read in the latest ACE magazine that Ivanovic has some contract with something I can't remember off the top of my head (shows how well advertising works on me! :lol: ) but they claimed that it's apparently rumoured to be the biggest single sponsorship deal with a female sports star. Didn't say how much it was just that it was rumoured to be the biggest...I'll go find the magazine to find out who it was with.

korben
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:45 PM
ACE magazine that Ivanovic has some contract they claimed that it's apparently rumoured to be the biggest single sponsorship deal with a female sports star. .

Wild guess. Mercedes-Benz?

fnuf7
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Wild guess. Mercedes-Benz?

Nah it was something I'd never heard of before, hence why it didn't stick in my mind...I'll just go check.

fnuf7
Mar 16th, 2009, 10:57 PM
Nah it was something I'd never heard of before, hence why it didn't stick in my mind...I'll just go check.

It's 'Verano' cars :shrug: Never heard of them before, but there we go.

The exact wording is in a little side article about the 5 most bank-busting sponsorship deals in tennis & this is no.4 "Ana Ivanovic & Verano cars. Amount unknown, but widely believed to be the biggest ever sponsorship deal in women's tennis."

Ok so maybe not women's sports overall as I said earlier, but supposedly the biggest in women's tennis...though it's probably arguable that women's tennis is the best paid/most lucrative of all women's sports anyway.

korben
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:11 PM
It's 'Verano' cars :shrug: Never heard of them before, but there we go.

veranocars.com

Welcome to Verano cars !

Japanese used vehicles are renowned throughout the world for high quality. Cars in Japan are subject to strict emissions standards that encourage the sale of used cars sooner than in most countries. The Japanese used car is peerless on price, quality and cleanliness.

And they make biggest female sponshorship deal EVER... :confused:

edit: hey, I got a right hunch. Car industry

schorsch
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:27 PM
That's a Serbia-wide contract only and it hardly is the biggest sponsorship contract. It's one of the best for Serbian athletes though, that's what the article meant.

youizahoe
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Masha has a lifetime contract with Prince, so :ras:

Wilson sucks anyways :ras:

:rolleyes: at that guy claiming Nole won the AO with a K-Blade... it was a mold of an old Head racket paintshopped as a K-Blade :ras:

Wilson are the best racquettes. No argueing about that. But winning a tourney is made by playing not by gear.

MaBaker
Mar 16th, 2009, 11:49 PM
At this point, JJ for sure . ANTA :yeah:

Tennisstar86
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:25 AM
The tv mogul, Sharapova

Sharapova leads way for potential MTV series

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/templateimg/printIcon.gif Print This Story (http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article.printArticle&articleId=61867)
By DANIEL KAPLAN (dkaplan@sportsbusinessjournal.com)
Staff writer

Published March 16, 2009 : Page 07
Maria Sharapova will serve as executive producer of a drama series for MTV that is loosely based on her life on the pro tennis tour, a well-placed source said.
MTV has agreed to the concept, but Sharapova, who is working on the project with her agent and screenwriters, must first produce a pilot that MTV agrees to, the source said. Sharapova in 2007 had an agreement with the CW network, but that deal fell apart with last year’s writers strike.
http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/images/articles/SBJ200903160701-01.jpg The drama would be loosely based
on the life of Sharapova (center).


MTV did not reply for comment. Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud of IMG, declined to comment.
The proposed series would be mainly about the off-court life of a WTA Tour star, based on Sharapova, with very little tennis shown. Each episode would be one hour.
The women’s pro tour long has been seen as ripe for development of a drama or gossip-type show. The far-flung global circuit is littered with sponsor parties and tales of player romance with male counterparts on the ATP World Tour.
The Williams sisters in 2005 collaborated on a short-lived reality series that aired on ABC Family, and the 2004 movie “Wimbledon” explored off-court romance between two players during the tournament.
The Sharapova series would start with her character at age 16, which is a year before Sharapova won Wimbledon, so the series would not examine her early years. Sharapova arrived in Florida from Russia at age 7, was taken in at age 9 by the Bollettieri Tennis Academy and, with the Wimbledon win, became a star.

wasnt this same BS talked about in 2007?

schorsch
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:32 AM
Wilson are the best racquettes. No argueing about that. But winning a tourney is made by playing not by gear.

I didnt say that, but in the article they said he chose that racket making it sound like he played with it when he won the AO, well he didnt :ras:

Wilson sucks :ras: :armed:

Tennisstar86
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:32 AM
It's 'Verano' cars :shrug: Never heard of them before, but there we go.

The exact wording is in a little side article about the 5 most bank-busting sponsorship deals in tennis & this is no.4 "Ana Ivanovic & Verano cars. Amount unknown, but widely believed to be the biggest ever sponsorship deal in women's tennis."

Ok so maybe not women's sports overall as I said earlier, but supposedly the biggest in women's tennis...though it's probably arguable that women's tennis is the best paid/most lucrative of all women's sports anyway.

I gonna say this article doesnt know what they are talking about..... Ana's endorsement deals werent even that great (they were good, but nowhere near Sharapova/ Serena level) and you think inflations... Kournikova got a big deal then Venus got a bigger one then Serena got a bigger one and then Sharapova a bigger one..... But Ivanovics was nowhere near what i expected for the next "it" girl.

Ivanovics tennis went way down and the global economy is in shit shape. So Im gonna go ahead and call B.S. on this new that highest womens deal.....to some unknown car manufacturer.

Golovinjured.
Mar 17th, 2009, 02:38 AM
What are you all talking about? :weirdo: Did everybody conveniently forget that Casey Dellacqua was sponsored by mega superstore franchise Target? (pronounced TAR-jhey)

RND
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:23 AM
What are you all talking about? :weirdo: Did everybody conveniently forget that Casey Dellacqua was sponsored by mega superstore franchise Target? (pronounced TAR-jhey)
:haha:

youizahoe
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:30 AM
I didnt say that, but in the article they said he chose that racket making it sound like he played with it when he won the AO, well he didnt :ras:

Wilson sucks :ras: :armed:

I know, I was backing you up :ras:

OZTENNIS
Mar 17th, 2009, 03:47 AM
I think it depends where you are marketing for.
For instance in the US and Asia, the Williams Sisters and Sharapova would be cream of the crop. And I would say those three overall and the ones that dominate sponsorship around the world.
Obviously Mauresmo is huge in France, the Russians and Serbians big in Eastern Europe.
In Australia, Dokic is No.1...and she is the new poster girl for resilliance and survival (probably taken over from Capriati) and I think will have a similar following to Capriati is she can continue her resurgence

Volcana
Mar 17th, 2009, 12:24 PM
Aha, nothing. Just trying to get a bit of debate going on the back of what the guy said in my blog...Oops! Sorry. Didn't mean to imply YOU were selling. What I meant was there are very large markets that certain people might dominante. India is a huge market. If you can get Sania Mirza, you do it.