Cover of Jan/Feb 2015 issue featuring Eugenie Bouchard
Editor-in-chiefJames Martin
Staff writers
Managing Editor: Abigail Lorge
Executive Editors: Michael Bevans, Charlie Leerhsen
General Manager: Andy Nelson
Executive Online Producer: Tino Persico
Marketing Director: Lisa Buco
Senior Editors:
Contributing Editors: Steve Tignor, Sarah Unke, Peter Bodo, Tom Perrotta, Bill Gray, Sarah Thurmond
CategoriesSports magazine
FrequencyMonthly (8 per year)
PublisherChris Evert
Group: Jeff Williams
Total circulation
(June 2012)
First issueMay 1965[2]
CompanySinclair Broadcast Group
Based inNew York, NY

Tennis is a U.S. print sports magazine devoted to the sport of tennis. It is published eight months per year, and operates a website,


The magazine was established in May 1965, published out of Chicago with a regional focus.[2] Asher Birnbaum of Skokie, IL was the founder, editor and publisher. The tennis boom of the 1970s resulted in a rapid expansion of the magazine, both in scope and circulation. In addition to top tennis stars, celebrities like Johnny Carson and Farrah Fawcett appeared on the cover.[2] It was owned by Golf Digest / Tennis Magazine and sold to the New York Times Company.

Miller Publishing bought the magazine in 1997 from The New York Times Company.[3] It brought on two retired champions as part owners and contributors: first Chris Evert in 2000 then Pete Sampras in 2003.[4] In the early 2010s the circulation was 600,000 subscriptions, the majority of which were purchased by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for its members.[1][5]

In 2014, publisher and USTA board member Jeff Willams purchased controlling interest in Tennis Media Company, owner of the magazine and its offshoot website.[5] In 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Tennis Channel, acquired Tennis Media Company for $8 million, seeking to build synergies between the properties.[6]


Aside from articles about the most recent events and most active players, the magazine also includes the recent ranking for both ATP and WTA, as well as brief summaries of the future tournaments, their participants and the past winners.

Chris Evert has her own personal section in the magazine—usually the first page—which is called "Chrissie's Page". Aside from Evert, other famous players and coaches also contribute to the magazine, Pete Sampras, Paul Annacone, former coach of Sampras, is the Senior Instruction Editor and Brad Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, is Touring Instruction Editor.

"The 40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era" (2005)

In celebration of its 40th anniversary (1965–2005), Tennis published a series rating the 40 best players of those four decades.[7][8]

  1. United States Pete Sampras
  2. CzechoslovakiaUnited States Martina Navratilova
  3. Germany Steffi Graf
  4. United States Chris Evert
  5. Sweden Björn Borg
  6. Australia Margaret Court
  7. United States Jimmy Connors
  8. Australia Rod Laver
  9. United States Billie Jean King
  10. CzechoslovakiaUnited States Ivan Lendl
  11. United States John McEnroe
  12. United States Andre Agassi
  13. Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaFederal Republic of YugoslaviaUnited States Monica Seles
  14. Sweden Stefan Edberg
  15. Sweden Mats Wilander
  16. Australia John Newcombe
  17. United States Serena Williams
  18. Germany Boris Becker
  19. Switzerland Roger Federer
  20. Australia Ken Rosewall
  21. Australia Roy Emerson
  22. Switzerland Martina Hingis
  23. Australia Evonne Goolagong
  24. Argentina Guillermo Vilas
  25. United States Venus Williams
  26. United States Jim Courier
  27. Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  28. Romania Ilie Năstase
  29. United States Lindsay Davenport
  30. United States Arthur Ashe
  31. Belgium Justine Henin
  32. United States Tracy Austin
  33. CzechoslovakiaAustralia Hana Mandlíková
  34. Australia Lleyton Hewitt
  35. United States Stan Smith
  36. United States Jennifer Capriati
  37. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
  38. United Kingdom Virginia Wade
  39. Australia Patrick Rafter
  40. Argentina Gabriela Sabatini

"The 50 Greatest Players of the Open Era" (2018)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Open Era in tennis (1968–2018), the magazine published a series rating the 50 best players of those five decades (25 men and 25 women).[9]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Tignor, Steve (January 8, 2015). "1965: The TENNIS Era Begins". Archived from the original on February 6, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  3. ^ lazarus, George (December 9, 1998). "Tennis Magazine Hopes Seles Sells New Cover Look". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Thomaselli, Rich (October 6, 2003). "Pete Sampras Becomes Part Owner of "Tennis" Magazine". Advertising Age. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b Kaplan, Daniel (August 18, 2014). "Tennis' publisher buys firm's controlling stake". Sports Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Archived from the original on March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Marszalek, Diana (March 1, 2017). "Sinclair Buys 'Tennis' Magazine". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  7. ^ culminating in the November/December 2005 issue Archived 2017-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era". Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  9. ^ "The 50 greatest players of the Open Era". Tennis,com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-02.