Topic: Rafael Nadal

Why Brands Are Finally Choosing More Female Athletes for Big Endorsement Deals

Women are no longer sitting on the sidelines

In the male-centric sports world, where the likes of LeBron James score $65 million in endorsement deals, female athletes have largely been an afterthought. But thanks to a constellation of…

Infographic: Tennis Stars Use Social Media to Showcase Brands

Leveraging large followings in endorsement deals

Tennis is hard to match when it comes to the power of social media: only the NBA and soccer have more average followers per player, according to exclusive research from PMK BNC.…

SportsCenter Ad Discovers Secret to Rafael Nadal's Success With the Ladies

It's sweeter than you think

Fresh from his U.S. Open triumph, Rafael Nadal comes on like the candy man in ESPN's latest tongue-in-cheek SportsCenter spot from Wieden + Kennedy in New York. Network personalities John…

Perspective: The Backhand Boys

Two generations ago, tennis stars were good for a sneaker endorsement. Today, they've got the balls for much more

In the early 1970s, long before there were high-tech carbon-fiber tennis racquets and nitrogen-pressured tennis balls to help, Roscoe Tanner pioneered the sudden-death serve. He could send the ball screaming…