Welcome to the International Tennis Writers’ Association (ITWA)

ITWA was formed in 2000 to represent the select group of tennis journalists who travel the globe regularly, covering tennis for the written media and radio. ITWA includes members from countries all over the world and the coverage they provide brings tennis to millions worldwide. ITWA is committed to working with the sport’s governing bodies, tournaments, agents and players both to improve the working conditions of tennis journalists and to gain recognition for the media’s vital role in the promotion of the sport. In an ever-changing media environment, ITWA’s role is more important than ever in ensuring the quality and depth of tennis coverage is maintained.

Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta

Entries open for 2024 Tom Perrotta Prize for Tennis Journalism

Entries are now open for the 2024 Tom Perrotta Prize for Tennis Journalism.

The annual award, now in its third year, recognises excellence in tennis journalism and is open to writers aged 35 and under.

The award, which includes a $2000 cash prize, will be presented to the winner at the US Open later this year.

The Tom Perrotta Prize is in memory of Tom Perrotta, whose exemplary contributions to tennis journalism were curtailed by his untimely death at the age of 45.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and The International Tennis Writers’ Association co-sponsor the award.

Applications should include a brief CV and TWO recent examples of the applicant’s published work. Examples can be in any language, but articles should be translated into English before submitting.

In addition, entrants should explain how the cash prize will help them in their career.

Entries will be judged blind by a group of judges from the International Tennis Writers’ Association.

Submissions should be forwarded to tomperrotta.prize@gmail.com before midnight (ET) May 25, 2024.

In memory of Mike Dickson

The International Tennis Writers’ Association is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mike Dickson, the long-time tennis correspondent for the Daily Mail.

Mike was one of the most respected journalists in the industry, covering tennis with in-depth knowledge, insight, attention to detail and genuine love for the sport.

Mike was a friend and colleague to so many people all over the world, always happy to offer advice. Generous to all, he had a great sense of humour that could light up any press room.

He covered the sport in immense depth, diligently and intelligently, always with an eye for the story and fair in his writing. In addition to tennis, he loved his cricket, covering that sport for eight years before returning to tennis in 2007. He was also a big football fan.

In all, he spent more than 33 years as a journalist for the Daily Mail and was in Melbourne covering the Australian Open for the 24th time.

His death comes as an enormous shock to us all. Our thoughts go to his family and friends. We at ITWA will miss him greatly.

Simon Cambers and Howard Fendrich, on behalf of the ITWA board

Former ITWA president Richard Evans elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

Richard Evans
Richard Evans

Richard Evans, a founding member of ITWA and its president from 2001-04, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2024.

Evans, a writer and broadcaster who began covering Grand Slam tennis more than 60 years ago, is the third ITWA member to join the Hall, alongside Gianni Clerici (Class of 2006) and Steve Flink (Class of 2017). (Bud Collins also is in the Hall, but his selection in 1994 came before ITWA’s founding in 2000).

Evans will be inducted during a ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 20. He was chosen in the Contributor Category by a voting panel that includes Hall of Fame members, media, historians, industry experts and fans.

“Richard’s selection reflects his key role in the sport’s history – and that of tennis writers as a group,” ITWA co-presidents Howard Fendrich and Simon Cambers said.

Evans, who was born in Paris to British parents and has lived most of his adult life in Monaco and the United States, has reported from more than 200 Grand Slam tournaments, starting with Wimbledon in 1960 and Roland-Garros in 1961.

He wrote about his career in “The Roving Eye,” a book published in 2017.

As well as writing and broadcasting about tennis, he had two stints working for the ATP’s European office, and has been active in inner-city grassroots tennis initiatives.

Leander Paes and Vijay Amritraj are the other members of the Hall’s Class of 2024.

Quentin Moynet presented with the 2023 Tom Perrotta Prize

Quentin Moynet receives the 2023 ITWA Tom Perrotta Prize. Photo: USTA
Quentin Moynet receives the 2023 ITWA Tom Perrotta Prize. Photo: USTA

Quentin Moynet was presented with the 2023 Tom Perrotta Prize at the US Open last week.

Moynet, who writes for French sports paper L’Equipe, could not be in New York for the presentation in person but joined the presentation via Zoom from home in France.

The Tom Perrotta Prize is awarded to someone aged 35 or under for excellence in journalism and includes a $2000 cash prize. The award is named in honour of the American journalist, Tom Perrotta, who sadly passed away at the age of 44.

Quentin’s entry was chosen by a panel of judges, who loved the empathy and delicate touch he showed in interviews with Caroline Garcia and Lucas Pouille, two pieces which explored their battles with mental health.

“I’m really sorry I can’t be in New York right now,” Moynet said. “I want to thank the jury for their votes and most of all, Tom’s family. I didn’t really have the chance to really know Tom before he sadly passed away but I have only heard great things about him as a journalist and also a man, so I feel really proud to win a prize that bears his name.

“I also have to thank Lucas Poiller and Caroline Garcia for their trust. They trusted me enough to open up about their mental health issues, which we all know is a big issue in sport but especially in tennis.” 

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