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.
Former ITWA president Richard Evans nominated for International Tennis Hall of Fame
Richard Evans, one of ITWA’s founding members and a former president, has been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024.
Evans was nominated as a Contributor, the Hall of Fame’s category for those who serve the game off the court. Candidates need to receive 75% of the votes to be elected.
The Florida-based Briton has covered more than 200 Grand Slam tournaments, starting with Wimbledon in 1960 and Roland-Garros in 1961, right up through this year’s U.S. Open, both as a writer, for numerous publications around the world, and as a broadcaster.
Born in Paris — among his quirkier claims to tennis fame was that he was christened there by Bishop Wade, whose daughter Virginia won the US Open in 1968 and Wimbledon in 1977 — Evans left school to join the Hayters news agency in London covering news and sports. He was a Washington correspondent for four years, covering two U.S. presidential elections. He wrote about his career in ‘The Roving Eye’, published in 2017.
As well as writing and broadcasting on tennis, he had two stints working for the ATP’s European office, and was active in inner-city grassroots tennis initiatives, one of them a venture started by Vitas Gerulaitis.
Quentin Moynet presented with the 2023 Tom Perrotta Prize
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.”