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A gathering of No. 1’s

Players who have topped the ATP World Tour rankings gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Aug. 23 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. An on-stage Q&A with Justin Gimelstob and Guy Forget.
Photo by: ELLA LING

John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.

Each year-end No. 1 who attended received a replica No. 1 trophy. Back row: Ivan Lendl, Connors, Ilie Nastase, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt. Front row: Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten, McEnroe, Borg and Jim Courier.

USTA Serves Opening Night Gala

The 13th annual USTA Serves Opening Night Gala at the 2013 U.S. Open took place Aug. 26 in the President’s Suite at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
ABOVE: Former pros Mary Carillo of USTA Serves, Katrina Adams of the USTA and Pam Shriver with Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.” BELOW: Actor Kevin Spacey, who led the live charity auction, and USTA Serves’ Mary Carillo, Dan Faber and Sean Mayo.
Photos by: STEVEN FREEMAN (2)

Discussing tennis and Africa

Credit Suisse hosted the “What Can Tennis Do to Improve Lives in Africa” debate at the Grand Hyatt in New York on Aug. 23. On hand were Bill Macatee, Tennis Channel and CBS; Lorne Abony, Mood Media; the WTA’s Stacey Allaster; Janine Handel, Roger Federer Foundation; and ATP board member Justin Gimelstob.

McIlroy’s a bell-ringer

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and Deutsche Bank North America CEO Jacques Brand rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 26 to kick off the 11th annual Deutsche Bank Championship.

Celebration of golf

Wasserman Media Group, Pinehurst, Golf & Body and The Metropolitan Golf Association hosted an evening celebration of golf at Golf & Body in Manhattan. Among those attending were Jeffrey Holzschuh, MGA Foundation; Thomas Pashley, Pinehurst; Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America and Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

Launch for new

At a launch event for the new website Aug. 21 at Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco: Ryan Currier, Pac-12 Networks; Jeff Walpole, Phase 2; Chris Wagner, NeuLion; David Aufhauser, Pac-12 Networks; Frank Febbraro, Phase 2; and Mark Kramer, Pac-12 Networks.

Happy campers include a senator

At the San Diego Chargers training camp at Chargers Park: John Tatum of Genesco Sports Enterprises, the Chargers’ A.G. Spanos and Mike McCoy, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Chargers owner Dean Spanos.
Photo by: ZACH BURR

Houston welcomes SWAC, championships

City officials welcomed the Southwestern Athletic Conference to Houston on Aug. 22: J. Kent Friedman of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority; county Commissioner El Franco Lee; Texas Southern University’s John Rudley; Michael Sanders of sponsor Toyota; SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Kevin Hoffman of the county Sports & Convention Corp.; and the Houston Rockets’ Tad Brown. Houston will host the SWAC football championships at Reliant Stadium and basketball tournaments at the Toyota Center for the next three years.

Score one for Detroit

Compass Management’s Jordan Dumars (second from left) and Daniel Sillman (center) joined the Pistons’ Andre Drummond, the Warriors’ Draymond Green, the Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey, the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, and the Jazz’s Trey Burke to raise more than $100,000 for Detroit Youth Programs at the first Michigan All-Star Gala on Aug. 23.

U.S. Hockey shows off jerseys

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis addresses the crowd during the unveiling of the 2014 Winter Olympic team jersey during the National Team Orientation Camp last week at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
BELOW: The 2014 U.S. team candidates are introduced during a news conference.

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