NEC Extends Sponsorship of Wheelchair Tennis
18 Nov 2011
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has renewed its sponsorship agreement with NEC Corporation as the title sponsor of the Wheelchair Tennis Tour and year-end Wheelchair Tennis Masters through 2013.
NEC celebrated 20 years of partnership with the ITF in 2011. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments and has grown to its current total of over 170 tournaments in more than 40 countries, offering over $1 million in prize money. The NEC Tour includes all four Grand Slam tournaments.
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters started in 1994 as the official year-end singles championship for the sport's leading players, and currently features the top eight men and women, and top four quad athletes. World No. 1 Esther Vergeer recently won her 14th consecutive women's title at the event's new venue in Mechelen, Belgium. Stephen Houdet of France and Noam Gershony of Israel won their first Masters titles in the men's and quad categories, respectively.