TENNIS is an American sports magazine owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. There are eight issues per year covering the world of tennis. The website is an offshoot of the magazine and part of the same media company.


TENNIS magazine debuted in May 1965, published out of Chicago with a regional focus. [11] The tennis boom of the 1970s resulted in a rapid expansion of the magazine, both in scope and circulation. In addition to top tennis stars, celebrities like Johnny Carson appeared on the cover. [11]

Miller Publishing bought the magazine in 1997. [12] It brought on two retired champions as part owners and contributors: first Chris Evert in 2000 then Pete Sampras in 2003. [8] In the early 2010s the circulation was 600,000 subscriptions, the majority of which were purchased by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for its members. [3] [13]

In 2014, publisher and USTA board member Jeff Willams purchased controlling interest in Tennis Media Company, owner of the magazine and its offshoot website. [13] In 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Tennis Channel, acquired Tennis Media Company for $8 million. [14]


Aside from articles about the most recent events and most active players, the magazine also includes the recent ranking for both ATP and WTA, as well as brief summaries of the future tournaments, their participants and the past winners.

Chris Evert has her own personal section in the magazine—usually the first page—which is called "Chrissie's Page". Aside from Evert, other famous players and coaches also contribute to the magazine, Pete Sampras, Paul Annacone, former coach of Sampras, is the Senior Instruction Editor and Brad Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, is Touring Instruction Editor.

"The 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era" (2005)

In celebration of its 40th anniversary (1965–2005), TENNIS magazine published a series rating the 40 best players of those four decades. [15] [17]