US Open Official 2001 Web Site Features New Interactive Content That Brings Tennis Fans Worldwide Closer to the Action

Site Delivers First-Ever Wireless Traffic Information, Real-Time Scoreboards, On-Court Cameras and Interactive Tournament Games

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - 14 Aug 2001: The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and IBM today unveiled the official Web destination for the 2001 US Open: The site features a new streamlined look and fan-friendly elements. IBM, the USTA's exclusive technology partner, designed, developed and hosts the site.

New features for 2001 include:

Other highlights of include the popular SlamCam and NetCam features, which show customized images of action on the courts and around the National Tennis Center; Real-Time Scoreboards, which provide point-by-point score updates from every match and every player; and an enhanced online store. The site also will offer live audio feeds of the action from Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand, as well as player interviews from the post-game press conferences.

"The official Web site has emerged as one of the best and most innovative ways that we can take the US Open directly to the millions of fans around the globe,'' said Pierce O'Neil, USTA chief marketing officer. "We are proud to again partner with IBM to make the site one of the most impressive, state-of-the-art sites in sports and entertainment today.''

"The US Open is an ideal showcase for Grand Slam tennis and IBM's technology,'' said Eli Primrose-Smith, IBM vice president of worldwide sponsorship marketing. "Tennis fans who log on to will have a virtual seat at the tournament. They can follow every match, every athlete and every point from anywhere in the world at any time.''

Under the leadership of the USTA's managing director of Advanced Media, Ezra Kucharz, the USTA has forged new partnerships through its domestic television partners, CBS and USA Network. As a result, fans logging on to will be able to view exclusive behind-the-scenes content produced in conjunction with and

For six years, IBM and the USTA have combined the best in tennis and technology to transform the US Open into a prominent e-business. IBM integrates information technology services, hardware and software to collect and distribute match results and statistics to news media and display boards at the USTA National Tennis Center.

This newly-designed Web site continues an aggressive growth track for tennis and the USTA. The announcement comes on the heels of several other landmark USTA initiatives, ranging from a record purse of $15.8 million dollars to the first-ever prime time scheduling of the 2001 Women's Singles Championship. The US Open is the most-attended annual sporting event in the world, with attendance in 2000 reaching 604,000.

The USTA owns and stages the US Open and selects the teams that compete in the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America and is a nonprofit organization with more than 625,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.

IBM, official information technology and Internet supplier of the 2001 US Open, provides equipment and services for results and statistics collection; supplies information and graphics to television broadcasters and news media; and distributes tournament data through information stations located around the USTA National Tennis Center. As an extension of this information processing system, IBM has installed the programming interface, equipment and networking infrastructure to allow this and other information to be transferred to the official 2001 US Open Web site, making it accessible to the world through the Internet.

Products and services Involved in IBM's US Open solution include: Web design and content from IBM Global Services Business Innovation Services; Web hosting, networking infrastructure, Webmasters and system administration teams from IBM Global Services Special Events Web Solutions; IBM PCs, ThinkPads, IntelliStations RS/6000 workstations, RS/6000 SPs using an AIX operating system, IBM 2216 routers to balance traffic among Web servers and provide Web caching, Netfinity servers, DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, WebSphere Commerce Suite, Network Dispatcher, Tivoli software, IBM SurfAid Analytics and SSA Array Disk Storage.

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